A well-educated population is the foundation of a strong democracy and a strong economy; an educated workforce has been identified by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) as one of five key components central to economic development success. Yet both education systems serving L.A. residents have faced dramatic budget cuts which threaten their ability to provide an adequate level of service, with serious repercussions for social cohesion and economic stability and growth. The Los Angeles Workforce Systems Collaborative Ad Hoc Committee on Adult Education created a preliminary action plan to respond to this funding crisis.
Together business, labor, education and government must work in partnership to achieve our mission to develop policy and strategy to ensure that the business community has access to a trained workforce and workers have access to quality jobs.
- Charles Woo, Chair, City of Los Angeles WIB
The Los Angeles Workforce Systems Collaborative, formed in June 2007, convenes the region’s education, government, workforce development, labor, business and community leaders to develop a comprehensive economic and workforce development system in L.A. to meet the employment and educational needs of our region’s low income, and underserved communities. Read their Fall 2012 Report Addressing the Needs of Adult Learners in Los Angeles: A Preliminary Action Plan for more details.