SBCC Honored as Statewide “Strong Workforce Star”
Luz Reyes-Martin, Director of Communications
For prospective students looking for a college education resulting in a job at a living wage in their chosen field, they need look no further than Santa Barbara City College. According to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, 20 career education programs at SBCC rate as “Strong Workforce Stars” for helping students reach new heights in earning power and social mobility.
Strong Workforce Stars are awarded as part of the Strong Workforce Program, a bold step California took in 2016 to create one million more middle-skilled workers, thereby producing a job-ready workforce for employers and lifting low-wage workers into living-wage jobs.
Stars are earned when graduates attain one or more of the following thresholds of economic mobility:
- An increase in earnings by 50% or more
- Attainment of the regional living wage by 70% or more
- 90% or more are employed in a job similar to their field of study
This year, SBCC was awarded 13 Bronze Stars, 5 Silver Stars, and 2 Gold Stars across 20 different programs ranging from Banking and Finance (99% increase in earnings) to Radiography (156% increase in earnings, 100% of students attained the regional living wage and 100% of students are employed in a job similar to their field of study).
Dr. Pamela Ralston, Interim Executive Vice President of Educational Programs at SBCC noted, “All of the career-focused programs at SBCC are vibrant and strong. We’re pleased that the Chancellor’s Office has awarded twenty of those programs with Workforce Stars. It is important to acknowledge and celebrate the faculty success in supporting students’ career goals. These awards serve to highlight the quality and relevance of SBCC’s programs and our expert faculty.”
According to Van Ton-Quinlivan, Executive Vice Chancellor of Workforce & Digital Futures, “The Strong Workforce Stars program not only shines a light on effective programs, it provides valuable information for students exploring their career options.”