Strong Workforce Stars Recognized by Assemblyman Tom Lackey
Assemblyman Tom Lackey presented a California Assembly Resolution to Antelope Valley College for receiving two Gold Workforce Award in Registered Nursing and Aircraft Fabrication at the December Board meeting.
Strong Workforce Stars is an annual recognition for career education programs within the California Community Colleges system whose graduates show significant gains in factors important for advancing social mobility – a substantial increase in earnings, attainment of a living wage and a job closely matched with the field of study.
This year two programs earned gold stars. Aircraft Fabrication and Assembly Technician for 94% increase in earnings, 78% of students attained the regional living wage and 100% of students are employed in a job similar to their field of study; and Registered Nursing for 114% increase in earnings, 89% of students attained the regional living wage and 94% of students are employed in a job similar to their field of study.
Lackey noted that, “the career technical programs at Antelope Valley College offer students an alternative approach to higher education and training in a direct career path."
A total of twelve programs at Antelope Valley College have been award the California Community Colleges’ Strong Workforce Stars recognition for success in improving student employment and wage outcomes. A silver star was awarded to Welding for 238% increase in earnings and 100% of students are employed in a job similar to their field of study. The bronze stars included Electronics and Electric Technology, Accounting, Real Estate, Environmental Control Technology (HVAC), Electrical, Desktop Publishing, Administration of Justice, Fire Academy, and Fire Technology. “We are honored to have twelve programs named Strong Workforce Stars,” said Ed Knudson, President/Superintendent Antelope Valley College. “Career education and advancement is a benchmark of our service to the community.”