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Priority and Emerging Sectors


Health Care continues to be one of the fastest growing industries in California and faces unprecedented challenges to its delivery systems. The California Community College Chancellor's Office and it's Economic and Workforce Development Program has established the California Community College Health Care Initiative to provide education and training programs to meet these emerging demands for health care delivery.

Economic & Workforce Development Program (EWD)

The Chancellor's Office EWD coordinates programs and projects in the California Community Colleges that are funded through competitive grants for economic and workforce development activities. The EWD was designed to leverage resources and connections within the community college system. By linking projects together, the program can increase every project's access to the rich and deep expertise and intellectual resources that exist in the colleges across the state. The program allows best practices that are developed in one arm of the projects to be replicated without delay or additional cost in other projects.

Health Workforce Initiative

The purpose of the Health Workforce Initiative is to identify health care workforce needs and cultivate solutions. The role of the Health Workforce Initiative is to facilitate a community college response to workforce needs.

Upcoming Events

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar
Friday, May 10th, 2019
8 am - 4:30 pm
College of the Desert

This 8 hour seminar covers up-to-date information on how to care effectively for those who have a dementia related illness. It is the required seminar for those pursuing Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP®) certification.
Why take the class?

  • California State Assembly Bill 1570 which requires all direct care staff who work in any state wide Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) to be trained on dementia specific care needs
  • CDPH in-service requirements for LTC
  • CEs from the Board of Registered Nursing
  • To provide care for your residents in Memory Care Units
To RSVP, please contact [email protected]


CNE Prep Course
June 11th - 12th, 2019
8:00am - 4:30pm
Location TBA



Wendy Deras

Deputy Sector Navigator
[email protected]
Hosted at College of the Desert
43-500 Monterey Ave.
Palm Desert, CA. 92660

John Cordova

Statewide Sector Navigator
[email protected]