ARC Workforce Development
The purpose of the Office of Workforce Development is to support the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of our community of teachers and learners in Career Education. Specifically, the goals of the Office of Workforce Development are to support Career Education instruction and the attainment of jobs for our students upon completion of their Career Education instruction, and to promote an academically rich, inclusive environment that inspires critical thinking, learning and achievement, and responsible participation in the community.
The Work Experience and Internship Program is an experiential academic program which allows students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to a work environment while earning college credit.
Gain occupational training that combines paid employment, on-the-job training, and job-related college instruction.
Authorized by the federal Carl D. Perkins Career Technical Education Act of 2006, the Perkins Program aims to improve career education programs, integrate academic and career-technical instruction, serve special populations, and meet gender equity needs. Districts receive funding annually based on an allocation formula. The Office of Workforce Development executes a transparent annual process for allocating Perkins funds across the college’s 43 career education programs.
The California Community College Strong Workforce Program is an annual recurring investment of $200 million to spur career technical education (CTE) across the community college system. The central purpose of the SWP is to achieve “more and better” CTE which results in increases in enrollments, completions, transfers, employment, or wages for students. Districts receive funding annually based on an allocation formula. The Office of Workforce Development executes a transparent and competitive annual process for allocating Strong Workforce funds across the college’s 43 career education programs.
This initiative is intended to provide a catalyst in supporting a uniquely American Apprenticeship system that meets our country’s particular economic, industry and workforce needs. American Apprenticeships (also referred to as Registered Apprenticeships) are innovative work-based learning and post-secondary earn-and- learn models that meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies). Grants funded by this initiative will support dynamic and sustainable public-private partnerships that:
Support the expansion of quality and innovative American Apprenticeship programs into high growth occupation(s) and industry(s), particularly those for which employers are using H-1B visas to hire foreign workers, and the related activities necessary to support such programs
Create career pathways that encompass American Apprenticeship and align with other postsecondary educational offerings
Use strategies to significantly increase apprenticeship opportunities for job seekers and workers (particularly for women and other underrepresented populations in apprenticeship.
The Office of Workforce Development manages several state, federal, and private grants that support career education and workforce development. The Workforce Development Office also assists in the development and/or submission of grant applications within the college.
California’s Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) was established in compliance with the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 to provide customer-focused employment training resources for adults and dislocated workers. Eligible individuals receive help with paying for educational retraining or skill enhancement, or both, at eligible providers listed on the ETPL.
ARC offers a wide range of ETPL-approved educational programs, including classroom, online, and apprenticeship programs, and the Office of Workforce Development serves as the Point of Contact for the college.
A California community college may contract with a public or private entity, corporation, association, person or body, for the purposes of providing instruction, services, or both, by the college. Contract education allows colleges to deliver training and education tailored to the specific needs of employers/contracting entities. The Office of Workforce Development oversees contract education within ARC and works closely with the Los Rios District to address the workforce development needs of employers in the region.
Dr. Sommer is responsible for the development, marketing, implementation, and administration of comprehensive innovation and training programs, working with industry partners, campus departments, and community agencies to ensure success of Workforce Development initiatives. Her work includes the college's new mobile simulation laboratory.
AVP, Workforce: Frank Kobayashi
Dean, CE & Workforce: Raquel Arata
Admin. Asst.: Bonnie Kong
Phone: (916) 484-8236
Monday - Friday:
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Lower Ground Floor of the Library
Through MESA, I connected to a diverse group of people, which improved my communication skills and made me appreciate different cultures. With the help of mentors and advisors at MESA, I received many scholarships, which contributed towards my academic success.
I participated in researches funded by NSF in the physics department at the University of California, Davis. The research project was in the experimental condensed matter lab led by notable faculty members.
In particular, I wrote a software that selects the webcam images corresponding to the beginning and end of each avalanche without human intervention. The software enabled us to study a large number of avalanches. My findings included increasing the maximum angles of stability of a pile of grains.
After completing my lower division courses at ARC, I transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, to obtain a degree in civil and Environmental Engineering. I participated in "The Steel Bridge Competition." I was on the design team, and we competed against 48 universities at the national competition, and we earned first place overall for the second consecutive year.
Currently, I serve as a mentor to high school and college students. After obtaining my BS in Civil Engineering, I started working at Forell/Elsesser, an award-winning structural and earthquake engineering firm in San Francisco, CA. Currently, I am in a master's program in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials at UC Berkeley, and I intend to graduate in May of 2016.
ARC Office of Workforce Development
is charged with administering a variety of categorical programs and funding sources related to career education and workforce development: