Doing What Matters

Our work in the Bay Region is funded by a Retail, Hospitality & Tourism “Learn and Earn” Grant proposed by Skyline College and awarded as part of the State’s Chancellor’s Office “Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy” Initiative. This groundbreaking statewide initiative will help community colleges become essential catalysts in California’s economic recovery and jobs creation at the local, regional and state levels.

The Strategy

Doing What MATTERS for jobs and the economy is a four-pronged framework to respond to the call of our nation, state, and regions to close the skills gap. The four prongs are:

  • Give Priority for jobs and the economy
  • Make Room for jobs and the economy
  • Promote Student Success
  • Innovate for jobs and the economy


The goals of Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy are to supply in-demand skills for employers, create relevant career pathways and stackable credentials, promote student success and get Californians into open jobs.

Focus on Community Colleges

The California Community Colleges play an important role in boosting our state’s economy by serving more than 2.6 million students a year. In fact, one out of four community college students in the U.S. is enrolled in a California community college, making it the nation’s largest system of higher education.


Our 112 colleges provide students with the knowledge and background necessary in today’s competitive job market. With a wide range of educational offerings, the colleges provide workforce training, basic skills courses in English and math, certificate and degree programs and preparation for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. In a difficult economy, a college education is critical. Our campuses also serve as a natural gateway for veterans seeking a degree or job skills to transition to civilian life.


The Deputy Sector Navigator Retail Hospitality & Tourism Grant was awarded to Skyline College in August. Through a competitive grant process, Skyline idenitified key talent to carry out this role and matched funds to bring this regional movement to life.  

Closing the skills gap

in the Retail, Hospitality

& Tourism industry.

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