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Practices with Promise Success Story

Submitted By: Lynn Stewart, DSN, Global Trade & Logistics, CCC

Pilot Program Allows Veterans to Leverage Logistics Background & Find a Job

  • Type of Practice: Regional Collaboration
  • Type(s) of Users Served: Returning Students, Skills-Builders Students
  • Sector(s): Global Trade & Logistics
  • Momentum Point(s) & Leading Indicators : MP 29, MP 33 (click here for description)
  • Regions Involved: Los Angeles
  • Colleges Involved: Long Beach City College
  • Other Organizations: Cal State University Long Beach; LA City WIB; Pacific Gateway WIB; LA Work Source Centers

The Challenge

Providing career opportunities and training for returning servicemen and women, reservists and veterans. Many are looking to participate in post-secondary education and/or career training, but struggle with a career path or field of interest. Since many veterans have experience in logistics or specialized skills that make them a good fit for a career in the logistics field, the challenge was to find a way to leverage those skills to give veterans new employment opportunities.

The Solution

The Deputy Sector Navigator (DSN) for Global Trade & Logistics for Los Angeles identified a successful industry recognized training program in logistics. The Center for International Trade & Transportation (CITT) at Cal State Long Beach offers a Global Logistics Specialist training program leading to an industry recognized credential. The longevity and success of this program and its connection with industry made it a good target training program. The DSN brought the LA City Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and Pacific Gateway Workforce Network together with CITT’s GLS program and industry to pilot a program to serve and train veterans in global logistics. The WIBs are paying the tuition for the veterans in the program.


This program was just launched in January of 2014 and the first cohort is set to graduate on June 30, 2014. Once the participants complete the six month program, the next step is to get them employed.

The Data

Three candidates were selected to participate in the initial program. Of those, two have obtained employment and the third will be interviewed by an industry partner, the marine terminal at the Port of Long Beach, for possible employment through the On the Job Training program offered by the WIBs. The next cohort will begin July 7th and recruitment is ongoing. The intent is to continue to expand this program and partnership.

Supporting Information

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Common Metrics

Leading Indicators

LI 1 Alignment of skillsets within a program (or set of courses) to a particular occupation and the needs of the labor market
LI 2 Regionalization of stackable certificates aligned with a particular occupation ladder
LI 3 Alignment of a certificate with state-, industry-, nationally-, and/or employer- recognized certification
LI 4 Creation of a credit certificate from non-credit certificate
LI 5 Curriculum articulation along a career or multi-career educational pathway
LI 6 Updating the skills of faculty, teachers, counselors, and/or “supporting staff to student” to reflect labor market needs
LI 7 Integration of small business creation and/or exporting modules into for-credit curriculum in other disciplines

Momentum Points

Middle School Cluster
MP 1Completed an individual career and skills awareness workshop in middle school that included a normed assessment process and was in a Doing What Matters priority or emerging sector
Transition from Middle School to High School
MP 2Completed a bridge program between middle school and high school and revised student career/education plan
MP 3Completed a student orientation and assessment program while in middle school or high school
High School Cluster
MP 4Completed one course in high school within a CTE pathway
MP 5Completed two or more courses in high school within a CTE pathway
MP 6Completed a CTE articulated course
MP 6aSuccessfully completed a CTE dual enrollment course or credit by exam, with receipt of transcripted credits
MP 7Completed a program in high school within a CTE pathway
Transition from High School to College Cluster
MP 8Completed a bridge program between high school and college in a CTE pathway
MP 9Completed college orientation and assessment as a first-time community college student who entered a community college CTE pathway
MP 10Transitioned from a high school CTE pathway to a similar community college CTE pathway
MP 11Transferred from a high school CTE pathway to a similar CSU, UC or private/independent university CTE pathway
MP 12Completed a counselor-approved college education plan, for first-time community college students who enter a CTE pathway
MP 13During high school, participated in an internship, work-based learning, mentoring, or job shadowing program in a CTE pathway
MP 14Percentage of community college students, who participated in a high school CTE pathway, whose first math or English course was below transfer-level
Community College Cluster
MP 15Completed two courses in the same CTE pathway
MP 16Retention rate between Fall and Spring within a CTE pathway
MP 17Completed a non-CCCCO-approved certificate within a CTE pathway
MP 18Completed a CCCCO-approved certificate within a CTE pathway
General Education and Transfer Progress Cluster
MP 19Completed a work readiness soft skills training program (either stand-alone or embedded) within a CTE pathway
MP 20Completed college level English and/or math, for students in a CTE pathway
MP 21Completed the CSU-GE or IGETC transfer track/certificate for students in a CTE pathway
MP 22Completed requirements in a CTE pathway, but did not receive a certificate or a degree
MP 23Completed an associate degree in a CTE major
MP 24Completed an associate degree in a major different from student’s college CTE pathway
MP 25Transferred from community college to a four-year university in the same CTE pathway
MP 26Transferred from community college to a four-year university in a major different from their CTE pathway
Community College Transition To Workforce Cluster
MP 27Participated in a college internship or workplace learning program within a CTE pathway
MP 28Attained a job placement in the same or similar field of study as CTE pathway
MP 29Acquired an industry-recognized, third-party credential
Workforce Progress Cluster
MP 30Attained a wage gain in a career in the same or similar CTE pathway
MP 31Attained wages equal to or greater than the median regional wage for that CTE pathway
MP 32Attained wages greater than the regional standard-of-living wage
MP 33Participated in incumbent worker training or contract education in a CTE pathway (for example training for layoff aversion, meeting heightened occupational credentialing requirement, transitioning employees whose occupations are being eliminated, or up-skilling existing employees)
MP 34Exception


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