Goal EDL-4: Improve Hayward’s “education-to-job bridge” through community partnerships that prepare students and residents for the future economy and expand their career choices.
With a distinct knowledge-based economy, the Bay Area relies heavily upon an educated, highly-skilled, and technical workforce. Improving the education and occupational skills of Hayward’s workforce is a major community priority. The quality of Hayward’s workforce can determine whether or not businesses locate in Hayward and can influence if they choose to stay and grow locally. This goal and its supporting policies strive to improve the education and job skills of Hayward’shigh-school students and adult residents so that they are qualified for local and regional jobs. The City of Hayward recognizes that not all residents will pursue a college education, and therefore supports programs that both prepare students for college and that provide trainingand skills that will prepare individuals for a broad spectrum ofvocational trades and professions.
The City shall encourage and promote school district and community efforts to increase high school graduation rates.
The City shall work with transit service providers and healthcare providers to improve connections to local and regional health care facilities for people who are transit-dependent.
The City shall encourage local high schools to provide students with both a college-preparation track and a technical training track (a program of study that involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic curriculum with technical and occupational skills and experience).
The City shall coordinate with local schools, colleges, government agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, the Chamber of Commerce, and other organizations to expand student exposure to various professions and local businesses through classroom presentations, internships, and on-the-job training.
The City shall collaborate with community organizations, businesses, schools, and colleges to enhance learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
The City shall maintain and enhance library programs that improve education and employment opportunities for residents, such as adult literacy programs, English-learning programs, and computer and technology programs.
The City shall promote career resources programs and occupational skills training services offered by local and regional agencies, such as the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board, East Bay Works, the California Employment Development Department, and the Construction Craft Training Center.
The City shall promote the high school and adult occupational training programs offered by the Eden Area ROP.
The City shall encourage efforts to expand the student capacity of local colleges, trade schools, and technical training institutes to increase educational and occupational training opportunities for Hayward residents.
The City shall coordinate with local schools, colleges, trade school, and businesses to sponsor events, festivals, and tours that encourage high school students and adults to enroll in college or career training programs.