Education, Diversity, and Growth in the Economy
Who We Are
The California EDGE Coalition is a non-partisan consortium of business, labor, social justice, education and workforce organizations united in the vision of a broadly shared prosperity.
What We Do
The California EDGE Coalition advances state policy and investments that create and sustain pathways into the middle class for all Californians, including individuals facing barriers to economic and social mobility.
The Challenge Facing California
California can only compete successfully in an increasingly global economy based on the skills of its people. A skills gap in new and emerging technologies, the growing divide between high-and-low-skilled work, stagnating incomes, and growing income inequality put California’s prosperity and its ability to compete globally at risk. Estimates of the looming skills gap vary, but it appears that by 2025 California will face a shortfall of roughly a million workers with bachelor’s degrees and over a million more who will need other high-quality post-secondary career or education training.
Our Policy Agenda
California must ensure that our state’s education and training institutions work together effectively to provide skill development for all Californians but particularly for individuals from the underserved communities that are now the majority of our workforce and will drive California’s future.
The California EDGE Coalition Policy Agenda highlights common-sense strategies to advance state policy and investments in workforce education and training to promote our vision – a broadly shared prosperity.
Support Career Education
Link Career Education and Workforce Training Programs to create pathways to middle-class jobs
Eliminate barriers and expand supports for learner access, progress, and success, especially for traditionally underserved populations
Provide low-skilled working Californians access to skill upgrade training and other educational opportunities
Bring disconnected adults and youth back into education or training and into the labor market
Invest in regional workforce strategies to build prosperous communities and competitive industries
Develop a shared vision, measurable goals, and longitudinal data to monitor the progress of California’s education and training systems
A Policy Agenda for Shared Prosperity
The California EDGE Coalition’s new policy agenda proposes a series of recommendations that we believe will help California achieve the twin goals of economic dynamism and widespread economic opportunity.