Meeting the Educational Needs of the Manufacturing Industry in California’s Central Valley

Meeting the Educational Needs of the Manufacturing Industry in California’s Central Valley, March 2017

The Fresno Workforce Investment Board (Fresno WIB) sponsored a project to study the relationship between the California State University campuses in the Central Valley and manufacturers in that region. California State University, Bakersfield, California State University, Fresno (Fresno State), and California State University, Stanislaus took part in this study. The project assessed the educational programs that the universities provide to the manufacturing sector and the methods used by the campuses to serve manufacturers. The project received funding from the Fresno WIB in late 2015. The study took place during 2016 and the Spring of 2017. This report presents each campus’ report, a national report on best practices of university-manufacturing relationships, a report on prior learning assessment (PLA), and a summary of best practices based on this research.