Student Needs Survey 2019
Learning Institutions – Career and College Programs and Pathways Survey 2019
Siskiyou Occupational Advancement Roadmap (SOAR) is a grant-funded countywide career pathway and workforce development 5-year planning project designed to help increase access to job skills while increasing local employers’ connections to skilled people. The project is managed by the Siskiyou County Office of Education and coordinated by Great Northern Services. A collaborative network is creating the plan, and includes College of the Siskiyous, Siskiyou County Personnel Department, Jefferson Economic Development Institute (JEDI), Siskiyou Economic Development, Siskiyou Training and Employment (STEP) and other area agencies, K-12 and postsecondary educational institutions, and large and small businesses throughout Siskiyou County.
Siskiyou Occupational Advancement Roadmap (SOAR)
Five-Year Strategic Planning Project
Statement of Purpose
The purpose of the Siskiyou Occupational Advancement Roadmap (“SOAR”) is to build a job readiness strategy for Siskiyou County using public/private partnerships. This strategic plan will clarify employment pathways for students and help identify gaps between classrooms and job opportunities.
The Siskiyou Occupational Advancement Roadmap (SOAR) committee was established in 2017 to assist job readiness and promote and coordinate workforce activities in the area. Siskiyou County is losing vitality through a loss in population and “human capital”. Our project seeks to address this common rural problem by creating a job readiness strategy. Although our net population loss is only 2.8%, data models show our labor problem is much worse. United States labor models show a net 18% loss of people 20-65 in age between 2005 and 2020 in Siskiyou. Studies suggest people leave rural areas to obtain education and skills to seek better pathways to employment. This trend is especially prevalent in youth (18-25 in age).
Within five years, our community will have a county-wide network providing job training and career pathways. A competent and skilled workforce will foster productivity in the workplace and support greater business and community vitality. Project completion and continued efforts will help our rural county by improving unemployment, population, incomes, and labor shortages. We envision this strategy will identify work experience opportunities along with career and technical related learning through local educational institutions (e.g., internship, apprenticeship, and job shadow). In combination with these job readiness measures, we will facilitate clearer communication between employers and this vast pool of eligible students/employees. These efforts will provide support to those entering and re-entering the workforce as well as those who are currently underemployed. Improvements in a skilled labor pool should also attract new businesses. This grant may further result in a multiplier effect where an initial contribution to a county support program should allow for continual improvement of Siskiyou County’s economic prosperity.