Center of Excellence, Los Rios Community College District
Theresa Milan at the Los Rios Community College District’s Center of Excellence uses EMSI’s analysis to identify labor market trends and help northern California’s 15 community colleges respond through program changes and grants. Milan recently crafted an environmental scan using EMSI’s economic intelligence and other sources to analyze the water efficiency technology in the plumbing sector for the Greater Sacramento Area. A survey of 50 plumbing companies in the region indicated that 48% were planning to grow in the coming year, while 38% expected to keep the same number of employees. “Given that the construction industry has seen a sharp decline of sales over the last few years, these findings indicate a positive economic shift and a growing need for a trained workforce,” the report stated. The on-the-ground information was confirmed by EMSI’s occupational figures and 10-year projection for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters. The survey and data, combined with the fact that the state is planning on instituting building code standards with mandatory water efficiency requirements by 2011 (currently they’re voluntary), led the center to recommend that Sacramento-area colleges develop two-year plumbing programs that integrate water efficiency technology. Currently there are no plumbing degrees offered in the region.