Innovation and workforce development are essential elements for community and economic development. They support the social and economic well-being of the region by providing individuals with the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to secure employment with competitive wages and by promoting regional business retention, attraction, and economic growth strategies.

The Innovation and Workforce Development Hub (IWD) is part of Stanislaus State’s Continuing and Professional Education (CaPE) division. It contributes to the development of the region by:

  • Preparing individuals with flexible and manageable workforce training and experience that result in high-skill and high-wage employment
  • Developing and presenting affordable, results-driven workplace training for businesses, organizations, and industries


The Innovation and Workforce Development Hub (IWD) contributes to CaPE’s active involvement in the local and regional communities by establishing and maintaining a network of inspirational and innovative partnerships with state, municipal, and county agencies, community-based organizations, businesses, and industries. It aligns non-credit program development with regional workforce development needs and industry standards by identifying economic trends, regional skills gaps, and career pathways. The hub is committed to leading the design of valuable training opportunities for incumbent and prospective employees for the businesses and industries of the region, as well as offering affordable, results-driven developmental and professional education programs to the public, preparing and equipping individuals to pursue employment opportunities.

Mission: To provide innovative, customer-responsive training opportunities to lead the economic and social development of the region by decreasing unemployment and underemployment

Vision: Empowering the community through the development of a skilled, dynamic, and diverse workforce


Under the general direction of the Dean of the Continuing and Professional Education (CaPE) division and consistent with the long-range goals and objectives of CaPE, the hub explores opportunities for innovative collaboration between Stanislaus State and the community, researching the viability of new program ideas and prospects for strategic funding. The main focus of IWD is the development of Cape programs that lead to Micro-Credentials, Pre-Licensures, Pre-Certifications, and Certifications:

Competency-based awards reflect an individual’s skillset/mastery in a specific area. Micro-credentials reflect in-demand industry needs and may provide the awardee a competitive advantage in the workforce

Pre-Licensure, Pre-Certification
Courses that prepare individuals for licensing or certifying exams in specified industries

Courses that are required to earn a certification in a specific industry field


  • Further Stanislaus State’s mission by enabling students and community members with diverse skills and experiences to secure jobs, get promoted, and pursue careers to lead successful lives in a globalized, interconnected world
  • Identify innovative solutions that will bridge workforce gaps
  • Collaborate across colleges, campus units and departments, communities, and industries to provide workforce development offerings of professional and educational excellence


Dean, Continuing and Professional Education
Executive Director, Innovation and Workforce Development


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