New Directions in Racial and Economic Justice: How California’s Worker Centers Are Bringing Worker Power into Workforce Development

Kevin L. Lee, Magaly Lopez, and Ana Luz Gonzalez-Vasquez


Drawing on preliminary data from a study of worker centers in California, we present a case for considering these organizations as invaluable actors in the state’s public workforce development system. While they share much in common with other traditional actors such as community colleges, American Job Centers, labor unions, and adult learning centers, worker centers are unique in that their approach to workforce development is (1) community and worker centered, (2) industry responsive, and (3) systems oriented.


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