Information Communication Technologies & Digital Media Sector Team

Paula Hodge, ICT-DM Regional Director in the South Central Coast, is leading an effort to bring two content providers together to create a more robust online experience for students who are looking to enter a tough job market.

Hodge is working with LinkedIn Learning and Jobspeaker to make combined content available to all eight colleges in the South Central Coast Regional Consortium (SCCRC). Students can access LinkedIn Learning’s career and professional development content directly through Jobspeaker’s web and mobile apps. The goal is to help students thrive and prepare them for new adventures in the working world.

“We are focused on helping students from across the economic spectrum build their skills towards a fulfilling career,” Hodge said. “The partnership with the SCCRC and LinkedIn Learning empowers students by providing a variety of learning content to help students achieve their goals.”

LinkedIn Learning offers more than 15,000 online training courses in business, technology, marketing, and many other skills.

Ryan Zervakos, LinkedIn Learning’s Senior Relationship Manager, said the organization is excited to partner with Jobspeaker and SCCRC.

“This partnership is a first for us, allowing their students to seamlessly use all the Jobspeaker tools and easily launch LinkedIn Learning content in one place,” Zervakos said. “We are starting with targeted LinkedIn Learning content specific to job searching and job readiness skills to give their students the best opportunity to get into the job market.”

Jobspeaker allows students to build a skills transcript based on completed coursework and use it to attract the right employers, who identify and hire these job seekers based on their unique skill set. The platform helps align educational resources with desired career choices and aligns with the mission of LinkedIn Learning and the SCCRC.

“We are excited to show how we can leverage the benefits of both platforms, working in unison to yield better outcomes for SCCRC students, particularly as they enter what’s going to be a difficult job market,” said Jobspeaker Founder and CEO Jarlath O’Carroll.

“In addition,” Hodge explained, “we are able to engage employers within our communities and throughout the region through CareerConnect powered by Jobspeaker. This is our regional portal and a “one stop” location for employers to attract and find qualified students for their corporate opportunities and needs.”

The SCCRC facilitates and promotes effective regional educational initiatives for its member colleges. Its member colleges are Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria; Antelope Valley College, Lancaster; Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo; Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara; College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita; Moorpark College, Moorpark; Oxnard College, Oxnard; and Ventura College, Ventura.

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