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Inventory of the Occupational Information Coordinating Committee
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  • Administrative Information
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Occupational Information Coordinating Committee Records
    Dates: 1978-2004
    Collection number: R189
    Creator: Occupational Information Coordinating Committee
    Collection Size: 13 cubic feet of textual records and electronic media
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: The records of the Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (COICC) consist of twelve cubic feet of textual records and one box of electronic media. The committee was created by an act of the State Legislature in response to the national Comprehensive Employment Training Act of 1973, or CETA. The goal of the committee was to act as an advisory body to the Employment Development Department in the department's operation of the State-Local Cooperative Labor Market Information Development Program, or LMID, as specified in the above mentioned federally funded program requirements.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please consult California State Archives staff. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement that may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives' collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Occupational Information Coordinating Committee Records, R189. [series number], [box and folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Acquisition and Custodial History

    The California State Archives acquired the Occupational Information Coordinating Committee Records according to state law.

    Administrative History

    The California Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (COICC) was created by an act of the State Legislature in response to the national Comprehensive Employment Training Act of 1973, or CETA. That act was passed by the 93rd Congress and chaptered as Public Law 93-203. The federal act created the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (NOICC) as a federal level interagency committee with consolidated responsibilities for funding federal job training programs, for the unemployed, underemployed, the disadvantaged, and youth. The NOICC coordinated with state level Occupational Information Coordinating Committees or SOICCs, and distributed block grants and the Basic Assistance Grants to state level programs which met the NOICC's developmental guidelines.
    The COICC (alternately referred to as the California SOICC) was established by Statutes of 1975, Chapter 853. The Committee consisted of the Director of Employment Development, the Director of Commerce, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, the Director of Rehabilitation, the chair of the State Job Training Coordinating Council, the Executive Director of the Employment Training Panel, the Director of Social Services, and the Executive Secretary of the Council for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education. The goal of the committee was to act as an advisory body to the Employment Development Department in the department's operation of the State-Local Cooperative Labor Market Information Development Program, or LMID, as specified in the above mentioned federally funded program requirements.
    The scope and mission of the COICC was modified several times after its inception. Chapter 972, Statutes of 1978, stated that the Legislature's intent for the COICC was to make "timely labor market information" available to the public. Revised federal legislation such as the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982 provided funding through the NOICC for state level OICCs to fund job corps, adult and youth education programs, and labor market information statistics gathering, publishing, and promulgation.
    The national Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1984 restructured the NOICC/SOICC relationship by providing funding and mandates for the creation of technical and vocational education programs. The COICC was encouraged to sponsor and track the successes of vocational programs in California. In 1984, the authorizing legislation granting the COICC statutory authority was shifted from the Education Code to the Unemployment Insurance Code. The COICC was defined as an interagency committee in the Unemployment Insurance Code sections 10531 and 10532, with the same language, structure, and board composition as the previous statutes of 1978.
    During this time, the COICC, which had a full-time staff of two and one half persons, began efforts to promulgate labor market information for California. The COICC chose a distributed model for this information, facilitating coordination between the California State College system and the Private Industry Councils of major California cities such as San Jose, Fresno, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego.
    In 1998 the committee became part of America's Career Resource Network as funded under the Workforce Investment Act. The committee was restructured in 2005, following the passage of SB655 (Midgin), which repealed the Unemployment Insurance Code sections 10531 and 10532, replacing them with Education Code section 53086 (Chapter 208, Statutes of 2006). The committee was renamed the California Career Resource Network and became a special program within the Department of Education.
    The members now included the Director of Employment Development, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, the Director of Rehabilitation, the Director of Social Services, the Executive Director of the California Workforce Investment Board, the Chief Deputy of the Adult Programs Division, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Chief Deputy of the Juvenile Justice Division, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and the Director of the Department of Developmental Services.
    The program then had the goal to distribute career information, resources, and training materials to middle school and high school counselors, educators, and administrators, in order to ensure that middle schools and high schools have the necessary information available to provide a pupil with guidance and instruction on education and job requirements necessary for career development.

    Scope and Content

    The records of the Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (COICC) consist of thirteen cubic feet of textual records and one box of electronic media. These records are arranged into twelve series and date from 1978 to 2004. The series arrangement reflects an imposition of an artificial arrangement structure onto records which were organized neither chronologically nor by subject. Records were stored in folders with limited description, and organization was imposed on these folders.
    The records between the creation of the COICC in 1978 and the passage of the Job Training Partnership Act in 1982 and the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act in 1984 are sparse and reflect a lack of direction within the COICC. Despite having a mandate from the state to propagate labor market information and funding to do so, the records of the COICC from this period display both lack of consensus as to the COICC's mission as well as the methods through which such mission was to be accomplished.
    Beginning in 1982, the COICC undertook a study of the usefulness of Labor Market Information (LMI) within the state, contracted to Pacific Research Management Associates of Sacramento. This group developed three versions of a Labor Market Information Survey, to be distributed electronically on microfloppy diskette for MS-DOS computers. The survey was distributed to Private Industry Councils of San Jose and San Diego, as well as several colleges and universities. Despite spending several years and many thousands of dollars on the survey project, the COICC would not effectively distribute Labor Market Information within and about the state for another decade.
    Beginning in the late 1990s, the COICC began to distribute Occupational Outlook Reports for the counties of California on an annual basis. These reports were distributed in bound volumes as well as electronic format as Adobe PDF files.
    The records of the COICC reflect shifting trends in both the labor market and labor market information over a period of twenty-five years. In the late 1990s, the Committee's memoranda and interagency correspondence reflected the growing realization that the changing realities of labor in California and the Untied States meant that as companies shifted their workforces towards "mobile" more temporary employees, the ability for agencies to track labor market information, as well as the relevance and timeliness of labor market information, was significantly decreased.
    By the year 2000, the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (NOICC) had its statutory language revoked, and was replaced by America's Career Resource Network (ACRN), with a focus on employment education for high school students and retraining for people changing careers. The COICC continued to produce and distribute Occupational Outlook Reports up until its restructuring as the California Career Resource Network (CalCRN) in 2005.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    California Occupational Information Coordinating Committee
    Labor market information
    Career development