Scope and Content
Title: Occupational Information Coordinating Committee Records
Collection number: R189
Occupational Information Coordinating Committee
13 cubic feet of textual records and electronic media
California State Archives
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 represented in the collection:
Collection is open for research.
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.
[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.
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
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
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
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