Workforce Development Courses and Curriculum
Program Developer: 'It's transformational and long overdue'


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The Workforce Development Professional Certificate Program consists of 12 courses that culminates in a capstone presentation. 

Simone Paurley, pictured here, says the most important topics for her were leadership and the history of workforce development, and the experience of being in a cohort was especially helpful. “We enjoyed each other and learned from each other, she says. “I feel that the training opportunity was a positive experience for me.” 

Babette Jimenez, senior program developer at the College of Continuing Education, shares her insights (below) on the workforce development curriculum and the power of the apprenticeship.

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The coursework includes “experiential learning and case studies that are industry-specific and current examples of what’s occurring in today’s job centers,” says Babette Jimenez, who has developed professional trainings and leadership academies at the College of Continuing Education (CCE).

“What distinguishes this program from other trainings are the instructors,” she adds. “Most of the instructors are accomplished professionals from the workforce development industry and the others are experts in their respective fields.”

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Asked to describe the program, Jimenez says: “It is something new, different and innovative. But those words aren’t ‘big’ enough to describe the power of this program. It’s transformational and long overdue, however, to me personally it’s been a labor of love.”

Jimenez has been a presenter on the apprenticeship program at industry conferences and continues to attend workforce-related events to keep up on new legislation and of course, her longstanding professional relationships. “I have been fortunate to work with people in the workforce development industry for many years now and the dedication and service these professionals provide to the public is truly inspirational.”

Jimenez is the most senior employee at CCE, starting as a student assistant at Sacramento State, then making the steady climb from clerk, analyst, supervisor, manager, senior manager and now, 34 years later to senior program developer.

“Helping to develop this program and being a part of something that will benefit the citizens of California inspires me to think of future possibilities!” 

You can contact Babette directly at

For more information, please visit the Workforce Development Professional web page.