Inventory of the Occupational Information Coordinating Committee

Processed by Tyler G. Cline
California State Archives
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Inventory of the Occupational Information Coordinating Committee Records

Collection number: R189

California State Archives

Office of the Secretary of State

Sacramento, California
Processed by:
Tyler G. Cline
Date Completed:
May 2011
Encoded by:
Lisa DeHope
© 2011 California Secretary of State. All rights reserved.

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


Series Descriptions

R189.1, Box 1, folders 1-9

Series 1 Agency Files 1982-1990

Physical Description: 9 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by agency name.

Scope and Content Note

Agency files include material relating to the various agencies with which the COICC had a relationship. These include the Employment Development Department, the Department of Education, and the California Community Colleges. Agency files include materials such as interagency agreements and budgetary information.
R189.2, Box 1, folders 10-17

Series 2 Conference Files 1996-2002

Physical Description: 8 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by conference date.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains material related to conferences attended by COICC members. The COICC attended numerous conferences between the inception of the Committee and its disbandment. The COICC also sponsored and hosted conferences in California related to labor market information, labor statistics development, and workforce information. Materials include promotional material, research material, remarks, and correspondence with conference members or hosts.
R189.3, Box 1, folder 18 - Box 4, folder 4

Series 3 Correspondence 1982-2003

Physical Description: 60 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged into two subseries. The first subseries covers the years 1982 to 1986, and is arranged chronologically. The second subseries covers the years 1983 to 2003, and is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence files include letters and emails from the COICC, its executive directors, and its advisory members to and from various agencies, legislators, researchers, consultants, and members of the private sector, both citizens and industry leaders. The COICC also had correspondence with the National Occupational Coordinating Committee on matters of policy, procedure, funding, and scope.
R189.4, Box 4, folder 5 - Box 5, folder 23

Series 4 Meeting Files 1979-2002

Physical Description: 43 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged into two subseries: (1) Meeting Agendas and Minutes, and (2) General Meeting Files. Meeting agendas and minutes are arranged by date, and general meeting files are arranged by subject.

Scope and Content Note

The first subseries includes agendas and minutes from meetings of the full Committee including advisory members and general staff. These meetings typically occurred on a monthly basis, but were frequently postponed or cancelled.
The second subseries included meeting notes and reference material. Topics discussed at the COICC meetings include the directorship of the Committee, the workforce development block grant program, labor market information, the Joint Employment Training Conference of 1992, and cooperation with other State Occupational Information Coordinating Committees.
R189.5, Box 6, folder 1 - Box 7, folder 11

Series 5 Memoranda 1989-2002

Physical Description: 34 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content Note

The COICC staff included the executive director and one to three staff assistants at any given time, and correspondence between the staff and the full body of the Committee was often the best way for these two groups to communicate. As the COICC met monthly and frequently cancelled or postponed meetings, memoranda between the executive director and members of the Committee allowed for the free flow of information and ideas to develop projects and continue the general functions of the committee.
R189.6, Box 7, folders 12 - 22

Series 6 Office Files 1981-1999

Physical Description: 9 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content Note

Office files include records from the day-to-day operations of the COICC staff, which included an executive director and at least one support person. The correspondence and memoranda of the executive director is included, along with reports on the development of projects and programs, contracts with state agencies and private firms, and budgetary agreements.
R189.7, Box 7, folder 23 - Box 9, folder 25

Series 7 OIS Development Files 1980-2001

Physical Description: 28 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content Note

The development of a California Cooperative Occupational Information System (CCOIS) was a fundamental goal of the COICC. The OIS Development Files include reports, research, and background information on the development of the CCOIS. From the creation of the Committee through the late 1990s, this system was never fully developed or implemented. The COICC contracted with Pacific Research Management Associates in 1983-1985 to develop a comprehensive survey meant to gauge the interest of the public and private sectors in participating in the CCOIS, but participation was low. These files include research and correspondence between PRMA and the COICC members, user manuals for the Labor Market Information Survey, and digital media including three versions of the LMIS on 5 1/4" diskette. The COICC attempted to coordinate a distributed Occupational Information System by making it voluntary and industry-led, but by 1995 it had returned to a centralized CCOIS concept.
For a complete description of OIS media, see Appendix A of master finding aid.
R189.8, Box 10, folders 1-18

Series 8 Occupational Outlook Reports 1982-2004

Physical Description: 18 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content Note

The Occupational Outlook Reports cover a wide variety of labor market information in several regions in California, usually separated by County. For the first decade of these reports, the information is scattered and not uniform. However, reports included after 1995, both electronically and in textual format are both comprehensive and uniform. The reports included are primarily from 2001-2003 and include multi-year projections by the counties.
For a complete description of report titles, see Appendix B of master finding aid.
R189.9, Box 10, folder 19 - Box 11, folder 4

Series 9 Program Files 1986-1988

Physical Description: 7 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by program.

Scope and Content Note

Program files include records both on the programs developed by the COICC as well as programs led by private industry council, for-profit groups, other SOICCs, and the NOICC. These include printed and promotional material, correspondence to and from these groups, and feedback on the COICC's programs such as the Cooperative Occupational Information System. Programs managed by the COICC included the Labor Market Information Technical Guide program, the Occupational Handbook Workshop Guide, the guide to the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, and the distribution of research on paths to entering the workplace.
R189.10, Box 11, folders 5-14

Series 10 Project Files 1987-1995

Physical Description: 10 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by project.

Scope and Content Note

Project files include documentation on the various tasks which the COICC performed, including preparation for conferences, development of strategies to fulfill its mandate of labor market dissemination, and the creation of guides to career development training. Some projects included finding local partners for the California Cooperative Information System, the Career Development Training Guide, and the Vocational Training Wage Data project.
R189.11, Box 11, folder 15 - Box 12, folder 6

Series 11 Report Files 1978-2004

Physical Description: 15 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content Note

Reports created or retained by the COICC including those on labor market information, career development training, career reeducation and workforce adjustment, workforce development, and vocational and technical education.
R189.12, Box 12, folder 7 - Box 13, folder 9

Series 12 Subject Files 1988-2002

Physical Description: 26 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content Note

Subject files span a wide array of topics of interest or use to the COICC and typically consist of correspondence, background material, newspaper clippings, notes, reports, legislation, and educational tools. Some subjects of specific interest to the COICC are SB178 (1983-1984) which reauthorized the COICC with a mandate for labor market information gathering and distribution, the Carl D. Perkins Act for Vocational and Technical Education of 1984, which contained information similar to SB178 on the federal level, the COICC's distribution of the "California Career Video" series, and the Real Game/Make It Real Game for use in the public school system at differing grade levels.
For a complete description of subject headings, see Appendix C of master finding aid.