Marin-Sonoma Healthcare Sector Partnerships

About Marin-Sonoma Healthcare Sector Partnership 

In the face of market fluctuations and an uncertain national policy outlook, it’s more essential than ever to anchor our focus on persistent, long-term issues facing the healthcare sector. This partnership is an industry-led, community-supported partnership that enables businesses to tackle the toughest challenges in their sector together – and on their own terms.The partnership is:

  • Industry-led: Business leaders take on the central role in discussions where they can define and champion their own agenda. Strategies are based on industry-determined priorities, not public programs.
  • Community-supported: Public partners form workforce development, economic development, education and other fields work together to convene and assist. These organizations stand ready to pool resources and support he shared strategies that businesses develop.
  • Sustainable over time: Sector Partnerships are organized around the topics that interest healthcare leaders most. They offer opportunities to network, identify common competitiveness concerns and design join projects for early, momentum-building wins.

Currently more than 30 Sonoma and Marin organizations have joined and their focus includes:

  • Points of transition between medical/acute care and community/home care to reduce readmission rates.
  • Critical occupations and increasing the skills for a pool of qualified talent.
  • Cost of living and workforce retention.

For more information, contact Caran Cuneo (Marin County) or Nancy Keene (Sonoma County).












Marin-Sonoma Healthcare Sector Partnership

Workforce Alliance of the North Bay
Regional Partners

Northern California Career Pathways Alliance (NCCPA)

The Northern California Career Pathways Alliance (NCCPA) is a collaborative alliance of the County Offices of Education, Community Colleges, Workforce Boards and local schools and businesses in Lake, Mendocino, Sonoma, Marin, Napa and Solano Counties. The NCCPA:

  • emphasizes a regional approach to career pathways;
  • inspires students through high-quality experiences in school and in professional workplace settings;
  • engages businesses in education;
  • provides the region with the focused, diverse and highly-qualified workforce needed for a vibrant economy.

The California Community Colleges Career Ladders Project (CLP), in collaboration with ConnectED, supports the NCCPA with strategic planning, pathway mapping, early college credit opportunities, and work-based learning, as well as faculty and staff community of practice facilitation, including a regional CTE administrator community of practice.

To learn more about the NCCPA or get involved in our pathways projects, please contact us.

North Bay Business Sector Alliance (NBBSA)

The North Bay Business Sector Alliance (NBBSA) is comprised of the Workforce Alliance of the North Bay, the Sonoma County Workforce Development Board, and the Solano County Workforce Development Board. The NBBSA identifies way to better engage businesses and obtain industry input when determining policy priorities and strategies. It also ensures:

  • that there is a robust mechanism by which businesses help to identify training and education deficiencies and develop the approaches to solving them;
  • that businesses help to identify the career pathways most critical to regional economic success and any necessary adjustments to further develop career pathway programs to meet regional industry needs; and
  • that industry leads the discussion and process on determining industry-valued and recognized postsecondary credentials.

North Bay Employment Connection (NBEC)

The North Bay Employment Connection NBEC is a regional planning unit comprised of the Workforce Alliance of the North Bay and the workforce boards of Sonoma and Solano Counties. In addition to collaboration on the NBBSA and NCCPA initiatives, the NBEC administers roughly $20 million in jointly-administered, grant-funded projects, drives regional staff development efforts and delivers jointly-funded labor market and occupational outlook analyses.

North Bay Trades Introduction Program (TIP)

The North Bay Trades Introduction Program is a pre-apprenticeship course that prepares students for trade careers. Offered by several area community colleges in Napa, Sonoma, Marin and Solano counties, the program provides education and skills training to anyone interested in pursuing an apprenticeship in one of 14 building trade unions. The North Bay TIPs program kicked off in April 2016 with a $349,000 grant from the state Employment Development Department, and includes first aid, CPR and Occupational Safety and Health Administration certifications, as well as hands-on instruction with tools and materials at union worksites and training centers. The training increases students skills in construction math, drafting, drawing, work readiness, and job safety, while developing relationships within the North Bay building trades industry, and making them much more viable candidates for union apprenticeships. For more information about this program, please contact us.



Workforce Alliance of the North Bay’s network of career centers, employment and training initiatives, and programs result in a regional talent pool that drives economic growth for businesses and social mobility for workers and career seekers in the North Bay.