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California Career Resource Network (CalCRN)

Program Goals and Emphasis

The CalCRN mission is to provide all California youth and adults with the career development information and resources they need to enable them to reach their career goals. The California CRN has a special emphasis on helping people develop the life and work management skills they will need — lifelong — to be self-reliant, resilient citizens, able to find work they love in times of constant workforce change and to maintain balance between work and their other life roles.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

Major industries are agriculture, oil, mining, electronics, entertainment and tourism. Government and professional and business services are the largest employing sectors, followed by manufacturing and retail trade. The most gains were in construction, leisure and hospitality, and services (professional and business, financial, and health). Software, electronics and biotechnology are high-growth areas.

The January 2006 unemployment rate was 4.8%, as compared to 5.4% in April 2005.

Key Economic Sectors

• Government
• Health Care & Social Assistance
• Leisure & Hospitality
• Manufacturing
• Professional & Business Services
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• CalCRN, the California Department of Education, and the Employment Development Department are working with a consultant to develop the California CareerZone. This CIDS program is going through a 5-month review phase, and will be officially launched in Fall 2005.

• The Employment Development Department is creating a new product line to deliver local occupational information for career development. Select Careers will be available on the LMID Web page beginning in mid 2005.

• California widely uses The Real Game Series, and has trained more than 200 persons to be facilitators and trainers. CalCRN promoted training for community college personnel who will facilitate the students working with local middle and high schools.
Primary Activities and Trainings

California has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• The Real Game Series™ (TRGS)
• Career Development Facilitator Training
• The Real Game Series™ (TRGS) U.S. Streaming Videos
• Golden State Career Videos
• Alignment of The Real Game Series to California Academic Standards
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools0
Middle Schools 75
High Schools 75
Community Colleges 17
4-Year Colleges/Universities 35
Other 35

Primary Resources

California has published the following resources:
• Career Tabloids
• Facilitating Career Development
• Federal Occupational Outlook Handbook
• National Career Development Guidelines
• State Licensed Occupations Guide
• State Occupational Outlook Handbook
• The Real Game Series
• California Career Planning Guide
• Golden State Career Video
• Smart Options

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The program receives additional funding from the following sources:
• Program Income
• Other (not specified)
Significant Program Partnerships

• Bureau for Private Postsecondary & Vocational Education
• Department of Education
• Workforce Investment Board
• Chancellor’s Office - California Community Colleges
• Department of Rehabilitation
• Department of Social Services
• Employment Development Department
• Employment Training Panel

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Project Director
Charlsey Cartwright
Executive Director
California Career Resource Network
PO Box 1138
Sacramento, CA 95812-1138
Phone: (916) 323-6544
Fax: (916) 322-0842
e-mail: [email protected]
Web Site:
State Administrative Location

California Career Resource Network (CalCRN)

Regional Contact Information