Regional Economic Development Institute Website

Welcome to the Regional Economic Development Institute (REDI)

REDI is a career and technical education applied research, training, and technical assistance center based at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College.   REDI’s mission is to strengthen the regional economy through the design, delivery, and dissemination of state-of-the art workforce development, vocational, and basic skills education and training programs.  The Institute specifically endeavors to re-engineer public education (K-16) to seamlessly and effectively connect high demand industries and jobs to California’s workforce, with a special emphasis on unemployed and underemployed populations.

REDI’s central purpose is to strengthen the competitiveness and profitability of its industry partners, while building meaningful educational experience, careers and livable wages for current and prospective workers.

REDI breaks the mold of traditional community college programs in that it’s the centerpiece for achieving reform in how career and technical education is delivered in the Los Angeles region.  The distinguishing qualities of the Institute include its emphasis on:  1) evidenced based workforce development and educational strategies, 2) high wage and high growth sectors, 3) universal skills and contextualized learning, 4) industry lead curricula design, 5) the alignment of the educational and career pathways in high wage sectors, and 6) special attention to the needs of disadvantaged populations.

The REDI Executive Summary provides a more indepth description of the Institute.

REDI Workforce Development Initiatives

  • The Sustainable Development Education and Training Institute (SDETI)
  • The Hospitality Collaborative
  • LA Infrastructure and Sustainable Jobs Collaborative

What is REDI?

REDI is a collection of workforce collaboratives involving industry, labor, community organizations and public institutions with a specific focus on connecting low wage workers to high wage jobs and industries.  REDI’s goal is to strengthen L.A.’s position as a world class city by developing a high skilled, world class workforce.

  • The qualities of REDI that distinguish it from other Community College or Workforce Programs include:
  • its commitment to regional and sector-based economic development goals & strategies and not just student or participant success;
  • its intentional focus on not only building economic opportunities for low-income populations, but also developing strategies to revitalize  communities disconnected from the regional economy through targeted educational investments;
  • its interdisciplinary curricula design that brings faculty together across disciplines to address the broad range of technical, universal, business and problem solving skills needed for 21st Century jobs;  its curricula that offer seamless “grade school to grad school” academic and technical training in high demand industries

Overview of REDI

REDI is guided by a high level committee of business, government, and community leaders that serve in an advisory capacity.  REDI is composed of 4 operating units: research and development, workforce solutions, career and technical education, and community and enterprise development.

The Research and Development Unit drives all aspects of REDI.  This unit will engage in continuous best practices and evaluation research that will advance educational innovation within the California Community College System and nationwide. This unit will also deliver regional economic and labor market studies and identify changing needs and opportunities in the marketplace.  The R&D unit will produce high quality training materials and will provide clearinghouse and technical assistance services to faculty and administers in the public school systems.

The Workforce Solutions Unit brings specialized knowledge in universal workplace skills to the research, education, and training enterprise. Universal skills cut across all industry sectors and include: 1) workforce literacy, 2) technology solutions, 3) business/corporate leadership, 4) organizational effectiveness, and 5) diversity.   The programs and services of this unit will continuously evolve to meet special needs of various market segments (populations)-customized for unique industry needs and adapted for contextualized learning.

The Career & Technical Education Unit is designed to provide seamless grade 6 through 16 (and continuing) curricula and educational delivery that leads to multiple career pathways and options.  This unit provides a comprehensive suite of educational services to meet the “entry level to executive level” workforce needs of industry.

Entry-level job education will be structured as full-time, “fast track” training academies that integrate technical, basic, and soft skills.  Work experience and apprenticeship opportunities will be offered along with counseling and supportive services for the entry level positions.  Incumbent worker education is designed to provide lifelong education and training to enable the workforce to advance, adapt, transition, and succeed in an ever-evolving workplace.  Incumbent worker education programs will be structured in “just-in-time”, online/hybrid, and accelerated delivery formats to meet the needs of working adults.

The Community and Enterprise Development Unit is designed to provide students (high school and college) and existing businesses with skills in business planning and entrepreneurship.  This unit also engages students, faculty, administrators, and others in community development education and activities.