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SOLICITATION OF INTEREST
for participation in college network to offer
“SELF-EMPLOYMENT PATHWAYS IN THE GIG ECONOMY”

INTRODUCTION

Solano Community College is seeking letters of interest from California community colleges to offer Self-Employment Pathways in the Gig Economy. Participating colleges have the opportunity to adopt or adapt/adopt curriculum being piloted by the College of the Canyons as a benefit of being in this network.

Solano Community College is host for the California Community Colleges (CCCCO) Small Business Sector Navigator grant and contractor managing the Self-employment Pathways in the Gig Economy Pilot Project funded through the Strong Workforce Statewide Fiscal Omnibus RFA Specification Number: 16-205. See project work plan at the link below:
http://smallbusinesssector.net/documents/SOWSelf-employmentPathwaysintheGigEconomy.docx

LABOR MARKET BACKGROUND

The world of work is changing.  The Intuit 2020 Report projects that by 2020, 43% of the workforce will be made up of freelancers or independent contractors in the gig economy.  Small Business Labs which tracks and forecasts the trends and shifts impacting the future of small business cites the following recent studies as evidence that the gig economy is large and growing:

  1. Pew Research's Gig Work, Online Selling and Home Sharing found that 24% of adult Americans - that about 59 million people - report earning money from the digital ‘platform economy’ in the past year.
  2. The Federal Reserve Board's Exploring Online and Offline Informal Work found that more than a third - 36 percent- of the U.S. adult population undertook informal paid work activity either as a complement to, or as a substitute for, more traditional and formal work arrangements.
  3. McKinsey's Independent Work: Choice, Necessity and the Gig Economy found 20% to 30% of adult Americans are gig workers. 
  4. JP Morgan Chase Institute's Paychecks, Paydays and the Online Platform Economy found that while the number of people joining the online gig economy is slowing, their numbers doubled over the past year.
  5. Big 4 Accounting firm EY's Is The Gig Economy a Fleeting Fad or an Enduring Legacy makes it clear it's the latter. They say by 2020 at least 31 million Americans will be gig workers. 
  6. Career Builders Side Gig study found that 29% of employed Americans have side gigs.

The purpose of this Self-employment Pathways in the Gig Economy pilot project will be to prepare community college students to become freelancers and independent contractors in the growing Gig Economy.

NOTICE IS GIVEN:

Submit letters of interest via email to charles.eason@solano.edu by 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time, June 21, 2017.  Solano College and the CCCCO reserves the right to post to the web all letters received.
A Solicitation of Interest Information Webinar will be held on May 31, 2017 providing an overview of the project and to field questions. Below is the login information for the webinar:

CCC CONFER PARTICIPANT INVITATION
Title: Self-employment Pathways in the Gig Economy Information Webinar
Meeting Link:
http://www.cccconfer.org/GoToMeeting?SeriesID=0cf9c65c-11e5-4f19-ab9e-3dfd6a93881a
Phone: 888-886-3951
Meeting Passcode: 739813
Start Time 05/31/2017 3:30 PM
End Time 05/31/2017 4:30 PM

Questions can be directed to Charles Eason, Small Business Sector Navigator, (707) 863-7846, charles.eason@solano.edu.

Eligibility

All 113 Community Colleges in California are eligible to apply.  It is the intent to form an inclusive network with consideration for budget available, geographic, rural/urban balance, and level of college readiness/commitment. Preference will be given to colleges who are willing to pledge/commit local and/or regional Strong Workforce Program funds or other funds as match for the project.  As a Strong Workforce Program (SWP) funded project, colleges are encouraged to coordinate with their region’s Deputy Sector Navigators, Regional Consortia, and Centers of Excellence (COE). To find the Deputy Sector Navigator, Regional Consortia, and COE contacts for your region visit the link listed below:
http://www.doingwhatmatters.cccco.edu/ResourceMap.aspx 

Scope of Work and Budget

See Exhibit D in Self-employment Pathways in the Gig Economy Statement of Work.

http://smallbusinesssector.net/documents/SOWSelf-employmentPathwaysintheGigEconomy.docx

REQUEST FOR SOLICITATIONS OF INTEREST SUBMISSION FORMAT

In responding to this Solicitation of Interest, please include the items in the check list below:

Submittal Check List

  • Cover letter signed by the responsible Dean, CIO, and CEO briefly describing college’s interest in participating as part of the Self-employment Pathways in the Gig Economy network of colleges, description of existing entrepreneurship programs or resources that may be relevant to implementing the project, and background of the proposed team for the project.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FOR SOLICITATION OF INTEREST AND SELECTION OF SELF-EMPLOYMENT PATHWAYS IN THE GIG ECONOMY NETWORK COLLEGES

Solicitation of Interest released                                                                      May 22, 2017

Solicitation of Interest Information Webinar (will be recorded)                       May 31, 2017

College letters of interest due no later than 5:00 P.M.                                   June 21, 2017                

Approval of sub-agreements with colleges selected to                                   July 19, 2017
participate in Self-employment Pathways in the Gig Economy
Project by Solano Community College Board of Trustees

Orientation webinar for colleges selected to participate in the                       July 26, 2017
Self-employment Pathways in the Gig Economy Network

In-person training for colleges selected to participate in the                          September 8, 2017
Self-employment Pathways in the Gig Economy Network         

Project Completion Date                                                                                  December 31, 2018

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