News Release

Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy Conference on October 20 and 28 in Santa Ana

​Sold-Out Event for Middle and High School Counselors Helps Develop Career Pathways

(Santa Ana, CA)—On Monday, October 20 and Tuesday, October 28, more than 300 Orange County middle and high school counselors will flock to Delhi Community Center in Santa Ana. The purpose of the conference slated for both days, “Doing What Matters for Students…Counseling for 21st Century College and Career Readiness,” is the promotion of student success in college and in the workforce. The event offers local counselors the opportunity to learn about the seven priority and emerging sectors that serve as the focal point for the California Community Colleges Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy initiative in Orange County responding to the call of our nation, state, and regions to close the skills gap in the workforce.

What:

Doing What Matters for Students…Counseling for 21st Century College and Career Readiness
A conference tailor-made for middle and high school counselors to learn about long-term career pathways supported by the seven priority and emerging workplace sectors in Orange County identified by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.  These sectors include: advanced manufacturing, energy efficiency and utilities, information communication technology (ICT)/digital media, retail/hospitality/tourism, small business, health, global trade and logistics.

When:

Monday, October 20, 2014
  8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
  8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where:

Delhi Community Center
505 E. Central Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92707

Why: 

With abundant job growth expected in the Orange County workforce over the next several years, local students need to be encouraged to pursue long-term careers in the seven industry sectors represented at these conferences with the help of California Community Colleges dedicated to matching their skills to industry needs. 

Who:

Keynote speakers:
Dr. David D. Gatewood, Dean, School of Business Sciences and School of The Arts, Irvine Valley College (October 20)

Dr. Kevin Fleming, Dean of Instruction, Career and Technical Education, Norco College and Principal Investigator, National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education, NSF (October 28)

Charles Lee-Johnson, CEO of National Family Life and Education Center, Counselor at Norco College, and Faculty Member at UCLA and Norco College (October 28)

The following California Community Colleges Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy Deputy Sector Navigators will present:

Norma A. Alvarado, Deputy Sector Navigator, Advanced Manufacturing in Los Angeles and Orange County, North Orange County Community College District

Robert Chaboya, Deputy Sector Navigator, Energy Efficiency and Utilities, Irvine Valley College

Dr. Gustavo Chamorro, Deputy Sector Navigator, ICT/Digital Media, Rancho Santiago Community College District

Ruth Cossio-Muniz, Deputy Sector Navigator, Retail/Hospitality/Tourism, Rancho Santiago Community College District

Maricela Sandoval, Deputy Sector Navigator, Small Business, Rancho Santiago Community College District

Dr. Laurie Sienkiewicz, Deputy Sector Navigator, Health, Golden West College

Lynn Stewart, Deputy Sector Navigator, Global Trade and Logistics, Rancho Santiago Community College District

More than 300 counselors from public school districts, private high school and universities, ROPs, community colleges and other educational institutions will attend. Among the districts that will be represented are: Anaheim Union High School District, Brea Olinda Unified School District, Capistrano Unified School District, Fountain Valley School District, Fullerton Joint Union High School District, Garden Grove Unified School District, Newport Mesa Unified School District, Orange Unified School District, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, Santa Ana Unified School District, and Tustin Unified School District.

How:

This conference is made possible through a regional collaboration of the seven Deputy Sector Navigators (listed above), the nine Orange County community colleges, the Orange County Department of Education, the Orange County Association of School Counselors, the Career Technical Education Partnership, and the California Career Café.

For more information on “Doing What Matters for Students…Counseling for 21st Century College and Career Readiness,” please contact Jetza Torres at (714) 241-5832 or torres_jetza@rsccd.edu.

Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy
Among the activities of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the programs of the Division of Workforce and Economic Development bridge the skills and jobs mismatch and prepare California’s workforce for 21st century careers. The Division serves as administrator for several streams of state and federal funds, including Governor’s Career Technical Education Pathways Initiative (SB70), Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, and Proposition 98 dollars for Apprenticeship, Economic & Workforce Development (EWD), and Career Technical Education (CTE). The Division collaborates with employers, organized labor, local communities, and their community colleges through programming supported by these funds to close the skills gap and to foster successful student completion.

About Rancho Santiago Community College District
Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College are public community colleges of the Rancho Santiago Community College District, which serves the residents of Anaheim Hills, Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin and Villa Park.  Both colleges provide education for academic transfer and careers, courses for personal and professional development, and customized training for business and industry. 

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Contact: Judy Iannaccone

Phone: (714) 480-7503

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