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Expand your Workforce

with Apprenticeships

Friday, June 10, 2021 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Apprenticeships aren’t just for the building trades: Recent years have seen a new wave of innovative apprenticeships across sectors, from health and tech to transportation and energy.

It’s no wonder: As a training and talent development mechanism, apprenticeships are among the most cost-effective mechanisms to expand and diversify talent pipelines. It’s an earn-and-learn mechanism that can ultimately create a more equitable and accessible pathway into a career, says Adele Burnes, Regional Director of Apprenticeships for the Bay Area Community College Consortium, and a means to create more onramps into careers that pay family-sustaining wages without acquiring college debt.

But they’re underutilized and often misunderstood, and Burnes is working to change that. In her work, she is both assisting the educational systems in the Bay Area to expand apprenticeships and also representing the Bay Region in a statewide conversation about the future of apprenticeship. 

Join Burnes and MBEP Workforce Development Program Manager Hayley Mears for a free workshop on apprenticeships this Friday, June 10. “Expand your Workforce with Apprenticeships will demystify the apprenticeship model, look at the investments the state is making into apprenticeships, and explore new and innovative apprenticeship models happening around the region.

Event Hosts

Adele Burnes

Regional Director of Apprenticeships, Bay Area Community College Consortium

Adele Burnes has spent her career in workforce development and economic empowerment, with a particular lens to teach enabled positive change in the world and busting open the door of opportunity to the future of our economy to those historically excluded. 

As the new Regional Director of Apprenticeship, for the Bay Area Community College Consortium she is both assisting the educational systems in the Bay Area to expand apprenticeships and also representing the Bay Region in statewide conversation about the future of apprenticeship. 

She gained a lot of knowledge of the workforce development space as the Senior Director of Operations and Strategic Planning for Year Up Bay Area. Year Up is the most effective workforce development program ever measured in the US and Adele worked across the organization and the market to help scale Year Up and ultimately launch more talented opportunity youth into careers in tech.

Before Year Up, she was the Chief Operating Officer at YouNoodle, where she oversaw all people, finance, strategy, and communications for the company, which aimed to empower entrepreneurs globally through a Software-as-a-Service technology platform. She worked with governments, Fortune 100 companies, and universities around the world in order to help them connect with international entrepreneurs, attracting and encouraging startup talent and entrepreneurial spirit.

Adele completed her undergraduate at Columbia University in New York City and later graduated with high honors for an MBA and an MS in Information Systems from Boston University. These days Adele lives in Berkeley, CA with her techie husband and 3 smiley kiddos and they all love biking, sailing, dancing, eating amazing food, and occasionally sleeping.

Hayley Mears

Workforce Development Program Manager, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership

Hayley is a Santa Cruz native with over 7 years of experience in education, career services, job development, and student counseling and over 3 years of experience in workforce development. Prior to joining MBEP at the end of 2017, Hayley worked at UC Santa Cruz for over 5 years, serving students in various positions in academic advising, the Career Center, and as an internship and job placement coordinator. Additionally, she worked with special education students as a career development specialist at Santa Cruz City School District.

Hayley has an M.A. in Education Counseling with a focus in career services from San Jose State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Dramatic Art from UC Santa Barbara, and an Associate of Arts from Cabrillo College. She is a volunteer with Twin Lakes Church’s People’s Pantry in Aptos, CA. She loves stand-up paddle-boarding and hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains.