Get Your ApprenticeSHIP Sailing!

Intrigued by the idea of expanding your workforce through Apprenticeship but unsure as to how to hire that first apprentice? Join this exclusive, members-only session to get your ApprenticeSHIP sailing! Learn from examples in the region of Tech and Electrical apprenticeship programs. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask all your questions to the Regional Director of Apprenticeship, Adele Burnes. We will DIVE a level deeper into the topic of apprenticeship and address all your questions as to how to get started.

Rosie Armstrong, Hartnell College will also join us to share about their Electrical Apprenticeship program, along with Terri Oropeza from Cabrillo College to share about their Tech Apprenticeship Program.  Come be inspired and informed! Register here (the Q&A portion of this meeting will not be recorded, so be sure to attend if you have questions)!

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. She has worked on this important issue from many angles including government policy work, tech startups to develop startup ecosystems, and leading strategy and operations for Year Up Bay Area, the most effective workforce development program ever measured in the US. Today she is the Regional Director of Apprenticeship, for the Bay Area Community College Consortium where 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.

Terri Oropeza

CIS Faculty | Internships and Work Experience, Cabrillo College

Terri Oropeza has been part of the Cabrillo College Computer and Information Systems (CIS) faculty since January 2018.  In addition to teaching “Tech Support as a Profession” she works with students by providing assistance with any part of the process for finding and applying for IT Apprenticeships, internships and work experience, or getting credit through the Cooperative Work Experience Education program. Terri has worked in technology since 1985 as the Founder/Owner of a pioneer desktop publishing company and Senior IT Manager at Synopsys Inc. for 23 years. She has been part of the HDI Service Management and Technical Support Professional Association since 2000 and currently serves as President of the San Francisco Bay Area Local Chapter. Terri has a Bachelor of Science and Teaching Credential from San Jose State University.
Cabrillo College has a US Department of Labor registered apprenticeship standard and partners with regional employers to provide opportunities for students pursuing careers in Technical Support, Cybersecurity, and Web Development. Students get practical, on-the-job experience that leads them to a rewarding career, and the employer gets quality talent in an area that is traditionally difficult for direct hires. And because the employer has made an investment in them, they stick around longer.


Rosie Armstrong

Director of Workforce Development: Agriculture and Healthcare Sector Partnerships | Office of Institutional Advancement , Hartnell College

Rosie Armstrong is a workforce development director with Hartnell College and has worked in the community college system for over 15 years. Rosie’s experience has led her to the opportunity to collaborate with multiple departments, community-based organizations, and industry champions with a common vision around student success and regional economic prosperity.

About Hartnell’s Electrical Apprenticeship program

The five-year electrical construction apprenticeship program with the Tri-County Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee is accredited through Hartnell College and is driven by its CTE and Workforce Development department. The program serves as a testament to the region’s collaboration and is both State and federally approved. The apprenticeship program is designed to train people with little or no prior knowledge of the electrical craft or trade with classes held twice a week during the school year at the Training Center in Castroville. The program consists of 10 semesters of related supplemental instruction and a minimum of 8,000 hours of on-the-job training.