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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 5, 2018

Regional Meetup on the Future of Work

Marina, California – Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) is partnering with the California Community Colleges and California Forward to co-host a convening that seeks input on the future of work, especially as it relates to working adults in our region who cannot access traditional community college programs.

Online learning and a regional lens.  Topics will include a proposed statewide online learning tool that could help create a stronger workforce pipeline. Attendees will learn about a cohesive digital learning infrastructure to better meet the needs of our region’s diverse workforce, addressing the needs of so-called “stranded” workers. Aligning with Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent budget proposal to establish a new online community college, this online resource could help working learners more easily gain the skills and credentials they need to move ahead in today’s economy. A panel discussion will delve deeper into the regional issues facing our employers in creating a vibrant workforce pipeline.

The MeetUp will take place on Wednesday, April 11 at 9:30am – 12:00pm at Laguna Grande Room at Oldemeyer Center 986 Hilby Ave. Seaside, CA.

“Today in California, millions of adult workers find themselves economically and educationally stranded,” said Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Digital Futures for California Community Colleges. “The rapid rise of technologies such as automation and artificial intelligence is transforming the skills necessary to succeed in the workforce of today and the future.”

Data insights. A survey of California employers by the Society of Human Resource Management in 2016 revealed that 64 percent of employers seeking workers in skilled trades had difficulty filling the roles. The skills gap is compounded by the fact that California has 2.5 million adults in the prime working ages of 25 to 34 that have only a high school diploma or some college but no degree, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Another 6.2 million adults between the ages of 35 to 65 years old have a high school diploma but no college degree.

“We felt it was important to bring this conversation to our region as it aligns with one of our main initiatives – workforce development,” says Kate Roberts, MBEP President. “Addressing this issue is crucial to the economic vitality of our region. Our intent is to share ideas and uncover solutions that will lead to improving the ability of our residents to earn a living wage and engage in a fulfilling career.”

MBEP’s regional panelists include:

  • Ed Durkee, CEO at Goodwill Central Coast and MBEP Board Member
  • Elisa Orona, Executive Director at Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz County
  • Annabelle Rodriguez, Director of Adult Education Block Grant in partnership with Cabrillo College
  • Wesley van Camp, Vice President – Legal & General Counsel at Tanimura and Antle
  • Kate Roberts, MBEP President, Panel Moderator

Statewide series. The 2018 statewide series of Future of Work MeetUps seeks to gain insight from leaders in business and industry, education, workforce development, community-based organizations and policy makers about the skills challenges, the future of work and the creation of a digital infrastructure through regional public/private partnerships. The events are a collaborative effort among the California Community Colleges, California Forward, California Economic Summit, and leaders in workforce and education across California.

The event is free, but seating is limited. For a full schedule and to reserve a seat, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-future-of-work-meetup-tickets-42478513377

If you are interested in hosting an event, contact Leah Moehle at leah@CAFWD.org

About MBEP. Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) is a regional nonprofit, membership organization consisting of public, private and civic entities located throughout the counties of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz. MBEP’s mission is to improve the economic health and quality of life in the region. Visit www.mbep.biz for more information.

About CA Forward. California Forward (CA Fwd) is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization, devoted to improving the performance of government in California. It believes that increased emphasis on accountability and transparency will create government that Californians deserve and expect. CA Fwd strongly advocates for confidence and trust in elected officials as being an essential ingredient to good government.

About California Community Colleges. The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation composed of 72 districts and 114 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. Community colleges supply workforce training, basic skills education in English and math, and prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. The Chancellor’s Office provides leadership, advocacy and support under the direction of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. For more information about the community colleges, please visit http://californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu/

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