Workforce Essentials: Giving a hand to stranded workers & more on tap for 2017 Summit

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This month, we're counting down reasons to register for the 2017 California Economic Summit and help continue your progress driving innovation through skilled workforce pathways:

  1. It's happening in America's Finest City, San Diego
  2. Learn from the people leading award-winning partnerships connecting employers and educators
  3. Hear from and network with some of California's top workforce development leaders. Read on…


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Session Spotlight: How CA can help “stranded workers”

All Summit attendees are invited to a fireside chat with Van Ton-Quinlivan, California Community Colleges Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development, who will lead a conversation about a workforce strategy to help workers left behind by technology.

With trends like robots, autonomous vehicles and other so-called “job killers” becoming commonplace in the dynamic California economy, helping the working population adjust to workforce changes must be a state priority.

“Stranded workers are those individuals who feel displaced in this economy and have a difficult time seeing their health and well-being in the economy to come” – Van Ton-Quinlivan

The California Community Colleges have taken steps to address the issue – aiming to be more nimble and providing more opportunities for workers to get a “booster shot” of skills to remain competitive.

Read the full story on stranded workers: Why California needs plan to rescue workers “stranded” by technology

Interested in joining Vice Chancellor Van Ton-Quinlivan to learn more about the support that currently exists for stranded workers and how you can help? Click on the graphic below for more details:


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And the winners are… Three promising partnerships connect employers to educators

As part of the Summit, CA Fwd launched the Partnerships for Industry and Education (PIE) Contest to honor those employers and educators who are working together to have a positive economic and social impact on their region. We were very excited to receive 27 nominations for the contest. The top three winners are:

  • Head Start Apprenticeship (Bay Area)
  • InTech Learning Center (Inland Empire)
  • Antelope Valley Career Pathways Group (Los Angeles Region)

Each of these partnerships will be sharing their story during the 1 Million More Skilled Workers Concurrent Session at the Summit on November 2, which starts at 1:00 p.m. and will be moderated by Dr. Sunita “Sunny” Cooke, president of MiraCosta Community College District.


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More 2017 Summit workforce sessions on tap

Reminder: In the last segment of the One Million More Skilled Workers Concurrent Session, we will explore sector specific workforce strategies for green tech, blue tech and health care jobs.

New! Another breakout topic has been added: Led by Summit Workforce Action Team Lead Alma Salazar, this group will explore policy opportunities and/or impediments that can help accelerate employer engagement in regional workforce partnerships.

Before you get to the Summit, please be thinking about the group you would be most interested in joining. If you feel like you have significant expertise to lend to a particular conversation, please let me know at

If you have not yet registered for the California Economic Summit, please do so now as spots are filling up quickly!

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