The committee hosted Alma Salazar, Vice President of Education and Workforce Development of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Salazar met with the committee and introduced them to the R.E.A.L. Coalition, a group of 18 business organizations representing 3 million jobs in the state of California.
The R.E.A.L. Coalition or the Regional Economic Association Leaders of California focuses on three core initiatives, Water, Transportation, and Education and is led by co-chairs, Carl Guardino of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Lucy Dunn of the Orange County Business Council.
Ms. Salazar and her team at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is leading the efforts on several aspects of education including early childhood education where our three and four year old children have access to quality pre-school programs, linked learning to ensure our young adults have the skills they need to achieve success and project based learning that will allow graduates to immediately to enter into the workforce being properly prepared and trained. If efforts such as these do not take place, California is in danger of being one million college degrees short by 2025.
Ms. Salazar also discussed the D.R.E.A.M. Act or the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act.
The D.R.E.A.M. Act, This legislative would provide an opportunity to outstanding students to help our nation recover from our current economic woes more rapidly by providing them with legal means to work. The proposal would only provide a temporary legal status with a path to citizenship to individuals that have entered the country before the age of 16; graduated from high school or obtain a GED; have at least 5 years of continuous presence; and have good moral character.
The R.E.A.L. Coalition is dedicated to furthering legislative efforts to improve our system here in California.