The Workforce Development Committee of Orange County Business Council is a coalition of business leaders, education and training professionals and community partners working to create a high-quality workforce with particular emphasis on developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines needed for Orange County employers.
The committee implements its mission through the following:
- Educating Orange County on workforce development policy and legislative issues;
- Collaborating and advocating on behalf of our partnerships;
- Identifying the skills needed for a highly trained workforce; and
- Strengthening business and education partnerships in order to promote economic success.
The committee works with OCBC members and investors, as well as community neighborhoods and regions. Through these partnerships, the committee strives to empower employers, workers, parents and students to prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.
Committee Meeting Schedule
All meetings are held at OCBC Offices from 7:30 – 9 a.m. Log in to register online for committee meetings.
2016 Committee Presentations
- Workforce Updates: Federal, State & Local
Andrew Munoz, Executive Director, Orange County Workforce Investment Board
2015 Committee Presentations
- Labor and Employment Policy 2015
Glenn Spencer, Vice President, Workforce Freedom Initiative, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Reinvestment in California’s Higher Education System: Educating our Workforce, Keeping our Promise
Kate Klimow, UC Irvine; Christopher Reese, CSU Fullerton; Mike Uhlenkamp, CSU Long Beach
Current Workforce Development Issues
OCBC’s Workforce Development Committee works on several important issues pertaining to the community. They are:
- Achievement/Skills Gap
- Career Technical Education
- Common Core State Standards
- Early Childhood Education
- English Learning Acquisition/Seal of Bi-literacy
- Linked Learning
- Local Control Funding Formula
- Next Generation Science Standards
- Online College Courses
- School Construction Bonds
- Smarter Balanced Assessments
- Technology in schools
Richard Porras, AT&T
Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy
OCBC’s Workforce Development Committee is pleased to partner with several our of community organizations that promote and advocate for the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Disciplines and CTE (Career Technical Education)
- Boys Scouts of Orange County
- Girl Scout Council of Orange County
- Discovery Cube
- Orange County United Way
- Taller San Jose
- THINK Together
- The Wooden Floor
- Vital Link
OCBC’s Workforce Development Committee is pleased to partner with several local schools that are dedicated to teaching the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Disciplines and CTE (Career Technical Education)
- Brea-Olinda High School – Global IT Academy
- High School Inc.
- Mater Dei High School
All committee meetings are open to OCBC members and invited guests only. Not a member? Talk to Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development Natalie Rubalcava to join Orange County’s leading voice of business.
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