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Getting Technical: Critical Conversations About Today's and Tomorrow's Workforce

What are the skills students need most to succeed in the fastest growing industries of today and tomorrow? Southwestern College is bringing together state and local experts to answer that question during a morning summit on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

Van Ton-Quinlivan, vice chancellor for workforce and economic development for the California Community College Chancellor's Office, will serve as the keynote speaker. She will present information on state and federal resources available to merge college curriculum with industry needs.

Ton-Quinlivan's keynote will be followed by two breakout sessions to allow industry leaders in two of South County's expanding industries to further expand on their workforce needs.

Thursday, Nov.1, 2012


7:30 8 a.m. Breakfast and networking
8 9:30 a.m. Van Ton-Quinlivan keynote speech
9:30 10:20 a.m. Breakout sessions
10:30 10:45 a.m. Panel summary and next steps


Student Union East (map)
Southwestern College
900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Complimentary parking in lots J or L on the north side of campus.

For additional information or special requirements, call (619) 482-6564.


Van Ton-QuinlivanKeynote Speaker

Van Ton-Quinlivan

Van Ton-Quinlivan has spent more than 15 years in a variety of corporate leadership roles, most recently as director of workforce development at Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). While at PG&E, Ton-Quinlivan created PowerPathway, a nationally recognized best practice model program in workforce development. Launched in 2008, the PowerPathway program linked industry, the public workforce development system, the California Community Colleges and organized labor to help military veterans and underserved populations transition into energy-sector jobs. Full bio

Breakout Sessions

Health Sciences

(Moderated by Dave Brown, Southwestern College professor)

Aaron Byzak Michael Peterson Tana Lorah Kristie Grover

Aaron Byzak, MBA

Director of Government & Community Affairs, UC San Diego Health Sciences

Michael Peterson

Director of Workforce Development and Recruitment Strategy, Sharp HealthCare

Tana Lorah

Community & Government Relations Manager, Kaiser Permanente

Kristie Grover

Executive Director, BIOCOM Institute

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Maritime Technology

Joel Valenzuela Todd Roberts Derry Pence John Pasha

Joel Valenzuela

Director of Maritime Operations, Port of San Diego

Todd Roberts

General manager, Marine Group Boat Works

Derry Pence

President, Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association

John Pasha

Senior Vice President, Pasha Automotive

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