The SB 1070 CTE Regional Pathways Program, in collaboration with the California Community Colleges San Diego and Imperial Counties Regional Consortium, hosted a conference for K-12 and community college counselors and administrators at the Marina Village conference center on December 6th. The aim of the annual conference is to provide counselors and administrators with information about local career and technical education (CTE) pathways for students in high growth industry sectors within our region.
The conference began with a keynote presentation by Ed Hidalgo, Director of the World of Work initiative at the University of San Diego, which explores ways to connect the world of work to K-12 education. Following the keynote presentation, attendees had the opportunity to participate in a series of breakout sessions covering topics including: Careers in Demand & Labor Market Success Redefined, Electrical and Telecommunications Apprenticeships, Career Opportunities and Building Trades Apprenticeships, Helping Students Get Focused and Stay Focused through Personalized Pathways to Student Success, CTE Today: How Funding is Shaping Today’s Career Pathways, Priority Sectors in San Diego and Imperial Counties, How Work-Based Learning Builds 21st Century Skills, and Careers in International Trade, Supply Chain and Logistics. Most of the sessions were repeated at three breakout intervals to allow the counselors an opportunity to participate in multiple sessions.
Deputy Sector Navigator for Global and Logistics, Victor Castillo, along with SB1070 Industry Connections Coordinator for Global Trade & Logistics and CITD International Trade Specialist, Monica Rosas, and CITD Project Specialist, Desiree Dolores hosted the session on Careers in International Trade, Supply Chain and Logistics. During this session, Mr. Castillo covered an overview of global trade and its impact on jobs and the economy, as well as careers options and educational programs in this sector. Ms. Rosas then discussed work-based learning opportunites in Global Trade & Logistics including in-class Work Readiness and Guest Speaker Presentations, Industry Tours, and Internships. Ms. Dolores concluded the session with her success story in pursuing a career path in GTL sector, which included obtaining Associate Degrees at Southwestern College and Transferring to California State University East Bay and completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Supply Chain Management and Corporate Management. As a result of this education and training, Ms. Dolores has been able to take on additional responsibilities with the CITD, including coordinating the LINCS Supply Chain Management Program for our region.