Dr. Michelle Yanez serves as an intermediary for the Foothill Consortium. The Consortium is a partnership between Azusa, Monrovia, Duarte and Charter Oak Unified School Districts. The K-12 consortium shares a Career Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG) and are working together to create a regional effort to develop CTE academies. They provide exposure to career pathways for high school students to Health, Engineering, Business, Information Technology and Culinary Entrepreneurship. Dr. Yanez identifies employers that want to create pipelines to workforce early and offer students work-based learn opportunities such as field trips, speakers, job shadowing, and internships.
Previously, Dr. Yanez served as the intermediary for Pasadena City College (PCC) and was funded by the AMETLL Grant (Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology and Linked Learning). She coordinated speakers, site visits for students and teachers, and internships/job shadowing for college and high school students with the goal of providing students with real life work experience and using industry feedback to better align classroom curriculum with industry needs.
Dr. Yanez is an appointed commissioner to the Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board and represents the workforce needs of business. Prior to joining the Partnership, Dr. Yanez worked as the Business and Partnership Developer for Los Angeles City College. In 2001, Dr. Yanez was elected to the Rio Hondo College Board of Trustees. During her term, Dr. Yanez worked as the San Gabriel Valley Regional Representative for the League of California Cities, working closely with city officials to advocate for the protection of city resources. Dr. Yanez also served as the Executive Director of the East Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce in 1998.
Dr. Yanez has a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from CSULB. She also earned a Masters of Public Administration from USC and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from CSULA.