Foothill Consortium Duarte representatives: Economic Development Commissioner Brian Quandt; DUSD Director Kevin Morris; DUSD Michelle Trail; SGVEP Director of Education Pathways Michelle Yanez and Chamber President Sheryl Lefmann.
(Reprinted with permission from the Duarte Chamber of Commerce)
The last few years, the Duarte Chamber of Commerce has been working with educators and our members on workforce development Workforce development is critical to economic development and helps create and retain a viable workforce for today and the future.
This year, the Duarte Chamber Board of Directors made an expanded commitment to this process. Participants of the Chamber’s newly expanded Workforce Development and Education Committee represent K-12 schools, continuing education colleges and universities, businesses, government partners, organizations, and Chamber staff. This cross section allows us to proceed without duplicating efforts with existing regional workforce development coalitions and strengthening our resources.
One of our workforce development partners is the Foothill Consortium. The Consortium prepares students for college and career. This organization is a joint effort with the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, NAF, chambers, businesses, and the Azusa, Charter Oak, Monrovia and Duarte school districts. At the November quarterly meeting, the Consortium started development of a career showcase which would have a target audience of regional businesses.
After all, it is the businesses that know what types of employees they need now and, in the future, to ensure their success. These businesses will gain exposure of what students are currently learning, upcoming education development, and how they can be a part of career development. The consortium will also have a question and answer session featuring a panel of experts in workforce development.
Additionally, there will be opportunities for businesses to be involved in internships. Career themes of the Foothill Consortium academies include finance, engineering, health sciences, hospitality and tourism, and information technology. In the four represented school districts of the Consortium, there are nearly 700 students currently enrolled in these programs, with a goal of 2,000 students enrolled in the program when fully operational. If you, your business or your employer would like to be a part of this exciting opportunity, reach out to Sheryl Lefmann at the Duarte Chamber (626-357-3333) for more information.