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Past · June 28, 2017

A Regional Approach to Closing the Workforce Skills Gap

June 28, 2017 · 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Capitol Event Center
1020 11th Street, second floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

About the Program

If current trends persist, California will face a severe shortage of college graduates by 2030. What can colleges and universities do to help close this workforce skills gap? PPIC researcher Kevin Cook will outline findings from a new report, and a panel of experts will discuss the challenges facing California’s higher education systems and the promise of regional approaches in key parts of the state: Los Angeles County, the Inland Empire, and the San Joaquin Valley.

Supported with funding from the College Futures Foundation and the Sutton Family Fund.

Please register in advance. There is no charge to attend but space is limited. Lunch will be provided



  • 11:45 a.m. Registration and lunch available
  • 12:05 p.m. Welcome
  • 12:10 p.m. Presentation
    • Kevin Cook, research associate, PPIC Higher Education Center
  • 12:25 p.m. Panel Discussion
    • Moderator: Hans Johnson, center director and senior fellow, PPIC Higher Education Center
    • Benjamin Duran, executive director, Central Valley Higher Education Consortium
    • Ken O’Donnell, associate vice president, Student Success Program Integration and Assessment, California State University, Dominguez Hills
    • Alma Salazar, senior vice president, Center for Education Excellence and Talent Development, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
  • 1:05 p.m. Audience Q&A
  • 1:30 p.m. Adjourn


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