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On Monday, April 13, the College of Professional and Global Education (PaGE) at Cal State L.A. was one of four CSU campuses to take part in serving as lead host for a series of California Workforce Association (CWA) regional meetings. The Department of Labor initiated meetings, centered around the theme “Enough is Known to Act” and included Workforce Investment Board directors, Economic Development staff, Chamber of Commerces, and other workforce partners. As well as community college, UC and private institution partners. Sheila Thomas, CSU Assistant Vice Chancellor and State University Dean, Extended Education was also in attendance.
The Workforce Boards are charged with bringing together industry, education, labor, community, government, and other stakeholders in workforce to develop demand-driven strategies connected to regional economies and labor markets. The four regional meetings were designed to bring One-Stop partners together to explore the current knowledge in the field of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), share expectations across stakeholders, learn what progress has been made, explore challenges that have surfaced, and discuss what support or direction is in need to move forward.
These meetings are meant to supplement the planning currently being conducted at both the local and State level and are important in that the workforce boards collectively represent the workforce development system in California and are strategically designed to build upon the critical partnerships called for in The Opportunity Act.
Dean Eric Bullard of the College of Professional and Global Education gave the opening address and presented Bob Lanter, Executive Director of the California Workforce Association with the California State University, Los Angeles seal.
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