Workforce Development

A Special Education Track for Community Colleges
October 29, 2015

These sessions will focus on workforce needs and effective strategies for helping students prepare for career opportunities. They are open to attendees who have obtained education passes for October 29, or for both days of the Summit.

The sessions will be preceded by a special event for students, from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm, which will include a panel of speakers highlighting the range of rewarding careers that are being created and nurtured by California's commitment to sustainability.

Education Sessions

11:15 am-12:15 pm
Water Career Pathways...A Regional Perspective
Taking a regional perspective…developing a consortium to establish the capacity of educational institutions to offer multi-layered educational services that meet the training needs for the water regional employers. How to create the foundation to fulfill the need of the next generation of worker for what the water industry is calling “mission critical jobs.” This endeavor brings together the contributions of Water Industry, High Schools, Community Colleges, Universities, Work Investment Boards, Trade Associations, and Non-profit agencies in the Bay Region.


Patricia Call, Water Careers Pathways Coordinator, West Valley College
David Esmaili, Deputy Sector Navigator, AWET, West Valley College
Marc Mullen, Water Career Pathways Marketing, West Valley College

1:30 pm-2:30 pm
Kickstarting Sustainable Careers and Attracting Students through Prop 39
For the past year, SmartWatt Energy has worked jointly with the California Conservation Corps (CCC) to make energy solutions more affordable for California's K-12 schools and community colleges. This year, SmartWatt launched a formal internship program for corps members, which has become a feeder program for new hires at the company. As part of the training program, the CCC crews, comprised of young men and women between the ages of 18 and 25, work under the guidance of SmartWatt engineers and project managers on the development, design, implementation and performance verification of energy upgrade projects.

The session will include a discussion by the CCC and SmartWatt on how the innovative program has resulted in career paths for corps members, a well-trained talent pool for SmartWatt, and significant cost savings for California schools. You will hear directly from one of the initial program interns, now a SmartWatt employee, on his experience.


Jess McRaney, Project Development Manager, SmartWatt Energy, Inc.
Scott Linton, Manager, Energy Corps, California Conservation Corps
Gabe Navarro, Project Associate (Former Project Intern), SmartWatt, Energy, Inc.
Adam Raftery, Vice President, SmartWatt Energy, Inc.

3:15 pm-4:15 pm
WorkForce Development at PCC

Photovoltaic Design and Installation
This program provides a comprehensive introduction to solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems, including sys-tem sizing, design and installation. Basic electrical theories and National Electrical Code related to photovoltaic will be studied. Hands-on experiments and laboratory assignments with state-of-the-art test instruments will provide testing and troubleshooting techniques. Successful participants will also be qualified to sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) “PV Installer Entry Level Certificate of Knowledge” examination.

Building Construction
The curriculum prepares students for working in the construction industry. The program qualifies graduates to seek employment as apprentice carpenters and journey-level carpenters. Students may also complete at least two years experience which can be applied towards the required four years experience needed to qualify for a Class “B” State of California Contractors License. Instruction is offered in all phases of construction from demolition of an existing structure to grading of land to, ultimately, a turnkey situation. Studies include safety, materials of construction, mathematics, print reading, builders level and transit, site work, foundation and floors, rough framing, roof framing, stair building, exterior finish, and interior finish.

Saeed Abedzadeh, Associate Professor, Engineering and Technology, Pasadena City College
Stanley D. Van Mierlo, Community Education Center, Pasadena City College


Schools Advisory Board

Tom Torlakson
California Superintendent
of Public Education

Chet Widom
California State Architect

Colleges Advisory Board

Erik Skinner
Deputy Chancellor
California Community Colleges
Chancellor’s Office

Van Ton-Quinlivan
Vice Chancellor
Economic Development and
Workforce Preparation
California Community Colleges
Chancellor’s Office

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