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Employment Training Panel Approves Over $7.9M to Support Statewide Training for California Workers

November 15, 2013

The State of California's Employment Training Panel approved 22 contracts worth over $7.9M in job training funds at its monthly public meeting today. Proposals included small business and smaller scale projects, under $100,000 each, approved by Panel Chair, Barry Broad and Chief Deputy Director, Jill McAloon. Training proposals were comprised of both single and multiple employer contracts from various industry sectors throughout the state.

A proposal from the El Camino Community College District's Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (El Camino CACT) to train over 1000 workers statewide will serve multiple employers, including those in areas of high unemployment.

The El Camino CACT is one of six Centers for Applied Competitive Technologies in California which offer college approved curriculum and workforce training. An initiative of the California Community College's Economic and Workforce Development program, the Centers for Applied Competitive Technologies are dedicated to serving California's advanced technology companies with innovative business solutions.

Approved by the Panel for $1,260,646 in Employment Training Funds, the El Camino CACT's comprehensive training program is customizable to meet the needs of both large and small employers in the manufacturing industry.

"Our focus has always been to bring innovative processes and new technology to the workforce through customized training, workshops, and technical assistance to employers," said Eldon Davidson, Customized Training Director. "Once again we are pleased to partner with the Employment Training Panel, which has proven to be a valuable partner in the support and success of our workforce training programs."

"These are the types of repeat contractors we like to see," remarked Jill McAloon, Chief Deputy Director of the Employment Training Panel. "The El Camino CACT has a firm commitment to workforce training. The CACT has been working closely with industry leaders and ETP staff in developing relevant training programs aimed at filling existing skills gaps within the manufacturing industry. The Panel looks forward to another successful contract with the El Camino CACT."

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