Education & Workforce

About

The Education & Workforce Portfolio promotes and champions high-quality education in our region to develop a strong, diverse, local workforce that is able to succeed in the innovation economy. Working through cross-sector partnerships, programs, and policy advocacy, we have been successful in moving education forward at the regional and state level. Membership on this policy committee is comprised of companies and colleges that have a vested interest in developing and supporting California’s public education system.

Legislative Priorities

We have three current areas of focus. Our number one priority is to diversify the STEM pipeline. We advocate for policy and programs that diversify the STEM pipeline by encouraging the availability of technical education and other opportunities for underrepresented communities. We are working, as we have for many years, to improve the quality of public education K-12, in order to have a consistent, diverse pool of local talent available for hiring in the future. And we guide regional and state-wide efforts to expand access to higher education and strengthen education-industry partnerships.

Initiatives

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Hire Learning

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Since 2018, our Community College to Career program, now called Hire Learning, has worked with Leadership Group member companies, Silicon Valley community colleges, and partner nonprofits to provide over 2,000 work-based learning, career exposure, and hiring opportunities to community college students. In 2020, we began advising community colleges in 10 states to expand, start, and improve internships and job placements for students of color and women with satellite offices for our members.

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Recent Wins

Report: How Schools are Supporting Mental Health as Students Return to In-Person Learning
Pupil instruction: College and Career Access Pathways partnerships: County Offices of Education
Hire Together: Virtual Career Fair
Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program: postsecondary education financial aid applications
California Cradle-to-Career Data System Working Group
Community College Roundtable

Events

August 2022
September 2022
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Education & Workforce Committee

To learn more about joining the committee, please contact edworkforce@svlg.org

2021 Committee Co-chairs: Julie Lata, Applied Materials, and Agustin Torres Jr., Facebook

Latest News

Expanding STEM Career Pathways for BIPOC Community College Students

Angel Gonzalez and Charles Mackin are part of Career Horizons, a statewide, online mentorship initiative that the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the Bay Area Council, and Valley Vision started in 2021. The program pairs professionals with Black and Latinx community college students for one-on-one career guidance meetings. The goal: expand BIPOC students’ professional networks and …

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Inclusive Conversations: The Great Resignation Roundtable

Fueled by the pandemic, the recent wave of employee turnover known as “The Great Resignation” has caused a major shortage of employees throughout the economy. Technology companies have received more than their share of the instability, with 72% of tech/IT workers thinking of changing jobs or exploring other opportunities in the next 12 months, compared …

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