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

Pupil instruction: College and Career Access Pathways partnerships: County Offices of Education
Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program: postsecondary education financial aid applications
Hire Together: Virtual Career Fair
Additional 2020 event
California Cradle-to-Career Data System Working Group
Expanding Access to Computer Science
Diversifying the STEM Pipeline
Governor’s 2016-2017 Budget

Events

June 2021
July 2021
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Education & Workforce Committee

To learn more about joining the committee, please contact [email protected]

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

Latest News

For a 2.0 Virtual Workforce, You Need a 2.0 Job Fair

For students of not too long ago, the job fair was a ritual they knew well. A chance to walk around tables, shake some hands, make some connections. And usually? Free tote bags. That kind of socialized work interaction seems like a complete break from our current reality. But for our most impacted individuals – …

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Hire Together: Bay Area Virtual Career Fair a Success!

On August 25, 2020, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Community College to Career program hosted a first-of-its-kind virtual career fair in partnership with Bay Area Council, Bay Area Community College Consortium and Ohlone College.  A free, equity-focused event that brought together 25 community colleges, universities, nonprofits and workforce boards, the Hire Together Virtual Career Fair …

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Silicon Valley Schools Still Lacking Robust Computer Science Curriculum

Over the past two years, California has laid the foundation for a robust K-12 computer science (CS) education for California students. This includes adopting curriculum standards, approving an implementation plan, and securing funding for a statewide coordinator. Despite this progress, the adoption of computer science curriculum and courses remains voluntary for schools. This means schools …

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