The Education and Workforce Development Committee promotes and champions high-quality education in our region through policy advocacy, programs, and partnerships. Our members’ top priority is to build a strong, local talent pool reflective of our community.
- Speaker presentations from external non-profits, researchers, and education leaders
- Informative briefings about SVLG policy advocacy
- Programmatic updates and strategy sessions
A full agenda packet with location information, previous meeting minutes and policy briefing papers is distributed at least one week in advance.
Education & Workforce Development Workplan
Higher Education and Workforce
The Higher Education and Workforce Development Team seeks to build a strong, diverse pool of local STEM talent and grow our middle class through policy advocacy at the local, state and federal levels, and by developing stronger training and hiring relationships between member employers and higher education institutions through the Community College to Career initiative (CC2C), and the Silicon Valley Engineering Tech Pathways (SVETP) collaborative.
- Achieve passage of legislation that increases enrollment and completion rates for community college STEM and Career Technical Education programs, promotes the development of industry-relevant training pathways, or ensures fair funding for CC, CSU, or UC programs.
- Build awareness about model community college-industry partnerships through workshops and public engagement opportunities.
- Work with industry and nonprofit partners to facilitate 780 work-based learning opportunities for community college students.
Executive Champions: Greg Becker, CEO, Silicon Valley Bank, Mary Papazian, President, San Jose State University, Ibi Krukrubo, Managing Partner, EY, Byron Breland, Chancellor, San Jose-Evergreen Community College District, Bill Nagel, Publisher and CEO, San Francisco Chronicle
Staff Lead: David Palter, Senior Associate of Higher Education and Workforce Development
K-12 Education Quality
- Advocate for state and local funding and incentives such as housing to recruit, train, and retain high-quality teachers.
- Promote equitable funding and accountability through increase data transparency on the State Dashboard and defined accountability measures and support mechanisms.
- Convene local stakeholders including policymakers, business leaders, and school leaders to support quality public education.
Executive Champions: Tarkan Maner, Nexenta; Lou Ramondetta, Surplus Services.
Staff Leads: Margaret Gray, Senior Director of Education and Workforce Development; Alysa Cisneros, Senior Associate of Education Policy & Programs
Diversifying the STEM Pipeline
- Advocate for legislation and funding to increase access to quality STEM education from cradle through career.
- Build support for the creation of a Statewide Longitudinal Data System to better understand student trajectories and align systems of support.
- Increase company engagement in successful programs that diversify the STEM field (e.g. P-Tech, NCWIT, STEM Pathways, STEM Core, Coding5k).
- Host 400 students from local under-resourced middle schools along with 150 executives and rising stars for the annual Young Men’s and Young Women’s Leadership Summits, highlighting careers in STEM. Build towards more sustainable relationships between participants and partner organizations.
Executive Champions: Jed York, San Francisco 49ers; Doug Graham, Lockheed Martin; Laura Guio, IBM; Bobby Bell, KLA; Mary Papazian, San Jose State University.
Staff Lead: Margaret Gray, Senior Director of Education and Workforce Development
Computer Science Education
- Achieve passage of legislation that expands access to robust CS education in California’s K-12 system by participating in the statewide CSforCA coalition.
- Promote CS education in the Silicon Valley through local partnerships and the CSinSV effort.
- Provide substantive feedback on California’s CS standards and Strategic Implementation Plan.
Executive Champion: Vicki Huff, PwC
Staff Leads: Paul Escobar, Sr. Director of Tech & Education Policy; Alysa Cisneros, Sr. Associate of Education Policy & Programs
- Serve 5,000 students annually
- Build visibility and support for this program and engage Leadership Group member companies and partner organizations
- Engage in thought leadership through curriculum development and/or iterations of program design
- Assist in fundraising and volunteer recruitment efforts to fully scale the program
- Explore opportunities to engage local elected leaders in Coding5k programs serving their constituencies
- Spearhead the creation of a regional “toolkit” to help other municipalities adopt similar strategies to bring coding and computer science to their learning communities
Executive Champion: Bobby Bell, KLA
Staff Leads: Alysa Cisneros, Sr. Associate of Education Policy & Programs
To get involved contact Alysa Cisneros [email protected]
Community College to Career Initiative
Addressing the Teacher Shortage
Expanding Access to Computer Science
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the Education Policy team advocate for local, county, and state education legislation and ballot measures based on the decisions of its Education Committee, Working Council, and Board of Directors. Both bills and ballot measures are presented to these committees for discussion and voting.
115th California Community College
The Leadership Group advocated to support the development of the 115th California Community College – a fully online campus that will deliver skills and industry-valued credentials that millions of working-class adults need to advance their careers and improve their economic futures. If the new online platform leverages the considerable talent of our community college faculty, and taps into existing efforts to engage industry, it will become an effective tool to meet the needs of “stranded” workers and strengthen California’s vibrant economy.
Additional 2016 Policy Wins:
Governor Brown’s 2016-2017 Budget
The Governor’s budget included Increase of $7.8 million to provide access to full-day State Preschool for nearly 3,000 eligible children in the 2016-2017 school year. Over the next four years, funding will increase to $100 million to serve an additional 8,877 children in full-day State Preschool. In addition, efforts to do away with guaranteed transitional kindergarten statewide were turned aside. That said, we’re still not back to pre-2008 funding levels, and the need for high-quality early education remains great.
We supported the efforts of multiple coalitions to advocate for increasing funding to Early Childhood Education and to retain transitional kindergarten as an ongoing entitlement program. Additionally, as a member of the CA Business Advisory Council, we signed on to a letter advocating for increased funding to Early Childhood Education in the state budget.