Co-hosted by National Skills Coalition and California EDGE Coalition, the 2019 Skills for California Summit was held February 25 - 26, 2019 in Sacramento, CA. This Summit brought together close to 100 advocates, researchers, and practitioners from across the state around a collective workforce policy agenda and provided an opportunity to turn it into real policy action.
During this two-day event, partners from across California worked together to advance strategies from a shared state workforce development policy agenda, Securing a strong economic future for all Californians.
The Summit featured numerous policy and advocacy discussions to help advance the agenda and on Tuesday, February 26, teams of advocates went to the Capitol to meet with legislators to discuss the Skills for California Action Agenda. Cumulatively, the groups held close to thirty meetings with legislators and staff.
Great discussion with @caedgecoalition / @SkillsCoalition leaders and members about the importance of providing education and training opportunities for California's most vulnerable communities and residents! Thank you for your advocacy. #SkillsForCA pic.twitter.com/YmpuhWMKzj— Connie Leyva (@SenatorLeyva) February 25, 2019
“The budget committee is where the action is” -Senator @HollyJMitchell on promoting equitable access to education, skills training, and access to a careers with upward mobility. #skillsforCA Summit pic.twitter.com/coAQcvAGdR— Margaret Daoud-Gray (@Margaretelisa) February 26, 2019
A special thanks to the Leadership Council who have actively helped shape and guide the content of the summit:
Luis Sandoval Building Skills Partnership
Sasha Feldstein California Immigrant Policy Center
Eric Flores California Workforce Association
Julia Root Center for Employment Opportunities
Robert Sainz City of Los Angeles, Economic & Workforce Development Dept.
Simon Lopez Goodwill Southern California
Erica Bouris International Rescue Committee
Abby Snay Jewish Vocational Service
Alma Salazar Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Heddy Nam Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Brooke Valle San Diego Workforce Partnership
Rob Hope San Francisco Foundation
Catherine Bracy TechEquity Collaborative
Jonathan Hasak Year Up