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October 6th Conference: "Doing What Matters for Students" Focuses on Counseling for the 21st Century College and Career Readiness

​Sold-Out Event for Middle and High School Counselors Helps Develop Career Pathways

(Santa Ana, CA)—On Tuesday, October 6, over 450 middle and high school counselors, school administrators, counselor interns, and counselor supervisors from Orange County and across the state will make tracks to the Irvine Marriott. They are being drawn by a no-cost conference focused on counseling for the 21st century college and career readiness.


Doing What Matters for Students…Counseling for 21st Century College and Career Readiness
A conference designed for middle and high school counselors to learn about long-term career pathways supported by the seven priority and emerging workplace sectors in Orange County identified by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. These sectors include: advanced manufacturing, energy efficiency and utilities, information communication technology (ICT)/digital media, retail/hospitality/tourism, small business, health, global trade and logistics.
Topics covered at the second annual conference include: raising the bar in career readiness; dual enrollment, articulation, and information systems; tools to implement career pathways; linking secondary with post-secondary courses; work-based learning; and new career resources for students.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Irvine Marriott
18000 Von Karman Ave.
Irvine, CA 92612


“Engaging high school and community college counselors in understanding the importance of career readiness can never be overstated. According to the Georgetown University study Recover: Job Growth and Education Requirements through 2020, in today's economy, being ‘well prepared’ means continuing education or training beyond high school. By the year 2020, almost two-thirds of jobs and nearly all high paying jobs will require post-secondary education or training. A high school diploma is simply not enough,” said Steven Glyer, co-chair, Los Angeles-Orange County Regional Consortia, California Community Colleges.


Keynote speakers:
Dr. Linda Christopher, Orange County STEM Initiative
 Dr. Kevin Fleming, Dean of Instruction, Career and Technical Education, Norco College and CEO, Telos Educational Services
 Dr. Charles Lee Johnson, CEO, National Family Life & Education Center

The following California Community Colleges Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy Deputy Sector Navigators will present:

Norma A. Alvarado, Deputy Sector Navigator, Advanced Manufacturing in Los Angeles and Orange County, North Orange County Community College District
Elizabeth Arteaga, Deputy Sector Navigator, Small Business, Rancho Santiago Community College District
Dr. Gustavo Chamorro, Deputy Sector Navigator, ICT/Digital Media, Rancho Santiago Community College District
Ruth Cossio-Muniz, Deputy Sector Navigator, Retail/Hospitality/Tourism, Rancho Santiago Community College District
Len Pettis, Deputy Sector Navigator, Energy Efficiency and Utilities, Irvine Valley College
Dr. Laurie Sienkiewicz, Deputy Sector Navigator, Health, Golden West College
Lynn Stewart, Deputy Sector Navigator, Global Trade and Logistics, Rancho Santiago Community College District

More than 450 counselors from public school districts, private high school and universities, ROPs, community colleges and other educational institutions will attend. Among the districts that will be represented are: Anaheim Union High School District, Brea Olinda Unified School District, Capistrano Unified School District, Fountain Valley School District, Fullerton Joint Union High School District, Garden Grove Unified School District, Laguna Beach Unified School District, Los Alamitos Unified School District, Newport Mesa Unified School District, Orange Unified School District, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, Saddleback Valley Unified School District, Santa Ana Unified School District, and Tustin Unified School District.


This conference is made possible through a regional collaboration of the seven Deputy Sector Navigators (listed above), the nine Orange County community colleges, the Orange County Department of Education, the Orange County Association of School Counselors, the Career Technical Education Partnership, and the California Career Café.

For more information on “Doing What Matters for Students…Counseling for 21st Century College and Career Readiness,” please contact Lynn Stewart at (714) 564-5415 or

Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy
Among the activities of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the programs of the Division of Workforce and Economic Development bridge the skills and jobs mismatch and prepare California’s workforce for 21st century careers. The Division serves as administrator for several streams of state and federal funds, including Governor’s Career Technical Education Pathways Initiative (SB70), Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, and Proposition 98 dollars for Apprenticeship, Economic & Workforce Development (EWD), and Career Technical Education (CTE). The Division collaborates with employers, organized labor, local communities, and their community colleges through programming supported by these funds to close the skills gap and to foster successful student completion.

About Rancho Santiago Community College District
Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College are public community colleges of the Rancho Santiago Community College District, which serves the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Santa Ana, Villa Park, and portions of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, and Tustin.. Both colleges provide education for academic transfer and careers, courses for personal and professional development, and customized training for business and industry.

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Contact: Judy Iannaccone

Phone: (714) 480-7503