What Ever Happened to Vocational Education?

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February 5
Women’s City Club
Photos of the event are here

The February League Day presented a panel discussion moderated by Uma Shrivastava, President, Board of Directors, Women at Work. Ethel Fimbres, Director, East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program spoke of the training programs offered by the organization and emphasized how cost effective they are when compared to the commercial training centers. She stressed the value of networking in job searches.

Dr. Ofelia Arellano, who supervises the Noncredit Division of PCC, focused on the AB 86 Adult Education Initiative that will fund nearly $25 billion through California Community Colleges. PCC will be one of the institutions that will establish a consortium to implement the program.

Helen Romero Shaw, Public Affairs Manager, Southern California Edison, discussed the training programs available to mature workers through the Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board.

Camille Levee, Executive Director for Women at Work, highlighted the training resources available at the agency, including career counseling and the job database. She emphasized that in today’s job market computer skills are essential in submitting job applications and participating in online interviews.

Elizabeth Pomeroy, PUSD board member, outlined the Pathways programs for high school students that are available at various Pasadena high schools, leading to a wide range of career options from culinary arts to computer technology. During the question and answer session and the table discussions, several issues were raised, including the need to monitor commercial enterprises, the accessibility of the programs, and the role of local, state, and federal government programs.

— Uma Shrivastava

Program Planning for 2015 – 16

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January 8
Women’s City Club

Photos of the event are here

The room was buzzing on January 8 as forty LWV-PA members conducted our annual review of state and local positions and our priorities for education and advocacy in the coming year. Here is quick summary of results.

State positions: There was concurrence on all state propositions, with the recommendation to modify the Natural Resources section by including the State League’s “issue” on climate change as a position. In addition, the group voted to support the initiatives promoted by two other Leagues dealing with “death with dignity” and supporting a livable minimum wage. We will include these recommendations in our report to the LWV California for action at the state convention in May.

Local positions: There was concurrence with all local propositions.

LWV-PA Issues for Education and Advocacy in 2015–2016: Table discussions proposed a wide range of issues for LWV-PA action, with top vote getters listed below. Committees will discuss how we might implement these options, with a final vote on the top three or four issues at the Annual Meeting on June 4.

Votes    Issue
17    Minimum/livable wages
17    Police oversight commission
16    Education to reduce personal carbon footprint
14    Support Pasadena Integrated Resource Planning process
13    Status of school libraries in our service area: investigate/advocate
13    Increase voter engagement of youth and other underrepresented groups
11    Equity in education

—Marge Nichols, Director of Events