Palomar College, in collaboration with the Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade (DSNGT), Deputy Sector Navigator for Advanced Manufacturing (DSNAM), and the CTE Regional Pathways Program, organized a professional development event for local educators interested in better understanding Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Global Trade in the region, and learning about career opportunities for their students in these growing industry sectors. Participants included more than 25 educators from high schools and community colleges in North San Diego County, as well as administrators, counselors, and workforce development professionals from Palomar College, Southwestern College, San Diego City College, and Grossmont College.
The event, which was held at Palomar College’s Rancho Bernardo Education Center, began with a welcome by Margie Fritch, Dean of Career Technical and Extended Education at Palomar College. Following Dean Fritch’s introduction, DSNGT, Victor Castillo, and DSNAM, Ed Smith, provided an overview of their sectors before introducing CTE Regional Pathways Program Industry Connections Coordinator, Monica Rosas, who talked about work-based learning opportunities that educators can incorporate into their classroom teaching. The meeting then transitioned to a round robin activity with manufacturing engineers from local companies who gave brief introductions, before rotating through the tables of educators to talk about typical job duties, industry certifications that are desired, education needed, skills employers look for, and why they love their career, among other topics related to careers in their field. The round robin engineers represented the following companies: Solar Turbines, NV5, General Atomics, Johnson Matthey , and Cohu/Delta Design.
After the round robin activity and networking lunch, a group of the participants departed for a tour of Johnson Matthey, a British manufacturer of chemicals and pharmaceuticals with facilities in Rancho Bernardo. Prior to the tour of its facilities, representatives from the company provided participants an overview of the company, its products and services, and the types of jobs they hire for locally.
Additional resources shared with participants throughout the day included: an overview of regional manufacturing and global trade labor market information, regional website with curriculum for global trade, events and work based learning activities, opportunities for high schools integrating careers across job sectors and regional event offerings for teachers and students.