Advanced Manufacturing and Advanced Technology

Making it in California

Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) is an integral part of the California Community Colleges and its Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy framework, investing funding and resources in advanced manufacturing and advanced technology.

You may tap our many resources and services in two ways.

#1 Become a Doing What Matters Business Partner: If you are interested in advising our regional teams about how to leverage funding and design curriculum to meet the needs of the advanced manufacturing industry, contact our Sector Navigator below.

#2 Tap into our Advanced Manufacturing Services: EWD's industry-specific workforce services are coordinated by Deputy Sector Navigators who align community college and other workforce development resources with the needs of industry sectors that result in highly specialized industry training, technical consulting and business development. Advanced manufacturing businesses can access the Centers for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) that are dedicated to serving California's advanced manufacturing and advanced technology companies with innovative solutions that are unique and customized to your business. Our grant programs and leveraged partnerships allow us to offer the most cost-effective workforce training and consultative services for California's advanced technology businesses. We have the same goals as California businesses—when you succeed, we succeed.

  • A better return on your workforce investment
  • Our experts make it easy for you
  • Increased productivity and reduced waste
  • College approved curriculum and excellent training expertise
  • Unbiased professional evaluation
  • Access to advanced technology
  • Competitive pricing due to leveraged public sector funding
  • High performance employees
  • Improved employee safety and reduced hazards

CACT Website:

California Centers for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT)
A California Community Colleges program

Contact Information

Sector Navigator

Statewide Sector Navigator

Jose Anaya
Dean of Community Advancement
El Camino College
13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Phone: 310-973-3165
Fax: 310-973-3132

Doing What MATTERS for Business & Industry
Sector Navigator

Deputy Sector Navigators

Region A
Northern Inland
Northern Coastal
Greater Sacramento

Carol Pepper-Kittredge (Sacramento)
Phone: 916-660-7801

Charlie Pooler (Northern Inland, Northern Coastal)
Phone: 530-242-7627

Region B
SF/San Mateo
East Bay, Silicon Valley
North Bay, Santa Cruz/Monterey

Mark Martin
Phone: 510-464-3444

Region C
Central Valley
Mother Lode

Gurminder Sangha
Phone: 559-688-3047

Region D
South Central Coast

Michael Bastine
Phone: 661-362-3111

Region E
San Diego/Imperial

Trudy Gerald
Phone: 619-388-3522

Region F
Inland Empire Desert

Alan Braggins

Region G
Los Angeles

Orange County

Ben Traina
Phone: 310-973-3170

Norma A. Alvarado
Phone: 714-808-4611

“A key success factor for BE Aerospace was that we could comply with the quality certification requirements, improve the skills of our existing workforce, and achieve results quickly at minimal costs. The CACT team was very knowledgeable, willing, and capable of understanding our needs, and working with us to achieve results.”

Julio Perez
BE Aerospace