Broadcast date: 8/9/18
The job market in SLO is challenging. Much of the workforce is ‘underemployed’ and the county was recently ranked the sixth most unaffordable place to live in the United States. While tech jobs in SLO have increased 20 percent in last five years according to California Center for Jobs and the Economy, due in large part to the bustling startup scene and larger tech firms moving into the area like Amazon, local tech firms have found it challenging to source local high-skilled workers.
To address this issue, in 2014 the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education formed SLO Partners to address college and career readiness among the county’s student population. SLO Partners’ mission is to engage business partners and educators in aligning workforce needs with career and college pathways and provide work experience opportunities to ensure that students have the skills and knowledge necessary for success in the workplace and businesses have the skilled workers required for a sound growing economy.
Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Michael Specchierla Executive Director with SLO Partners, Dean Mitchell, Senior Developer at StreamGuys and Ashley Smith, Apprentice, Ticket into Tech as they discuss SLO Partners commitment to collaborating with local businesses and education for pathways to opportunity and skilled local talent.
Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.