California Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva convened a Career Pathways Roundtable at Cypress College Friday to discuss education and workforce development with Orange County education, civic, and business leaders.
Quirk-Silva, whose district includes Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Palma, and Stanton, chairs the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy.
Around 30 Orange County leaders discussed issues including state CTE funding, skilled workforce challenges, and cybersecurity and technology education. Several North Orange County Community College District leaders participated, including Chancellor Cheryl Marshall and Cypress College President Bob Simpson.
The Assemblywoman also toured Cypress College’s Mortuary Science laboratories, home to the College’s first baccalaureate program in Funeral Services, which will be starting classes in Fall 2017.
Cypress College is one of 15 California community colleges offering a baccalaureate through a pilot program signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014. Under the pilot, selected community colleges offer baccalaureates in areas that do not compete with UC or Cal State schools.