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South Central Coast

San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties

South Central Coast Region Contacts

Who to contact for workforce training needs in South Central Coast

Regional Consortia
Chair/Vice Chair
Regional TA Providers Community College CEO
Serving as Regional Liaison

Chair: Luann Swanberg
805.479.7670 |

Co-Chair:  Diane Hollems
805.448.2106 |


Centers of Excellence in Labor Market Research:
Adele Hermann
805.553.4625 |

K-14 Pathways (formerly SB1070 Directors):
Karen Miles

Other Statewide TA Providers

Dianne Van Hook

Priority Sectors in the South Central Coast Region

Industry sectors that are a priority focus in the region; these sectors have training program investments that are either in the start-up phase (e.g. enrolling clients) or are currently delivering training and/or other services to job seekers and employers

Sector Sector Navigator Deputy Sector Navigator

Advanced Manufacturing

Gurminder Sangha
Twitter: @gurminder2014

Michael Bastine

Business & Entrepreneurship

Charles Eason

Gayla Jurevich


John Cordova
661.259.7800 x3074
562.505.4409 (cell) - preferred

John Cordova
661.259.7800 x3074
562.505.4409 (cell) - preferred

Emergent Sectors in the South Central Coast Region

Investments in training programs for these industry sectors are in the planning phase

Sector Sector Navigator Deputy Sector Navigator

Agriculture, Water & Environmental Technologies

Nancy Gutierrez

Holly Nolan Chavez
805.922.6966 x5276

Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)/Digital Media

Stephen Wright

Paula Hodge

Other Sector Resources in the South Central Coast Region

Sector Sector Navigator Deputy Sector Navigator

Advanced Transportation & Logistics

Jannet Malig
562.860.2451 x2912


Energy, Construction & Utilities

James Morante


Global Trade

Leah Goold-Haws

Julie Samson
805.965.0581 x 3643

Life Sciences/Biotech

Terri Quenzer


Retail/Hospitality/Tourism 'Learn and Earn'



Regional Data Resources

Economic Indicators Economic Indicators Labor Market Research Labor Market Research

Sector Reports
For questions or to commission follow-on custom reports, please contact: Laura Coleman, Centers of Excellence for Labor Market Information, Email:

Salary Surfer

Workforce Development Board Contacts

County WDB/Website WDB Director
San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo County Workforce Development Board
Reva Bear
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County Workforce Investment Board
Ray McDonald
Ventura Ventura County Workforce Development Board
Cheryl Moore

Community College Resources

For workforce training needs at a specific college, you may want to contact the CEO (also known as President, Chancellor, or Superintendent) of the college. The Dean or Vice President of CTE/Workforce Development/Contract Education are additional titles that can be of help to you. If you cannot find a contact, consider emailing the Regional Consortia Chair above for assistance.

Other Resources & Contacts

The Opportunity
For community colleges to become essential catalysts to California’s economic recovery and jobs creation at the local, regional and state levels.

The Strategy
Doing What MATTERS for jobs and the economy is a four-pronged framework to respond to the call of our nation, state, and regions to close the skills gap. The four prongs are:

  • Give Priority for Jobs and the Economy
  • Make Room for Jobs and the Economy
  • Promote Student Success
  • Innovate for Jobs and the Economy
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