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Mollie Smith

Mollie Smith

Legislative Committee Chair, CCCAOE
Director, Occupational & Noncredit Programs, Palomar Community College

Mollie Smith is the Director of Occupational & Noncredit Programs in the Career Technical & Extended Education division at Palomar College in San Marcos, California. Ms. Smith earned a BA in Psychology and a MS in Organizational Psychology from San Diego State University. Prior to working in education, Mollie worked in business and industry for fifteen years. Ms. Smith’s instructional areas at Palomar include the Occupational and Noncredit programs, Apprenticeship, Workforce and Community Development, and administration of a Title V-HSI STEM grant. She is a past president of California Community College Association of Occupational Education (CCCAOE), a board member on the National Council for Workforce Education, and the current legislative advocacy chair for CCCAOE. Ms. Smith participates in organizations and advocacy at the local, regional, state and national levels to strengthen and expand career technical education programs in supporting economic stability and providing career opportunities for students.

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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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