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Career/College Readiness & Workforce Development

Summary By 2030, the state is expected to have a shortage of 1.1 million workers holding a bachelor’s degree. Five key segments of the population also face barriers to obtaining the education and training necessary to access higher-paying jobs. Across all postsecondary institutions, women are more likely to graduate than men, and students from wealthier families are more likely to graduate compared to students from low-income families, as are White and Asian American compared to African American and Latinx students. While graduation rates of demographic groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education are improving, the barriers— including cost and a lack of adequate college preparatory resources—are formidable. And without adequate training, a full-time job is often insufficient to guarantee economic stability. Statewide, it is estimated that 12.7 percent of working adults are in poverty. Of the 12.7 percent in poverty, only 18 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher. California’s continued economic success thus depends on cultivating a 21st-century workforce, one built on robust, broad-based access to education and employment opportunities around the state. This includes establishing and consolidating partnerships across sectors and industries to facilitate access to education and training, as well as providing access to the education and training required for employment in tomorrow’s job market.
Workgroup Chair Information
Name Liliana Vega (Chair)
Phone 805-242-2454
Unit: San Diego County
Membership List
CE Advisor
Caeton, Nathaniel Shasta County
  4-H Youth Development Advisor 4-H Youth Development Program
Hill, Russell Merced County
  Associate 4-H Youth Development Advisor IV Ethnic and Racial Identity Development. Science literacy, after-school programming, outdoor/environmental education, program development, and organizational change.
Meng, Yu Riverside County
  Youth Family and Community Advisor Nutrition Science, Nutrition Education and Behavior
Miller, JoLynn Central Sierra Cooperative Extension
  Central Sierra Director & 4-H Youth Development Advisor Volunteer Development, Experiential Learning, Program Planning, Working with Incarcerated Youth, Youth Retention Study
Nathaniel, Keith Los Angeles County
  County Director & 4-H Youth Development Advisor Adolescent Development; Educational Planning; Social Capital and Community Networks
Neas, Sally San Mateo-San Francisco Counties
  4-H Youth Development Program Advisor Environmental education
Rodriguez, Matthew Placer-Nevada Counties
  4-H Youth Development Advisor (Nevada, Placer, Sutter, Yuba) Family science and father-child involvement.
Vega, Liliana San Diego County
  4-H Youth Development Advisor Positive Youth Development
CE Specialist
Busch, Roselle Veterinary Medicine Extension
  Sheep and Goat Veterinary Medicine Extension Specialist Sheep and Goat Herd Health and Production
Trzesniewski, Kali Human & Community Development
  Dr. Trzesniewski Adolescent Development
Other ANR
Campos, Jose Merced County
  Regional Program Super: University of California 4-H YDP Region 8 Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin Counties
Eftekhari, Kathy Vice President-ANR
  Chief of Staff
Freutel, Eliot Environmental Stewards (formerly California Naturalist Program)
  Community Education Specialist 2 (SoCal)
Gable, Missy UC Master Gardener Program
  Director Horticulture
Hardie, Alissa Amador County
  Community Education Specialist II
Ira, Gregory Environmental Stewards (formerly California Naturalist Program)
  Director, UC Environmental Stewards Statewide Program Environmental Stewardship, Environmental Education, Climate Change Education, Natural History Training, Program Management, Collective Impact, Workforce Development, Social Franchise.
Mederos, Rochelle Tulare County
  4-H Community Education Specialist
Nayak, Roshan Youth, Families, and Communities Statewide Program
  Academic Coordinator II
Rendon Castro, Leslie Riverside County
  4-H Youth Development Program Representative
Resnick, Amira Community Nutrition and Health
  Statewide Director, Community Nutrition and Health Amira Resnick oversees the network of UC ANR nutrition and health work across the state through the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program; CalFresh Healthy Living, UC program; and UC Master Food Preserver program.
Wilkins, Tamekia Youth, Families, and Communities Statewide Program
  YFC Data Analyst
Other UC
Santana Valenton, Karla
Membership Totals
Number of Members22
ANR Members22
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