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  • Never before has it been so critical to compete in today's global market. Technology has infused every aspect of manufacturing in the United States — from design and production to inventory management, delivery and service. Today's manufacturing jobs are technology jobs, and employees at all levels must have a wide range of skills to respond to the demands within this increasingly complex environment.  

    Advanced technology companies need a partner, now more than ever, in their business — an organization that can respond with workforce training and technical solutions in a globally competitive market.  

    An initiative of the California Community College's Economic and Workforce Development (CCCEWD) program, the Centers for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) are dedicated to serving California's advanced technology companies with innovative business solutions. We are an integral part of the California Community Colleges and its Doing What Matters campaign, investing funding and resources in industry sectors that are key to California’s economic growth. Our industry-specific workforce services are coordinated through a system of sector specialists that align community college and other workforce development resources with the needs of industry sectors and occupational clusters through a regional focus.

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Advanced Transportation and Renewable Energy represents an array of clean energy technologies that form a critical part of California’s strategy for reducing its climate change impact, as well as growing a robust green economy. California has always been a world leader in clean energy technologies, but to advance our competitiveness a superior workforce, skilled for the rapidly changing clean energy technologies, must exist. Ensuring that California has a highly skilled, clean energy workforce is the goal of the Advanced Transportation and Renewable Energy Sector and the focus of its state-level Sector Navigator and regionally focused Deputy Sector Navigators.  

Responds – to California's Environmental Challenges

Creates – Transportation and Energy Training and Curriculum

Transforms – through Innovations in New Technologies



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Katie Mishler

Los Angeles DSN


Katie Mishler is the new Deputy Sector Navigator for Advanced

Transportationand Logistics in the Los Angeles County Region, and is

hosted at CerritosCollege. Previously Katie was the Program Assistant

for Advanced Transportation and Renewable Energy, and has worked

at CerritosCollege in Advanced Transportation since 2011, with

the ATTE (Advanced Transportation, Technology, and Energy) Center.

Since2012 she has worked extensively with Southern California

municipalities, including assistance with grants, infrastructure

projects, and alternative fuel training development. Katie

currently serves as the Long Beach Clean Cities Assistant

Coordinator, a program funded by the Department of Energy

that focuses on fossil fuel reduction, and as the Vice President

for the Municipal Equipment and Maintenance Association (MEMA). She holds an BA and MA in History from California State University, Los Angeles, and has been adjunct faculty at both Cerritos College and Cypress College.


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Jaime Gonzalez

Orange County DSN 



Jaime Gonzalez is the Regional Director of Advanced Transportation and Logistics hosted at Golden West College. He works with Employers, Community Colleges,and K12 partners in Orange County to improve linkages

and career-technical education pathways. With over

21 years of automotive experience, Jaime has worked as an automotive employee, business owner, and

educator. He is passionate about emerging

technologies in the transportation sector and in

collaboration with the Community Colleges,

K12 partners, and industry experts, he is excited to facilitate innovative training solutions for tomorrow’s highly-skilled workforce.
















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California's strategic plan calls for considerable reductions in gas and electricity demand through implementation of efficiency measures. A trained workforce is needed to design, construct, install, operate, and maintain the new energy efficient network, from power plant to wall outlet. California's energy sector is facing a substantial shift in labor pool experience as older workers retire; new workers are required to fill existing jobs and new jobs that are created through utilization of renewable energy sources.  

The Energy Efficiency & Utilities sector team is developing the education and training strategies and programs that will help California meet the needs of both its incumbent and new entrant workforce, and also helping reach our state's goals for a cleaner, sustainable energy future to deliver energy efficiency and demand-side energy management in the public and private sectors.  

Support existing efforts to balance the supply and demand for workers by developing programs that can be scaled as demand increases and decreases through up-skilling incumbent workers, re-skilling displaced workers and veterans and a sustainable pipeline of skilled entry-level workers.  

Sector Team Activities:

• Build partnerships and collaborates with education, labor, and government sectors to develop secondary and postsecondary programs specific to skilled energy positions.

• Use the Energy Industry input to create programs that will reduce the skill gaps in incumbent, replacement and entry workers and provide quantifiable benefits to the companies.

• Identify or create industry-recognized credentials that will allow students to demonstrate the skill level attained.

• Develop EE&U sector middle school through community college workforce/career pipeline.

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    Bruce Noble

    Los Angeles DSN

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    Larry Mclaughlin

    Orange County DSN

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    Larry McLaughlin is Deputy Sector Navigator (DSN) for Energy, Construction & Utilities in the LA/Orange community college region.  As a DSN, his role is to improve educational programs, pathways, and student outcomes to ensure that a properly skilled workforce is developed for emerging industries in the energy, construction, and utilities sectors.  Larry has worked in higher education at both university and community college levels for over 30 years, overseeing technical education, research dissemination, and professional development programs.  His work has included developing and directing training initiatives in alternative transportation fuels, solar energy, wind energy, energy storage, and energy efficiency.  He holds a Master of Arts degree in Technology Education from West Virginia University.


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International trade is a major economic driver for the state of California.  Southern California’s geography provides compelling opportunities for international trade due to major ports, well-connected freeways and road systems, and international airports. In 2012, California exports amounted to more than $161 billion, which is about 11% of total U.S. exports. According to the California Chamber of Commerce, state’s trade and exports translate into high-paying jobs for more than 1 million of Californians.  

Many economists contend that export-led growth is the only sustainable way to maintain living standards and secure long term economic success. As supply chain technologies advance, they offer many opportunities to increased efficiency and productivity across the industries that are involved in the international trade in California.  

In today’s highly competitive global economy, educators need to prepare students with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in this ever changing environment.  

  • Global trade accounts for 25% of California's economy
  • 95% of consumers are outside the United States
  • California exports to approximately 225 foreign markets; top countries for exports are Mexico, Canada, China, Japan, and South Korea
  • California’s trade-related employment grew 19 percent, while total jobs decreased from  2004 to 2011
  • California employers across a variety of industries posted over 50,000 online job advertisements for twelve supply chain/logistics occupations in 2012
  • There were 157,200 export-oriented jobs in Los Angeles County in 2010 and 159,629 export-oriented jobs in Orange County in 2012


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    Ruth Amanuel

    Los Angeles DSN 

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    Ruth Amanuel brings years International Trade and community outreach experience to the California Community Colleges. Prior to serving in this role, she was part of Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti's International Trade team. As an International Trade Specialist responsible for executing the Mayor's Export Program, Ruth worked closely with the Ports, Airports and across diverse industries. She also consulted for the Center for International Trade Development where she led the BEAM e-commerce program designed to help businesses increase online sales.  


    Ruth holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and graduate certificate in International Trade from UCLA. A true global citizen, she has lived and worked in seven countries and speaks four languages and is proud to call Los Angeles her home.


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 The Health Workforce Initiative (HWI)  is an integral part of the Doing What Matters campaign. The HWI provides assistance to both education and industry partners  to identify the workforce needs of California’s health care delivery systems and develop solutions through a comprehensive problem-solving process that includes assessment and analysis, planning and development and implementation and evaluation.  The HWI specializes in facilitating partnerships with employers and educators, providing faculty development for innovative strategies to improve student success and incumbent worker training to improve workplace skills and competencies. 


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Shari Herzfeld

Los Angeles DSN

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Ozzie Lopez

Los Angeles DSN

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Ozzie is currently Adjunct Faculty at East Los Angeles College

(am amateur) where he teaches a U.S. Government course. 

He is also in the process of earning his Doctorate in Organizational

Change and Leadership from the University of Southern

California, earned a Master’s in Public Administration

from National University and his Undergraduate

degree in Political Science  from Cal State Los Angeles.  

Ozzie Lopez is one of two Regional Directors |

Deputy Sector Navigators in the Los Angeles region for

the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. 

Within his purview, Ozzie’s areas of focus are to

develop partnerships within the health industry with

the intent of creating healthcare career pathways,

bridging the gap between the healthcare employer

community and the L.A. region community colleges.

Ozzie also previously served as the Director of

Workforce Development with AltaMed Health Services

Corporation one of the fastest growing Federally

Qualified Healthcare Center providers in the southern

California region with clinics located in Los Angeles

and Orange County’s. Ozzie has 24 years of

workforce development & training experience;

he has extensive experience in creating and

leveraging public private partnerships with

a focus on improving performance and delivery of outcomes.




Laurie Sienkiewicz

Orange County DSN

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Laurie has 30 years professional nursing experience in

health care as practitioner, educator, and administrator

speacializing in Orthopaedics, Med-Surg, and Critical

Care.  She is an active member of the National Association

of Orthopaedic Nurses, served on the Executive Board

and was 23rd President of the Association. 

Laurie completted her ADN, Golden West College, BSN at

CSU Fullerton; MSN. University of San Diego; and Doctor 

of Nursing Practice, Rush University.

Laurie made the move to academia as facult in both ADN 

and graduate programs.  Laurie is currently the Orange 

COunty Deputy Sector Navigator for Health Workforce 













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Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is an umbrella term, widely used outside the U.S. and in the United Nations, to encompass all rapidly emerging, evolving and converging computer, software, networking, telecommunications, Internet, programming, information systems and digital media technologies.

What do Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)/ Digital Media Deputy Sector Navigators aim to achieve?

DSNs (Deputy Sector Navigators) aim to review and update the curriculum of career technical education programs in ICT and Digital Media across the 27 community colleges in the L.A. and Orange County regions by analyzing current curriculum inventory, gaps, program capacity, labor market needs, and student readiness for in-demand jobs.  Through a regional approach that includes colleges, industry, and other stakeholders, the end goal is to ensure that students are getting the necessary skills to obtain employment or to continue building their educational framework.

What programs does the ICT/Digital Media Sector involve?


    • Computer Science
    • Records Management
    • Digital Music
    • Network Engineering
    • Multi Media
    • Graphic Design
    • Systems Analysis
    • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)


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    Charlotte Augenstein

    Los Angeles DSN


    As an experienced leader in technology with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry, Charlotte Augenstein works collaboratively in a network comprised of industry, economic and workforce development, and educational organizations to align curriculum offered by community colleges in Los Angeles to the needs of employers in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)/Digital Media sector. With her background as a Microsoft Community Outreach focusing on Education and Small Business, Charlotte strategically partners with K-12 and higher education entities to build career pathways for students, and to develop career exploration activities to increase students' interest in technology related careers.


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    Steve Linthicum

    Orange County DSN  



    Steve Linthicum taught Cybersecurity courses for decades as a professir at the college and university level, and currently works with the California Community College Chancellor;s Office in a workforce development role as the Deputy Sector Navigator (ICT) for Orange County.  He holds an array of IT and cybersecurity industry certifications. 



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Retail, Hospitality and Tourism (RHT) are important sectors for California’s economy, employing more than a combined 3.6 million workers, and generating a revenue nearing $595 billion collectively in 2012. Although many jobs were lost during the recession, since 2010 a steady increase in job growth has created employment opportunities and career pathways for people with varying levels of skills and education.  Employment in the retail sector is projected to create 137,000 new jobs in California by 2017, and 210,000 in the hospitality and tourism sector.  

With input from the RHT industry and through collaborative efforts among all participating high schools, ROPs, WIBs and community colleges in the Los Angeles and Orange County regions, the RHT Deputy Sector Navigator will work toward creating an aligned menu of college courses and stackable certificates offered through career pathways from high school to 4-year universities to produce a talent pipeline for employers.


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    Shiela Dufresne

    Orange County DSN


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    Sheila Dufresne, a communication/marketing professional and graduate of Stanford University, has significant experience within the California Community Colleges. While focusing primarily on aligning curriculum with workforce development, she’s developed several student success, faculty development and industry engagement initiatives and programs in the Retail Hospitality and Tourism (RHT) sectors. As an outreach professional, she helped develop an AS-T transfer degree in Hospitality Management with the CSU system. She has also worked with a variety of clients developing effective marketing strategies and websites. A life-long advocate for education and student success, Sheila firmly believes effective communication can be a catalyst for change.



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The DSN Small Business initiative for the Los Angeles and Orange County region brings the education and small business communities together to strategically identify skills and training gaps and retool both curriculum and workforce education and training programs.  This effort not only helps meet the needs of employers but also prepares students through career pathways for the jobs of the future or to becoming employers themselves as future business owners.  In collaboration with all components of the business and workforce development ecosystem (e.g., business, labor, professional trade associations, community colleges, high schools, and Regional Occupational Centers and Programs), the Small Business sector utilizes A network of "faculty champions" help execute this mission; college and high school faculty with a true passion for advancing small business and entrepreneurship education on their respective campuses and region-wide.


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    Los Angeles DSN 

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    Cathleen Greiner

    Orange County DSN 



    Dr. Greiner has a proven career in higher education and the CCCs as a teacher, dean and vice president, with expertise and responsibility in leadership, online learning, and networking with employers and critical community and educational partners to respond to changing learning needs and building enduring bridges between business and education. Cathleen is a highly effective executive professional with a demonstrated commitment to bridging employment and education in service and support to students, faculty, and business colleagues with relevant actions and innovative outcomes. As a long time small business owner (agriculture and travel/photography), she has ‘real-world experience and effectively networks across the OC to infuse relevant information into current college curriculum and explore opportunities for students to gain experience. As a strategic, long-range planner with an entrepreneurial spirit, she is a sought-after expert on organizational growth, the gig economy, the new world of work, the impact of AI, automation and technology, and on the need to prepare students and individuals for academic and workplace success. She is a faculty member for the Western Association of College and University Business Officers (strategic planning and case studies), as well as at the Online Teaching Conference and DET/CHE.

     In leading the California Community Colleges’ Business & Entrepreneurship Sector in Orange County, which is the largest employment sector in the county, she is focused on college enrollment, student internships, assisting employers gain and/or upskill their workforce and connecting the regions’ unified school districts, nine community colleges and university partners in support of workforce readiness and college opportunities. Most recently she facilitated successful ABA program accreditation, initiated a focused pathway for accounting between high school, community college and university, and expedited internships with two local employers.