Deputy Sector Navigators

Roles and Responsibilities

The 28 Community Colleges in Los Angeles and Orange Counties are well structured for effective regional leadership, performance outcomes and communication that align with the “Doing What Matters” framework. The priority and emerging sectors were selected by the regional consortia last year for the 2013-2014 academic year.


The Deputy Sector Navigator Responsibilities:

  1.  Implement the “Doing What Matters” framework for your sector
  2. Develop partnerships with Business and Industry
  3. Co-Chair the sector “Marketplace Committee”
  4. Identify a Business/Industry partner to Co-Chair the “Marketplace Committee”
  5. Work closely with the Technical Assistance Providers
  6. Collaborate and coordinate articulation agreements with ROPC’s, high schools
  7. Form a regional advisory committee
  8. Strategize on regional funding prioritize based on the needs of Business and Industry

DIRECTIONS: To view sector profiles for the Priority and Emerging Industy Sectors, click on the industy you want to learn more about.


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    Los Angeles DSN



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    Norma Alvarado

    Orange County DSN

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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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    Jannet Malig

    Los Angeles DSN

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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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    Bruce Noble

    Los Angeles DSN

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    Len Pettis

    Orange County DSN

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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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    Leah Goold-Haws

    Los Angeles DSN



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    Lynn Stewart

    Orange County DSN


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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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    Shari Herzfeld

    Los Angeles DSN

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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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    Dan Watanabe

    Los Angeles DSN

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    Steve Linthicum

    Orange County DSN  


  • 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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    Ruth Cossio-Muniz

    Los Angeles & Orange County

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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.

    RHT represents an opportunity for employees to “learn and earn” by combining industry-based training and employment.  The Learn and Earn model identifies, promotes and encourages innovative partnerships between employers, community colleges and higher education institutions to help today’s ‘working learn­ers’ complete their education while working. Partnerships between business and education providers help bridge the skills gap for employers while supporting current and future employees’ attainment of postsecondary degrees and credentials with labor market value – the most significant benchmark for achieving economic sustainability.  

    We are affiliated with the California Restaurant Association, California Hotel & Lodging Association, Western Association of Food Chains, and various Chambers of Commerce.  If you would like to make significant contributions toward the development and training of RHT workforce, please do not hesitate to give us a call.

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    Doris Driver

    Los Angeles DSN


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    Elizabeth Arteaga

    Orange County DSN

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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.