Our community colleges should be gateways to higher education, job training, and economic opportunity. Unfortunately, due to lack of equity in funding, it has become a gatekeeper with only 4 in 10 students completing their studies. Joe has a track record of raising student success rates by partnering with feeder high schools so that students are prepared for college and not stuck in pre-college classes while in college.
In 2002, the voters approved a $356 million bond measure to upgrade facilities districtwide and build a state-certified education center in the Santa Clara Valley. Almost 20 years later, it has not materialized and the money has been exhausted. Joe will work to get support for another bond issue in 2022 to pay for additional upgrades and a new educational center in the Santa Clara Valley.
Meet the Demands of the Workforce
According to Skills USA, 52% employers cannot find workers with the right skill sets to fill their openings. Community Colleges have a state mandate to provide workforce training to local residents to meet the demands of the economy. Unfortunately, they are falling short. As a result, we have a “skills gap” in California. In partnership with the Workforce Development Board, local building trades, and allied health organizations, Joe wants to provide students with careers in advanced manufacturing, the trades, in the healthcare field, respectively, to better meet the demands of the economy.
Bringing Respect to the Board
The Board of Trustees has been called "an embarrassment to the public" by a hired consultant and expert in community college board governance. Joe's integrity and understanding of community college culture will bring respect back to the Board of Trustees.