Highlighted Speaker BiosBoard of Trustees: Steve Veres, President (Seat No. 3), Tina Park, First Vice President (Seat No. 2), Nancy Pearlman, Second Vice President (Seat No. 6), Kelly Candaele (Seat No. 4), Mona Field (Seat No. 1), Miguel Santiago (Seat No. 7), Scott J. Svonkin (Seat No. 5), Daniel Campos, Student Trustee
This workshop covers the emerging STEM field, as it pertains to educational, workforce development, and Career & Technical Education strategies. Hear the panel discussion on what is happening in the higher education field and what sources are being used to meet the needs of business and industry.
Moderator: Dr. Anil Muhammed USC Ed Network


Ryan Swier
Employment Training Panel, Marketing Specialist
Ryan Swier joined the Employment Training Panel (ETP) in 2007 as a Contract Analyst at the San Diego regional office. In 2011, Ryan assumed a role in Marketing Division, where he serves an integral member marketing in ETP program to the Southern California region. Ryan's focus is to attract and retain businesses that contribute to a healthy California economy by providing reimbursement to off set training cost. Prior to joining ETP, Ryan Worked for State Compensation Insurance Fund as a Workers Compensation Claims Adjuster. He obtained his BA in Marketing from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO and his MA in Human Resources and Organizational Behavior from National University in San Diego, CA.

Lennie Ciufo

Los Angeles Valley College, Director of Job Training Department
The Director of the award winning Job Training department at Los Angeles Valley College, Lennie Ciufo has served as its leader since 1994. Now celebrating almost two decades of service, the efforts of Mr. Ciufo have resulted in more than 20,000 jobs for the local community as well as having upgraded skills for 16,000 individuals.

A business graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Mr. Ciufo returned to Los Angeles to earn his Masters in Education. In 1975, he joined the staff at the college, working in the school's business department. At the same time, Mr. Ciufo owned and managed his own business, giving him valuable insight into the needs of the workplace as well as curriculum development, a specialized commodity used extensively by Job Training today as they work with various companies.

Now reigning over a department committed to training qualified workers for local businesses, his string of successes have been touted by such high-visibility companies as the Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) and Baxter Healthcare, while being recognized by the City of Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles Community College District 2013