Saddleback College Unveils Economic and Workforce Development Plan; Announces New Implementation Leadership Team

Today Saddleback College unveiled a model Economic and Workforce Development Plan and announced the appointment of three new administrators who will lead  implementation in collaboration with business and industry, education, government, and other strategic partners.

Saddleback’s 100 career technical education (CTE) programs form the foundation of the plan which identifies, realigns, expands, and proposes college programs and services that meet workforce demands of the present and future.  The plan is designed to assist all areas of the college to develop the infrastructure and strategies necessary to develop skilled and competent workers, and will require a close alignment of classroom and work-based instruction.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, stated, “Our economic and workforce development plan is the culmination of more than a year-long campus effort focused on identifying and defining the role that Saddleback will play in responding to the technological advances, globalization of markets, and demographic changes that are transforming our regional and state economies.”

Reinforcing the college’s commitment to playing a leading role in addressing the challenges of ensuring an educated and productive workforce in the region, Saddleback has hired three new administrators who will play a vital role in the implementation of the plan: John Jaramillo, dean of economic and workforce development and business science; Anthony Teng, dean of advanced technology and applied science; and Israel Dominguez, director of economic and workforce development.

John Jaramillo is Saddleback’s new dean of economic and workforce development and business science.  Most recently he served for eight years as dean of applied sciences and business at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, CA.  In this capacity he provided leadership for the college’s business and career technical education programs, and served as the chief professional-technical administrator for the college responsible for the administration and development of Perkins, Career Technical Education, and Education and Workforce Development grants.  He also provided leadership for the college’s Public Safety Academy, which houses the POST Certified Police Academy, California Fire Marshall Accredited Fire Academy, and Emergency Medical Technician programs.  Previously, Mr. Jaramillo was director of the Bakersfield College Delano Campus, where he supervised all instructional, student services, administrative services, and foundation, and taught business courses.  Mr. Jaramillo earned an associate of arts degree in university studies at Las Positas Community College, a bachelor of arts in communication from the College of Notre Dame, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Anthony Teng will serve as dean of advanced technology and applied science, having served as interim dean of two divisions – advanced technology and applied science, and business science and economic and workforce development – since 2013.  Previously he was a full-time faculty member of the accounting department since 2007, and served as department chair for five years.  Mr. Teng has been teaching at California State University Long Beach since 1999, and started teaching in community colleges in 1988.  Mr. Teng earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration – accounting at California State University, Long Beach, and two Master of Business Administration degrees – one focusing on entrepreneurship from William Howard Taft University, and another focusing on advanced management studies from Trident University.

Israel Dominguez is Saddleback’s director of economic and workforce development, a new position at the college.  Mr. Dominguez comes to Saddleback from Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, where he served as director of the college’s Business and Entrepreneurship Center since 2007.  In this role he provided advanced business counseling services to businesses and industry sectors in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.  In his new role, he will serve as the college’s primary representative with south Orange County business, industry, and governmental agency-based organizations regarding economic and workforce development and training.  Mr. Dominguez earned two bachelor’s degrees in business administration – one focusing on accounting at the University of Texas at El Paso, and the other focusing on marketing management at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.  He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of La Verne.

To view the Saddleback College Economic and Workforce Development Plan, please visit http://www.saddleback.edu/ewd.

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