In response to the ever-growing need for skilled workers to meet industry-specific demands, the College of the Canyons Employee Training Institute (ETI) has hired Justin Wallace as Director of Educational Partnerships, a new position at the college.
“I am very excited to work as a bridge between local companies and the college,” said Wallace. “By working together, we can help meet the needs of the Santa Clarita Valley businesses while also training the next generation of skilled workers.”
As a liaison to the Santa Clarita Valley business community, Wallace will inform the college’s academic affairs department of industry changes that impact curriculum development.
“The demands for higher education are changing and College of the Canyons is adapting to the needs of business and industry by offering flexible programming and availability of courses to working students,” said Dr. Jerry Buckley, Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Academic Affairs at the college.
Wallace will be working closely with ETI partners such as Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation, Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce and Valley Industry Association in order to establish rapport and build relationships within the community.
“Our partnership with COC greatly strengthens our ability to bring workforce training solutions to businesses in SCV,” said Holly Schroeder, President and CEO of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation. “Now, with a single point of contact to access COC’s breadth of training options, we can be more effective in helping companies achieve their workforce development goals.”
The creation of this new role will make a lasting impact on the Santa Clarita Valley at large, says
Jeffrey Forrest, Vice-President of Economic Development at the college.
“For nearly 50 years, College of the Canyons has been an integral part of the economic growth of the Santa Clarita region,” said Forrest. “This new position is an investment on the part of the College to continue that legacy.”
Wallace holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from Graceland University.
ETI provides low-cost subsidized training programs for businesses that are specifically created with their needs in mind to increase efficiencies, productivity and reduce costs.
For more information about the college’s ETI, please call (661) 362-3245.