Cerritos College hosted nearly 300 industry professionals and college staff at the 15th annual Advisory Committee Members' Recognition Breakfast on Thursday, April 4. Members of 44 individual committees include business, industry and community leaders who preside on various advisory committees at the college to provide consultation and development of career and technical education programs.
Jack Scott, former chancellor of the California Community Colleges and California legislator, served as keynote speaker for the breakfast.
As chancellor, Scott oversaw innovations in career technical education programs, including those in nursing education, allied health, clean energy technology, and environmental sustainability at the system's 112 colleges. And, as community college campuses increasingly welcomed military veterans returning from overseas conflicts, Scott worked with the California Department of Veterans Affairs to strengthen services for veterans to help ease the transition from military to civilian and student life.
His achievements as a chancellor includes the new Associate Degree for Transfer program and the California Community Colleges Board of Governors Student Success Task Force, both lead to more students transferring to four-year institutions and earning certificates and degrees on time.
Jack ScottScott acknowledged the importance of the work the advisory committees and the college do in workforce training.
Scott, a strong advocate for career technical education, recognized the importance of the work the advisory committees and the college do in workforce training. He discussed the role for career and technical education in tomorrow's community colleges and the vital collaboration required with industry to remain competitive.
Advisory committees at Cerritos College provide college departments with advisement and industry currency in areas including accounting, administration of justice, automotive, business administration, composites, computer and information sciences, culinary arts, nursing, welding and woodworking.