Higher Ed Integral to Business Needs
In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg and Lande Ajose, senior policy advisor for higher education to Governor Gavin Newsom, discuss the challenges the state faces in its goal to ensure that higher education remains accessible to all Californians.
California has some of the best regional economies in the world and it is thanks to our higher education institutions, which include prestigious universities like the University of Southern California, UCLA, California Institute of Technology and Stanford, Zaremberg tells podcast listeners. But California’s higher education institutions don’t just include research universities—the state has a community college system that serves as an entry level point for higher education and the California State University system, which graduates professionals.
Keenly aware of the needs of higher education institutions and the demand for jobs and talent, the higher education ecosystem is a priority for Governor Newsom, Ajose says. The Governor sees that higher education is tied to business needs.
“To him, it’s a natural connection and integrated link,” she says.
To help bridge these two sectors, the Governor created the Council for Post-Secondary Education, which brought in Ajose and Zaremberg, and other representatives from business and labor. The council seeks to meet the demands for talent by expanding educational opportunities, especially for people who have not traditionally had access to higher education, Ajose explains. Read More