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Mark Percy, President, CLAOC Welcome to OC Leader Wire
A bi-monthly update from CEO Leadership Alliance Orange County


The scaffolding around a true tech talent ecosystem for OC is beginning to take shape. Despite a challenging economic climate, the CLAOC community has made positive strides through multiple mechanisms: funding, thought leadership, and talent development programming.

Our collaboration with community partners continues to deepen and increasingly CLAOC is seen by our education colleagues as the go-to solution for many of their workforce and career centered plans.

Most important are our CLAOC members who give of their time, expertise, and resources while embracing our collective vision of a thriving OC for all. The skills gap is real and the talent acquisition situation is dire but we are among the nation's leaders in this space. Take heart.

To a thriving OC for all,

Mark Percy
Mark Percy
CEO Leadership Alliance Orange County

Building an inclusive tech talent hub requires an ecosystem vision and necessary resources to collaborate and implement programming. CLAOC has been proactively and successfully working to bring funding to the region. Recently, the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) was awarded $18.1 million as part of a state initiative to drive stronger pathways to employment from education entities, creating equitable college and career development opportunities for all students. CLAOC is a strategic partner in this grant and will receive a portion of the funding and also provide guidance to OCDE from an employer perspective.

Additionally, CLAOC recently submitted for $24 million in funding through the American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge. Over 500 applications have been received by the US Economic Development Administration. If awarded, this would confirm Orange County's national prominence in talent development with the majority of the funding being dispersed across regional partners to support programming towards the tech talent hub vision. Decisions will be announced by September 30, 2022. Read a summary of CLAOC's application here and applicant highlights here.
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Thought Leadership

Over the past several months, CLAOC made great strides in bringing business, education, and community leaders together to focus on talent and career development in Orange County.

Over 180 OC business, academic, and non-profit leaders collectively shared their vision of how to build a better OC, and CLAOC shared plans on how our community will train 10,000 residents in the technology sector and place at least 5,000 individuals into jobs within the next five years. We invite you to explore the resources below covering these efforts in detail.

Recap: CLAOC Future of Workforce Summit

Recap: CLAOC & Octane on how the OC region can collaborate to build a thriving OC for all.

OC Leader Board: An Employer-Led Tech Talent Hub for OC

As a strategic leader in the county, CLAOC leads by example, piloting talent development best practices to then scale countywide. Recently, CLAOC announced a strategic partnership with NVIDIA, Trace3, Run:AI, and Chapman University to bring the necessary computing power to communities who may not have access. Proposals are currently being accepted for use of the supercomputer. Read the full article here and contact Jasmine Pachnanda if you are interested in submitting a proposal.

Additionally, in June, CLAOC kicked off its second year of Career Exploration Experiences (CEEs) for 250 high school, community college, and university students across 20 CLAOC member companies including CHOC Children's, EY, Ingram Micro, Skyworks, and UCI Health.
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Built on the inaugural success of the summer 2021, CEEs are micro-internships designed to equitably provide a diverse group of OC students the opportunity to gain technical and professional skills necessary to be job-ready and build their social capital. Students gain experience in innovation sector jobs while simultaneously collaborating on a real-time project relevant to their CEE host. One student shared, "With the collaborative nature of the internship, I was able to hone my teamwork and communication skills, and gain important professional development experience." Register here to join the Student Success Summit where participating students will present their projects on July 20, 2022, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, via Zoom.

In response to high demand from our members' companies, and with Edwards Lifesciences CEO and Vice-Chair of CLAOC Mike Mussallem leading the way, CLAOC is seeking companies to host students in the fall and spring. To join our collective impact approach, contact Amy Kaufman.
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