Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation® President Pamela Kan will appear on KCBS radio to discuss the state of California’s workforce, the role of manufacturing in reviving the economy, and her recently announced appointment to Gov. Jerry Brown’s California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB). The interview airs live at 9:20 a.m. Aug. 31 on San Francisco Bay Area stations 740 AM and 106.9 FM.
Kan is one of 30 appointed private sector leaders Brown described as “California’s brightest business, labor and education leaders to help put Californians back to work.” The board will team up with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to determine labor force needs and pave the way for businesses to obtain skilled workers and put jobless and underemployed Californians back to work. The board’s role carries a lot of weight as California struggles with a 10.7 percent unemployment rate, according to the latest figures released in July by the state’s Economic Development Department.
As part of the state advisory board, Kan will influence public policy regarding economic development and job growth in California. She will help oversee the state’s 49 local Workforce Investment Boards that allocate funds received through the federal Workforce Investment Act at a regional level. California sees about $400 million a year through the federal WIA, which distributes money to dislocated workers, the underemployed, at-risk youth and citizens who struggle to find work.
The state WIB will direct the governor on how to target those federal dollars around regional growth industries and synch up California’s economic development efforts with broader reform in education, training, employment support and other economic development efforts.