28 News & Views Magazine EDITION 1, 2017 The California Central/Mother Lode Regional Consortium (CRC) is a collabo- ration of community college faculty and staff and regional workforce and economic development organizations that serve the Central and Mother Lode regions. CRC supports regional economic growth by facilitating the development and growth of college training and educa- tional programs to meet the needs of regional businesses and industries. You have the title Deputy Sector Navigator. What do your duties entail? The Deputy Sector Navigator serves a variety of functions in its region and is the in-region contact for a sector, working with the region’s colleges and employers to create alignment around and deliver on workforce training and career pathways. How do you work with industry to help them fulfill training needs? I assist businesses in assessing, planning, and coordinating the delivery of the training by working in collaboration with the local community colleges. Furthermore, all efforts are made to minimize the cost of sourcing the training by finding other funding sources that the employers may not be aware of, e.g. Employment Training Panel (ETP) funds, grants that might be available through community colleges or other partners such as Workforce Development Boards. If a food processing company located anywhere in the state would like to find out about working with commu- nity colleges regarding training programs for their employees, where do they start and who do they contact? Any employer who is located anywhere in the state can contact the Sector Navigator (SN) or the Deputy Sector Navigator (DSN) for the region they wish to locate. The information can be found by visiting the website http:// www.doingwhatmatters.cccco.edu/ResourceMap.aspx. The SN and/or DSN will assist the employer in learning about the training programs and other programs that enable the employer to quickly establish needed workforce. In 2013 COS and other regional colleges helped develop a set of skills standards for maintenance mechanics working in the food processing industry, and also has developed an Essential Workplace Skills training. What can you tell us about those projects? Skill Standards for Maintenance Mechanics: Food Manufac- turing was a collaborative project by the regional colleges, Workforce Development Boards and other stakeholders to formally document the skills required by the food processing industry. The main purpose of the document was to serve as a reference document to be used by the regional colleges interested in developing new programs or enhancing Gurminder Sangha, Deputy Sector Navigator–Advanced Manufacturing, Central/ Mother Lode Regional Consortium Interview with Gurminder Sangha Deputy Sector Navigator