We’ve made huge changes in the way we think and do things out on the shop floor as a result of working with the CACT, and we can measure the tangible improvements.”

Rod Smith, Vice President
Bayless Engineering



A key success factor for BE Aerospace was that we could comply with the quality certification requirements, improve the skills of our existing workforce, and achieve results quickly at minimal costs. The CACT team was very knowledgeable, willing, and capable of understanding our needs, and working with us to achieve results.”

Julio Perez
BE Aerospace



The CACT has developed an outstanding training program for us with exceptional instructors. The participants have been thrilled with it, and the graduates are performing well. The product of these training classes will be the next generation Lockheed Martin employee.”

Steve Haydu
Manager of Labor Relations
Lockheed Martin, Palmdale



The skills gap is real. Technology advances and people retiring are opening up jobs that need skilled workers. You don’t necessarily need a college education to find a great job, but some post-secondary and certification is needed and the community colleges offer that avenue.”

Tony Sciarra
Program Manager for Vocational and Trade Schools
Tesla Motors



Advanced Manufacturing and Advanced Technology

Making it in California


Advanced manufacturing businesses can access the Centers for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) that are dedicated to serving California’s advanced manufacturing and advanced technology companies with innovative solutions that are unique and customized to your business. Our grant programs and leveraged partnerships allow us to offer the most cost-effective workforce training and consultative services for California’s advanced technology businesses.

  • A better return on your workforce investment
  • Our experts make it easy for you
  • Increased productivity and reduced waste
  • College approved curriculum and excellent training expertise
  • Unbiased professional evaluation
  • Access to advanced technology
  • Competitive pricing due to leveraged public sector funding
  • High performance employees
  • Improved employee safety and reduced hazards

Online Magazine: Advanced Manufacturing
CACT Website: www.MakingItInCalifornia.com



INDUSTRY EXPERTS: Contact Information



Statewide Sector Navigator

Jose Anaya
Dean of Community Advancement
El Camino College
13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Phone: 310-973-3165
Fax: 310-973-3132
Email: [email protected]


Deputy Sector Navigators

Region A
Northern Inland
Northern Coastal
Greater Sacramento

Carol Pepper-Kittredge (Sacramento)
Phone: 916-660-7801
Email: [email protected]

Charlie Pooler (Northern Inland, Northern Coastal)
Phone: 530-242-7627
Email: [email protected]

Region B
SF/San Mateo
East Bay, Silicon Valley
North Bay, Santa Cruz/Monterey

Mark Martin
Phone: 510-464-3444
Email: [email protected]

Region C
Central Valley
Mother Lode

Gurminder Sangha
Phone: 559-688-3047
Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @gurminder2014

Region D
South Central Coast

Michael Bastine
Phone: 661-362-3111
Email: [email protected]

Region E
San Diego/Imperial

Trudy Gerald
Phone: 619-388-3522
Email: [email protected]

Region F
Inland Empire Desert

Alan Braggins

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @DSN_Alan

Region G
Los Angeles

Orange County

Ben Traina
Phone: 310-973-3170
Email: [email protected]

Norma A. Alvarado
Phone: 714-808-4611
Email: [email protected]