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



Industry Data & Trends

Centers of Excellence
California Targeted Industry Reports

The Centers of Excellence (COE) support business and industry through its nationally recognized industry reports. The real-time regional and local labor market research and data are validated directly by California business and industry. The COE’s environmental scans and customized reports are used by business and industry to access current, relevant labor market information about wages, career ladders, and the offerings currently provided by community colleges.


Statewide COE Lead: Laura Coleman
Phone: (916) 563-3235
[email protected]


Centers of Excellence

Bay Region COE
Contact the Bay Region COE regarding Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma counties.

John Carrese
Center Director
Bay Region

City College of San Francisco
50 Phelan Avenue
Cloud Hall, Rm 233
San Francisco, CA 94112

Phone: (415) 452-5529
[email protected]


South Central Region COE
Contact the South Central Region COE regarding San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Laura Coleman
Center Director
South Central Region

Los Rios CCD
1410 Ethan Way
Sacramento, CA 95825

Phone: (916) 563-3235
[email protected]


San Diego-Imperial Region COE
Contact the San Diego-Imperial Region COE regarding Imperial and San Diego counties.

Zhenya Lindstrom
Center Director
San Diego-Imperial

Chaffey College
13106 Central Avenue
Chino, CA 91710

Phone: (909) 652-7753
[email protected]


Central California Region COE
Contact the Central California Region COE regarding Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne counties.

Nora Seronello
Center Director
Central California Region

Modesto Junior College
435 College Avenue
Modesto, CA 95350

Phone: (209) 575-6894
[email protected]


Northern California Region COE
Contact the Northern California Region COE regarding Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, and Yuba counties.

Aaron Wilcher
Center Director
Northern California Region

Los Rios CCD
1410 Ethan Way
Sacramento, CA 95825

Phone: (916) 563-3233
[email protected]


LA-Orange Region COE
Contact the LA-Orange Region COE regarding Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Lori Sanchez
Center Director
LA-Orange Region

Mt. San Antonio College
1100 N. Grand Ave., Bldg. 21D
Walnut, CA 91789

Phone:(909) 274-6106
[email protected]


Desert Region COE
Contact the Desert Region COE regarding Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Michael Goss
Center Director
Desert Region

Chaffey College
13106 Central Avenue
Chino, CA 91710

Phone: (909) 652-7754
[email protected]