Joining the board for two-year terms are Mike Soules, president, Corwin Press in Thousand Oaks, Victor Rodriguez, vice-president, human resources, Reiter Affiliated Companies in Oxnard, William Pratt, vice-president, operations and director, creative design, Kinamed, Inc. in Camarillo and Brian Gabler, director of economic development/
"Each of our new board members brings valuable skills and assets to the table," says Alex Rivera, senior manager human resources, Talley Actuators, and WIB chair. "The unique combination of talent on our board--from both private and public sectors--ensures all Ventura County employer and worker interests are represented."
“The emerging job creation opportunities currently being addressed by the WIB in healthcare, technology and green industry are exciting. I’m looking forward to being a part of this diverse, dynamic team,” says Gabler.
New board members have identified their areas of interest while on the board. Soules will be an advocate for quality education. Rodriguez has a passion for developing programs that enable individuals to achieve their professional goals. Pratt will focus on engaging industry participation in workforce development policies in the county. Gabler will work on furthering WIB efforts in business expansion and retention in Ventura County.
"WIB board members are hands-on," says Cheryl Moore, executive director of the Ventura County WIB. "It is because of their commitment that the WIB has been so successful in building the partnerships key to addressing the many facets of workforce development in Ventura County."
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About the Workforce Investment Board
The Workforce Investment Board administers federal funds that help to support Job & Career Centers (JCCs) and other adult, youth, and employer programs and services in Ventura County. With additional resources from the County of Ventura Human Services Agency, the JCCs provide employment assistance, career training and education services to job seekers, and employee recruitment, customized training and employer consulting to local businesses. JCC services are provided at no cost to job seekers and employers. For more information, call 800-500-7705 or visit www.wib.ventura.org.