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Workforce Development Board of Ventura County Names New Chair, Vice Chair
The Workforce Development Board (WDB) of Ventura County recently elected new officers including Jim Faul as the new chair and Vic Anselmo as vice chair. In addition, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors appointed three board members.
Faul is the civil engineering department manager at LC Engineering Group, Inc. in Thousand Oaks. "It's an honor to serve as the WDB chair after being on the board for the past seven years," says Faul. "What attracted me to the WDB is seeing how the board draws business, labor, education and government together to benefit the workforce of Ventura County. My civil engineering career started in a similar collaborative fashion when I worked at Naval Base Ventura County while in college. Being able to foster these opportunities in Ventura County is an ongoing goal."
Incoming vice chair Anselmo is owner and CEO of Applied Powdercoat, Inc. in Oxnard. His company was able to successfully train workers through WDB-funded programs. "WDB reached out to our business and told us about available training programs," says Anselmo. "Many employers don't know that the state has designated federal funds to Ventura County to help with worker training. The WDB oversees the proper use of those funds and encourages companies to take advantage of the training program opportunities."
Faul takes over from outgoing chair Victor Dollar, vice president of sales for Brighton Management. "Victor did an outstanding job as chair to champion collaboration across private and public sector entities to develop a local workforce that will meet the needs of employers," says Cheryl Moore, WDB executive director. "These programs are critically important to job growth and business retention in the county."
New WDB board members are Charles Harrington, executive board member of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 721 in Simi Valley; Tracy Perez, branch manager, Employer United Staffing Associates in Oxnard; and Peter Zierhut, vice president of motorsports marketing for Haas Automation, Inc. in Oxnard.
Members of the WDB are appointed by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors and include leaders from business, economic development, education, labor, government and community-based organizations.
About the Workforce Development Board
The Workforce Development Board of Ventura County administers federal funds that help to support American Job Center locations and other free job seeker, youth, and employer programs and services in Ventura County. For more information, call 800-500-7705 or visit http://workforceventuracounty.org.