Workforce Investment Board of VC Adds Moorpark College’s Iris Ingram
The Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Ventura County announced the addition of Iris Ingram to its board. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors officially appointed Ingram on September 24. Four current board members were reappointed for a two-year term.
Iris Ingram is vice president of business services and interim acting president of Moorpark College. She is representing the Ventura County Community College District on the WIB board.
“Most vocational education outside of high school Regional Occupational Programs takes place in community colleges,” says Ingram. “At Moorpark College alone, we have dozens of Career Technical Education (CTE) programs that lead to AA degrees or certifications designed to get students working.” Ingram sites nursing science, medical imaging and Moorpark’s Exotic Animal Training and Management programs as providing needed training for high demand fields. “Our animal training program is one of only two in the country so graduating students are 100 percent employed,” says Ingram.
By law, all CTE programs at the community college level must have a community advisory group made up of industry representatives in the program’s specific area of training. “I’d like to see more interaction between business and education,” says Ingram. “I believe it is part of the WIB’s mission to close the gap between employers who are demanding a trained workforce and the entities that supply those workers.”
“Community colleges are at the heart of the employer-workforce training equation,” says Cheryl Moore, WIB executive director. “They are where many of our future workers will learn the skills needed by employers so their businesses can stay competitive. We look forward to Iris joining the board at this very critical time.”
Reappointed to the WIB are Jim Faul, director of West Coast Engineering Group in Calabasas, Victoria Jump, director, Area Agency on Aging, Alex Rivera, director of human resources, Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. in Ventura (and the WIB’s immediate past chair) and Nancy Williams, local public affairs region manager, Southern California Edison in Ventura.
Members of the WIB include leaders from business, economic development, education, labor, government and community-based organizations.
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 visitwww.wib.ventura.org.