Welcome Jeff Briggs as New Regional Director
As of November 1, 2019, Jeff Briggs assumed the position of Regional Director, Advanced Manufacturing for the North Region (Sacramento Region) for California Community Colleges (CCC).
This Education to Manufacturing (Edu2Mfg) position is funded by the CCC Chancellor's Office, Workforce & Economic Development Division, explained Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Associate Dean, Workforce Innovation, Sierra College. "While the grant is held at Sierra College, the regional director works regionally, serving seven community colleges and employers in five counties," said Pepper-Kittredge. "I know the education and manufacturing community will enjoy working with this wonderful colleague in his new role. Jeff is connected to a broad ecosystem including manufacturing companies and business organizations such as the Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Grow Manufacturing (North State) and the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI)."
Jeff Briggs has been a Manufacturers Sales Representative with Avocet Sales & Marketing since 2013 and was formerly with Ray Morgan Company, American Retrographics Company and HLA group. He earned his BA at California State University Chico and MBA at University of Redlands. Briggs is an active member of SME Sacramento and served as president in 2016 & 2017. Additionally, he is a founding board member of the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative. His personal interests include running, being a composer and musician, and coaching youth soccer. Jeff can be reached at 916-316-8100 or JeffBriggs@SierraCollege.edu.
Work plan objectives for Edu2Mfg in 2019-2020 include:
- Increase number of students enrolled in manufacturing related courses
- Increase students and businesses participating in student competitions, project-based learning opportunities and work-based learning opportunities
- Illustrate new education and career pathways in manufacturing
- Host a workshop for curriculum exchange between all K-16 instructors and industry partners
- Support onboarding for new faculty members coming directly from industry
- Assist industry partners in leveraging ETP and college resources to train incumbent workers
- Encourage industry-recognized third party accreditation and assessments
- Assist with apprenticeship programs and/or standards
- Host regional advisory meeting
- Create online repository for information on active high school and college programs
- Inform colleges of emerging technologies and skills requirements
- Provide assistance to host one sector-focused summit
- Assist in updating or creating courses as a result of curriculum recommendations
Mike Bell will continue to be be an ecosystem partner in his new role as incoming SME Sacramento President.