Office of Workforce & Economic Development
The award-winning SMC Office of Workforce & Economic
Development is dedicated to bridging the gap between market needs and workforce
abilities. The college specializes in preparing students for the workplace with
job and technical skills they need for employability, job retention and career
The office is instrumental in helping to launch special
career technical training programs at the college, including Promo Pathways, which trains students to create and edit
promotional spots for TV and film, and green programs such as the Resource and
Recycling Management and Solar Photovoltaic Installers programs. A Medical Lab
Technician program – created in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and
Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center – and an Energy Efficiency Auditor program are
scheduled to be launched in 2012. Internships and customized training are key
parts of the programs.
award-winning Small Business Development Center, the college provides a wide
range of services – for free or for a minimal fee – to help businesses start,
expand and develop; to promote minority- and women-owned businesses; and to
create and retain jobs.
Understanding that a strong partnership must exist
between education and industry, SMC collaborates with local businesses through
industry advisory councils composed of business executives and representatives,
college administrators and faculty experts. This collaboration ensures that
SMC’s curricula meets and exceeds industry standards.
For more information about the Office of Workforce & Economic Development, please contact us at 310-434-4199.