Welcome to the Center for Workforce Development
The Center for Workforce Development at Cañada College combats social stratification and workforce gaps by making career and social mobility a reality. We provide affordable access to excellent career technical education programs where students learn in-demand skills. Through grants and strategic partnerships, we integrate resources and programs that accelerate the implementation of Cañada’s Educational Master Plan and express our college’s vision and values.
Our guiding principles are the three R’s of ‘’Relationship, Relevance and Rigor.’’ Technical skills are only part of what our students acquire. We expect all students to learn critical, creative, and quantitative thinking while practicing state-of-the-art communication skills and cultural knowledge essential to success in the 21st century workforce. We are educating the next generation of leaders, policy makers, scientists and entrepreneurs, who will redefine a liberal arts education to include Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics (STEAM) and leadership skills.
Kay O'Neill, Director:
As Director of Workforce Development at Cañada College, Kay engages her extensive professional network to convene private and public partnerships that bring opportunities to underserved populations. She creates and supports training programs that address the equity gap by closing the skills gap. Kay is a catalyst who enjoys focusing her energy on initiatives that align higher education with economic and environmental realities. Her rare combination of project management skills include her ability to telescope from big picture economic strategies (labor market supply and demand) to fine-tuning program design (optimal learning and teaching environments). Kay’s empathy for, and rapport with, all stakeholders, from students to industry leaders, delivers high impact solutions for employers and workers alike. Throughout her career she aims to manifest her personal mission: to dismantle structural racism, eliminate class barriers, and rebuild the middle class through investment and innovation in the clean energy economy.
Kay O'Neill, Director of Workforce Development