San Diego Business Journal

Sunita V. Cooke, superintendent/president of MiraCosta College in Oceanside, has been named to lead a 24-member Community Colleges task force. Members are charged with developing policies to prepare more students for existing high-value jobs and to promote job creation with workforce training that sparks small business development and lures out-of-state business investment.

The individuals chosen to serve on the Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation and a Strong Economy represent the California Community Colleges, business community, labor groups, public agencies involved in workforce training, K-12 policy, and community-based organizations.

“The men and women I have appointed to the task force will collaborate with California’s business and educational leaders to determine what needs to be done to help the California Community Colleges craft educational programs that provide our students with relevant job skills,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris. “The members have an impressive and unique blend of qualifications that will give the task force an informed understanding of the needs, experiences, and capabilities of the business community, academia, and labor organizations.”

Other local appointees include Mollie Smith, Director of Occupational and Non-Credit Programs at Palomar College and Toni Parsons, Curriculum Committee Chair at Mesa College.

The task force was commissioned in November by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors.