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CEO a role model for steward leadership with many contributions

Mike Betts played a significant role in the creation of the San Joaquin Valley Manufacturing Alliance, which has become the driving force for a world class CTE ecosystem in the San Joaquin Valley.

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Magnetika HR manager delivers on student internships, exceeds expectation

Catherine Holdbrook-Smith, HR manager for Magnetika, partners with El Camino College and South Bay Workforce Investment Board to recruit high school students for engineering/manufacturing internships.

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Businessman with deep roots helps advance manufacturing in Inland Empire

From his duties as president of the Manufacturers' Council of the Inland Empire to running a family business, Wallace Brithinee is a champion for building a Strong Workforce.

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Girl Scouts executive seeks new opportunities to introduce girls to careers

Knea Hawley of the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council is a fantastic partner who provides countless educational and leadership opportunities for girls throughout the Inland Empire.

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IT services provider contributes big to ICT education in the Desert Region

Stephen Monteros and Claire Jefferson-Glipa of ConvergeOne help build the region's workforce by sharing valuable knowledge, offering up training space and opening the company's doors for events.