As the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce continues its work within economic development in the area—specifically around workforce development—it is excited to announce that Executive Vice President Derrick Seaver will be joining the work2future board this month—further proof that the SJSV Chamber’s work is moving in the right direction.
“This latest appointment serves as testament to the importance of a collaborative approach to workforce development as part of economic development,” said Matt Mahood, SJSV Chamber President & CEO. “We believe that when business is at the table, we can not only close the gap between the efforts already underway but also add a new layer of insight, resources and partners. We are excited that Derrick will be taking on an active role within work2Future’s efforts city-wide.”
Seaver and Jeff Pallin, Workforce and Economic Development, Workforce Institute, San Jose/Evergreen Community College District were both appointed to the Work2Future board in early July.
“I am honored to join this local organization in its efforts to offer the city’s at-risk youth jobs,” Seaver said. “This appointment offers the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce and its’ members the opportunity to continue to be a part of long-term collaborative agreements that benefit our region’s economic development.”
The announcement comes on the heels of a successful inaugural Strive San Jose Career and Internship fair that took place last month.
The event, the product of a partnership between the Chamber, work2future foundation and East Side Union High School District offered 50 high school students enrolled in the district’s career pathways program a chance to participate in soft-skills workshops at Silver Creek High School, learn about their personal brands at LinkedIn and then be interviewed and hired for their paid summer internships at the SAP Center.
The local administrative arm of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), work2future operates One-Stop Centers that serve the areas of San Jose, Campbell, Morgan Hill, Los Altos Hills, Gilroy, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. The Department of Labor is the main funding stream for the centers. Other sources include state, local, and federal grants and corporate support.
Strategically positioned within the City of San Jose Office of Economic Development, work2future addresses the workforce and economic development needs of our local area, in collaboration with small and large businesses, educational institutions and community-based organizations.