Join us on Thursday October 26th for the 5th Annual Future of Work Conference: Revolutionizing Student Workforce Pathways

The annual Pasadena City College Future of Work is proud to return for its fifth year as the Los Angeles region’s premiere conference on improving community college student success outcomes. This year, Pasadena City College is pleased to bring together students, faculty, state and federal workforce leadership, community colleges colleagues, and labor to discuss ways to revolutionize the workforce pathways to increase equitable student success.

The Future of Work Conference will focus on:

  • How to better align the goals and systems of California’s workforce development programs, California community college career technical education, and trade unions.
  • Exploring how to adapt best-in-class systems innovations in student success to the California community college academic system to meet student and employer needs.
  • Understanding how community colleges, and its regional collaborators, can best align national and state priorities, from industry sector priorities to the growth of good-paying union jobs that keep America globally competitive.


Submit Your Nomination for the Inaugural Los Angeles Changemaker Award

This year, we invite you to nominate a trailblazer in Los Angeles County who has made a significant impact in workforce development and student success. From your nominations, one individual will be honored as our first Los Angeles Changemaker at this year’s Future of Work Conference. Click on the link to access our online form to submit your confidential nomination. The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 6, 2023.

Submit Your Nomination

Conference Agenda

Time Agenda Item Speaker
8:00AM Registration and Breakfast  
9:00AM Welcome
  • Salvatrice Cummo, Vice President, Economic and Workforce Development, Pasadena City College
  • Mike Fong, Assemblymember, 49th District (Confirmed)
9:15AM Opening Keynote

Dr. Sonya Christian, Chancellor, California Community Colleges (Invited)

9:45AM Panel 1: Training, Trades and Transformation of Pathways
  • Dr. Jose Gomez, President-Superintendent, Pasadena City College (Moderator)
  • Dr. Sonya Christian, Chancellor, CA Community Colleges (Invited)
  • Victor Gordo, Mayor, City of Pasadena (Invited – Pending (Confirmed
  • Stewart Knox, Secretary, California Labor & Workforce Development Agency (Confirmed)
11:00AM Power Break  
11:15AM Voice of the Worker Video  
11:30AM Panel 2: Innovation in Driving Student-Focused Systems Change
  • Salvatrice Cummo, Vice President, Economic and Workforce Development, Pasadena City College (Moderator)
  • Dennis Rodriguez, Director of Business Development, Black & Veatch (Confirmed)
  • Kelly Mackey, State Director of Strategic Apprenticeships, State of California Apprenticeship and Workforce Innovation Unit, CA Department of Industrial Relations (Confirmed)
  • Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, Chancellor, Los Angeles Community College District (Confirmed)
12:30PM Closing Luncheon  w/Keynote Speaker
1:30PM Award Recognition: Inaugural Los Angeles Changemaker  

Event Close


Please view our recording of last year's Future of Work Conference here.