Over a span of 30 years, Celia Garcia has provided strong leadership and vision to tens of thousands of participants in over 40 programs focused on establishing workplace literacy, job training programs and bilingual business development services to generations of workers and small business owners in underserved minority communities, improving critical language skills, job skills, and business skills to increase business performance, identifycareer paths to move low wage workers to higher wages.
What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
I am committed to greater diversity, and inclusion of new workforce sectors being brought into the fold to enrich our experiences and provide us access to diverse thinking, and strategies to continue bringing about systematic change to impact the future of work for ALL communities. I'm dedicated to creating and providing greater access to bilingual online resources for skill development, believing this will prosper all communities who are disenfranchised after this recent disruption.
Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
In the last 15 years, I've created bilingual and multicultural content, learning systems to empower many disenfranchised workers by customizing curriculum and content for English learners. I believe there is vast potential when we include ALL LEVELS of the workforce with empowerment training alongside and supported by their employers. The results have been significant and I'm committed to addressing the digital divide that still exists in all job seekers, preparing them for the future of work.
Why do you want to serve on the Board?
To create new opportunities for outreach and service to our members. To improve and open access for the new certification process & online learning platforms. To give back the expertise I've been blessed to acquire in upskilling the workforce on-site with employers in multiple sectors. To spearhead greater efforts to connect disenfranchised groups & communities while witnessing the enrichment that will take place as we succeed in these efforts. To grow this organization for these changing times.
|What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?|
We need greater accountability surrounding the inclusion of special populations, by responding to the local demographics in ALL communities. There is a call for equality of experience for job seekers & the tracking of long term career success. There is the challenge of improving and expanding the use of technology & access. We can address these new challenges by developing innovative strategies, & forming new collaborations to improve outcomes for students and job seekers.