PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, January 10, 2013

Public Invited: Topic Awareness Day

Workforce preparedness in Santa Barbara County

Leadership Santa Barbara County (LSBC) announces its first Topic Awareness Day (TAD) of the year covering the county’s workforce training and preparedness options.

The event is scheduled for January 11th from 1:00-5:00 PM at the Unity Shoppe’s Sola Facility located at 110 West Sola Street, Santa Barbara, CA.

The day will cover workforce training provided by local organizations at three levels including, high school education, workforce development and small-business development. The Topic Awareness Day will feature a panel addressing high school jobs training, a presentation by Women’s Economic Ventures or WEV, an overview of job skills training offered by Unity Shoppe, as well as a tour of the Unity Shoppe’s facilities.

Agenda (110 W. Sola St, Santa Barbara, CA; subject to change)

1:00 Panel: High School Vocational Training Panel discussion

2:15 Small Business Training Session: Overview services offered by WEV and example training session

3:30 Discussion: Workforce development discussion featuring Delfino Neira, Deputy Director of Social Services Programs

4:00 Unity Shoppe Tour: Overview of workforce training services offered

A special thanks to all participants, Unity Shoppe for the location, and Zen Yai, South Coast Deli, and Panera Bread for providing food for the day. For more information about this LSBC Topic Awareness Day, please contact Kelly Schmandt at 805.570.2651.

About Leadership Santa Barbara County

Leadership Santa Barbara County is an issue-oriented leadership development program limited each year to 30 diverse individuals who are committed to civic leadership. The program is open to anyone who lives, works, or attends school in Santa Barbara County. For additional information about Leadership Santa Barbara County, please visit

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