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SRJC VP Ricardo Navarrette appointed to Task Force on Jobs and Workforce Education


SRJC VP Ricardo Navarrette appointed to Task Force on Jobs and Workforce Education 

Ricardo Navarrette, Santa Rosa Junior College’s (SRJC) Assistant Superintendent and Vice President of Student Services, has been named to The Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy. Dr. Brice W. Harris, Chancellor of California Community Colleges, recently announced the appointment of 24 individuals to The Task Force, including Navarrette.

The Task Force will represent California community colleges, business community, labor groups, public agencies involved in workforce training, K-12 policy, and community-based organizations. They will develop policies to prepare more students for existing high value jobs. They will also promote job creation with workforce training that sparks small business development and lures out-of-state business investment in key industry sectors.

As Vice President of Student Services, Ricardo Navarrette manages Counseling and Support Services, Student Affairs, Admissions and Enrollment, and Scholarships. He also has done volunteer work throughout his career, including with the Boys and Girls Club of Healdsburg and as a youth coach. As a member of the Board of Directors of United Way for over 10 years, one of his roles has been serving as the Latino representative doing outreach to employers. He also volunteered as President for Social Advocates for Youth, a non-profit organization that offers crisis, counseling, and community programs throughout Sonoma County. 

"Ricardo Navarrette has been a Sonoma County leader for over 25 years," said Dr. Frank Chong, Superintendent and President of Santa Rosa Junior College. "Among his many accomplishments, he was a founder of the Sonoma County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. His in-depth knowledge of community colleges coupled with his rich relationships and networks throughout our region will be invaluable to the success of the Task Force,” Dr. Chong added.

Studies show that the labor market is increasingly demanding a more skilled workforce.  Whereas in the 1970s, 28 percent of jobs required more than a high school education, by 2020 it is estimated that 65 percent of job openings in the United States will require some postsecondary education or training. The Task Force is the next phase among a series of initiatives that the Chancellor’s Office has established to improve the state’s workforce and economic competitiveness.   

These measures are necessary in light of statistics indicating that there will be 6.3 million job openings in California through 2020, of which 2 million jobs will require a post-secondary certificate or associate degree.

“The men and women I have appointed to the task force will collaborate with California’s business and educational leaders to determine what needs to be done to help the California Community Colleges craft educational programs that provide our students with relevant job skills,” Harris said.  “The members have an impressive and unique blend of qualifications that will give the task force an informed understanding of the needs, experiences, and capabilities of the business community, academia, and labor organizations.”

In addition to Navarrette, members of the task force hail from a diverse array of organizations and professions, including the president and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce, a counselor at Pasadena City College, an executive director at JPMorgan Chase, and a representative of the California Labor Federation. 

To see the calendar of events for the task force, go to:

Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma County, CA

Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy Members

Sunita V. Cooke (Chair), President/ Superintendent, MiraCosta Community College

Tim Rainey (Co-Chair), Executive Director, California Workforce Investment Board

Lynn Shaw (Co-Chair), President, Community College Association LBCC

Barbara Baran, Co-Director, California EDGE Coalition

John Brauer, Executive Director, Workforce & Economic Development, California Labor Federation

Julie Bruno, Vice President, Academic Senate CC, Professor of Communications Studies, Sierra College

Brian Burrell, California Policy & Organizing Manager, Young Invincibles

Darin Chidsey, Director of Strategy, Policy & Public Affairs, Southern California Association of Governments

Patricia de Cos, Deputy Executive Director, California State Board of Education

Kari Decker, Executive Director for Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase

Mike Dozier, Executive Director, Office of Community and Economic Development

Carole Goldsmith, President, West Hills College District

Craig Justice, President, CCCCIO & Vice President for Instruction, Irvine Valley College

Kuldeep Kaur, Chief Business Officer, Yuba Community College District

Cathy A. Martin, Vice President, Workforce, California Hospital Association

James Mayer, President and CEO, California Forward

Ricardo Navarrette, Vice President for Student Services, Santa Rosa Junior College

Toni Parsons, Curriculum Committee Chair, San Diego Mesa College

Nicole Rice, Policy Director, California Manufacturing and Technology Association

William (Bill) Scroggins, President & CEO, Mount San Antonio College

Mollie Smith, Director, Occupational & Noncredit Programs, Palomar Community College

Linda S. Wah, Trustee, PACCD Board of Trustees

Lynell Wiggins, Counselor, Pasadena City College

Allan Zaremberg, President and CEO, California Chamber of Commerce


The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation composed of 72 districts and 112 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. Community colleges supply workforce training, basic skills education and prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. The Chancellor’s Office provides leadership, advocacy and support under the direction of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. For more information about the community colleges, please visit,, or