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Paving career pathways
For California students (middle school through community college) interested in careers in the tech industry, the state has 140 tech-specific career pathways programs to aid in that pursuit. At the Chamber’s June 30 meeting of the Innovation & Technology Council (ITC), Sacramento Mayor-Elect Darrell Steinberg -- the former California Senate President Pro Tem, who was instrumental in introducing legislation supporting career pathways to help create a workforce that represents California's diversity -- addressed a diverse group of participants from across private industry to higher education, on challenges in curriculum reform, as well as work-based learning opportunities. As a business intermediary to the Los Angeles High Impact Information Technology, Entertainment & Entrepreneurship, and Communications Hubs (LA HI-TECH), we shared our findings on our experiences, having worked alongside both education administrators and tech employers to bridge the gap. A number of local tech employers also shared their perspectives on overcoming difficulties in sourcing qualified young workers.
Save the date for the Chamber's next ITC meeting on Aug. 16, where we’ll next discuss autonomous vehicles.
Striving for 20 percent by 2020
On Aug. 26, the Chamber will team up with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge -- a public-private initiative that supports property owners and managers in developing cost-effective energy efficiency projects to achieve 20 percent energy savings by 2020 -- to present the fourth annual Building Technology Showcase. Join your fellow Bixel Exchange community members to hear fast-pitch presentations from water and technology companies, and get up-to-speed on real solutions for your building. Find details here, and enter code “techCHAMBER” at checkout to receive 20 percent off the admission price.
Tech support, reporting for duty
On Monday, 20 community college and university students from the L.A. area reported to their supervisors for their first day of work as part of a paid summer internship with the City of L.A.’s Information Technology Agency. Bixel Exchange, in partnership with LA HI-TECH and the Chamber’s LA Youth at Work initiative, recruited and placed the students -- all of who have a strong interest in IT, and come from low-income families. While other co-eds might be taking the summer off, these students are gaining work experience in the IT sector, providing support on various projects, such as web redesign of city department and project websites, and desktop support for the agency and other department users.
We’re actively recruiting students for several other tech internships in the L.A. area. Have someone in mind? Contact Sergio Rosas.
More events posted
A new batch of summer startup workshops and events is up on our calendar! This includes the extended LA Law Library business workshop series featuring several of our startup advisors, as well as a new digital marketing webinar series we’ve partnered with Marketing Bitz to bring you.
Spotlight on …
... The Culture List, a free mobile app boasting a comprehensive directory of cultural institutions and activities in the greater Los Angeles area, and its founder, Elizabeth Pezza.
As a marketing professional in the museum space, this probably was a no-brainer to you. What’s The Culture List looking to do, beyond getting people to these destinations?
With The Culture List app, anyone can be a tourist in their town. Information on hundreds of museums, aquariums, zoos, gardens, science centers, significant architecture and historical sites can now be carried in your pocket. Whether you’re a visitor or a local, seeking weekend activities or date ideas, The Culture List has something for everyone. We also have a website that features the most comprehensive Free Museum Days list available, and a blog that highlights cultural selections and curated lists. Finally, to help grow our community we hold fun social events every month, for people to come together and enjoy unique cultural experiences.
What sets The Culture List apart from its competitors?
It’s our focus on discovering destinations -- the hidden gems you didn’t even know were there. We have started by shining a light on the cultural world of museums and community spaces, which have tons to offer but are easily overlooked. We have also worked hard to build a platform that cuts out the noise and gets the user to the information that’s relevant to them, by their interests, budget, location and schedule.
Let’s talk about your team. Can you share what the experience was like in seeking a CTO?
Well, The Culture List would not exist without my CTO. I hear the struggles of my fellow entrepreneurs every day of how difficult it is to find a talented, hard-working, and cost-effective CTO. I am so blessed to have found a technical partner in this endeavor who was willing to dedicate as much as I have to making The Culture List a success. Lucas is my partner in life as well as in business and he is the one who encouraged me to take the leap and start this business in the first place. Not only is he a brilliant engineer, he is my built-in support system.
What’s next for The Culture List?
Right now we are working on expanding our content, growing our customer base, and seeking strategic investors for our seed round. Our long-term goal is to expand to other cities and genres, making us the Trip Advisor for culture.
Visit The Culture List's website to learn more! The app is available for download in iOS and Android formats.
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