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Crossing the Skills Chasm on the Central Coast

MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)

Crossing the Skills Chasm on the Central Coast

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Early-bird general (online only). $10 off general rate at the door. Sign up by Monday, Jan. 16, 10:00 p.m. to receive this offer!
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Student IDs will be checked at the door.
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Event Details

Last year, nearly 40% of U.S. employers reported difficulty filling jobs due to a lack of available talent. The increasing gap between available talent and business workforce needs poses a growing threat to the economic welfare of the region.  This program explores the nature of the talent shortage, its causes, implications and ways in which local educational institutions and businesses are working to creatively address the issue.

Debbie Horne, Moderator


Michelle Grier, Vice President HR - ProCore

Mark Schneipp, Director of the California Economic Forecast

Amir Abo Shaeer, Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy Foundation, Founder

Dr. Paul Jarrell, SBCC, Executive Vice President


Register before Monday, January 16, 2017, by 10:00 p.m. to receive the online discount. ($10 off general rate at the door.)

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When & Where

Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center
1118 East Cabrillo Boulevard
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)

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MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast

The Central Coast MIT Enterprise Forum hosts the region’s top business and technology events. Each month, we bring together veteran business leaders and experts to host events designed to educate, inform and inspire entrepreneurs.

Our Mission
To promote a unique process and atmosphere to develop and strengthen the entrepreneurial community in the Central Coast through interaction with experienced executives who have successfully navigated the challenges of building an organization.

In 1986, the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast was established to serve the coastal business communities of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Enterprise Forum has 25 chapters worldwide, each offering unique programs and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Early stage businesses face many common challenges. In case presentations, the Forum provides local entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their business plans during an open meeting before a panel of specially chosen business experts and an audience of peers and other people interested in business development. This Forum format provides the presenting companies an opportunity to receive feedback and suggestions for their businesses from experienced professionals.

Selected Topics
Special topic presentations address current and specific challenges facing early stage businesses. A special panel of entrepreneurs and industry experts is assembled for an in-depth “round table” discussion of the issue.


MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered with the state of California, supported by individual and community contributions. Tax ID/EIN# 77-0248019 

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