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July 27, 2018: Boehringer Ingelheim receives its Fourth ETP contract for $900,000 — to support a plant expansion

Contact: Alfonso Perez
Quality Systems Manager
Boehringer Ingelheim
6701 Kaiser Drive
Fremont, CA 94555

bi2Boehringer Ingelheim is investing $217 million to upgrade and expand their Fremont manufacturing facility. This investment will bring nearly 300 new high-wage and highly-skilled positions to the City of Fremont. The site was recently awarded $25.5 million in two separate tax credits from the state and another $900,000 in ETP funds, making them the largest awards to a pharmaceutical company. This significant expansion will enable the company to increase its manufacturing capacity by one-third.

Under this new proposal, BIFI will deliver more customized, advanced bio-tech manufacturing skills training using all three available ETP methodologies including class/lab, CBT, and Productive Lab. The proposed training plan is designed to expand trainee skills enabling them to adapt to changing business requirements; improve product quality; and gain transferable skills in advanced biotechnologies, pharmaceutical equipment, and processes. Training for frontline manufacturing workers under this proposal is different from previous ETP Agreements because it will focus primarily on new product manufacturing technologies and procedures.

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December 8, 2017: KLA-Tencor wins a workforce training contract with a soft cap of $432,000 from California’s Employment Training Panel (ETP). Funding will come from the California Energy Commission (CEC) through ETP to support workforce training in clean technology innovation.

Contact: Efren Lopez
Sr. Director Knowledge Services
KLA-Tencor
One Technology Drive
Milpitas, CA 94451
ETP Funding: $580,000

KLA-Tencor won another workforce training contract worth $580,000 from the State of California’s Employment Training Panel (ETP) on Friday, October 18, 2013 in Sacramento.

This proposal, under Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (AB118), is designed to allow KLA-Tencor to focus on job skills to invent, develop, design, construct, install, operate, service and maintain new fueling infrastructure for electric vehicles in support of the long-term reduction of carbon emissions. The AB118 Program is administered by ETP in partnership with the CEC and the overall goals to support a transition from petroleum-based transportation to alternative and renewable fuels and clean, low carbon vehicle technologies. Alternative Fuel is defined as any fuel other than the traditional selections, gasoline and diesel from petroleum sources, used to produce energy or power. Examples of alternative fuels are: bio-diesel, ethanol, methanol, electricity, propane, compressed or liquid natural gas, and hydrogen. The funds will subsidize direct employee training cost for KLA-Tencor sponsored courses delivered to California employees via classroom, laboratory and/or on-line delivery methodologies. The monies provided by ETP will help KLA-Tencor leverage the experience and capabilities of its employees through learning while expanding California’s growing clean tech industry.

“Herrera & Company has given us great success at KLA-Tencor for over 10 years now. Phillip keeps us updated with the latest results and is always looking for ways to improve the program that would give us the most benefit. What a great partner to have on your side.”

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August 25, 2017: Agilent Technologies wins its fifth ETP contract since 2000. They will build knowledge relative to new technologies, new organizational structure, and improved business information systems.

Contact: Liz Ambrogi
Global Learning & Leadership Development
Agilent Technologies, Inc.
+1 408 345 8378 | elizabeth_ambrogi@agilent.com
www.agilent.com
5301 Stevens Creek Blvd Santa Clara CA 95051 United States

Founded in May 1999, Agilent was spun-off from Hewlett-Packard Company as part of a corporate realignment that created two separate companies. The company’s roots date back to 1939 when William Hewlett and David Packard started a company that is a global technology leader and helped give birth to the Silicon Valley and its high-technology industry. Agilent develops and manufactures products that sense, analyze, display, and communicate data for use in the life sciences, chemical analysis, communications and electronics industries. Agilent provides laboratories worldwide with instruments, services, consumables, applications and expertise, enabling customers to gain the insights they seek. The overall objective of the training plan is to re-tool the existing California workforce by building knowledge relative to new technologies, new organizational structure, and improved business information systems. Rather than downsizing and outsourcing California-based jobs, the proposed training will assist Agilent to grow its workforce.

“I have had the honor of consulting to Agilent Technologies since the company was created in 1999,” said Phillip Herrera, managing partner of Herrera & Company. “The success of the many ETP contracts is a direct result of the Agilent team’s leadership, technical knowledge, rock-hard ethics, good humor and industry experience. I am looking forward to being part of the Agilent team of amazing men and women and to making a difference in our Great State.”

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June 23, 2017: BioMarin Pharmaceuticals won a third workforce training contract worth $823,969 from the State of California’s Employment Training Panel (ETP) in Sacramento at the Cal EPA building.

On Friday June 23rd in the Cal EPA building at our State’s capital, BioMarin Pharmaceuticals won its third consecutive workforce training contract worth $823,969 from California’s Employment Training Panel (ETP). The application was endorsed by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) because of BioMarin’s positive impact on the State and local economy.

The monies will subsidize direct employee training costs for BioMarin sponsored courses delivered to its California employees via on-line, classroom, and/or on-the-job delivery methodologies. Ian J. Clark, Director – Corporate Training and Kevin DuArte M.A, Manager Corporate Training made the presentation on behalf of the company receiving unanimous approval from the Panel members. Ian was first-rate in describing BioMarin’s story, corporate profile and products as well as the need for ongoing technical training for new/incumbent employees. The monies provided by ETP will help BioMarin leverage the experience and capabilities of its employees through learning while expanding California’s growing life science industry.

Many thanks go to the BioMarin team for their excellent work on the ETP opportunity with special acknowledgement to Katheryn Lowell and Allyssa Galloway in Government Affairs, Greg Barela in HR, Marty Richards, Gudrun Finn, Todd Day, and others who were part of the solution. The success of the ETP project is a direct result of the entire team’s leadership, technical knowledge, good humor, rock-hard ethics, and industry experience.

“Biomarin would not have been able to achieve the outcome it did without H&C’s guidance, expertise, adaptability and good humor,” said Gudrun Finn, Associate Director of GxP Compliance

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March 27, 2017: Medtronic Neurovascular won its first workforce training contract worth $589,950 from the State of California’s Employment Training Panel (ETP) on Friday, March 24th in Sacramento at the Cal EPA building.

PicContact: Maura Halpenny
Training Manager | Quality Systems
Medtronic
9775 Toledo Way | Irvine, CA 92618 | USA
Office +1.949.297.9619 | Mobile +1.949.560.7466
Maura.H.Halpenny@medtronic.com

Medtronic Inc. (Parent), headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is among the world’s largest medical technology, services and solutions companies – alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life for millions of people around the world. Medtronic was founded in 1949 and today serves hospitals, physicians, clinicians, and patients in approximately 160 countries worldwide. Medtronic Neurovascular develops, manufactures, and market products and therapies to treat diseases of the vasculature in and around the brain.  One of the company’s flagship  products is the Pipeline and Pipeline Flex Embolization Device for endovascular treatments of large or giant wide-necked brain aneurysms; the Solitaire FR Revascularization Device for treatment of acute ischemic stroke; and the Apollo Onyx delivery micro catheter which is the first detachable tip micro-catheter available in the U.S.    Most of the training will be delivered to front line manufacturing workers to use state-of-the art med device manufacturing machines, tools, and techniques in a clean room environment.  The med device industry is one the most regulated in the State and employees who are knowledgeable in performing their job to the most current manufacturing operating procedures acceptable under FDA standards attain highly transferable

Quote from Maura:  “Phillip came to us with high praise from his other med device clients who stated that he truly understand the industry, training reporting/compliance, and auditing.  We are impressed with the results and I highly recommend him if you are looking for an expert to win ETP funding.  He is also very bright and a pleasure to work with.”

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September 23, 2016: Keysight Technologies receives its first workforce training contract worth $432,000 from the State of California’s Employment Training Panel (ETP).

Contact: Nadine Rothermel
Global Learning & Leadership Development
Keysight Technologies
1400 Fountain Grove Parkway
Santa Rosa, CA 95604

Keysight Technologies, provides electronic measurement instruments and systems that are used in the design, development, manufacture, installation, deployment and operation of electronics equipment. The company originated in 1939 in the Hewlett-Packard organization and our legacy encompasses more than 75 years of innovation. We do business with most Fortune 1000 companies that are developing electronic products. Keysight’s business strategy globally is to invest in product development to address the changing needs of the market and facilitate growth. They are investing in research and development to design measurement solutions that will satisfy the changing needs of its customers. These opportunities are being driven by the need for faster data rates and new form factors, and by evolving technology standards. Maintaining a well-trained and highly skilled manufacturing workforce is critical to achieving the above strategy. Therefore, Keysight will train 500 currently employed, front-line workers at its California locations with ETP funds. The principal objective is to remain the world’s leading electronic measurement company, transforming today’s measurement experience through innovations in wireless, modular, and software solutions.

Nadine had this to say: “Phillip was originally hired because of his knowledge and expertise to help navigate and manage our ETP and Cal Competes opportunities. I have continued to use him because of his results, thoroughness, and is a pleasure to work with.”

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August 30, 2015: California’s premier life sciences employer association, approves Herrera & Company as an exclusive M2M preferred management consulting firm for GO-Biz and ETP application development services.

Contact: Christina Hwee
State Government Relations
California Life Sciences Association (CLSA)
1201 K Street, Ste 1840
Sacramento, CA 95814

California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) is the leading voice for California’s life sciences sector. We work closely with industry, government, academia and other stakeholders to shape public policy, drive business solutions and grow California’s life sciences innovation ecosystem. CLSA serves over 750 biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostics companies, research universities and institutes, investors and service providers. CLSA was founded in 2015 when the Bay Area Bioscience Association (BayBio) and the California Healthcare Institute (CHI) merged to create the state’s most influential life sciences advocacy and business leadership organization. We are an approved Member-to-Member supplier offering discounted pricing to CSLA members.

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August 28, 2015: BioMarin Pharmaceuticals won a second workforce training contract worth $843,300 from the State of California’s Employment Training Panel (ETP) in Sacramento at the Cal EPA building.

Founded in 1997 and based in Novato California, BioMarin is a global leader in the development, manufacturing and sale of innovative pharmaceuticals for serious diseases and medical conditions. BioMarin selects product candidates for diseases and conditions that represent a significant unmet medical need.

The monies will subsidize direct employee training costs for BioMarin sponsored courses delivered to its California employees via on-line, classroom, and/or on-the-job delivery methodologies. The support provided by the State of California though ETP and GO-Biz will help BioMarin leverage the experience and capabilities of its employees through learning while expanding California’s growing life science industry.

This application for BioMarin was designated a Critical Proposal by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development based on the Company’s planned expansion and commitment to adding new jobs in California

“Biomarin would not have been able to achieve the outcome it did without H&C’s guidance, expertise, adaptability and good humor,” said Gudrun Finn, Associate Director of GxP Compliance

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August 28, 2015: Cepheid won its first workforce training contract worth $569,640 from the State of California’s Employment Training Panel (ETP) in Sacramento at the Cal EPA building.

Contact: Tamanna Prashar
Sr. Director, Consumables Operations
Cepheid
904 Caribbean Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Founded in 1998 and based in Sunnyvale California, Cepheid is a molecular diagnostics company that develops, manufactures and markets fully integrated systems for testing in the clinical market, and non-clinical market.

The company’s systems enable rapid, sophisticated molecular testing for organisms and genetic-based diseases by automating otherwise complex manual laboratory procedures. Cepheid’s strategy is to become the leading supplier of integrated systems and tests for molecular diagnostics. To achieve its strategy, Cepheid needs to invest in its plant and equipment, while maintaining a well-trained and highly skilled manufacturing workforce.

This application for Cepheid was designated a Critical Proposal by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development based on the Company’s planned expansion and commitment to adding new jobs in California.

“I heard about Herrera & Company at my previous employer (Covidien) and they were extremely satisfied,” said Tamanna Prashar, Senior Director at Cepheid. “After evaluating several ETP consultants listed on the agencies website we decided to go with Herrera & Company. We are extremely pleased with the results and looking forward to earning our ETP funding.”

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January 24, 2014: CareFusion wins its first ETP contract worth $946,000 to train its front-line manufacturing, IT, and customer service employees at its four Southern California locations.

Contact: Lindy Rodwell,
RN Director, Sales Training
3750 Torrey View Court
San Diego, CA 92130
ETP Funding $946,000

Founded in January 2009 and headquartered in San Diego California, CareFusion is a global medical technology company that manufactures IV infusion medical equipment, medication and supply dispensing equipment, respiratory care products, infection prevention products and surgical instruments to customers in the United States and over 130 countries throughout the world (www.carefusion.com). Some of its products manufactured in California include Alaris® IV pumps, Pyxis® automated dispensing and patient identification systems, AirLife™, AVEA® and LTV® series ventilators and respiratory products, ChloraPrep® skin prep products, MedMined® surveillance services, and V. Mueller® and Snowden-Pencer® surgical instruments. Its primary customers include hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, clinics, long-term care facilities and physician offices.

CareFusion employs 3,614 full-time workers in California at its facilities in San Diego, Ontario, Yorba Linda, and Palm Springs, all sites targeted for ETP funded training. CareFusion’s California operations qualify for standard ETP funding as a manufacturer (Title 22, California Code of Regulations, Section 4416(i)(1). CareFusion was spun-off (sold) from Cardinal Health in August 2009 through the distribution and sale of stock shares. The company is now committed to bringing new products to market and has invested over $400 Mil on research and development. CareFusion’s business strategies are to expand its product portfolio with additional and enhanced products and services that will help healthcare providers reduce medication errors and overall treatment costs, reduce infections, and manage medications and supplies more efficiently. To achieve its goals, it must have a well-trained and highly skilled workforce. The overall objective of this ETP training project is to re-tool the existing workforce by building new knowledge and new job skill sets relative to the biotech manufacturing industry. The ETP funded training will focus on training and development of both incumbent and newly hired staff responsible for research, development, sales/marketing and production of CareFusion’s products.

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November 15, 2013: Abbott Vascular (AV) won another workforce training contract worth $1.3 million from the State of California’s Employment Training Panel (ETP) on Friday, November 15, 2013 in Sacramento.

Contact: David Topp,
Director of State Government Affairs
Abbott Vascular
26531 Ynez Road
Temecula, CA 92591
ETP Funding $1.3 Million

Abbott Vascular (AV) won another workforce training contract worth $1.3 million from the State of California’s Employment Training Panel (ETP) on Friday, November 15, 2013 in Sacramento. The monies will help off-set direct training costs for courses delivered to California employees across the State.

David Topp, Director of State Government Affairs for Abbott and Phillip Herrera of Herrera & Company made the presentation to the Panel members. David stated that he was pleased with the results of past ETP contracts and felt privileged to partner with the ETP program. The support provided by the State of California though ETP has allowed AV to leverage the experience and capabilities of its current workforce through education and development while bolstering the State economy.

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October 18, 2013: KLA-Tencor won another workforce training contract worth $580,000 from the State of California’s Employment Training Panel (ETP) on Friday, October 18, 2013 in Sacramento.

Contact: Efren Lopez
Sr. Director Knowledge Services
KLA-Tencor
One Technology Drive
Milpitas, CA 94451
ETP Funding: $580,000

KLA-Tencor won another workforce training contract worth $580,000 from the State of California’s Employment Training Panel (ETP) on Friday, October 18, 2013 in Sacramento.

The monies will supplement direct training costs for courses delivered to its front-line workers in Milpitas. Efren Lopez made the presentation on behalf of the KLA-Tencor and received unanimous approval from the seven member board. Efren stated that he was pleased with the results of past ETP contracts and felt privileged to partner with the ETP program to develop KT employees. The support provided by the State of California though ETP has allowed KT to leverage the experience and capabilities of its current workforce through education and development rather than downsizing and outsourcing California-based jobs.

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June 21, 2013: Boston Scientific wins $690,000 in ETP training funds for its San Jose, Fremont, and Valencia manufacturing facilities.

Contact: Arturo Araiza
Production Training Supervisor
Boston Scientific
47900 Bayside Parkway
Fremont, CA 94538-6515
ETP Funding $750,000

Located across from the new Tesla Motors plant in Fremont, Boston Scientific is part of the growing manufacturing companies along the interstate 880 corridor. The company is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices that are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties including cardiology, urology, gynecology, and neurovascular intervention. Boston Scientific employs 2,252 workers at its three California manufacturing plants in San Jose, Fremont, and Valencia and will 700 frontline manufacturing employees.

Boston products manufactured in California include a broad line of imaging catheters (coated and uncoated) and micro-delivery stents to treat diseases of the human vascular and neurovascular systems. The company’s flagship products include NequroForm® and Wingspan® Stent Systems to treat brain and/or wide neck aneurysms, each under a Humanitarian Device Exemption approval granted by the Food & Drug Administration. Other products include: Taxus Express Coronary Stent System®, AID Automatic Implantable Defibrillator®, and the Ventak Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator®. Boston Scientific invested over $900 million in research and development in 2010 resulting in the creation of an extensive pipeline of over 150 new products and is committed to retaining a manufacturing workforce in California.

The manufacture of its products is a highly exacting and complex process due in part to strict regulatory requirements imposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other foreign regulatory agencies where products are sold. To be successful, Boston Scientific must have an experienced, well trained workforce that can understand and follow specific quality protocols and manufacturing procedures, while at the same time work efficiently and contribute to the high work standards required by the biotech industry.

All told, Training is targeted to meet the need for an expanded and more skilled manufacturing workforce; to foster job retention in industries threatened by out-of-state competition; and, for promoting the California biotech manufacturing workforce.

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January 25, 2013: Covidien wins $599,000 workforce development funds to train front-line workers in manufacturing skills using classroom, productive lab, and on-line training delivery methodologies.

Contact: Corey Walker
Technical Training Manager
Covidien
9775 Toledo Way
Irvine, CA 92618
ETP Funding: $599,590

Covidien products manufactured in California are in the medical devices business segment of the company. These vascular therapy products include: neurovascular micro catheters, liquid embolics, embolic coils, flow restoration devices and flow diversion devices.

One of the flagship products manufactured by Covidien is the Pipeline Embolization Device, used for the treatment of large, giant, wide-necked, failed treatment, and fusiform aneurysms by reconstructing the parent artery and restoring its natural course. This allows a surgeon to use a technique referred to as “Flow Diversion”, designed to treat brain aneurysms in which the device is placed in the parent blood vessel rather than in the aneurysm sac. Company representatives state that the medical device manufacturing industry is characterized by continuous technological changes, resulting in ever-changing customer preferences and requirements and the success of Covidien’s business depends on its ability to introduce new products and adapt to these changing technologies and customer demands.

Covidien’s senior management believes that maintaining a well trained and highly skilled manufacturing workforce will help it achieve its goals. The overall objective of the training plan is to re-tool the existing workforce by building new knowledge relative to the medical device manufacturing industry

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January 25, 2013: Gilead Sciences wins funding to train front-line manufacturing workers at its San Dimas GMP facility to produce medicines to treat (HIV)/AIDS, liver diseases and respiratory conditions.

Contact: Duval Capozzi
Sr. Manager, Quality Training
Gilead Sciences
650 Cliffside Drive
San Dimas, CA 91773
ETP Funding: Open ended 

Founded in 1987 and based in Foster City, Gilead is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. Gilead’s products improve the care of patients suffering from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/AIDS, liver diseases such as hepatitis B and C and serious cardiovascular/metabolic and respiratory conditions. Gilead reports that a majority of its revenue was for HIV products but the company also manufactures the anti-influenza drug Tamiflu and hepatitis B antiviral Hespera. In addition, Gilead is in the process of conducting clinical trials for the treatments for resistant hypertension, cystic fibrosis, HIV, and hepatitis.

The manufacture of Gilead’s products is a highly exacting and complex process due in part to strict regulatory requirements imposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other foreign regulatory agencies where Gilead’s products are sold. To be successful, Gilead must have an experienced, well trained, workforce that can understand and follow specific quality protocols and manufacturing procedures. While at the same time, work efficiently and contribute to the high work standards required by the biotech industry. Therefore, Gilead is proposing to train 125 currently employed, front-line employees and 75 newly hired, front-line manufacturing workers at its California locations but a majority of the training will occur at its San Dimas facility.

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Dameron Hospital wins third Healthcare-Job Creation training funds contract for RN training to continue the Governor’s state-wide initiative to address the shortage of high skilled nursing professionals

Contact: Nicholas D. Arismendi
Chief Operating Officer
Dameron Hospital Association
525 W. Acacia Street
Stockton, CA 95203
ARRA Funding: $600,000

Due to the on-going State budget crisis ETP has been receiving only a portion of its core funding and is now helping the Feds develop the billions of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars (aka Obama Stimulus Monies) to eligible applicants. At the discretion of Governor Brown a portion of this money has been targeted for incumbent nurse training in the private, non-profit healthcare sector, with an emphasis on rural hospitals in high unemployment areas of the state – a perfect match for Dameron Hospital in Stockton. With the most recent contract approval, over $600,000 has been awarded to Dameron since the hospital first applied for ETP funding in January 2010.

The purpose of this ARRA funding is to provide critical job skills re-training to RNs and LVNs that otherwise would not be eligible for ETP training funds under the standard program. As has been well publicized, many non-profit hospitals are reporting softening patient volumes, limited access to capital, and a rising tide of bad debt and charity care. This has impacted many non-profit hospitals’ ability to self-fund important nurse training.

In the first ETP contract, over 30 new graduate nurses (most hired from the Delta College RN program) who were not prepared to assume responsibility for patient care received extensive theory and practical clinical training from an experienced and trained preceptor, and; over 150 incumbent RNs were trained in advanced critical care skills, advanced cardiac life support, advanced neonatal intensive-care, chemotherapy and biotherapy, conscious sedation, dysrhythmia, and operating room nursing skills to name a few.

As a direct result of the training Dameron reports that the compliance for the Joint Commission requirement of providing hospital discharge to patients went up to 98% and nursing vacancy rate had decreased from 14.58% in 2009 to 8.11% in 2010. Dameron has extended its appreciation to the ETP, the California Nurses Association who approved the ETP proposal, and hospital training staff for extraordinary support during this critical period in the health care industry.

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Agilent wins “open-ended” workforce training funding contract from ETP to train incumbent employees in life sciences…

Contact: Nadine Rothermel,
Global Learning and Leadership Development
30341 Goodspring Drive
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
ETP Funding: $7.9 Million

Agilent Technologies, Inc. (Agilent) is a manufacturer of products that sense, analyze, display and communicate data for use in the life sciences, chemical analysis, communications and electronics industries. The company as invested heavily in research and development through its centralized, internal research laboratory Agilent Labs resulting in the creation of an extensive pipeline of new products for all three business segments. This huge investments in product development combined with a singular focus on measurement provided Agilent with a competitive advantage and differentiation in the marketplace but placed a heavy burden on worker proficiency. To be successful, the company must have an experienced, well trained workforce that can understand and follow specific quality protocols and manufacturing procedures, while at the same time work efficiently and contribute to the high quality and reliability standards required by their customers. Under this proposal Agilent will deliver training to expand employee skills so that they gain expertise to work in technological areas enabling them to adapt to changing business requirements and to improve their productivity. This training proposal offers a spectrum of skills that include, advanced technology, manufacturing, continuous improvement, business, and computer skills. The overall objective of the training plan is to re-tool the existing workforce by building new knowledge relative to new technologies under development to address the electronic measurement needs of its customers. Rather than downsizing and outsourcing California-based jobs, the proposed training will assist Agilent to retrain its existing California workforce. Agilent’s proposal meets ETP goals in the followings ways:

  1. Training is targeted to meet the need for an expanded and more skilled manufacturing workforce; to foster job retention in industries threatened by out-of-state competition; and, for promoting the California manufacturing workforce.
  2. Training is designed to enhance the skills of frontline workers ranging from engineers to line staff meeting ETP priority to support companies developing its workers’ skills and prepare them for challenges of a high performance workforce.
  3. This project ensures that ETP funds will be invested in an effort that targets high-wage jobs with good job promotional opportunities and above average retention.
  4. This proposal funds training in supports Agilent strategy to move into new markets therefore bolstering California’s economic growth by stimulating exports. Agilent reports that over 68% of its revenue comes from off-shore and out-of-state customers.
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Seagate Technology receives ETP approval for second company-wide workforce training proposal.

Contact: Maria Wayne,
Director, Leadership Development
Seagate Technology
920 Disc Drive Scotts Valley, CA 95303
Telephone: (831) 439-2268
Fax: (408) 721-1584
Grant Amount: $1,530,000

Founded in 1979, Seagate Technology, headquartered in Scotts Valley, is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard computer disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of applications, including enterprise, desktop, mobile computing, and consumer electronics. Computer disc drives have extended their adoption beyond traditional computing to include hand-held media players, digital video recorders for TV, home networks, gaming consoles, PDAs, and media servers, and these new products are fundamentally changing the way people use information. Also many companies are moving to “Cloud Computing” which is shaping up as the future architecture for storing electronic data. Cloud storage is essentially a way of creating storage infrastructure via the internet in which data management is automated to a large degree and efficiency is paramount. An overall shift towards cloud computing has ramped up the demand for offsite data storage centers increasing the need for enterprise level hard disc drives.

Seagate contends that driven by the growth of cloud computing, cloud storage is quickly growing from a relatively small percentage of the overall IT market to a sustainable and significant opportunity. In response, the company has invested heavily in new product development spending over $1 billion in research and development in 2010, resulting in the creation of an extensive pipeline of new products and services. At the same time, Seagate’s senior management team has instituted a cultural transformation for its customer facing workforce to improve the company’s service, quality, reliability, delivery time, and order accuracy by providing a common language and a consistent methodology for how its employees meet customer requirements.

Under this ETP agreement Seagate will deliver training to expand employee skills so that they gain expertise to work in technological areas enabling them to adapt to changing business requirements and to improve their productivity. This training proposal will deliver a spectrum of skills that include, manufacturing, continuous improvement, business, and computer skills.

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National wins additional $499,000 in AB118 Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program monies from the ETP. The overall goal of AB118 is to transform California’s vehicles to meet the State’s climate change policies.

Contact: Arjun Israni – Dir. of Business Process Group and National Semiconductor University
3693 Tahoe Way
Santa Clara, CA 95052
Telephone: (408) 721-5169
Fax: (408) 721-1584
ETP Funding: $2,000,000

National Semiconductor makes integrated circuits that improve performance and energy efficiency in electronic systems with a diversified portfolio that includes power management circuits, audio and operational amplifiers, and communication interface products. National’s products are ideally situated for the electronic vehicle manufacturing industry enabling electric vehicles to consume less power, extend battery life and generate less heat. National’s management teams believe that the electric vehicle industry has reached the inflection point that the company has been waiting for, as automobile customers seek to reduce the negative impact on the environment and to save money spent on automobile fuel consumption.

National’s strategic goal is to become the leading IC manufacturer by increasing the efficiency of electric vehicles through chip set innovations in power management, sensor reliability, telematics, and infotainment. In response, National recently formed the Battery Management Systems (BMS) business unit to develop system level products and chipsets for battery monitoring and management solutions for large scale, Li-Ion based battery energy storage applications. Targeted applications for these ICs include Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (EV, PHEV, e-Bus, e-bike, e-scooter) and Li-ion based Grid Energy Storage. Company representatives state that products developed by the BMS segment have been well received resulting in new customer engagements with automotive companies such as Tesla Motors, Ford, GM, Nissan, Renault, BMW, Audi, Daimler and Volkswagen.

The proposed training is designed to address the skill gap between employees in National’s current California workforce and the skills required to design, develop, integrate, and manufacture technologies for vehicle technology markets. Rather than downsizing and outsourcing California-based jobs, the proposed training will assist National to retrain its existing California workforce in variety of new technologies to enhance product innovations and provide manufacturing solutions for the next generations of electric vehicles. This will enable National Semiconductor to compete for new customers on a global basis.

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Abbott Medical Optics (AMO) wins $250,000 in workforce training funds.

Since 2005, Abbott Labs has received over $2.75 million in ETP funds for three principal manufacturing operations in the State. With manufacturing facilities located throughout California, Abbott Vascular, Abbott Diabetes Care, and Abbott Medical Optics are wholly owned subsidiaries of Abbott Labs, the 118 year old corporation whose principal business is the discovery, development, manufacture, and sale of a broad and diversified line of health care products. Each company is uniquely focused on improving patient care by combining the latest medical device innovations with world-class pharmaceuticals, investments in research and development and advancements in medicine through training and education.

The manufacture of Abbott products is a highly exacting and complex process due in part to strict regulatory requirements imposed by the FDA and other international/domestic regulatory bodies. To be successful, Abbott must have an experienced, well trained California workforce that can understand and follow specific quality protocols and manufacturing procedures, work efficiently, and contribute to the high work standards required by the industry. With ETP support, Abbot has trained over 2,000 employees in a spectrum of skills that include advanced technology, manufacturing, continuous improvement, business, management, and computer skills in an effort to achieve the following objectives:

  • Improve “time to new product execution” a critical business initiative underlying AV’s core strategy.
  • Standardize processes, procedures, and protocols to ensure the quality and reliability of AV products.
  • Control product quality in design, development, testing, and manufacturing processes.
  • Transfer product knowledge through-out the organization from the laboratory bench to customer sales and service employees.

The partnership between Abbott Labs and the State of California has been a resounding success. And, with support from Governor Brown the ETP program will continue to foster the growth of good, high paying bio-tech manufacturing jobs here in our Great State. In all training funding contracts approved by ETP so far, Abbott Labs has helped ETP meets its own strategic goals by attaining the following:

  • Training was targeted to meet the need for a highly skilled workforce satisfying ETP’s mandate to foster job retention in industries threatened by out-of-state competition and for promoting the California manufacturing workforce.
  • Training was designed to enhance the skills of frontline employees meeting ETP’s priority in supporting companies developing its workers’ skills and prepare them for challenges of a high performance workforce.
  • The projects ensured that ETP funds were invested in an effort that targets high-wage jobs with good job promotional opportunities and above average retention. And, fostering the creation of high skilled jobs throughout California.