SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Williams (D-Carpinteria) announced that the California Student Aid Commission awarded over $17,319,000 in Cal Grants to 4,355 students in his district.
"In our current environment where the cost of college continues to skyrocket and funding for higher education is increasingly difficult to secure, opportunities like this to help students reach their goals are vital," Assemblymember Williams said.
VENTURA— In partnership with Ventura Water, the City of Ventura, and the Ventura Chamber of Commerce, Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) hosted a Water Conservation Summit in Ventura on Saturday, October 25th from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
“We are in the midst of one of the worst droughts in California’s history,” said Assemblymember Williams. “Although all Californians have been asked to reduce water consumption by 20%, more must be done to protect this precious natural resource. Every drop counts.”
SACRAMENTO — When it comes to votes on key environmental protection bills, the 2014 Sierra Club of California Report Card found that Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) has sided with environmentalist 100 percent of the time.
The group gave Williams a 100 percent score for supporting bills of importance to the environment. Each autumn, Sierra Club California staff advocates review legislator’s voting records for the year on key issues affecting the environment.
SACRAMENTO — For the fourth year in a row, Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) has received a perfect rating from the California Congress of Seniors on its annual legislative report card.
The group gave Williams a 100 percent score for supporting bills of importance to seniors and their families. Each year the state's leading senior citizens group reports the voting records of California Legislators on bills affecting the lives of millions of senior citizens throughout California.
SACRAMENTO – The Governor has signed a bill authored by Assemblymember Das Williams (D - Carpinteria) and Nancy Skinner (D - Berkeley), which would allow for the temporary removal of firearms from individuals who are at-risk for committing acts of violence. Earlier in the day supporters of the bill gathered at Anisq’ Oyo’ Park in Isla Vista to celebrate the passage of the bill.
SANTA BARBARA— Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) participated in a Healthcare Workforce Education Roundtable on Wednesday, October 8th. The roundtable discussion was hosted by SynED, which seeks to identify priorities, values and synergies of intention and technology that increase transparency and establish trusted communication between employers, jobseekers and education providers in this increasingly divergent educational ecosystem. There were key leaders representing the healthcare workforce from the state as well as Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. The discussion explored issues and emerging technologies related to improving the connection between education and employment in the healthcare sector.
“The infusion of technology into the future workplace will need different kinds of skills than what we have been used to, in order for people to gain employment. The slow and uneven response to changing workplace demands can lead to a jobs and skills mismatch. Information technology can help bridge this by connecting the right people with the right set of skills, to the right job,” said Williams.
There were presentations by Carla Casilli on Open Badging, Peter Janzow on Healthcare Enterprise Training Technology, Patrice Ryan from Cottage Hospital and Former Chair of the California Hospital Association Workforce Committee, as well as from Leslie Dubow on VA SimLEARN.
Open Badges are a digital representation of a person’s earned skills. Open Badges takes the concept one step further, and allows individuals to verify their own skills, interests and achievements through credible organizations. Open Badges can help knit skills together, allowing for an easy process to verify skills, display across the web, and get recognition.
Leslie Dubow, Director of the SimLEARN Project, spoke about Simulation Learning, Education, and Research Network (SimLEARN), a program that aims to improve the quality of health care services for America’s veterans through the application of simulation-based learning strategies to clinical workforce development.
The use of simulation for healthcare training and education is not new to Veterans Health Administration (VHA), it has become critical for VHA to develop integrated approach to better realize the maximum benefits of simulation for VHA staff and the Veterans they serve. The learner would train in a safe environment without adverse impact on patient outcomes, and the Veteran patient would receive improved clinical outcomes and quality care.
“The Healthcare Round Table Discussion is another example of SynED's focus on promoting synergy among different stakeholders to provide innovative solutions for employers, jobseekers and educators,” said Guy Smith, Executive Director of SynED.
SynED is a catalyst for change within the educational ecosystem, a manager of new initiatives and an assurance that critical conversations occur with the right stakeholders. They listen closely to employers, students, educators, and government.