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Designing HI-TECH Career Pathways-How Community Trumps Technology

Designing HI-TECH Career Pathways-How Community Trumps Technology

About our speaker:

Salomón Dávila, Dean of Career Technical Education, at Pasadena City College, began his pursuit of tinkering with programming Logo in his 5th grade class. After solid industrial technology shop classes and a dose of math and science he headed to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he continued his tinkering in laboratories, designing data collection systems for graduate students. It was during Summer bridge programs at MIT that he discovered his interest in education and found that he could share his passion for STEM. This lead to seeking his development of human cognition at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, majoring in Teaching and Learning. He first decided to utilize his engineering skills as a consulting engineer implementing design and fabrication technology before he created his own small business delivering digital product design and manufacturing solutions to the Southern California region. His passion never left him and landed teaching Engineering and CAD at Pasadena City College, where he taught for 12 years and encouraged many technicians and engineers to join him in the tinkering. Now he oversees over the education of over 10,000 students per semester assuring the workforce development of the future.

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  • Graeme M.

    Salomon really highlighted how critical it is for educational institutions and the business community to interact together to the betterment of our entire social and economic fabric. At the same time he and the organizers for Innovate Pasadena have demonstrated how easy such interaction can with Friday's gathering. Truly an inspiring and enlightening presentation.

    February 8, 2014

  • andy w.

    Salomon did a great presentation about his work at PCC. This in innovation at work. Rather than keep doing something this is not working . . .rethinking it . . . getting racially improved results.

    February 8, 2014

  • Russ M.

    Great presentation. Salomon is exactly the type of educator we need more of. Thoroughly enjoyed the event.

    February 8, 2014

  • Ellen C.

    Indeed the most educational speech about our education system! What an accomplishment one can achieve in young adults' mind and lives in a short year so long as he puts the right effort into inspiring them...Salomon absolutely opens my mind (and many others') in rethinking how we can change, support the education system and helping each other at the same time! We need a lot more educators like him in our society!

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was one of the best educational talks I've ever heard. Salomon is so brilliant. Him and his team are revolutionizing the face of public education in Pasadena.

    1 · February 7, 2014

  • Terry B.

    Excellent presentation, story, and wonderful opportunities presented for Innovate Pasadena business leaders to build community with our local schools and students. Thank you.

    February 7, 2014

  • Ronald W.

    Informatice and relevant.

    February 7, 2014

  • Louis C.

    Absolutely enjoyed the discussion of bringing the community together with PCC.

    February 7, 2014

  • Dan S.

    Sorry for the last minute cancel...

    February 6, 2014

  • Kristofer Y.

    Look forward to being there. THX

    February 6, 2014

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