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Community Colleges Support Manufacturing Workforce

San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) will speak about available resources for local manufacturers through community colleges. SBCCD team members Deanna Krehbiel, Interim Executive Director for Economic Development & Corporate Training and Wendy Lester, Interim Manager of Workforce Development for Economic Development & Corporate Training (EDCT) will present on the Contract Education program and other opportunities.

The event is on Thursday, September 23rd from on 3:50pm to 5:00pm via Zoom. SBCCD’s presentation is not to be missed! Interested individuals from all industries are welcome to reserve their spot at at no cost.

Deanna Krehbiel, MBA, CCT, has served for nearly twelve years at SBCCD providing customized rapid response not-for-credit training for economic and workforce development in our community. In addition, she helped establish the statewide community college contract education collaborative. Over 20 colleges participate statewide to collaborate on training projects, bring awareness to upskilling and reskilling needs, and share best practices.

Wendy Lester, MBA, CCT, has served for over three years at SBCCD providing customized not-for-credit training to businesses in the Inland Empire. Wendy currently manages incumbent worker programs, including EDCT’s advanced skills training program through the Employment Training Panel (ETP).

The Zoom meeting will also feature local manufacturing company FabFitFun. They have the opportunity to share their company’s story and show a virtual plant tour to all attendees. Every month the Manufacturers’ Council features different manufacturers who get the opportunity to share with attendees, as well as have a plant tour video made. To apply to be a featured manufacturer, please email

The Manufacturers’ Council, offers monthly “Happy Hour” Zoom conferences for attendees to learn valuable information about the industry and how to help their companies’ thrive, and is funded in major part by a grant from the California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC).

The Manufacturers’ Council of the Inland Empire (MCIE) supports education and workforce training on behalf of manufacturers throughout the region, offering expertise in a variety of topics including innovative workforce solutions. Resources and problem-solving strategies, that are provided through MCIE membership, generate positive economic impacts to employers, employees, students (from grade school through college), and the community at large. For more on events, or to register, visit

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