CWA Today

The official podcast of the California Workforce Association. CWA's mission is to enhance and inspire California’s local workforce development boards and their partners through strategic advocacy, partnership convening, and capacity building. Your host is Bob Lanter, Executive Director of CWA. To learn more about CWA, visit
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Jan 5, 2018

Donna Wyatt, Director of the Career and College Transitions at California State Department of Education, joins the program to discuss what career tech education is, how it is currently being delivered through the California education system, and some of the biggest misconceptions that parents and students often have about career tech education. Donna also provides examples of Career Tech Education programs and delivery systems. 

Nov 20, 2017

Joe Xavier, director at the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), returns to the program to discuss employment of youth with disabilities. 

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Nov 20, 2017

Joe Xavier director at the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), joins the program to discuss National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the importance of inclusion in the workplace. 

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Sep 4, 2017

Bob Lanter, Executive Director of the California Workforce Association, discusses the benefits of apprenticeship programs in general, and more specifically about the Workforce Development Professional Apprenticeship Program in California. 

Featured guests on this episode include:

Babette Jimenez, Senior Program Manager and Developer, Sacramento State - College of Continuing Education

Matt Hidalgo, Program Director | Journeyman Workforce Development Professional, CWA

Brandon Anderson, Program Manager | Journeyman Workforce Development Professional, CWA

Megan Bailey, Program Manager | Journeyman Workforce Development Professional, CWA

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Aug 2, 2017

Bob Lanter, Executive Director of CWA, shares his thoughts on the current state of the workforce system, and shares takeaways for workforce boards, workforce professionals and business owners. 

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Apr 18, 2017

Bob Lanter interviews several directors of workforce boards from California as well as two workforce board chairs to explore why workforce boards matter and the benefits that they provide. This episode was recorded live at The NAWB Forum 2017 and features the following guests:

Reg Javier- Deputy Executive Officer of Workforce and Economic Development, San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board. 

Tony Myrell, Chairman, San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board. 

Stephen Baiter, Executive Director for the Oakland Workforce Development Board and Chairman of CWA.

Adam Peck, Executive Director, Tulare County Workforce Investment Board

Bill DeLain, Chair, Tulare County Workforce Investment Board




Feb 21, 2017

Chris Andresen, lobbyist at Grayling, discusses what a lobbyist does and how he helps to support workforce efforts and CWA. Discover what the current trends are under the new administration and the lessons for workforce professionals in California and beyond. 

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Feb 6, 2017

In this episode Bob Lanter discusses lessons learned from the 2017 Youth@Work Conference and the takeaways for workforce boards and professionals. Bob shares some surprising insights from the conference and actionable steps that you can take to engage youth. 

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Jan 3, 2017

Arel Moodie discusses what it takes to reach and engage youth, as well as the work he is doing at the CWA Youth@Work Conference. Arel also shares the importance of likeability and the mindset that it takes for young people to achieve success. 

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Nov 18, 2016

Amy Wallace, Assistant Director for Workforce Innovation at the California Workforce Development Board, discusses the importance of innovation in workforce development, both in California and nationally. In this episode, you'll discover why innovation is such an important key aspect of the successful implementation of WIOA, and what the California Workforce Board is doing to support innovation.

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Nov 16, 2016

In this episode, Bob Lanter, President of CWA, discusses his thoughts about why the workforce development system remains more relevant than ever, regardless of which administration is in the White House. Discover the workforce narrative that we need to share with stakeholders, policy makers and each other. 

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Nov 16, 2016

This episode features an interview with Lindsey Woolsey, as she discusses industry sector partnerships. Discover the most common mistakes that happen when it comes to industry sector partnerships, and what it takes to create successful partnerships with industry. 

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Nov 15, 2016

In this episode you'll discover how WIOA is changing the way that workforce boards are operating in California and across the country. Discover the changes that are happening as a result of WIOA and what that means for the workforce development system.