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The Business Training Center is an integral part of Community Advancement - the "umbrella organization" within El Camino College for departments and programs providing economic development services to the community. We provide these services to businesses and industry as well as internships for students, continuing education classes for individuals seeking personal and professional development, and career education that provides students credit for on-the-job training.

We invite you to read about our team and contact them with any questions you may have.

Jose Anaya Dean, Community Advancement & Business Training Center

Oversees the El Camino Community College District's Community Advancement Division and Business Training Center. Prior to joining the staff at El Camino College, he directed economic development programs at Cerritos College. Under Anaya's guidance, Cerritos College received numerous honors and recognition related to workforce development. These included a Best Practices award for its partnership with Lockheed Martin, and selection by the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and its partners as one of five national exemplary models for expanding postsecondary education and training opportunities for Hispanic workers. Mr. Anaya's earlier experiences include work in the private sector with corporations such as Honeywell, ITT Industries and DataCard. He has broad experience and expertise in the areas of product design, manufacturing and management, as well as economic and workforce development. Mr. Anaya has a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnics University, Pomona, and a MBA with an emphasis in entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California.

 

Star Van Buren Director, Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Ms. Van Buren has worked for El Camino College since 2005. She was hired as a marketing consultant for the El Camino College Business Training Center (BTC)/Small Business Development Center (SBDC) where she planned and coordinated SBDC workshops and special events, marketed SBDC services to the community, and counseled small business owners on effective marketing techniques. She was promoted to the director of marketing and outreach for the BTC in 2006. Her responsibilities included marketing the services of all the BTC programs including the Small Business Development Center, the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies, the Center for International Trade Development, the Workplace Learning Resource Center, and Contract/Community Education. She was hired as the SBDC director in December 2008.

Ms. Van Buren's began her profession in the financial services industry specializing in marketing. During her 15-year career which culminated as a vice president of marketing/chief operations officer, Ms. Van Buren won numerous industry awards for the development and implementation of effective marketing campaigns. She also is an experienced small business owner. She and her husband opened a tax and accounting practice in 2004 which now serves 1500 clients.

Ms. Van Buren earned her doctorate in educational leadership with an emphasis in educational psychology from the University of Southern California, an MBA from the University of Redlands, and a B.A. in communications from California State University Dominguez Hills.

 

Eldon R. Davidson Director, Contract Education

Eldon has more than 20 years of experience in workforce & economic development; career and technical education; contract training; and building key alliances and partnerships with businesses, state/federal agencies, and colleges.  As director of CCT, he oversees and coordinates the development and delivery of training programs targeted to assist local and regional employers respond to changing markets, emerging technology, and the skill development needs of their employees in order to remain competitive in a global economy. 

From a regional and state perspective, Eldon was instrumental in leading the effort for the creation, leadership, development, and implementation of a statewide network of California Employment Training Panel (ETP) colleges dedicated to providing higher levels of service to employers located throughout the state enabling to achieve higher levels of productivity, maximize their earnings, and remain strong in California through college regional collaboration.  After a proven track record of success, the CCETPC is now rebranding itself into the California Community College Contract Education Collaborative (CCCCEC), with more than 30 colleges that have shown interest in expanding contract education to better serve businesses across the state through sharing resources, curriculum development, best practices, and by providing innovation and responsiveness in developing new delivery methods and services. 

ECC’s Center for Customized Training and director Eldon Davidson were the recipients of the 2018 California Community Colleges Doing What Matters Contract Education Star Performer Leadership Award at the California Community College Contract Education May 2nd Summit for practicing the highest level of leadership and collaboration concerning economic development, contract education and serving the needs of industry and trainees through the development of CCETPC. After a proven track record of success, the CCETPC is now rebranding itself into the California Community College Contract Education Collaborative (CCCCEC), with more than 30 colleges that have shown interest in expanding contract education to better serve businesses across the state through sharing resources, curriculum development, best practices, and by providing innovation and responsiveness in developing new delivery methods and services.  Additional information about the collaborative can be found on the Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy web-site at http://doingwhatmatters.cccco.edu/ForWEDDGrantees/ContractEducation/EmploymentTrainingPanel.aspx

Today, El Camino College – Business Training Center is recognized as a statewide leader in providing advanced customized training solutions to the aerospace, manufacturing, and alternative and renewable fuel and vehicle technology business sectors.  It is also is one of the largest college providers of ETP-funded programs within California.

 

Betty Sedor Program Director, Community Education

Betty L. Sedor oversees the Community Education department at the El Camino College campus [Torrance, CA].   Ms. Sedor is responsible for developing and implementing short-term, not-for-credit classes, workshops, career-training programs, and events designed for professional and personal development with an emphasis on inspiring a sense of wonder and imagination for life-long learning. Her specialized programs are expressly designed for the entire community and include classes and events for adults, plus 50 adults (Young@Heart program), foster care and kinship caregivers (FKCE, CSEC, RFA), and kids grades 1-12 (the Kid’s College program).  Ms. Sedor has more than eleven years of experience managing the three-time award-winning department; the recipient of the 2013, 2015, and 2018 "Best Practice" award(s) from the Association of Community and Continuing Education for creating exemplary community programs that support dynamic, innovative, high-quality, not-for-credit learning experiences.

Ms. Sedor was formerly the Director of Business Development for the Public Programs & Exhibitions department at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, an adjunct English instructor at Mt. San Antonio College and a former advertising sales executive for such media entities as Hispanic Magazine, Su Bebe y Su Familia magazines, Univision television, and Terra.com.  She earned a Master’s Degree in English from Loyola Marymount University as well as a Bachelor’s from Manhattanville College in New York.

 

Tiffany Miller Director, Career Pathways

Tiffany Miller is the Program Director for Career Pathways at El Camino College. Career Pathways is a grant funded office that designs comprehensive, for credit programs for secondary students, college students, and community members looking for employment or transfer opportunities in high demand, skilled careers. We partner with secondary schools, universities, local employers, community based organizations, adult schools and workforce development agencies to specifically design pathways around areas of high employment need. Tiffany has worked for the El Camino College Career Pathways program since 2015, starting off as a part time program professional II, assisting with the training of faculty and recruitment of students. Two months later, Tiffany was promoted to Interim Director, where she oversaw million dollar grants from the Chancellor’s office. Tiffany became the permanent director is 2017 and continues to oversee a variety of grants that include the Adult Education Block Grant, the Career Advancement Academy, Career Pathway Trust Grants, Perkins CTE Transitions and funding from Chevron. She plays a prominent role in supporting college wide grants/initiatives such as the Basic Skills Transformation Grant, Strong Workforce, Guided Pathways and SSSP. Prior to El Camino College, Tiffany worked at various nonprofit organizations throughout Los Angeles, assisting youth and young adults with obtaining access to education, vocational trainings, work experience and leadership development.  Tiffany received her Masters in Liberal Studies from the University of Southern California (USC) and BA in African American Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with certificates in Women’s Studies and Jewish Studies.

 

Roberta (Bobby) Becka Director, Grants Development & Management

Currently the full-time Director of Grants Development and Management for the El Camino Community College District, since 2011 Ms. Becka has been responsible for pre-award coordination of all grant applications for the El Camino Community College District (ECCCD), as well as post-award support for Project Directors in charge of grant-funded projects, thus providing a full spectrum of service to directors, faculty, staff, and funding agencies while also communicating affectively with all division and campus areas. Ms. Becka was first employed by ECCCD in 2006 to provide pre-award coordination and post-award support of all grant projects for the Community Advancement Division, and thus continues to support these programs as well.

Bobby Becka has been involved in grant-writing, resource development, and project management activities professionally (full-time) since 1998.  She has developed successful grant proposals for many federal, state, and private funding entities, including applications to the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of State, as well as several private foundations.  She has worked with individuals as well as community-based and public sector organizations, in areas such as:  aerospace, adult education, adult fiction and non-fiction, animal rights, arts and culture, children's literature, criminal justice, disaster recovery, education, emergency management, entrepreneurship, health and human services, international trade, law enforcement, and manufacturing. Ms. Becka has developed, and/or been instrumental in assisting with, successful grant proposals/applications for a total funding amount of over $218 million (to date).