MEET THE TEAM
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.
Philip Sutton Director, Workplace Learning Resource Center (WpLRC)
Mr. Sutton has worked with the economic development programs of the California Community College system since 1992, primarily with El Camino College, providing assistance in grant preparation, contract training development, project coordination, strategic planning, and online curriculum and staff development for California Community Colleges and California industry. He is an experienced college-level English instructor, receiving his master's degree from California State University, Long Beach in 1989 after completing undergraduate work at the University of Oregon. Mr. Sutton has served on the board of the Literacy Council of Greater Los Angeles and served as the Chair of the Workplace Learning Resource Center Statewide Initiative Committee from 1998 to 2005. Recent professional development activities include attending seminars at the Foundation Center in New York City in grant proposal preparation, and symposiums in distance learning and the use of technology in the classroom through the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) and the California Department of Education.
Star Van Buren Director, Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Star Van Buren has worked for the El Camino College Business Training Center (BTC) since 2005. She was hired as a marketing consultant for the 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's divisions 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 appointed as interim SBDC director in September 2008 and was officially hired as the director in December 2008.
Ms. Van Buren's began her profession in the financial services industry. She started as a marketing editor and over the years was promoted to marketing manager, then to vice president of marketing. Her last position was chief operations officer in charge of teller operations, member services, lending, collections and marketing/business development. During her 15-year career, 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 her husband operates today.
Ms. Van Buren received an MBA from the University of Redlands and a B.A. in communications from California State University Dominguez Hills. She also attended the Otis College of Art and Design.
Eldon R. Davidson Director, Contract Education
Mr. Davidson joined El Camino College in 2010 as Director for Contract Education. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University and a BBA from West Texas A&M University with concentrations in management. In addition, he holds an Associate’s in Science degree from Amarillo Community College in business administration. Mr. Davidson has more than 20 years of experience in workforce & economic development, contract training, building key alliances and partnerships with business & industry, career & technical education, and use of educational technology in the classroom.
Prior to joining the staff at El Camino College, he served as Executive Director for the Southwest Alaska Vocational & Education Center (SAVEC) – A Rapid Response Center for Education & Workforce Development in Southwest Alaska. Under his direction, the school received state-wide recognition for many of its workforce development programs. SAVEC and its industry training partner CH2M Hill created the state’s first Transition Soldier’s Program along with its General Maintenance three week mini boot camp that created 100+ new jobs within the region. These two new initiatives added over 5 million dollars in annual economic benefit (salaries) in communities where unemployment rates were 50% and above. The programs were featured in major professional magazines, publications, and newspapers across the state including parts of Canada. CH2M Hill won the Employer of the Year Award from the Alaska Department of Labor & Alaska Workforce Investment Board and Mr. Davidson was nominated by regional industry & agencies to receive the Administrator of the Year Award.
Mr. Davidson was elected the state co-chair of the Alaska Vocational Technical & Education Providers (VTEP) from 2007-2009. The VTEP organization represents members from the Alaska University & College System, K-12 Administrators, Regional Training Centers, Industry, and Private Schools/Colleges. Mr. Davidson’s earlier experiences include serving as Vice President of Instruction, Dean of Instruction, Dean of Students, and Division Director - Electrical & Electronic programs from two statewide career and technical education systems in Texas and Georgia. In Georgia, he served as a regional co-chair for Tech Prep. He has extensive experience in working with business and industry in Texas and assisted in the creation of the school’s new Economic Development & Industrial Training Center.
Betty Sedor Program Director, Community Education
Betty L. Sedor is the Program Director for the Community Education department at El Camino College [Torrance, CA]. Her role includes developing and implementing not-for-credit fee-based personal and professional development classes, workshops, and events for adults, older adults (Young@Heart program) and kids (Kid’s College program). She was formerly the Director of Business Development for the Public Programs & Exhibitions department at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 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 has her Master’s Degree in English from Loyola Marymount University and was formerly an adjunct English instructor at Mt. San Antonio College.