DAS Web Series: Inclusive 21st Century Apprenticeships

The Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) is hosting, Inclusive 21st Century Apprenticeships, an ongoing web series that celebrates apprenticeship in California. This series will highlight innovative programs and initiatives that are creating diverse apprenticeships for California’s careers of tomorrow.

Current Events

We are busy working on the next webinar. Please check back for upcoming events!

Past Events

National Apprenticeships Week: California’s Inclusive Healthcare Apprenticeships

In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week 2022, DAS hosted a webinar where representatives from Kaiser Permanente, Dignity Health, and two dental offices spoke about their experience employing apprentices and how apprenticeship is a critical component of their talent solution. We also heard from an inclusive pre-apprenticeship program that lead into EMT and Paramedic apprenticeships with the California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee. California Labor Secretary Natalie Palugyai kicked off the event, and Deputy Chief of the Division of Apprenticeship Standards Adele Burnes moderated the conversation with:

  • Natalie Palugyai, California’s Secretary of Labor, Labor and Workforce Development Agency 
  • Wylie Adams, Systems Director, Human Resources, Dignity Health (Common Spirit Health)  
  • Don Bradburn, Director, Workforce Planning and Development, Kaiser Permanente 
  • Dr. Natalie Provenzano, Doctor of Dental Surgery 
  • Dr. Michelle Nguyen, Doctor of Dental Surgery 
  • Alexis Barba, SEIU LVN-RN Apprentice 
  • Yvonne de la Peña, Executive Director, California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee 
  • Jeanette Plascencia, Director of Recruitment, California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee 

Professional Apprenticeships with Robert Half

In this webinar, DAS featured international staffing company Robert Half, who has launched an apprenticeship program as a talent solution for companies across California and the US. Adele Burnes, DAS Deputy Chief, moderated the conversation with:

  • Katie Hagen, Director, Department of Industrial Relations
  • Jorge Marquez, Senior Vice President, Robert Half
  • Clint Maples, Chief Information Security Officer, Robert Half
  • Jasmine Weddle, Information Security Analyst Apprentice, Robert Half

Inclusive 21st Century Apprenticeships Launch for National Apprenticeship Week

Hosted by DAS for the seventh annual National Apprenticeship Week, this virtual event honored women in apprenticeship. Adele Burnes, DAS Deputy Chief, moderated a conversation discussing how California is shaping inclusive 21st century apprenticeships with:

  • Marty Walsh – US Secretary of Labor, US Department of Labor
  • Natalie Palugyai – California’s Secretary of Labor, Labor and Workforce Development Agency
  • Irma Olguin Jr. - Bitwise co-founder, CEO
  • Veronica Godinez, Training Director, Northern CA Cement Masons JATC
  • Loretta Murrell, Senior Environmental Health and Safety Manager, Manson Construction Company


Updated: November 17, 2022