Employment Success Story: Los Angeles Basin Region


[Click] (Narrator) A dream. [Button snaps] That turned into a reality. (Sesar) It is really cool that I ended up getting a job in what I studied. (Narrator) Sesar Juarez was one of the first crop of
candidates to be accepted into the new and innovative Bio-Flex pre-apprenticeship program
that allowed him to work as a paid intern while studying bio-science. [Click] BioFlex was implemented by the South Bay Workforce
Investment Board to connect employers looking for motivated job seekers with students who
have an interest in the science field. (Jan) We’re making the L.A. County area, and the
South Bay the hub of bio-science for the nation. (Narrator) Sesar, who recently completed the Bio-Flex
pre-apprenticeship program, is now pursuing his career in science. (Sesar) I think especially when you’re in an entry
level position, um when you get exposed so many parts of the sciences, it kind of lets you
choose which path you want to take further. (Narrator) That path led him to Provivi, a California
based Ag tech start-up that was founded by a Nobel prize winner and two PhDs from
Caltech. (Adam) Finding someone like Sesar was was a great needle in the hay stack, and that he had really a great skill set for someone so young in their
career, um. He checked every box. (Narrator) Adam Baldwin, Director of HR for Provivi, quickly hired Sesar who now works in a lab that concentrates on insect pheromones to protect crops. (Adam) Insects in a corn field, rice field, soy field a
can’t see each other. They can’t hear each other, and so they
must smell each other in order to find their mates. And, if you flood a field with pheromones and
create a pheromone cloud, the male thinks his mate is all around him and can’t find
the female. And so no mating occurs, no eggs get laid
on the crops, and no worms eat the corn, rice or soy. (Sesar) This one is called Nezara. It’s a stink bug. They actually don’t smell as bad as I thought they would. But, they kinda smell like cantaloupe, ha. (Narrator) Laboratory technicians, like Sesar, are one
of the top in-demand occupations in the Los Angeles Basin Region. (traffic noise) (Jan) In an industry that’s booming,
that’s going to continue to boom, that’s going to bring so many benefits to the state
of California and our local regions. (Narrator) Like the Los Angeles basin region, which has
seen a lot of job expansion recently due in part to the state’s workforce systems. (Jan) We’re very grateful to EDD to be able to
provide us with the with the base allocation that we have that we’ve been able to start these
pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs. (Narrator) Programs that create stable careers. (Sesar) So, it is really cool that I get to pull from
all, you know, the bits and pieces of knowledge that I gather in college, and then now apply it in actual industry.

Day at Work: Ichthyologist (Fish Biologist)


Try to be in touch with, you know, with a system that you really want to study, with a system that really drives
you crazy — because that’s how you nurture passion and passion is one of the most
important things in becoming a researcher. My name is Moises. I am a fish biologist, also known as an Ichthyologist. I’m a Ph.D. student for the
University of Texas at Austin, although I’m conducting my research from the
California Academy of Sciences here in San Francisco. How I got into this field
is actually a very interesting story — I’m originally from Panama. I actually moved
here to the US to do my Ph.D. and all my experience before that was in Panama
which is a tropical country. And when I was a kid, I would do a lot of snorkeling
and I would always be very, very intrigued by all the colors of the
fishes and also all the creatures that were in that complex environment that
is coral reef systems. One of the things that I did when I was
in high school, that changed my perspective of life in general, was
getting scuba certified. It really, really cemented my interest in marine biology
and it really cemented my interest in actually becoming a biologist. At the age
of 16 I started diving quite a bit and when I started diving, I got really, really obsesed with marine biology. When you talk about ichthyology you can do
multiple things. In this case it encompasses a broad spectrum of study. So
there’s a lot of people that are related with systematics and try to determine
how each fish relates with each other. The kind of study that I do on fishes — is
that I try to study their genome, to try to understand their evolutionary history,
in order to try to understand why and how there’s such high fish
diversity in certain portions of the world. One of the biggest challenges for
me becoming a researcher is that my first language is Spanish. It was really, really challenging at first, you know, trying to write in English the whole
time — try to communicate in English the whole time — trying to receive classes in
English whole time. And it took me probably about a year until I was really
comfortable and it was not an exhaustive process — like I would be literally
exhausted by the end of the day. There’s many tasks that you have to do at a
given time. A lot of people don’t think that they have to write really well, but
when you’re a scientists, you’re gonna spend a lot of time writing. So, pay attention to
your writing classes — your literature classes. You also have to do, you know, the
genetic analysis. You’re gonna have to analyze the data in the lab with the
computers, you’re gonna have to do a lot of statistical analysis to try to infer
what’s going on with that genetic data and you’re gonna have to write those results
in a really good fashion for your peers to understand it. Another part
that’s really, really exciting about being a fish biologist, is that you get
to go to the field to collect samples, and that’s probably the
preferred part of a lot of biologists. The thing that I probably love the most
about this is that when you go to the field and you observe something, you can
start asking all these questions about that particular observation. And then you
have to come up with ways to try to answer that particular question. And in the end, that answer might become
part of the general human knowledge, even if it’s like a really tiny smidge of
knowledge, it actually is incriminating the knowledge you’re giving to mankind. And that’s a
satisfaction and gratification that you feel that no one can take out of you.

Ric Allott, Business Development Manager, Central Laser Facility


My name is Ric Allot. I’m working within the Business Innovations
Directorate and I’m the Business Development Manager for the Central
Laser Facility So I was always into physics, I always
wanted to know how things worked what they were doing? why they were doing it.
But the laser to me was absolutley phenomenal and all its done is continued to grow, so
you can have an application where you’re scanning a barcode in the supermarket or
you’re drilling a hole in a 14 inch piece of steel and it’s the same
technology. That to me is absolutely fascinating. So the science has always
driven me but behind all of that science with this sort of urge to do
something a little bit more commercial and actually to make something of it and
have those applications that come through and then benefit everybody. We
have five main facilities in the laser facility. They cover a really broad
spectrum of technologies and industry space. So we go from bioscience where
were able to image single molecules in living cells and we go all the way
through to the big high-power lasers where we can generate all sorts of
particles, X-rays, electrons, neutrons and you can use those for imaging
applications and non-destructive testing for automotive or aerospace, so the whole
spectrum. Companies and industry are interested in engaging with us because
we have the leading edge for searches we are we are really at the forefront of
this technology and they want to get that competitive advantage but most
importantly we have the people and the people are are absolutely key asset, and
also the ecosystem that we develop here so things like the campus development bringing on companies who have similar
ideas but being able to mix those ideas together. So to engage with industry
partners it’s all about networking and and in my opinion networking is a
contact sport, you’ve gotta get out there and you have to talk people and you’ve got a walk the boards so,
I do that through conferences and workshops, I do from my existing contacts
I do referrals from colleagues. I’m currently vice president of the Association of
Industrial Laser Users – Photonics 21 which is a European activity the photonics
leadership group so you’re getting yourself involved with people who are
making the decisions at the top of their game top of their companies and organizations
and you get yourself in there, you get these technologies known by those who do it.
Business development for me is all about maximizing impact so that could be
economic or it could be society or both hopefully so using our science and
technology developed at STFC for the benefit of society The main driver in STFC is science and excellence in science, but we always have to demonstrate impact of that science and that’s obvious and should be the
case because we are using UK taxpayers money to do that. You have to have a strategy
which allows you to go out and engage with industry but you must always have
an eye on the science and ensure that you don’t stop that pipeline really cool ideas coming
from the scientists.

Biotechnology Industry Immersion Kick Off Jan. 12, 2018 – UC Davis Graduate School of Management



this is a great time in biotechnology it's a time where we're practicing precision medicine like we've never done it before so this is a great course because it combines MBA students and PhD students which really you need both of those kinds of functions to start a company and to be successful and this is a chance for them to see that this is a trillion-dollar investor and actually it started right here in our neighborhood my start was here in this neighborhood went to UC Davis as well and then I migrated out I brought some technology back and I'm able to take that technology and give them examples living case examples of what we're trying to do in Davis so benefits them because they get a chance to see how executives work