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Eye On The Valley – Economics and Education – June 1, 2020

Host: Matt Watson

Co-Host: Amber Raskin, Founder & Executive Director of iLEAD Schools

Topic: Economics and Education

Guests: Holly Schroeder, CEO and President of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation; Gina Bogna, Dean of the School of Personal and Professional Learning at College of the Canyons; Kristina de Bree, MA, LMFT, EMDR

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Economics and Education — June 1, 2020

On this episode of Eye On The Valley presented by SCVi & iLEAD Schools, Amber is out, and Matt Watson drives the show today.

Our first guest on the show is Holly Schroeder, CEO and President of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation. Holly calls in to the show to talk about the current state of the economy in Santa Clarita and the country as a whole. Matt and Holly begin the interview talking to Holly about what lead her to the position she is currently in and how her academic career helped shape her career path. Holly continues on to talk about how Holly and her team originally handled the outbreak of Covid-19, and how different their approach is now tEDChat time has passed since the original outbreak. Holly shares how she took in information and data from all over the country in an attempt to find out the most important information out there. Although the situation was and remains fluid, the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation was able to distribute valuable information that helped companies make decisions that has kept them in business during these tough times. Holly has also been working to help businesses prevent breakouts of Covid-19 in their workplaces for those who have remained open as essential services and those who are reopening in the coming weeks. Holly shares some of the information she has been providing to businesses, and provides insight on how she helps guide companies through this transition. Holly finishes the interview by talking about a health scare that has greatly impacted the way she lives her life, and has continued to inspire her to work hard to this day. To find out more about the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation and what they do for their businesses, you can check out their website by clicking here. Listen to Holly’s full interview in the first and second segment of the first hour of the podcast.

Our next guest on the show is Gina Bogna, Dean of the School of Personal and Professional Learning at College of the Canyons. Gina calls in to the show to talk about the free classes that COC offers to help people build their career skills and complete the materials they need to apply for a job. Gina talks about the many different courses COC offers for free during all of the semesters throughout the year that help people get themselves started in a career. With so many people out of work due to Covid-19, COC’s job resources have even more value and can help a person get right back into work quicker than they ever thought. COC also helps people who already have a job take that next step, and find a new job in the same field they are already working in. For people who may be interested in changing careers entirely, COC can help you do that as well, and can provide information on the quickest ways you can repurpose the skills you already have. Gina gives great information on how people that are employed or unemployed can make themselves more valuable and acquire the skills that help them move forward no matter what stage they are at. COC is one of the best community colleges in California and continues to prove that with the offerings they provide for the Santa Clarita Valley and beyond. Find out more about the School of Personal and Professional Learning at College of the Canyons by visiting their website and discover all the new ways you can build a career and improve your worth. Gina is extremely passionate for helping people achieve more in their lives and loves seeing people better themselves in any way they can so listen to her excellent advice in the first and second segment of the second hour of the podcast.

Our last guest on the show is Kristina de Bree, MA, LMFT, EMDR, and she calls in to talk about how to handle the current events that have continued to elevate the stresses in everyone’s lives. Kristina talks about the importance of being in the moment and staying in the moment no matter how difficult it may be, but also maintaining a balance of reminding yourself it is ok to feel saddened by a major tragic event. Kristina talks about how it can be challenging to remain focused on the difficult events that continue to arise in our world, and that you want to remain connected to what is going on but not feel forced to remain stressed. Listen to Kristina’s full interview during the third segment of the second hour of the podcast.

About SCVi & iLEAD Schools:

“At iLEAD we’ve built a model based on what we believe to be the best of all that is out there. We believe passionately in project-based learning not because it’s a fad but because it goes to the heart of how kids learn. We’ve incorporated technology not as a spiffy add-on but as an organic part of the learning process in the 21st century.

We value and encourage leadership not just as a part of a career track but by instilling in each learner the confidence and character that inspire others.

It’s not unusual that we want our learners to think for themselves. But to do this requires a grounding in the arts, in design and in humanities, and the need to feel at home in the world. For us, “thinking for themselves” is not just about solving problems but about an organic vision of the world they live in and one they will inherit.

Finally, we value the social and emotional development of our learners. We believe there is an implicit, as well as an explicit, curriculum to teach. Our goal is nothing short of learning, to change the world.” Read More…

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Eye On The Valley – Economics and Education – June 1, 2020

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About Shane Cutchall

Born and raised in Canyon Country, Shane graduated from Canyon High School in 2012. A year away from obtaining a Communication B.A. from CSU Bakersfield, Shane joins the KHTS staff to board-op and KHTS Sports Reporter.