Dr. Jessica Grimes
Regional Chair, Central/Mother Lode Regional Consortium
Dr. Grimes is dean of Economic and Workforce Development for the Kern Community College District. In this position, she serves as regional chair for the consortium, playing a lead role in ensuring a broad and equitable post-pandemic workforce recovery throughout the Central/Mother Lode region.
Regional Director of Employer Engagement-Central Subregion
Gary has a bachelor’s degree focused in Agriculture Science: Emphasis in Agriculture Engineering and Agriculture Education from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Gary has a passion for agriculture and manufacturing and is excited to support the region in building strong pathways to the workforce for the region’s employers, students, and colleges.
Regional Director of Employer Engagement-South Subregion
Smith, who holds a Master of Science in Aviation, works with business and industry, colleges, and other stakeholders to help create work-based learning opportunities for students. She also proactively engages industry with Consortium colleges to create initiatives that enable student employment.
K-14 Technical Assistance Provider
Diane has a long history serving the Central Region in her roles at Kern Community College District, Bakersfield College, and Taft College overseeing various CTE grants and projects. In her most recent position as Director of the Pathways at KCCD, Diane facilitated K12 to Community College collaboration, working to ease transitions for students while aligning CTE programs, work-based learning experiences, and funding support.
Licon, who holds a Master of Business Administration, ensures all financial information within the Central/Mother Lode Regional Consortium is reported and submitted. She works with the Chancellor’s Office to make sure the Consortium is in compliance with financial reporting and assists the colleges and schools with financial questions.
Jessica De La Garza