Workforce Development Hub

Building the Local Talent Pipeline

Education Activities

  • Provide internship stipends + academic year student support
  • Job matchmaking with students/graduates
  • Provide Industry-aligned CTE/upskilling courses

Industry Activities

  • Develop internal internship programs
  • Promote mentorships with senior employees
  • Survey employees for upskilling interests
  • Support continual employee education

Influence early career path in K-12 Career Technical Education (CTE)

Upcoming Events

TechTopia 2024 Summit

Thursday, August 29, 2024

2 PM to 6:30 PM at Hilton Garden Inn

The Chamber is thrilled to bring back the TechTopia Summit, amplifying and celebrating our vast high-tech community from Goleta to Carpinteria. This year’s event will start at Hilton Garden Inn, then attendees will be shuttled to UC Santa Barbara for rotating tour of the AlloSphere, California NanoSystems Institute and UCSB Nanofabrication Facility. The event will end back at the Hilton Garden Inn with a special presentation of the Chamber’s Workforce Development Pipeline program, and wine and cheese reception featuring a panel of speakers who will be telling the stories behind local tech companies, highlighting their advanced technology, and discussing barriers to economic growth of the industry. 


The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce convenes and engages industry sector leaders, education partners and training providers to develop these resources that align with the needs of businesses and workforce training, recruitment, and retention.

For more information
or to get involved, contact

Ben Werner

This program is made possible by a grant from the County of Santa Barbara Workforce Development Board