El Camino College Business Training Center Builds Portfolio of Innovation Programs and Partnerships

The El Camino College Business Training Center is partnering with government agencies and renowned educational institutions to develop and deliver training programs that will provide industry with a pipeline of skilled workers who have competencies in Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity, Smart Manufacturing, and in new and emerging technologies such as Virtual Production, Digital Twins, Virtual Simulations, and XR.


CADENCE (California Advanced Defense Ecosystems & National Consortia Effort) is a program designed to strengthen the resiliency of the national security innovation and manufacturing base through a series of investments in technical assistance, workforce development, research and analysis, and knowledge sharing.

To assist in the implementation of CADENCE, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research awarded a grant to El Camino College to support California’s defense manufacturing ecosystem through training and workforce development.

With this grant, El Camino College will support small businesses in the California defense industrial base to adopt Smart Manufacturing technologies and methodologies with the following services:

  • Webinars and workshops that help showcase the value and benefits of adopting Smart Manufacturing
  • Customized training solutions to upskill existing defense workers in areas like 5G, AI and other transformative Industry 4.0 technologies
  • Physical demonstrations to show best practices in SM hardware/software at locations in Santa Clara and Torrance, CA
  • A referral program for hardware/software vendors and technical assistance providers

El Camino College was awarded the grant because of its expertise in Smart Manufacturing, which is defined as “the fully integrated, collaborative manufacturing systems that respond in real time to meet changing demands and conditions in the smart factory, in the supply network, and in customer needs.”

Cal Poly Extended Education

Cal Poly Extended Education will work with the Cal Poly California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) to pilot an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Training Program with two California Community Colleges: El Camino College and College of the Canyons

The goal of this initiative is to deliver cybersecurity and cloud skills training from Amazon Web Services (AWS) that will upskill and reskill the current and future workforce of California through training collaborations, targeting communities and corporations across the state.

For full details of this initiative read the CalPoly press release:
Cal Poly Extended Education Offers AWS Training to Grow California’s Cybersecurity and Cloud Workforce


The California Advanced Supply Chain Analysis and Diversification Effort (CASCADE) is an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Defense to bolster California’s defense supply chain cybersecurity resilience through technical assistance programs, and to support the growth and sustainment of California’s cybersecurity workforce through cybersecurity-related education curricula, training, and apprenticeship programs.

El Camino College has received grant money from the Department of Defense (DOD) through the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research to deliver cybersecurity-related training that meets CASCADE’s goal of bolstering California’s defense supply chain cybersecurity resilience. The El Camino College training program, called the Defense Supply Chain Cyber Resilience Labs, is designed to help small-to medium-size businesses understand DOD regulations and how to progress toward compliance with them.

Register now for Defense Supply Chain Cyber Resilience Labs classes

Read more about Defense Supply Chain Cyber Resilience Labs training program.


El Camino College is partnering with CESMII – The Smart Manufacturing Institute—based at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)—to help train and upskill the manufacturing workforce so organizations can adopt smart manufacturing methodologies. The mission of CESMII is to radically accelerate the development and adoption of advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and models, to enable Smart Manufacturing to become the driving sustainable engine that delivers real-time business improvements in U.S. manufacturing.

XR Innovation Lab

The XR Innovation Lab, developed by El Camino College, is designed to upskill California workers in new and emerging technologies such as Virtual Production, Digital Twins, Virtual Simulations, and XR (which encapsulates Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Mixed Reality (MR). The XR Innovation Lab program will train students in three key work sectors:

  • Film, TV, Media, and Live Entertainment
  • Manufacturing
  • Aerospace/Military

The XR Lab will train California’s post-COVID Workforce via emergent tools, certification, badges, and apprenticeships.

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