Phone: (408) 855-5218
Office Location: SEC 350
Department: HSI STEM
Key responsibilities under the Workforce Experience Coordinator position includes the preparation of an MC STEM Industry/Workforce Plan involving Silicon Valley area employers, with special attention to internship, job shadowing and mentoring opportunities for Latinx and low income Mission College (MC) students. Julian will work closely with MC CTE and Apprenticeship programs, promoting the MC STEM Pipeline activities that connect with STEM industries. He has an extensive background recruiting for STEM industries, an in depth understanding of trained workforce demands along with the diversity issues affecting employers, and the various responses to this persistent problem.
Turning the city lights on after a major storm as a young boy by his Power Utility employed father’s side, in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, inspired Julian to become an Electrical Engineer. After earning a BS Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Texas at El Paso he became a senior engineer for the Department of the Navy in Port Hueneme, CA, a job that allowed him to travel the world. Having realized his dream of traveling the world, Julian sought out ways to pass on the opportunities that his education provided him to others. Becoming the Minority Engineering Program (MEP) Director at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) provided the opportunity to do this. As the MEP director at CSM, Julian increased enrollment, persistence and matriculation of underrepresented students dramatically. He also developed, piloted and directed an award winning program that shifted the methods and relationships between student recruitment and hiring with STEM industries. During this time Julian earned a MS Engineering degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Moving to the Bay Area, calling Oakland his home for the past 20 years, Julian has held STEM focused positions in nonprofits such as the Level Playing Field Institute and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Along with fulfilling roles at Diablo Valley College, UC Berkeley and the UC Office of the President, all his work has aimed at increasing the number of minority students entering the STEM workforce.
Julian enjoys outdoor sports such as Ultra Marathons, tasting craft beer, cooking and spending time with friends and family.