Posted Aug. 6, 2014 @ 7:12 pm
Updated Aug 6, 2014 at 7:17 PM

VICTORVILLE — San Bernardino County supervisors and CEO Greg Devereaux on Wednesday touched upon a myriad of subjects affecting the county, including a push for technical education, the need for more private sector jobs and the ongoing impact of prison realignment.

Devereaux, 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood, 2nd District Supervisor Janice Rutherford and 3rd District Supervisor James Ramos were invited to deliver the “State of the County” address to Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce members as part of the chamber’s Valley Morning Insight.

Ramos delivered an impassioned speech where he spoke of “retooling education” and bolstering skills of would-be workers.

“We have to do a better job of supporting K-12,” Ramos said, citing the roadmap program, Cradle to Career, as an example of progress.

Ramos, whose district includes Barstow and Lucerne Valley, also lauded community colleges now offering bachelor’s degrees, while calling for heightened technical training among students to prepare them to work and attract employers to the region.

More skilled workers would mean “when businesses want to come into San Bernardino County, they see that labor pool that’s there,” he said.

Rutherford prioritized honing in on private sector employment opportunities.

“Our state, our region needs more full-time jobs,” she said. “The atmosphere we create and the red tape we cut” helps create private sector jobs.

The state’s jobless rate for June was 7.3 percent, while Adelanto (13.2 percent), Apple Valley (9.2 percent), Barstow (10.6 percent), Hesperia (10.9 percent) and Victorville (10.2 percent) fell well above that.

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