Testimonial: Workforce Development Professional
Brandon Anderson: 'The program was a true turning point in my life'


Brandon Anderson studied music and vocal performance with dreams of becoming an opera singer. But with a sluggish economy and orchestras barely hanging on, he went in search of other work. He unexpected found a new audience to inspire when he became a job coach for people with disabilities. His work earned him a spot in the Workforce Development Professional Apprenticeship Program.

The front lines of employment development seemed like an unlikely stage for Anderson, but there, he inspired people who often lacked confidence in themselves. He supported them through their struggles and helped them access social services and training, so they could work around their disabilities.

Here is Anderson, in his own words:

“The Workforce Development Professional Apprenticeship Program was a true turning point in my life.”

“The program showed me, maybe selfishly, that I have the potential to really be a leader and provided for me the means to develop leadership skills specific to workforce development and job coaching.” – Brandon Anderson, graduate

“As a result of my participation in the Workforce Development Professional Apprenticeship Program, I have accepted a position as a program manager with the California Workforce Association (CWA) managing million-dollar contracts and coordinating statewide training efforts. In my time at CWA, I have seen growing interest in this innovative apprenticeship in presentations at statewide and national conferences.

“More and more workforce boards are seeking to administer their own Workforce Development Professional Apprenticeship cohorts, with apprenticeships currently underway in Hollywood and in the Sacramento region.

“The success of this program would not be possible without the critical partnership between the State of California and the College of Continuing Education (CCE). The power of this partnership, in both both resources and creativity allowed for the development of this entirely new, innovative and completely non-traditional apprenticeship and truly stands as a model for imaginative program design.”

The Workforce Development Professional Apprenticeship Program was made possible in part by a grant from The Commission on the Extended University.