Workforce Development at the Livermore Science & Society Center

Workforce Development

According to the Tri-Valley Rising 2018 report, the Tri-Valley has grown more in the last decade that either San Francisco or Silicon Valley. This creates challenges for maintaining the Tri-Valley as an affordable and enjoyable place to live. Aspects contributing to making the Tri-Valley attractive and improving quality of life are good schools and cultural facilities.

The available workforce pool is a balance between the influx of new qualified employees and the loss of trained employees. We expect to contribute to the creation of new employees, both those going through school here as well as making the Tri-Valley more attractive to people moving in. We expect to help schools have strong science programs in addition to providing an out-of-school learning environment for youth and children as well as adults. These aspects also help reduce attrition of trained employees.

A challenge for our society is to make science and technology a welcoming activity for all, which will help reduce the loss of potential high-tech employees through the educational pipeline. We expect to have classes and other science activities similar to those held by LLNL but larger and broader in scope, including weekend and summer programs in coordination with local schools, LARPD, Las Positas College, and UC Merced. We also intend to incorporate art content that broadens the range of interest and intellectual stimulation—many scientists are also musicians.

The following interactive tool shows how creating new homegrown employees, recruiting new out-of-area employees, and decreasing the attrition rate of existing employees expands the available workforce pool. It is a specific example of the more general phenomenon of dynamic equilibrium, which permeates many aspects of science. This model is not the only possible model for workforce development, but it does provide an example of how math can help examine public policy issues.