Sandy Harmsen, of the county’s Workforce Development Board, will serve a second year leading the state association’s board

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July 30, 2013 | The Press-Enterprise

Sandy Harmsen, director of Workforce Development for San Bernardino County, testifies before Congress in April 2012.

Sandy Harmsen, who has been the executive director of San Bernardino County’s Workforce Development Department for five years, has been re-elected chairwoman of the state board that helps develop larger policies for job development issues.

Harmsen will serve a second term as chair of the California Workforce Association’s executive committee, according to a statement from a county spokesperson.

The California Workforce Association is a nonprofit membership organization that helps develop public policy strategies and apply them to local issues. It is made up of heads of some of 49 workforce boards that represent cities and counties across the state and develop local solutions for job training and employment.

Bob Lanier, the state agency’s executive director, said Harmsen’s expertise has been valuable at that level.

“Sandy understands what jobs are in demand and methods required to train the unemployed for these positions,” Lanier said in the statement.

Under Harmsen’s leadership, San Bernardino County’s workforce board has developed a strong reputation for involving local businesses in the retraining and hiring of the county’s unemployed adults and the training of its youths.

Janice Rutherford, chairwoman of the county’s board of supervisors, said in the statement that in one year, Harmsen’s office trained some 3,300 job-seekers for the industries most in demand, and built relationships with 2,800 businesses.

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