Verified Program Designation Day

Today’s event aims to transform talent acquisition in San Diego through innovative industry-education partnerships. The lineup of dynamic speakers will help attendees recognize the challenges and opportunities ahead due to revolutions in artificial intelligence, workplace expectations, and shifting national demographics. As attendees meet and build relationships with the featured training programs, you are encouraged to consider the needs of tomorrow’s workforce and how education must evolve to continue serving San Diegans.

A special thanks to our partners at the Border Region Talent Pipeline K-16 Collaborative. This state funded initiative provided additional support to publicly funded education programs across San Diego and Imperial Counties to align curriculum and pursue status as a Verified Program of Computing and Engineering Talent. The collaborative will also host a summer internship program for students of publicly funded Verified Programs. Learn how your company can host paid interns at no cost to you!


3:00 | Check-in & networking reception

3:30 | Keynote

3:50 | Panel discussion

4:45 | Showcase by local education programs

5:45 | Employers submit final grading cards

6:30 | Event wrap up


  • Dr. David Miyashiro

  • Sarah Hassaine

  • Sarah Iglesias

  • Shannon Pope

  • Jaimie M. Francis

Dr. David Miyashiro

Cajon Valley Union School District, Superintendent

Dr. David Miyashiro is a forward-thinking education leader known for creating a culture of trust and innovation while revolutionizing learning approaches in Southern California. As a digital pioneer, he has garnered recognition for his efforts, such as being named Superintendent of the Year, K-12 Dive’s 2022 District of the Year, and one of the “Top 35 District Leaders in Personalized Learning” by the White House and U.S. Department of Education. As superintendent of Cajon Valley Union School District, he established the first Computer Science Magnet School, a digital teacher academy, and personalized technology learning programs. Under his leadership, the district has won multiple awards, including the National School Boards Association’s Magna Award for Digital Learning.

Dr. Miyashiro has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from UCLA, his Master’s in Education Technology and Curriculum from Grand Canyon University, and Bachelor’s from Cal State Long Beach.

Sarah Hassaine

ResMed, Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion

Sarah Hassaine leads D&I at the MedTech company ResMed. She has nearly 10 years of experience in this space, starting at Amazon where she helped with recruiting and retaining women in Applied Sciences, and then at Qualcomm where she led their conference engagement, affinity group expansion, leadership support, and their inclusion building programs. Now at ResMed, Sarah designed and leads a data driven global strategy that steers the business into embedding inclusive practices, policies, behaviors and programs across the business.

Prior to finding her niche in D&I, Sarah, a San Diego native, worked in international development and government consulting around the world. She is very devoted to community empowerment and issues around equity and social justice and grew up engaging in many cross-cultural and intra-faith initiatives. In San Diego, she devotes her time to refugee assimilation efforts, as well as across the border in orphanages in Baja Mexico. She was a Founding Member of the San Diego Tech Women Coalition and the San Diego Diversity Council. She currently sits on three Boards – the Southwest chapter of Planned Parenthood, the Kim Center for Social Balance championing pay equity, and the North San Diego Business Chamber.

Sarah earned her Executive MBA from the Wharton Business School at UPenn, her MA in Public Policy from George Washington University, and her BA in International Affairs from UC San Diego. She is fluent in both French and Arabic.

Sarah Iglesias

Qualcomm, Sr. Manager, Talent Acquisition

Sarah Iglesias is the Sr. Manager of Talent Acquisition for Qualcomm Software, Gaming, and Automotive teams in the Americas Region and the interim lead of the Global Campus team. Sarah is energized by seeing people connect and thrive in the right job at the right time. She has over a decade of experience in early career recruitment, experienced hiring, intern program management, DEI, and university relations.

Shannon Pope

Sony, Head of Diversity & Sustainability

Shannon Pope, Head of Diversity & Sustainability at Sony Electronics North America, oversees Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEI&B), which includes talent acquisition and the employee experience. She is responsible for ensuring DEI&B is reflected at every stage in the employee journey. She also works closely with leaders of the Accessibility and Environmental Impact pillars to support Sony’s global corporate social responsibility goals. Shannon has been with Sony for over 17 years, with a majority of her career in engineering and product management of automotive audio systems.

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, she has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Wayne State University and a master’s in engineering management from the University of Michigan.

Jaimie M. Francis

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, V.P. of Policy and Programs

Jaimie M. Francis is vice president of policy and programs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Francis develops and oversees the Chamber Foundation’s programs for workforce development. She manages its Talent Pipeline Management® (TPM) initiative and its 900+ member National Learning Network of TPM practitioners and partners. Francis is a faculty member for the TPM Academy®, a training for state and local chamber, business association, and economic development agency leaders, as well as employers, to learn the TPM approach to drive partnerships with their education and training providers based on industry need.

Earlier in her career, Francis worked for the Division of Student and Academic Support Services at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She began her career as an admissions counselor for her undergraduate alma mater, Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in sociology. She received her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Originally from Tallahassee, Florida, Francis lives in Maryland with her family.

Presenting Programs

Below are the computing and engineering programs presenting today. Tap the +/- on the left side of the screen to collapse and expand sections.

Able-Disabled Advocacy
This CompTIA certified academy offers free comprehensive training in Information Technology, helping clients to upscale their skills toward a career in Tech.

California State University San Marcos
Department of Computer Science and Information Systems

This department consists of four different bachelor’s degrees, three certification programs, two master’s degree, and one minor all offering a key mix of innovative computer science courses.

Cuyamaca College
Computer and Information Science
This department prepares students for a variety of roles in the field through its offerings of internal and external certificates, associates degrees, and associate degrees for transfer.

General Assembly
Software Engineering Bootcamp
Designed by industry experts, this bootcamp teaches modern programming languages, frameworks, and tools to meet industry demand.

Grossmont College
Computer Science and Information Systems
This program combines computer science and information systems, teaching students to work with and within company IT systems to solve operations issues.

Imperial Valley College
Computer Information Technology, Networking, Cybersecurity
This program offers a certificate and associate degree in computer information technology, teaching skills such as application programming, networking, systems administration, system security, computer hardware and software, and operating systems.

MiraCosta College
Computer Science
Offering a variety of specialized associate degrees and certificates, as well as one associate degree for transfer, students learn basic programming, data structures and architecture.

Palomar College
A.S. Cybersecurity
The program focuses on fostering proficiency in computer, network, and application security to guarantee the safeguarding of enterprise computing and information systems infrastructure.

Computer Science
This department offers an associate degree and a certificate, both teaching design of algorithms, languages, hardware architectures, systems software, applications soft­ware, and tools.

Point Loma Nazarene University
Computer Information Technology
This hybrid bachelor’s degree program equips students with the skills required to link businesses and individuals with IT solutions in a practical manner.

Computer Science
This bachelor’s degree focused on software engineering teaches students about the functioning of computers, ranging from the fundamental hardware to the utilization of advanced application programs.

San Diego College of Continuing Education
Desktop Technician
This certificate program teaches the skills necessary to manage and secure computers and basic network infrastructures.

Network Technician/CCNA
Network Technician and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) are two different information technology certificate programs that elevate an individuals skillset in systems and network administration.

Security Essentials
Security Essentials is an 18 week long certificate program providing students with the knowledge and skills required to manage and secure network infrastructures.

San Diego Futures Foundation
Basic Computer Refurbishing and Repair
This program is intended to help each individual construct a knowledge base of the skills that are necessary to be a successful entry level IT technician and computer repair skills included in the CompTIA A+ exams.

San Diego Mesa College
Computer Information Science
This program offers multiple certificates, two associate degrees, and an associate degree for transfer, all emphasizing work-based learning along with traditional learning.

San Diego State University
Computer Science
This department provides a variety of minors, majors, and masters programs in the field, all touching on essential skills in computer science including how to store and call upon information and mastery of programming languages.

Management Information Systems
This department offers certificates, bachelors, and masters degrees in cutting-edge topics like artificial intelligence (AI), advanced analytics, cybersecurity, the Internet of Things (IoT), digital innovation, and transformation.

UC San Diego
Department of Computer Science
This program offers three specialized bachelor’s degree tracks along with one minor, introducing students to both traditional and cutting-edge topics in computer science.

UC San Diego Extended Studies
Cybersecurity Program
This bootcamp-style program adopts a multidisciplinary strategy to achieve expertise in IT, networking, and contemporary information security.

Linux System Administration
This specialized certificate teaches students to create and oversee Linux-based computing and infrastructure systems by offering innovative issue resolution, critical thinking, and advanced troubleshooting across a wide spectrum of secure computing systems and support tasks.

California State University, San Marcos
Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering
This department offers a bachelor’s degree that teaches techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for a career in electrical engineering.

MiraCosta Technology Career Institute
Engineering Technician
This 592-hour training program is 75 percent hands-on and trains students in the areas that companies have requested, including OSHA and LEAN certification along with industry exposure.

National University
Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering
National University hosts the only 100 percent online ABET-accredited electrical and computer engineering program in the United States.

Point Loma Nazarene University
Engineering BSE
Providing a general engineering education, this bachelor’s degree intertwines traditional and contemporary principles of physics, chemistry, and mathematics with engineering.


San Diego State University
Engineering Department
This department offers seven majors, one minor, and many masters and joint-doctoral programs, all combining traditional engineering education with practical experience.

Southwestern College
This program focuses on the application of scientific principles and knowledge of mathematics to create solutions for problems involving human, biological, and mechanical systems.

UC San Diego
Jacobs School of Engineering
This school offers a variety of engineering related degrees including those with a focus in structural, chemical, aerospace, electrical, and more in addition to several specialized masters and Ph.D. programs.

UC San Diego Extended Studies
Embedded Engineering Systems
This professional certificate covers embedded systems hardware design, fundamental embedded C controller programming, embedded controller programming for real-time systems, and embedded real-time operating system (RTOS).

Systems Engineering Certificate
This professional certificate teaches students how to leverage integrating engineering disciplines to resolve intricate challenges.

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Olivia Jones
Olivia Jones

Coordinator, Talent Initiatives