VALENCIA – A loss of manufacturing jobs in California over the last 15 years has left a black eye on the state’s economy and now officials are looking for ways to mend it with opportunities in fields that are growing. Engineering and technology are emerging among the top industries in the state but will need a trained work force to support them, said Dena Maloney, dean of economic development at College of the Canyons. The community college has received a $75,000 grant to work on a national project to develop strategies to train workers for jobs in these fields and help those companies bloom. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Labor, which is funding $195 million to 13 regional economies for additional labor market projects. “The only way to address the national challenge of global competition is by building strong regional economies,” said Emily Stover DeRocco, assistant secretary of labor for employment training. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant College of the Canyons will step into the picture by establishing an advisory board to develop guidelines for pre-engineering certification and university transfers for California community colleges. “Although engineering-based companies continue to be an important component in the economy, we want to be sure we have sufficient engineering talent to grow that sector of the California economy,” said Maloney. The board will include experts from the aerospace industry and the U.S. federal lab system who will provide input about what will be required in the work force for the state to support an economy in the growing industries. Four other local community colleges are also participating with College of the Canyons in the grant, including Antelope Valley Community College. Manufacturing companies began fleeing California in the early 1990s for other states that are more affordable to do business in and have less legislation affecting their industry. From 1990 to 2003, California lost about 400,000 manufacturing jobs. More than half of those positions were wiped out in the late 1990s and resulted in a $98 million loss of California-manufactured products, according to a study by the Keystone Group of Los Angeles, a collaboration of economic development executives. Sue Doyle, (6610257-5254 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!