From Farm Worker to Coding Pro

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Ed Coghlan: We have all heard the numbers.

Eighteen million Californians live in or near poverty.

There is a lack of middle-skills workers and good middle-class jobs go unfilled.

How can we fix that?

You can look at a burgeoning public-private partnership in California’s Central Valley as an example of a program that is making a difference.

Three days every week college students from the West Hills Community College campuses pile into vans and take the one-hour-plus journey into Fresno to learn workforce skills in a critical sector—technology.

They spent eight hours a day, learning, working and dreaming at the…

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