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Advisory Board

Mohamed A. El-Tawansy, P.E.

Professor, Engineering

California State University, Long Beach


Professor El-Tawansy advises students pursuing engineering careers. WestCal Academy® STEM career pathway workshop programs adhere to high academic and industry standards.

Jose-Luis Fernandez, MBA

Dean, Workforce Development & CTE

Los Angeles Pierce College


Dean Fernandez specializes in Career Technical Education and Workforce Development. WestCal Academy® career pathway programs connect with existing CC/CSU programs. 

Mohamed Hashem

Systems Analyst & Application Developer

Internal Revenue Service


Mr. Hashem has an extensive military, private industry, and public sector career. Government representatives regularly conduct presentations about government internship opportunities. 

Milton Herring, D.Min.

Lieutenant Colonel (ret.)

United States Army 


Dr. Herring offers guidance for veterans transitioning into private and public sector careers. WestCal Academy® career pathway programs also include military career pathway opportunities.

Niki Milani, Ph.D.

Professor, Psychology

Ventura College 


Dr. Milani coordinates with WestCal Academy® to present government career opportunites for psychology majors. WestCal Academy® custom tailors presentations for each class.

Tom Oliver, Ed.D.

President (ret.)

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

Los Angeles Pierce College


Dr. Oliver has extensive industry and academic experience. He assures that WestCal Academy® career pathway programs credit eligibility.

Fred Padilla, MS

Educational Chair



Professor Padilla assures that academic institutional curriculum reflects industry needs. WestCal Academy® connects students with multiple academic and vocational career opportunites.

Joaquin Santos

President & Business Agent

LiUNA! Local 1309


Mr. Santos brings extensive knowledge about vocational training programs that relate to public and private employment. WestCal Academy® offers academic and vocational career opportunities.

Ali Tweini

Trustee & PAC Co-Chair

Teamsters Local 2010 


Mr. Tweini serves on multiple academic advisory committes pertaining to higher education. WestCal Academy® programs include academic and vocational career pathway opportunities.

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