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Regional Training Course Series

Los Angeles County Office of Education

Friday, September 8, 2017 * Monday, October 9,2017 * Monday,  October 30, 2017 * Monday, November 6, 2017

The CASH Board has initiated the Regional Training Course Series (RTCS) in direct response to the requests of our members that CASH offer training sessions on school facilities in various geographical regions in California. The goal of the Chair, Don Ulrich, is to convene the Training Course Series in multiple geographical regions between March 2017 and December 2018. The first region selected was Kern County.

The RTCS is new and innovative. It is a means of providing information vital to the work of practitioners confronted with school facility and major maintenance issues in areas not proximate to regular conference or workshop venues. The RTCS will consist of four interrelated sessions designed to provide a condensed yet in-depth series of courses addressing school facilities for practitioners working in school districts and those in the private sector who serve school districts. Participants will gain a practical understanding of school planning, financing and construction. The expectation is that participants attend each session for the entirety of the day. No homework or projects will be required. However, each participant will be expected to produce for their own use an application of knowledge gained that will benefit their district or county office if from the public sector, or alternatively, one or more clients if from the private sector.

It is important to emphasize that the RTCS is not a succession of workshops. CASH offers monthly workshops that vary as to content and are individually tailored to meet the ever-changing environment of school facilities. The workshops are designed to alert our members about emerging issues and legislative and policy changes.  The RTCS in contrast will offer a complete and interconnected foundation of core knowledge and practice in school facility planning, financing and construction.

Core Faculty

The core faculty includes nine expert practitioners in the field of K-12 school infrastructure with three dedicated to each of the Courses offered. The Core Faculty members are identified below with the course topics for which they are responsible:

Planning & Designing School Facilities

Dwayne Mears: Principal, PlaceWorks | (714) 966-9220

Laura Knauss: K-12 Practice Leader, Lionakis | (916) 558-1900

Randy Rowles: Director, Maintenance & Operations, Bakersfield City SD | (661) 631-5883


Financing School Facilities

Jeff Becker: Director of Facilities & Operations, Fresno Co. Supt. of Schools | (559) 497-3721

David Miranda: Senior Director, Maintenance, Operations & Facilities, Tustin USD | (714) 730-7327

John Baracy: Managing Director, Stifel, Nicolas & Company, Inc. | (213) 443-5025


Constructing, Repairing & Modernizing School Facilities

Noemi Avila-Zamudio: President, N|A|Z Building Program Advisors | (949) 616-6530

Ed Mierau: President, Neff Construction | (909) 947-3768

Cathy Allen: Chief Operations Officer, Facility Support Services, Sacramento City USD | (916) 643-921


PowerPoint presentations and other material to be used in each course will be sent electronically to the participants in advance of each session. A binder with hard copies of the presentation and other materials will be furnished to each registered attendee at the first session. Thereafter, printed materials can be inserted into the binder at the second, third and fourth sessions for use and later reference.

Course Dates

Friday, September 8, 2017 (Planning)

Monday, October 9, 2017 (Finance)

Monday, October 30, 2017 (Construction)

Monday, November 6, 2017 (Practicum)


Course Day Schedule

7:30 a.m.         Registration/ Breakfast

8:30 a.m.          Welcome/Course Begins Promptly

12:00 p.m.        Lunch/Provided on Site

4:00 p.m.          Adjournment of Course Session


Los Angeles County Office of Education

9300 Imperial Hwy

Downey, California 90242


Click Here to Register

Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. All sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Participants are required to attend all four sessions for the full time allotted in order to receive a certificate of completion.

Member Fee: $2,000 per person

Non-Member Fee: $2,500 per person

Non-Members are welcome; however, CASH Members will have priority.

A district or company may register more than one participant as space allows, but the intent is to include at least one participant from each interested district or company.

Registration deadline is Tuesday, September 5, 2017.


Registration Fee Includes: All training materials, lunch, and breaks.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Jon Behrens (916)448-8577



1303 J Street, Suite 520, Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: 916-448-8577

For More Information Contact Jon Behrens