Gilroy Workforce Development


Rock the Mock

For the past nine years, the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce and GUSD have partnered for Rock the Mock, an event where high school students participate in a series of workshops, and end the day with the chance to test their skills. These workshops include “How to Prepare for an Interview,” “Dress for Success,” “What’s in a Handshake,” and “The Interview”.

The event is carried out at both Christopher High School (CHS) and Gilroy High School (GHS) along with GECA at CHS and Mount Madonna at GHS, and we can’t do it without our business community! We are hoping you and/or some of your staff would be willing to join us as mock interviewers.

We are looking for approximately 30-50 volunteers to join us on Friday, November 3 at GHS and Thursday, November 9 at CHS from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm to participate as mock interviewers.

If you are available either November 3 and/ or 9 and would like to participate, please complete this Google form: as soon as possible, and return the GUSD Outside Speaker Form through the Google form or email a copy to, or drop it off at the Chamber.


Workforce Development Initiative 

In the past, workforce development consisted of training, or retraining workers for available jobs in the market. Today, post pandemic, workforce development looks a little different. While training workers is a significant aspect of workforce development, there’s much more. Helping those who are soon to enter the job market understand the options available to them is another aspect. Making connections between available workers and the business community is another. Creating internships, job shadowing, and exposure to high tech jobs, the medical field and the trades is yet another. Allowing educators to tour local and regional job sites, tech facilities, and other places of employment will help them guide students looking to enter the workforce.

The Gilroy Chamber of Commerce is focusing on a Workforce Development Initiative where we will partner with various agencies and organizations such as the City of Gilroy, Gilroy Unified School District, Gavilan College, the business community, and others, so that we create pathways for students and workers who want to advance their careers and help connect workers to industry.







“If you want a more productive economy, you need to invest in the skills of our workforce.”

 – Jeremy Corbyn