Welcome reader to the North Far North Regional Consortium E-Blast.

As a NFNRC Member, you will receive this E-Blast to your inbox every 2 weeks.  The goal of the E-Blast is to keep everyone in the NFN Regional Consortium up-to-date on news, events and other activities happening both in our region and the state.   If you would like something placed into the E-blast, please send us the information so we can share. All E-blasts will be archived and available on the NFNRC.org website.



The North Far North Regional Consortium is pleased to share with you our region’s Strong Workforce Program (SWP) planning.  If you are not yet familiar with SWP, The Doing What Matters Strong Workforce page  is a good source for information.  Our region will also host a NFN Regional SWP Website, which should go live very soon.  This NFN Regional SWP Website will be found on nfnrc.org on the Regional Information Hub Page.  An announcement will be sent out as soon as this is live.

In an effort to expand the availability of quality community college career technical education and workforce development courses, programs, pathways, credentials, certificates, and degrees, the State is investing over $17M in our region (and $200M statewide) in Year 1 of this ongoing fund.  Each college district in the region will receive a direct allocation from the state totaling 60% of the regional fund.  Your college CIO and CTE Dean will be a good point-of-contact regarding your college district’s local SWP plan.  

The NFN Regional Plan

The region will receive 40% of the regional fund (approximately $6.9M in Year 1 to begin implementing a regional SWP plan.  The regional plan and Year 1 budget must be submitted to the Chancellor’s Office by the end of January 2017.  Shortly thereafter, funds will be allocated to regional colleges in order to implement the plan.  


NFN Regional Meeting and SWP Planning Kick-Off

September 9, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Los Rios EWD, 1410 Ethan Way, Sacramento CA 95825

RSVP:  https://live.vcita.com/site/dt2q2xknx6q1qd4f/online-scheduling?event=u45s6inydkumo3wh

If you plan to attend, please RSVP so can plan lunch accordingly



•  Butte College Vice President Search - The Butte-Glenn Community College District has opened its search for the next Vice President for Student Learning and Economic Development. The Butte-Glenn Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Butte College is seeking a visionary leader to provide leadership for academic and classified staff involved in the delivery and administration of comprehensive instructional and economic development programs and to work closely with the Superintendent/President to facilitate the achievement of goals and objectives consistent with the College's and District's mission and goals.

Read full Butte College Vice President Job Announcement

• Meeting agendas for NFNRC Regional Meetings, Program Proposal Endorsement Meetings, DSN/Key Talent Meetings, etc will no longer be mailed out to NFNRC members. All agendas will be posted on the nfnrc.org one (1) week prior to the scheduled meeting and a Draft version of the minutes will be posted no more than one (1) week after the meeting.  Each Regional Meeting can be found by visiting the NFN Region Information Hub page.


Mini-Grant Opportunity

Faculty Entrepreneurship Champion Mini-grants

Request for Applications (RFA)

 The California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) Program Small Business Sector is seeking applications for Faculty Entrepreneurship Champion mini-grant projects.  Under this RFA, a total of ten Faculty Entrepreneurship Champion Mini-grants will be funded.  Applications are due by 5 PM October 5th, 2016.  Each mini-grant will be for not more than $7,500 (no matching funds are required).  Faculty Entrepreneurship Champion mini-grant projects should be focused on one or more of the following activities:

• Embedding/Infusing small business/entrepreneurship curriculum into existing Career Technical Education (CTE) classes and programs.

• Creation of credit, non-credit and not-for-credit small business/entrepreneurship courses and programs.  This can include taking existing third-party developed small business and entrepreneurship curriculum and shepherding it through the curriculum approval process.

• Creation of stackable certificates/badges related to the small business sector.

• Creation of low-unit certificates, certificates of achievement or AA/AS/AA-T/AS-T degrees in Entrepreneurship tied to CTE programs on campus.

• Creation of entrepreneurship pathways from middle school, high school, community college, four year universities and development of articulation agreements associated with these pathways.

• Small business and entrepreneurship related experiential learning opportunities such as setting up campus student run businesses, entrepreneurship centers, business incubators, accelerators, makerspaces, internship programs, and class projects working with businesses. 

• The organization and execution of regional business model, plan, or pitch competitions.

Click here to download a copy of the Request for Applications (RFA)

 For more information, contact Chelsea Hendershot, Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator (530) 242-7638 chendershot@shastacollege.edu  or Charles Eason, Small Business Sector Navigator (707) 863-7846 charles.eason@solano.edu


Upcoming Regional Events & Activities

• Labor & Delivery Physiologic Review: The Butte College Health Workforce Initiative in collaboration with Enloe Medical Center is offering this event Monday and Tuesday, August 29 and 30, 2016 in Chico, CA.


CCCAOE Updates

• Registration Now Open!  

2016 Fall Conference  CTE: Your Key to Equity & Access:  September 27 – 29, 2016 with Pre-Conference Workshops: September 26 & 27, 2016.  Location:  Omni Rancho Las Palmas Hotel, 41000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA  92270

Click here to register


NFNRC CTE Sector Announcements

2016 Northern California Fire Summit - The goal of the Fire Technology Summit is to bring together representatives of community colleges offering fire technology programs in Northern California for the purpose of: Fostering Collaboration, Sharing Best Practices, Exchanging Information, Identifying new and emerging trends and needs, and Enhancing the development of vocational education in fire technology/science. 

• Read full report here


Center of Excellence Updates

Clean Economy Cluster

This report presents findings on the analysis of the Clean Economy cluster. It is the sixth in a series covering the six Next Economy high growth clusters. This report provides an overview and definition of the cluster, industry trends and economic impact, as well as an overview of the occupations in the cluster, along with projected occupational demand, institutions providing related education and training, and spotlight interviews with regional employers. 

• http://www.coeccc.net/documents/COE-Clean-Economy-web.pdf


Small Business Labor Market Needs Assessment

This report provides an overview of the findings from a survey of over 250 small businesses from throughout the Far North Region. Employers were asked about their hiring and recruitment challenges, skill requirements for mid-level positions, training needs and partnership interests. 

• http://www.coeccc.net/documents/COE-Small-Business-web.pdf


Chancellor's Office Updates

• Lynda.com now free through the CCCCO Professional Learning Network (PLN).  

IEPI is thrilled to announce that the Professional Learning Network (PLN) recently partnered with Lynda.com, one of the best-known and most respected online professional training services.  Lynda.com’s incredible professional training library is available to you, right now, through the PLN at no cost.  So, if you haven’t yet, please register with the PLN to begin enjoying all of our incredible professional development resources. 

• The Role of Curriculum in Maintaining Your Institution's Financial Aid Eligibility Training Workshop

Find out about your college/district compliance status on curriculum design and process. Learn to determine your college/district risks, ability to identify common problems and identify requirements for programs to acquire state authorization. Training will be focused on curriculum/program approval and Financial Aid eligibility for such programs. This training will facilitate a higher degree of communication and collaboration between the financial aid and the instruction side of the college. Participants will leave with a process of best practices to ensure continued financial aid eligibility for their college/district curriculum programs/courses.

Registration is required through Eventbrite. There is a $50 per-person registration fee for attending. Registration includes lunch as well as morning and afternoon beverages. Participants are responsible for travel and any parking costs. This one-day workshop is tentatively scheduled from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Workshop Locations:
Thursday, September 22, 2016                                        Monday, September 26, 2016
Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport                                Sheraton Grand Sacramento
Crystal Ballroom                                                                 Carmellia/Gardenia Room
18800 MacArthur Boulevard                                            1230 J Street
Irvine, CA 92612                                                                 Sacramento, Ca 95814
Registration link:                                                                 Registration link:
https://iepi-irvine-finaid.eventbrite.com                           https://iepi-sac-finaidworkshop.eventbrite.com

Who Should Attend?
Each college is encouraged to send a team of that includes the following representatives:the Curriculum Chair, Financial Aid Director and Admissions & Records Director. In addition, it is also suggested to extend the invitation to the college’s CIO/dean, CSSO/dean, Academic Senators and Curriculum Specialists.

For questions related to workshop registration, contact Maureen Akal at Makal0361@icloud.com or (630)337-3004.


Upcoming NFNRC Meetings and Calls

• Coordinating Council Monthly Call,Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 9:00AM-10:00AM

• Program Proposal Endorsement Monthly Call,Thursday, September 1, 2016,  9:00AM-10:00AM, 888.450.4821, Participant Code: 822954, Agenda Forthcoming 

• NFNRC Regional Meeting and SWP Regional Planning Kickoff, Friday, September 9, 2016, 10:00AM-3:00PM @ Los Rios CCD Workforce and Economic Development Center REGISTER HERE

To RSVP to meetings in the NFN Regional Consortium, visit NFNRC.org; click on the Contact and Meeting RSVP tab at the bottom right hand corner of the website, then go to RSVP to Meetings Here.  Doing this will put the meeting right into your calendar!