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NFN Staff Members

Blaine Smith

NFN Executive Director
Butte College  |  smithbl@butte.edu

Tanya Meyer

K-14 Technical Assistance Prover (TAP)
Feather River College  |  tmeyer@frc.edu

Allison Travis-Bee

Program Coordinator
Butte College  |  travis-beeal@butte.edu

Shari Dempsey

Administrative Secretary-Grants
Butte College  |  dempseysh@butte.edu

Becca Mortimer

Administrative Secretary-Grants
Butte College  |  mortimertr@butte.edu
NFN Coordinating Council

Blaine Smith

Executive Director-NFNRC
Butte College  |  smithbl@butte.edu

Theresa Milan

EWDAC
Los Rios CCD  |  milant@losrios.edu

Tammy Montgomery

CEO-North
Los Rios CCD  |  montgot@losrios.edu

Joe Wyse

CEO-Far North
Shasta College  |  jwyse@shastacollege.edu

TBD

CIO-North

Erik Shearer

CIO-Far North
Butte College  |  shearerer@butte.edu

Amy Schulz

Voting Member-North
Sierra College  |  aschulz1@sierracollege.edu

Ioanna Iatridis

Voting Member-Far North
Shasta College  |  iiatridis@shastacollege.edu

TBD

CSSO-North

Char Perlas

CSSO-Far North
College of the Siskiyous  |  cperlas@siskiyous.edu

Rick Haas

Faculty CE Liaison-North
Consumnes River College  |  haasr@crc.losrios.edu

Nicholas Petti

Faculty CE Liaison-Far North
Mendocino College  |  npetti@mendocino.edu

Tanya Meyer

K-14 Technical Assistance Prover (TAP)
Feather River  College  |  tmeyer@frc.edu

Ebony Benzing

Director, North-Interim

Sara Phillips

Director, Far North

Roy Kim

WIB Representative-North
SETA/Sac Works  |  Roy.Kim@seta.net

Wendy Zanotelli

WIB Representative-Far North
Smart Center |  zwendy@thesmartcenter.biz

Frank Gerdeman

Adult Education Representative
ADVANCE (Lake Tahoe)  |  fgerdeman@ltcc.edu

Josh Sweigert

DEP-North
Lake Tahoe College  |  sweigert@ltcc.edu

Pamela Heston

DEP-Far North
Mendocino College  |  pheston@shastacollege.edu

Michael Jackson

Student/Alumni-North
Sierra College  |  mjackson51@sierracollege.edu

TBD

Student/Alumni/Far North
Consortia Voting Members

Derrick Booth

AVP, Workforce Development
American River College  |  boothd@arc.losrios.edu

Denise Adams

Dean of Instruction, Career Education
Butte College  |  adamsde@butte.edu

Kerry Mayer

Sr. VP Strategic Initiatives
College of the Redwoods |  kerry-mayer@redwoods.edu

Mark Klever

Dean of CTE
College of the Siskiyous  |  mklever@siskiyous.edu

Dana Wassmer

AVP of Instruction, Economic & Workforce
Cosumnes River College  |  wassmed@crc.losrios.edu

Derek Lerch

CIO/Dean of Instruction
Feather River College  |  dlerch@frf.edu

Christopher Morris

Dean of Instruction, Career Education
Folsom Lake College  |  morrisc@flc.losrios.edu

Brad Deeds

Dean, Workforce Development & Instruction
Lake Tahoe Community College  |  deeds@ltcc.edu

Michell Williams

Dean of Instruction
Lassen College  | mwilliams@lassencollege.edu

Christy Smith

Dean of Applied Academics
Mendocino College  |  csmith@mendocino.edu

Cynthia Sommer

AVP of Instruction
Sacramento City College  |  sommerc@losrios.edu

Ioanna Iatridis

AVP Economic & Workforce Development
Shasta College  |  iiatridis@shastacollege.edu

Amy Schulz

Dean of Career, Continuing & Technical Education
Sierra College  |  aschulz1@sierracollege.edu

Erin O’Neill

Dean of Career Education-Interim
Woodland College  |  eoneill@yccd.edu

Alan Dixon

CTE & Workforce Development-Dean
Yuba College  |  adixon@yccd.edu
Voting Member Proxy

Raquel Arata

American River College  |  aratae@arc.losrios.edu

Don Robinson

Butte College  |  robinsondo@butte.edu

Morgan Solem

College of the Redwoods  |  morgan-solem@redwoods.edu

Christina Van Alfen

College of the Siskiyous  |  cvanalfen@siskiyous.edu

Kris Hubbard

Cosumnes River College  |  hubbark@crc.losrios.edu

Theresa Milan

Folsom Lake College  |  milant@losrios.edu

Ray Gamba

Lake Tahoe College  |  gamba@ltcc.edu

Chad Lewis

Lassen College |  clewis@lassencollege.edu

Amanda Xu

Mendocino College  |  axu@mendocino.edu

Paul Estabrook

Sacramento City College |  estabrp@scc.losrios.edu

Angela Cordell

Shasta College  |  acordell@shastacollege.edu

Jill Alcorn

Sierra College |  jalcorn1@sierracollege.edu

Sandy Fowler

Woodland College  |  sfowler@yccd.edu

Jeremy Brown

Yuba College  |  jbrown2@yccd.edu
Employer Engagement

Karen Hubbard

Director of Employer Partnerships
Health/Public Safety
American River College  |  HubbarKE@arc.losrios.edu

Wendy Porter

Director of Employer Partnerships
Generalist
Butte College  |  porterwe@butte.edu

Montel Vanderhorck

Director of Employer Partnerships
Generalist
College of the Redwoods  |  mvanderhorck@shastacollege.edu

Erin Kangas

Director of Employer Partnerships
Generalist
College of the Siskiyous |  ekangas@shastacollege.edu

Shinder Gill

Director of Employer Partnerships
Energy, Construction, Utilities
Cosumnes River College |  gills@crc.losrios.edu

Gabe Miller

Director of Employer Partnerships
Generalist
Feather River College  |  gmiller@frc.edu

Josh Sweigert

Director of Employer Partnerships
RHT/AGWET
Lake Tahoe Community College  |  sweigert@ltcc.edu

Emily Purificacao

Director of Employer Partnerships
Generalist
Lassen Community College  |  epurificacao@shastacollege.edu

Pamela Heston

Director of Employer Parnerships
Generalist
Mendocino College  |  pheston@shastacollege.edu

Julie Muir

Director of Employer Partnerships
Automation
Sacramento City College |  MuirJ@scc.losrios.edu

Molly Stimpel

Director of Employer Partnerships
Generalist
Shasta College  |  mstimpel@shastacollege.edu

Alena Anberg

Director of Employer Patnerships
ICT & Business
Woodland College  |  aanberg@shastacollege.edu
K-12 SWP Contacts

Statewide K12 SWP listserv

Tanya Meyer

K14 Technical Assistance Provider (TAP)
Feather River College  |  tmeyer@frc.edu

Becca Mortimer

Administrative Secretary-Grants
Butte College  |  mortimertr@butte.edu

Sharon Nilsson

K12 Pathway Coordinator
Butte-Glenn CCD  |  snilsson@bcoe.org

Lisa Kelly

K12 Pathway Coordinator
Feather River & Lake Tahoe CCD |  lkelly@plumacharterschool.org

Tiffiney Lozano

K12 Pathway Coordinator
Lassen College CCD |  tlozano@longvalleycs.org

Mai Ye Vang

K12 Pathway Coordinator
Los Rios CCD  | myevang@scoe.net

TBD

K12 Pathway Coordinator
Mendocino CCD |

William Row

K12 Pathway Coordinator
College of the Redwoods CCD  |  wrow@hcoe.org

Teckla Johnson

K12 Pathway Coordinator
Shasta CCD  |  thohnson@shastacoe.org

Christina Overmiller

K12 Pathway Coordinator
Sierra CCD  |  covermiller@puhsd.k12.ca.us

TBD

K12 Pathway Coordinator
College of the Siskiyous CCD  |

Edwin Ortega Beltran

K12 Pathway Coordinator
Other Key Talent and Stakeholders

Ebony Benzing

Director, Center of Excellence-Interim
COE – North  | ebony.benzing@losrios.edu

Sara Phillips

Director, Center of Excellence 
COE – Far North  |  sphillips@shastacollege.edu

TBD

Resource Manager, Center of Excellence
COE   |  Los Rios

Tim Morehouse

Guided Pathways

Sunny Greene

Guided Pathways

Cindy Sanchez

Guided Pathways
Colleges

American River College

Butte College

Cosumnes River College

Feather River College

Folsom Lake College

Lake Tahoe College

Lassen College

Mendocino College

College of the Redwoods

Sacramento City College

Shasta College

Sierra College

College of the Siskiyous

Woodland College

Yuba College

Who We Are

The North Far North (NFN) Regional Consortium (NFNRC) comprises 15 community colleges serving 22 counties in the largest geographic area of the state, from the Sacramento Metro area north to the Oregon border, and from the North Coast across the Cascade and Sierra Nevada Mountain Ranges to the Nevada border.

NFN Colleges

American River College, Butte College, College of the Redwoods, College of the Siskiyous, Cosumnes River College, Feather River College, Folsom Lake College, Lake Tahoe Community College, Lassen Community College, Mendocino College, Sacramento City College, Shasta College, Sierra College, Woodland Community College, and Yuba College.

Counties served by the NFN Regional Consortium

  • North: Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba
  • Far North: Butte, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity
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The work of the NFNRC contributes to and is aligned with the California Community College Chancellor’s Offices’ Vision for Success, Strong Workforce Program and goals.
The NFNRC uses goals set by the Chancellor’s Office to guide its investment and program strategies:

  • Increase degree and certificate attainment
  • Reduce excess unit accumulation
  • Increase transfers to four-year institutions
  • Close equity gaps
  • Secure gainful employment
  • Close regional achievement gaps

Mission

  • Provide access to high quality post-secondary educational programs for immediate employment in living wage careers.  
  • Promote economic and workforce development that is responsive to local employers.
  • The demand for workforce training to collectively support regional needs. 
  • Advocate for policy and legislative actions that support inclusive workforce training and economic development.

Purpose

California’s Strong Workforce Program (SWP) is an initiative designed to expand career technical education (CE) programs in the state’s community colleges, further improve response to workforce demands, and deliver the skill sets required by our local employers. To implement the SWP, seven regional consortia were established by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office to provide leadership in the creation and implementation of career education. The North Far North Regional Consortium is charged with coordinating the planning and implementation of the program in the North Far North (NFN) Region of California. 

History

In the early 90s the consortium was established on these seven principles:

  1. Build on the efforts of states and localities to develop challenging academic and technical standards to assist students in meeting such standards, including preparation for high skill, high wage or high demand occupations in current or emerging professions.
  2. Promote the development of services and activities that integrate academic, CTE instruction and link secondary and post-secondary education for participating CTE students.
  3. Increase state and local flexibility to provide services and activities designed to develop implement and improve CTE, including tech prep education.
  4. Ensure the dissemination of information on best practices that improve CTE programs, services and activities.
  5. Provide technical assistance that:
    1. A) Promotes leadership, initial preparation, and professional development at the state and local levels, and
    2. B) Improves the quality of CTE teachers, faculty, administrators, and counselors.
  6. Support partnerships among secondary schools, post-secondary institutions, baccalaureate degree granting institutions, local workforce investment boards, business, and industry.
  7. Provide individuals with opportunities throughout their lifetimes to develop, in conjunction with other education and training programs, the knowledge and skills needed to keep the United States competitive.

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