E-Blast May 2021

E-Blast May 2021

As a subscriber, you will receive this E-Blast to your inbox every month. 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 and/or NFNRC Calendar, please send the information to (please submit by 5pm on the first Monday of the month to be included in that month’s newsletter).

Cross-Sector Regional Industry Advisory Meeting Gerontology, Geriatrics and Business Services in the Field of Aging

On April 22, 2021, the North Far North Regional Director’s for Employer Engagement, Julie Holt and Angela Cordell, partnered with the Center of Excellence’s Ebony Benzing  and Valley Vision to host an industry advisory on Gerontology, Geriatrics and Business Services in the Field of Aging. The advisory was attended by more than 40 participants.

Jeannee Parker Martin, President and CEO, of Leading Age California presented valuable information on the California Master Plan for Ageing with five overarching goals regarding services, housing, decreasing isolation, workforce development, and equity gaps. Martin shared the core values and mission for Leading Age that includes policy, equity advocacy, workforce development and aging services for California’s mature adults to assist the expanding population of over 5.6 million over 65 years of age.

Submitted By:

Julie Holt, Regional Director, Employer Engagement-Health (North)

Angela Cordell, Regional Director Employer Engagement-Business (North/Far North)

The Hechinger Report

Poll: Nearly half of parents don’t want their kids to go straight to a four-year college

A Gallup survey, commissioned by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, a philanthropic foundation, and released April 7, 2021, found that 46 percent of parents said they would prefer not to send their children to a four-year college after high school, even if there were no obstacles, financial or otherwise. Only a slim majority of parents — 54 percent — still prefer a four-year college for their children. (The Carnegie Corporation is among the funders of The Hechinger Report.)

New student ambassador program in South Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A new student ambassador program in South Lake Tahoe will help keep the city clean and safe during the tourist season and also give students paid, work experience.

The Lake Tahoe Student Ambassador Program is a partnership between the city of South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe Unified School District, Lake Tahoe Community College and Sierra Nevada Alliance.

“In the past year we’ve seen this increase in visitors, and there’s been a lot of complaints and concerns that there are certain areas where there’s just too many visitors to manage,” said Kim Carr, LTUSD. “And so we’re really needing more eyes and more people present so that we can remind people and help people appreciate the natural beauty of Tahoe but also help them understand what it is to be a good steward.”

Submitted by Kim Carr, K12 Pathway Coordinator,

NorCal Cyber Mayors Cup 2021 Brings Students, Educators and Community Together

The North Far North Regional Consortia is so proud to see the results from our NorCal Cyber Mayors’ Cup Competition this spring!  Over 200 Community College, High School, and Middle School students participated in the April 17th competition.  During the month leading up to the event we held weekly cybersecurity webinars featuring hands-on cyber activities and keynotes from prestigious industry partners and government officials in which students, parents, faculty, and community members participated.

This yearly event is not only a wonderful way for our students to participate in competition and team-based learning, but it connects them to career opportunities and industry partners as well. Involving City and County government officials like the local Mayors really adds to increasing awareness for all-critical cybersecurity skills and occupations.

The regional partnerships we have developed between the NFN Regional Consortia ICT-DM Regional Directors (Wendy Porter & Cornelius Brown), Sacramento County Office of Education, the ICT-Hub, CS4NorCal, K12 and Community Colleges have streamlined our ability to bring these amazing opportunities to our North Far North students and faculty.  The strength in these partnerships is extremely encouraging for improving tech education and workforce development for Northern CA’s future.

NorCal Cyber Mayors’ Cup is a wonderful way to excite students about careers in cybersecurity and to participate in more of our yearly events, strengthening their skills and their knowledge on following a productive education pathway to the tech workforce.

Please read more about the results of the competition here: SynED Press Release

Submitted by: Wendy Porter, ICT-DM Regional Director, Far North Region

Contract Ed SUMMIT 2021

The Contract Ed Summit was held on Thursday, April 22nd. Below you will find the link to the agenda, Power Point presentations, handouts and more.

Statewide CE SHARED Folder in Google drive

Innovative Pathways to Public Service- Pathways to Health Careers: COVID Response in Our Community

Julie Holt, RDEE for health in the Greater Sacramento Region hosted a virtual event for Pathways to Public Service Health Careers:  COVID Response in Our Community on April 9, 2021. This event was provided in partnership with Sacramento County Health Department, UC Davis Health, Innovative Pathways to Public Service, Sacramento Employment Training Agency and the Institute of Local Government.  Over 120 students from ten local high schools attended the event that featured Dr. Blumberg, MD, who is a leading COVID pandemic expert with a specialty in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital in Sacramento, California.  Dr. Blumberg provided information about his personal journey to becoming a medical doctor as he shared about his commitment to public health, serving others and advocating for policies for health communities.  His expertise and inspiration were an excellent resource for teens considering a career in healthcare fields.  Additionally, Nicki Fairbanks presented on the unique aspects of a career as a pharmacy technician that correlates with the Cosumnes River College program as a crucial career in the pandemic response.




Submitted by Julie Holt, Regional Director, Employer Engagement, Health (North)


Advisory Meeting-Automation & AI in Agriculture and Manufacturing

On Friday, April 30th, in partnership with Valley Vision, the Regional Directors from the Agriculture (Carrie Peterson), Advanced Manufacturing (Jeff Briggs), and Information and Communications Technologies (Cornelius Brown) sectors hosted a regional advisory meeting in the North.  The topic of the meeting was Automation and Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture and Advanced Manufacturing.  There were 70 participants in the 2-hour zoom call.

The first panel was an employer panel discussion around the automation and AI being used currently in these sectors.  Speakers included: Greg Ahart, VP of Operations from Superior Farms (lamb processing; Raf Peters, CEO and Founder of Qcify Inc. (nut processing sorting equipment); Patrick Andersen, President and CFO of Anderson & Sons Shelling Inc. (nut processing).

The second panel included employers that were discussing the direction of up and coming automation and AI.  Speaks included: Bendan O’Donnell, Global Category Director for TOMRA Sorting, Inc. (nut production); Gabe Youtsey, Chief Innovation Officer for UC Agriculture and Natural Resources; and Dirck Schou, CEO, Taqtile (manufacturing equipment).

The Center of Excellence presented on labor projections and current labor market data.

Some of the reoccurring themes included:

  • labor needs
  • labor turnover
  • automation
  • impacts of COVID
  • COE presented on automation and artificial intelligence in our region
  • the need for students to have skills in a variety of areas
  • communication is a key skill for students to have
  • students need to have a passion for what they’re doing

We look forward to our fall meetings with Valley Vision and are glad to be able to work with their organization to host these critical meetings.

Submitted By:  Carrie Peterson, Regional Director, Employer Engagement, Ag, Water & Environmental Technology

SVMA’s New Manufacturing Apprenticeship

On April 27, the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance (SVMA) presented the first orientation program for employers, educators and candidates interested in the new manufacturing apprenticeship approved by the Department of Labor (DAS approval pending). The apprenticeship is designed to include all manufacturing careers. It combines paid on-the-job training with classroom instruction to prepare workers for highly-skilled careers and supports employers in recruiting and retaining a skilled workforce. The program will launch with a focus on a CNC machinist pathway but will eventually include pathways leading all the way to Manufacturing Engineer. Watch the SVMA Apprenticeship Orientation program. For more information, contact Michael Bell at (916) 432-0741 or by email.

Submitted By:  Jeff Briggs, Regional Directore, Employer Engagement, Advanced Manufacturing (North)

In Case You Missed It

Visit This Link to Watch a Dynamic Discussion on the Impacts of AI on Global Trade and Policy:

Recorded Webinar

Impact of AI on Global Trade and Policy

In recent years, we have witnessed increased advancement in the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Automation is shaping the future of how work is being done and has international business leaders wondering about the potential enormity of the impact on human labor, global trade, and policy.

Insights and collaboration in this field by leading California and Asia researchers addresses several key questions and challenges:

  • Where is the role of human capital in this evolving landscape?
  • How can organizations and global partners collaborate to support a new educational pipeline that cultivates human-oriented skills and growth?
  • How can the U.S. and global leaders work together in this new area, which has potential for mutual gain while mitigating some of its inevitable pitfalls?

Areas of Discussion

  • Positives and negatives of AI in relation to human labor – the potential impact in replacing human input or monitoring certain industry job functions.
  • Utilization of AI to carry out predictive actions – improvements in purchasing and inventorying efficiencies, increasing the ability to determine which types of products are of immediate interest to the customer.
  • Physical replacement of humans with AI labor/robots – limitations remain, but technological advancements are rapidly increasing.
  • Use of AI to track health and safety – what will it potentially mean to how we do business in the future.

For more information contact: Gordon Hinkle Regional Director of Industry Engagement Global Trade (North/Far North Region) 916-765-6122 or

Virtual Trade Mission Preparation and eTrade Readiness Workshop

Don’t Miss Our Virtual Trade Mission Preparation and eTrade Readiness Workshop

Thursday, May 13th • 9:00 – 11:00 AM PST

This two-hour virtual event hosted and presented by the California International Trade Center (CITC) will help prepare SMEs in identifying and leveraging virtual trade missions to benefit their eCommerce operations overseas. Partners and presenters include the US Commercial Service, SBA Export, EXIM Bank, and the Long Beach City Chamber of Commerce.

Topics Covered:

Getting the Most from a Virtual Mission

  • Partner Presenter: Felipe Cusnir, Swell Capital
  • Session Description: Understanding logistical elements of VTMs, developing your sales and marketing presence, and how to follow up on prospective leads.

Identifying the Right Virtual Trade Mission

  • Partner Presenter: Julie Anne Hennessy, US Commercial Service
  • Session Description: Selecting the most appropriate overseas markets for your business and knowing how best to prepare and navigate the VTM requirements.

Financing Your Virtual Trade Mission and Overseas Operations

  • Partner Presenters:
  • Simona Racek, CITC
  • Sandra Donzella, Exim Bank
  • Jeff Deiss, SBA Export
  • Session Description: Understanding the costs associated with VTMs, direct and indirect, and knowing your financing options.

Managing the Buyer/Distributor Relationship

  • Partner Presenters:
  • Julie Anne Hennessy, US Commercial Service
  • Perry Goldstein, CITC

Session Description: Once you’ve participated in a VTM, learn how to extend your operations as efficiently as possible in the field.

Register Here

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Registration Launched for both Fall 2021 Conferences!!

     We are excited to announce we have launched Fall 2021 Conference Registrations.



TWO CONFERENCES.  We will have an IN-PERSON Conference and a VIRTUAL Conference.

In-Person is September 29 – October 1

Virtual Conference begins on October 12

Why Attend? 

Both conferences will focus on sharing high-quality practices that address a full range of issues facing Career and Workforce Education educators, administrators, and other key stakeholders as you seek to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the future of work.

Who Should Attend? 

We invite educational leaders within Career and Workforce Education including faculty, K-12 career educators, employers, industry experts, or sponsors partnering with a community college.

Visit our Website for all the details.

We are accepting Breakout Session Proposals for Fall 2021 In-Person and Virtual. CCAOE invites proposals that foster discovery and problem solving through idea sharing and community building. CCCAOE strongly encourages proposals that balance conceptual and theoretical frameworks with concrete, pragmatic examples. We seek to highlight the how and why of practices, strategies, or models and to facilitate reflection and engagement that helps translate VISION into practice.

Submission Deadline is June 4, 2021




DEI Community of Learning

Join us on Wednesdays at 6 PM as we dive deeper into this work with multiple topic:

We have created a safe space to be vulnerable, to share, to be heard and to actively listen and hear.

As we continue our 6-week journey towards understanding the importance of conscious leadership to advance equity let us focus on “self”.

Not only will you be invited to engage in conversations, but our community of learners will also be invited to join an asynchronous canvas course to learn about strategies to support DEI integration.

We also ask that you share this newsletter with all those in your circles whom you think would like to participate. It is a free series for all. You can attend only one or all 6. The sessions are not dependant on each other. Of course, the more we gather as a Community of Learners, the greater the actions will impact our campuses.

The zoom link is the same every week.

Click here to Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 859 6922 0810

A Constant Contact  went out. It includes a link to last week’s Live-Streamed portion of the session. Only the beginning of these sessions are live-streamed. During the breakout sessions and whole group share-outs, the recording is stopped.

It is important that we have a safe space to be heard and to listen.

If you missed it, the first part of the session was LIVE STREAMED and is available for you to watch now.

Center of Excellence (COE)
North/Far North COE Economic Update

The North/Far North Center of Excellence is sharing a semi-monthly report on job postings, unemployment, industry measures, and other current data. The COE sends out a condensed version of the economic update in the COE North/Far North email newsletter.

Download the May COE economic update here.

 Find this and past economic updates at the North/Far North website.

 Sign up here to receive the economic update in your email inbox.


Unemployment— In February 2021, county unemployment rates in the Far North averaged 8.1%, a drop of just 0.2 percentage points from January. Unemployment rates in the Greater Sacramento (North) counties dropped 0.4 percentage points, falling to 7.3% in February. Unemployment rates fell slightly at a similar rate in March.

Labor Force— The Far North’s labor force totals (unemployed and employed workers) show encouraging signs of growth, but they remain 3.2% lower than at the beginning of 2018. The Greater Sacramento region’s labor force totals appear to have risen above pre-pandemic levels.

Industry Sectors—Health care, construction, and transportation and logistics show resilient jobs numbers. Public sector jobs appear to be back on track to make a full recovery. Manufacturing displays concerning numbers; jobs in the sector are down 7% from early 2020 in the Sacramento region. The hospitality sector’s jobs totals are still 20% to 30% lower than before the pandemic.

Industry trends and jobs postings detailed appendix—The economic update includes a detailed appendix outlining industry and jobs postings trends in transportation and logistics; agriculture, water, and environmental technology; construction; government (public administration); health care and social assistance; hospitality and tourism; and manufacturing.

Submitted by: Aaron Wilcher, Director, North/Far North Center of Excellence,

North Far North News Center
Forever Flexible: Northern Colleges Team Up to Tackle Rising Demand

Mendocino College in conjunction with Shasta College

May 2020 News Center

“Never give up” is more than just a motto for physical therapy assistants. It’s a mantra.  

For the busy professionals tasked with guiding patients around health challenges and impairments, patience is paramount, as a moment of frustration is often a sign that progress is right around the corner.

It’s also the approach that Mendocino and Shasta Colleges are taking with their new joint PTA program — debuting at Mendocino College during the COVID health crisis. With the same spirit of resilience that defines their most courageous patients, students are finding creative solutions to stay on track for these critical careers.

Anne Harvey, who spent two years stuck on waitlists trying to get into a PTA program, is a perfect example. When she was finally accepted to a Bay Area program in her third year of trying, the 200-mile commute from her home in Fort Bragg proved too much stress for her family. Harvey had to withdraw, put her goals on hold, and worked at a family resource center. When that job ended earlier this year, she was back to square one. 

“I had finally thrown out my box of books and notes,” says Harvey.

That’s when a friend told her about Mendocino College’s hybrid Physical Therapy Assistant program, taught in conjunction with Shasta College, and her dream came back into focus.


Sidebar for Mendocino PTA Feature

Turning a Curveball into a New Career: Mendocino College’s Rebecca Martinez


Careers Under Construction: Bulldozing Employment Barriers at CRC

Cosumnes River College

August 2020 News Center

Melissa Silva always wanted to become a construction inspector for the same union as her two older brothers. But even though she applied three times, she still couldn’t land her dream job.

“I passed the test every time,” recalls Silva. “But the problem with me was the panel interview.”

Realizing the need to shore up her confidence along with her industry knowledge, she enrolled in Cosumnes River College’s Construction Technology program to start digging the trenches for a stronger career foundation.

Soon, the walls that had blocked Silva’s career progress began crumbling down. She immediately took to the CRC program’s hands-on, workforce-focused philosophy and was soon stocking an impressive toolbox, assembling skills in power tool use, carpentry, materials and blueprint reading. Along the way, she picked up her essential OSHA 10 certification, bulldozing yet another barrier to her dream career.


E-Blast April 2021

E-Blast April 2021

As a subscriber, you will receive this E-Blast to your inbox every month. 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 and/or NFNRC Calendar, please send the information to (please submit by 5pm on the first Monday of the month to be included in that month’s newsletter).


A stronger, more equitable future

In partnership with students and education leaders across the state, the Recovery with Equity Taskforce has recast today’s challenges as an opportunity to help California’s economy recover with a post-secondary ecosystem that is more equitable, resilient, coordinated, and aligned with the economic needs of the state.

After the Storm

If the U.S. is going to have a recovery that not only brings the economy back to where it was but also ensures a more equitable future, it is crucial to understand what jobs and skills are likely to drive the recovery. In After the Storm: The Jobs and Skills that will Drive the Post-Pandemic Recovery, Burning Glass Technologies uses our database of more than 1 billion current and historical job postings, along with the best available expert views, to anticipate what jobs will be most important in the post-pandemic labor market. Some key findings from the report include:

  • We project these roles will account for 15.5 million to 18 million new jobs created over the next five years.
  • These jobs represent significant fractions of the labor market: currently 13% of demand and 10% of employment, but in addition they are important inflection points for the economy. A shortage of talent in these fields could set back broader recovery if organizations can’t cope with these demands.
  • Jobs in these new “economies” are projected to grow at almost double the rate of the job market overall (15% vs. 8%).

Download the Full Report

Strengthening Rural Community Colleges

Community colleges across the country are plagued with tight budgets- caused in part by state disinvestment and chronic

federal underfunding. For rural community colleges, these challenges are even more acute, as their needs are greater and the

costs of providing services higher. The COVID-19 pandemic has only deepened the prosperity gap between rural and non-rural

communities, and it has left rural community colleges struggling to dig their students out of an ever-deepening ditch.

Prior to COVID-19, household incomes in rural areas were close to 20% lower than those in non-rural areas. This gap has

widened significantly since the onset of the pandemic, which has had an outsized impact on small businesses, agriculture

and other industries that are ubiquitous in rural communities

‘Consensus’ on Pell for short-term programs?

The chair of the House Education and Labor Committee on Wednesday reiterated his support to allow Pell grants to cover qualifying short-term training programs, noting that community colleges would play a key role in such an effort.

The issue of expanding Pell eligibility to short-term programs was among the wide range of issues discussed Wednesday at a House Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee hearing on what higher education will look like post-Covid. Although Democrats and Republicans on the panel — and the witnesses, too — were at odds on many issues, there seemed to be agreement on the need to allow participants enrolled in certain short-term training programs to use Pell.

Butte College Launches Technology-Careers Exploration Summer Institute

Butte College is happy to announce the new Technology-Careers Exploration Summer Institute (TESI) this summer for high school students.  The program includes IT Fundamentals training provided by a Butte College faculty member as well as on-the-job training with local employers.  The goal is to provide high school students the opportunity to discover if they are interested in a career in technology and to increase connections between students, educators, and our tech employers. TESI is also a wonderful way to expose high school students to tech education provided by our North State Community Colleges.

This intensive 3-week summer education and job shadow program gives students exposure to computer careers in the local IT industry by rotating through different site visits with industry partners like, Lulus, Stratti, Ray Morgan, and Butte County IT. Students also develop professional workplace skills and familiarize themselves with tech professions.

Read the full article here…


Submitted by Wendy Porter, Regional Director, Employer Engagement, ICT-DM (Far North Region)

2021 Ensuring Transfer Success (ETS) Virtual Conference

Registration is Open Now!

The conference is scheduled for Monday, May 3 through Thursday, May 6. Attend as many sessions that you want.

The registration fee is $15.00

Topics include:

*UC Campus Updates

*Transfer Basics: A Guide to Transfer Admissions

Decrypting the Transfer Path for Computer Science and Engineering Majors to UC

“It’s Complicated”: A Journey through Advanced Evaluation

We Care: The LGBTQ+ Transfer Experience @UC

 TAP…TAG…You’re IN! Making the most of the UC Transfer Admission Planner (TAP) and the UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)

The Major Less Traveled: Alternatives to High-Demand Majors at UC

Guiding Admitted Transfer Students

Ask a UC Student!

Cultivating Community: Building Black Transfer Student Success Through Umoja at UC

 Making Transfer to UC Work Financially

Leadership Academy 2021 Level 1.0 is Next Week

Includes 5 Leadership Sessions with Mike Walsh and multiple additional Technical Modules for CTE/EWD Professionals.

The Leadership Challenge with Mike Walsh Kicks off on Wednesday, April 14, and then you will meet weekly on Tuesdays – April 20 and 27, and May 4 and 11, 2021. Each session is from 1 – 4 pm.

Technical Modules by campus leaders for CTE/EWD Professionals are also part of Leadership Academy 2021 Level 1.0.

Potential Topics for Technical Modules include:

Navigating CTE & EWD, Creating Successful SWP Outcomes, Understanding Enrollment Management

Career Pathways and Guided Pathways, Dashboard, Launchboard, and Cradle-to-Career Data System

Building Business & Workforce Partnerships, CE & EWD Funding, Work-Based Learning

Perkins, Dual Enrollment



Level 2.0 with Mickey Porter IN-PERSON  FALL 2021 NOVEMBER 1 – 5

Spring 2021 Virtual Conference Wrap up


What we’d like to know now is… what did you gain as a participant? or as a presenter? We love hearing about additions, changes, or ideas for improvement that you might make based upon your experience. We invite you to share your thoughts through the evaluation forms below and/or email directly.

You are our WHY!

Please give us your thoughts. The good, the not-so-good, and the challenges. We listen and want to hear you.

Evaluation Form for IF YOU WERE AN ATTENDEE 


Evaluation form for IF YOU WERE A PRESENTER 

(Please complete both if that applies to you)

Fall 2021 Conference Planning

Are you interested in being part of the planning for Fall 2021?

CCCAOE plans to continue the important conversations that began during the Spring 2021 Virtual Conference around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion not only in the months to come but in planning and shifting to the Fall 2021 Conference. Please reach out to Tina Recalde: or Amy Christianson:

Call for proposals for Fall 2021 Breakout Sessions will have a new focus. So start thinking of how you can include Modeling Inclusiveness that leads to Sustainable Calls for Action in your proposals. Submissions will open on April 12th and run through June 4th. Notifications of Selection will be done by June 30th.

Center of Excellence
North/Far North COE Economic Update

The North/Far North Center of Excellence is sharing a semi-monthly bulletin of findings on job postings, unemployment, industry measures, and other real-time data. Some data points that we have traditionally used do not reflect the current economic disruption due to COVID-19. The economic update is abbreviated for April. The report in May will contain additional unemployment and industry sector data for February and March.

Download the full economic update including appendices here.

 Sign up here to receive the economic update in your email inbox.


Subregional unemployment—In January 2021, unemployment rates remained virtually unchanged from December: 7.7% in the Greater Sacramento (North) region and 8.3% in the Far North. These rates reversed the steady decline in unemployment rates between May and October.

County unemployment—With the exception of Sacramento County, the highest unemployment rates are in rural counties, in particular, Siskiyou County, Lake County, Yuba County, and Sutter County. These counties’ unemployment rates remain above 9%.

Labor force— Labor force data poses concerns for the Far North region, where the numbers of workers have dropped more than six percentage points from 2019 levels and are stagnating. Employment in the Greater Sacramento (North) region has begun a tepid recovery.

Job postings— This economic update presents the top employers, occupations, and skills in jobs postings in advanced manufacturing; business and entrepreneurship; energy, construction, and utilities; health care, information and communication technology and digital media, and public administration for January through March 2021.

Submitted by: Aaron Wilcher, Director, North/Far North Center of Excellence, 

NFNRC News Center
IT’s Live

Building a Convenient, Classroom-to-Career Network at Sierra College 

NFNRC News Center – October 2019

Jesse Rivera was in the middle of his first job interview when he realized the true power of his Sierra College education.

“The surge of information that came from my professors and my time at Sierra College just flooded out of my mouth,” he says about that fateful meeting with the hiring manager from a Northern California financial tech company. 

Spoiler alert: He got the job. And now, Rivera is a cybersecurity superstar, handling everything from help desk requests to hard drive replacements and network troubleshooting. 

“You are a well-developed person by the time you’re done with the program at Sierra,” says Rivera, who earned his associate degree in Networking and Security, plus three additional certificates in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity.

 Rivera wasn’t born a network whisperer. In fact, it wasn’t until his family was victimized by cybercrime that the career path even occurred to him. After having their identity stolen, Rivera’s parents lost a large sum of money, just as they were trying to pay off their mortgage, and the crisis drove him to understand how online security worked. The professors at Sierra encouraged Rivera until his passion became his profession.


Sidebar: Student Spotlight: CyberSheriff Angelo Lujan

Last Responders on COVID’s Front Lines: Funeral Service Education at ARC

American River College’s Funeral Service Education Program
May 2020 News Center 

With the current health crisis hitting hotspots like New York City, funeral homes, cemeteries and crematories are overwhelmed, with funerals delayed and storage running out for those who have passed. Enter the last responders, heroes behind the scenes who take care of the departed and give closure to their loved ones. 

“Thinking of these bodies in bags just waiting there, for me, it’s pretty heart- wrenching,” says ARC Funeral Service Education student Benjamin Cardinelli, who plans on traveling to the overburdened Big Apple to help lay the deceased to rest. When the National Funeral Directors Association put out the call for volunteers in late April, Cardinelli signed up with a fellow student and two faculty members, including his professor and Program Chair Valarie Rose. 

“That’s what we do as funeral directors, is to give people their closure,” says the brave student, “and then try to do that with as much dignity as possible for the person as well.”

Entering coronavirus “ground-zero” worried Cardinelli. But after speaking with Rose, he decided this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to do the right thing: “I figure, I’m young, I’m mentally and physically fit — I might as well help out my future brothers and sisters in the funeral profession.”


Sidebar: Giving 110% to Grieving Families: ARC’s Funeral Services Student Elvira Ochoa

E-Blast March 2021

E-Blast March 2021

As a subscriber, you will receive this E-Blast to your inbox every month. 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 and/or NFNRC Calendar, please send the information to (please submit by 5pm on the first Monday of the month to be included in that month’s newsletter).

Congratulations to Sierra College!

California Community Colleges Launches New Initiative to Catalyze Innovation and Invention to Solve Social Challenges

       All Californians invited to become social enterprise inventors

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office today launched a bold initiative through its Workforce and Economic Development Division to encourage, harness and develop the inventive talents of communities across the State. The goal of the Invention and Inclusive Innovation (I3) initiative is to catalyze innovation and invention to solve social problems that existed before COVID-19 and those that have been created or amplified by the pandemic.

Millions of jobs probably aren’t coming back, even after the pandemic ends

Millions of jobs that have been shortchanged or wiped out entirely by the coronavirus pandemic are unlikely to come back, economists warn, setting up a massive need for career changes and retraining in the United States. The United States needs to invest more in retraining workers, economists warn.

Teens Cool to 4 Year College–Warm Up to CTE

A new national survey of U.S. teens indicates their likelihood of pursuing a four-year degree has decreased substantially over the past eight months, while a growing number believe they can achieve professional success with a postsecondary education attained in three years or less.

A new Social Compact for work and workers
Future of Work in California

In its work, the Commission has been guided by several key questions: What is the current state of work and workers in California? What are the key challenges and opportunities for work and workers in California? What is our vision for the future of work in California? How can we chart a path to reach that vision? At the same time, how do we address the present challenges facing workers in California? In this way, the Commission became concerned with both the present and future of work

Contract Education Program Creating Equity as it Puts CalWORKs Participants on Path to Self-Sufficiency

Contract Education (CE), which provides employee training on behalf of an employer or organization, comes in different shapes and sizes. Program design and delivery vary from one California community college to the next, especially as CE professionals work with businesses and organizations to create innovative custom-made solutions that meet their workforce needs.

Little Hoover Commission Report on COVID-19 and Reskilling

Little Hoover Commission’s new report on job training and California’s recovery from the COVID pandemic, and on how state government can support reskilling opportunities for impacted workers and communities. This report strongly supports the Strong Workforce program in its recommendations and for expanded investment.

View the report here

Healing with Heart

“The trainings moving to a virtual mode in the pandemic has served as a place for employees to connect to hear each other’s stories, voices, challenges, worries and successes during this especially intense time in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic as a  healthcare team”, Christine Osman, Senior project Manager, ELICA Health Centers

Health Workforce Initiative is pleased to have supported ELICA Health Care with a workforce training program called the Patients First Initiative: Business Skills Training. Through this initiative, ELICA is utilizing the 38 modules from the Health Workforce Initiative Hi-Touch Health Care: The Critical Six Soft Skills as the foundation curriculum for training for over sixty employees at 10+ locations in Sacramento and Yolo counties and 4 mobile healthcare units with plans to train over 400 employees in the next one to two years. These modules were developed through a grant awarded to Health Workforce Initiative through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office allowing for open source sharing of the training resources.

     ELICA Health Centers- Innovative Workforce Training with HWI Hi-Touch Health Care: The Critical Six Soft Skills

Sacramento and Yolo Counties

Submitted by Julie Holt RN, MSN, CPNP

Regional Director for Employer Engagement for Health, Greater Sacramento Region

ASCCC Upcoming Elections

The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) is seeking nominations for the 2021-22 Board of Directors, hereby known as the Executive Committee, commencing on March 22, 2021. Each year, the Executive Committee nominations process provides the ASCCC membership a direct voice in the organization’s governance.  The Executive Committee’s composition and annual elections are part of the ASCCC’s by-laws. The following seats are vacant during this election cycle:

Open Positions
Officers Positions: Term 06/5/2021 – 06/13/2022 (one-year term) Executive Committee Representatives: Term from 06/5/2021 – 06/12/2023 (two-year term)
President   Area A
Vice President  Area D
Secretary North Representative (one position)
Treasurer South Representative (one position)
At-Large Representative (one position) 

Catalyzing Change from Curriculum to Career: Building a diverse and equitable STEM Talent Pipeline

If you are interested in STEM careers, please consider attending the Catalyzing Change from Curriculum to Career: Building a Diverse and Equitable STEM Talent Pipeline Conference.

There are a limited number of complimentary registrations available for students so register today at using the code – CACC.

March 17, 2021  (9:30 am-4:30 pm)

Public Sector in Transition or Saved?
Thinking Beyond COVID-19 AND Federal Relief Packages

Featuring Dr. Robert Eyler, Economist

IPPS March 2021 Meeting

March 18, 2021 (2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Click to join Zoom meeting here

For more information email:

Marketing Strategies for Contract Education (CE) Directors Workshops

With the edict to move instruction online during the COVID-19 pandemic, many CE Directors embarked on new strategies to avoid falling behind in this new environment. These workshops will help you think strategically about your online training and do more with less, communicate more effectively about your services, and add value to clients!

Trainer Bootcamp: Effective Online Training (4 sessions)

Director Sessions: Marketing Strategies

Register Here and view Consultants’ Credentials

Consultants’Jonathan Bissell is Executive Director of CCCE Corporate Training Solutions at SMCCCD, Rae Ann Ianniello has worked as a Director of Business Development, Human Resources Manager, Corporate Trainer, and College Professor and Claire Laughlin, MA is a trainer and consultant who uses experiential and innovative methods to help teams and organizations achieve results.

Sponsored by: CE TAP Grant / California Community Colleges – no registration fees

For additional information contact by email: 

Margaret Schmidt,  , Faithe Briley,

Ask the Economist

Monday, March 29, 2021

8:30 a.m. (Pacific) 

Please join us for another 30-minute webinar with Dr. Robert Eyler


2021 New Job Numbers, Recovery Indications

Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of Dr. Eyler’s presentation.

Ask the Economist is hosted by
Chabin Concepts, Keyser Marston Associates, and Economic Forensics Analytics
to assist you in gaining clarity on the economy,
consequences of the disruption and potential recovery timelines

Center Of Excellence

The North/Far North Center of Excellence is sharing a semi-monthly report on job postings, unemployment, industry measures, and other current data. The COE sends out a condensed version of the economic update in the COE North/Far North email newsletter.

Download the full economic update here.

Download detailed industry and jobs postings appendix here. 

Sign up here to receive the economic update in your email inbox.

Submitted by: Aaron Wilcher, COE Director

NFNRC News Center
Success Well MET: Launching Lucrative Careers at Sacramento City College


Sacramento City College students get hands-on lab experience. 


What does a lucky cup of coffee, a supportive professor and the Mechanical-Electrical Technology (MET) department at Sacramento City College have in common? 

They all helped alumnus Abraham Arellano get over his slump and back on track to his career goals.

Arellano had been struggling to find a job as an electrician and was working in the Sac City cafeteria, trying to make ends meet while earning the MET Certificate and taking ESL classes.

One night, Arellano’s instructor Jonathan Zeh came in for coffee and was taken aback when he saw his talented student working as a barista.

“He knew I used to be an electrician in Mexico,” says Arellano, who worked in the field for more than 15 years before returning to America. “So he asked me, ‘What are you doing here?’”


A Builder’s ‘Big Break’: ‘Construction Bootcamp’ Bridges Skilled Labor Gap

Sierra Community College

When it comes to paving the way for crisis-proof careers, Sierra College’s new construction bootcamps are essentially unstoppable.

Beginning in Fall 2019, the College has been connecting students to a suite of three non-credit courses, allowing them to earn their OSHA 10 certifications while networking closely with potential employers… all in just seven to nine weeks.

“The attractiveness of a program like this is that it allows students to explore without losing anything but time — time that will most likely lead toward a passion in their life,” says bootcamp instructor Louie Garcia, Faculty Chair for Construction and Energy Technology at Sierra College. “All you have to do is show up and learn.”

Developed in partnership with the North State Building Industries Association (BIA), the bootcamp affords participants the standard industry requirements and 21st-century skills that businesses need.

E-Blast February 2021

E-Blast February 2021

As a subscriber, you will receive this E-Blast to your inbox every month. 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 and/or NFNRC Calendar, please send the information to (please submit by 5pm on the first Monday of the month to be included in that month’s newsletter).

Google IT Support Professional Certificate Program offered at 3 Far North Colleges!

Thanks to the dedication and commitment of our Far North Colleges we continue to make progress toward improving our Community College IT programs.  This is a focused effort to help our students land the fast-emerging IT jobs in the wake of COVID and the rising need for IT and cybersecurity skills.  Keeping current technology curriculum up to date in our classrooms is one of the hardest challenges we face.  Taking advantage of industry created competency-based curriculum solutions like the Google IT Support Professional Certificate Program is a way toward solving this long existing problem in our schools.

This program is offered by the non-profit arm of Google (Grow with Google) and it is important to note that the curriculum is not specific to Google products.  The content introduces learners to troubleshooting, customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration and security and is intended for beginners – no prior experience is required.  It is a partnership with CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association), the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world and the content aligns with the IT Model Curriculum approved by the Chancellors Office.

Submitted By: Wendy Porter, Regional Director, Employer Engagement, ICT & Digital Media

Higher Ed Dive

The alliance means to show why more investment in these institutions is necessary. The researchers studied 118 rural public institutions, the vast majority being regional colleges, though they also included a few research and land-grant institutions. Some in the sample were also minority-serving institutions.

Northstate STEM Career Day

Approximately 1,500 freshman high school students from Shasta, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Plumas, Butte, Siskiyou, Lassen and Modoc counties signed up to attend the 7th annual Northstate Ignite Opportunity STEM Career Day on January 15, 2021!  For the 1st time ever, the live event was held virtually at

Submitted by:
John Schmidt, Regional Director, Employer Engagement, Advanced Manufacturing (Far North)

Preparing Students to be Workforce Ready in the Digital Economy


The recording is now available at link listed below for you to review or view in your spare time.

RHT RDs and Rouxbe: A Statewide Resource for CCC Culinary Instructors

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused critical disruptions to the successful delivery of lab-based instruction in career and technical education, particularly in the Retail, Hospitality and Tourism sectors. Across California, community colleges moved rapidly to suspend in-person, hands-on culinary education in March 2020, with the disruptions persisting through today in many cases.

In this climate, BACCC RHT RD Audrey Le Baudour identified a potential resource in Rouxbe, an industry-approved culinary curriculum that incorporates a wide range of digital lessons, exams and interactive assignments presented in a variety of languages.

For more information around CA Community College’s agreement with Rouxbe, please contact Audrey Le Baudour or Josh Sweigert.



We are so excited to offer the first-ever

INTERACTIVE conference program.

Start blocking out your calendars.

This program is hyperlinked to Speaker Sheets, Websites, Videos, and more. PACKED WITH CONTENT, Schedule at a Glance, Breakout Session details,


Spring Informational Flyer

CITI 2020-2021 Capstone & Internship Timeline

Calling all business faculty looking to connect students with industry virtually:

You can integrate Citi content straight from Canvas into your courses, and give your students the opportunity to enter the Citi recruiting pipeline!

Citi has partnered with NexusEdge to make this program available to community colleges with job exploration in marketing, financial services, design, policy, and more.

For a program timeline, click HERE. For information on licenses, contact Angela Cordell at


NFNRC News Center
Heroes and Head Starts: Answering the Call of Bilingual Early Childhood Education

Butte College


Some would say that success in life is not about where you start, but where you end up. Irma Gonzalez Cuadros is not one of those people. 

To understand what makes an everyday superhero like Cuadros tick, you’ve got to understand her origin story: Born and raised in Mexico. Immigrated to the U.S. in 1989 with a teaching credential, but almost no English skills. Struggled to learn a language and earn a living, until she finally found her Fortress of Solitude: a place called Butte College.

“I tell my students that back in the day, I had it very hard,” says Cuadros, now mentoring students with similar struggles as a professor of Early Childhood Education. “I didn’t know where to start.”

For more than a decade, Cuadros has been teaching ECE classes in Spanish at Butte College. After the tumultuous start she had, she considers it her calling. 

“My classes weren’t available in Spanish, and I had to study twice as much as any other student,” says Cuadros, who began her ECE hero’s journey as an assistant teacher in a migrant Head Start program. “But my students have the opportunity to learn in their home language.” 

Humboldt’s Humble Heroes: CR Paramedic program provides regional relief

College of the Redwoods 

It’s not the disasters averted or lives saved that Doug Boileau thinks about first when reflecting on his career as a first responder in Humboldt County. For the veteran EMT and founder of the North Coast Paramedic program at College of the Redwoods, it’s his influence as an educator that he’s most proud of.

“If I have a legacy in EMS it won’t be because of my own work as a paramedic,” says the 17-year program director and 2009 EMS Educator of the Year. “But rather through all the paramedics that I had a part in training and what they have accomplished.”


Humboldt County is quite literally alive with stories of heroism involving North Coast Paramedic program grads. From field rescues in the northern California wilderness, to acts of in-the-moment brilliance on accident scenes, in ERs and even aboard helicopters, the program’s impact has been felt far and wide. 

E-Blast January 2021

E-Blast January 2021

As a subscriber, you will receive this E-Blast to your inbox every month. 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 and/or NFNRC Calendar, please send the information to (please submit by 5pm on the first Monday of the month to be included in that month’s newsletter).

North Far North Regional Consortia
The NFNRC Regional Plan comment period is now open!

The North Far North Regional Plan annual update is in draft for and we are releasing it for public comment before the submission deadline to the Chancellor’s Office.

We welcome everyone to review and comment.

  The plan can be accessed on the NFNRC website resources page.

Regional Plan Comment Form

Note: The deadline to complete the form is Friday January 22, 2021 COB

Cradle-to-Career Data System Legislative Report
The Cradle-to-Career Data System’s first legislative report is now available on our website. If you would like to submit any public comments about the report, please visit our Public Comment page here.

2021-22 Joint Analysis of the Governor’s Budget Proposal

Governor Newsom released his budget proposal for the 2021-22 fiscal year. The proposed budget maintains the state’s recent commitment to paying down liabilities, maintaining reserves, and increasing spending primarily for one-time initiatives. 

 For California Community Colleges, the Governor’s proposal includes around $600 million in funding for one-time and ongoing programs and initiatives. Net new resources for community colleges are limited as the proposal would pay back about $1.1 billion in outstanding deferrals but leave in place a deferral of about $327 million. 

 To assist your review of the recently released budget proposal, attached please find the 2021-22 Joint Analysis of the Governor’s Budget Proposal.  This detailed and comprehensive tool is crafted to serve as a common factual resources to aid in further analysis or advocacy.

 The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office once again partnered with the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA), the Association of Chief Business Officials (ACBO), and the Community College League of California to release this analysis. 

2021 Economy, Jobs, Housing, Business Confidence

Monday, January 25, 2021

8:30 a.m. (Pacific) 

Please join us for another 30-minute webinar with Dr. Robert Eyler


2021 Economy, Jobs, Housing, Business Confidence

Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of Dr. Eyler’s presentation.

Ask the Economist is hosted by
Chabin Concepts, Keyser Marston Associates, and Economic Forensics Analytics
to assist you in gaining clarity on the economy,
consequences of the disruption and potential recovery timelines


Global trade in 2020 was buffeted by trade wars, talk of anti-globalization, and a recession-driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Is an incredible 33.1% third-quarter growth in US GDP likely to continue in the first quarter of 2021? As the first vaccine is now being distributed worldwide, can we expect the global economy to reach pre-pandemic levels anytime in 2021?

Join the World Trade Center Northern California as we examine the global trade outlook for 2021, the current state of international business, and what the path forward may hold.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021-Zoom Webinar


10:00 – 10:45 am PST


No-cost Webinar

 Pete Mento, Global Customs and Trade Consultant

For more information contact:

Gordon Hinkle, Regional Director, Industry Engagement Global Trade (North/Far North),Phone: 916-765-6122,

Contract Education TAP Webinar of 2021
“Contract Education 2021 Tactics and How to develop a Strategic Plan for your Contract Education Unit”

For our first CE TAP Webinar of 2021, Greg Marsello of Learning Resources Network LERN, will be sharing “Contract Education 2021 Tactics” and providing critical education on “How to develop a Strategic Plan for your Contract Education Unit”. Specific 2021 Tactics will cover Finances, Leads/Sale, Products/Services and Staffing. Our hopes are that the one-hour of time you invest in this first CE TAP Webinar will set your CE unit up for success for many years to come. Please join us!

Zoom details provided below:

Topic: CE TAP How to Create a Strategic Plan

Time: Jan 27, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 


Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +16699006833,99809624252#  or +12532158782,99809624252#

Submitted by Margaret Schmidt ,Project Manager, Contract Education, Technical Assistance Provider

Preparing Students to be Workforce Ready in the Digital Economy
The California Community Colleges Statewide Industry Directors present:

Join the California Community Colleges Statewide Industry Directors hosting Microsoft in an overview of tools, content and training to assist students in being Workforce Ready for the Digital Economy.
The Milken Institute will facilitate the conversation including industry leaders, faculty and students in discussing how the workplace is evolving and what skills are most crucial to short-term and long-term employability. College faculty will share their experience integrating Azure content in the classroom and provide insights for augmenting or building programs that expose students to technological skills across disciplines.

Virtual Event

January 27, 2021

10:00-11:45 am (PST)

Informational Flyer

Space is limited: Register Now!

Non Credit Regional Meeting

What is the Noncredit Regional Research Group? 

The Noncredit Regional Research Group is the newest addition to our Regional Research Group family, approved officially in March 2018. This group shares research-based information to inform policy and legislation regarding Adult Education and the noncredit world, as well as tools, lessons learned, and best practices related to noncredit research and planning.

  • What: Noncredit Regional Research Meeting
  • When: Thursday, January 28th, 2021 from 9:00 am- 11:30 am via Zoom
  • How: Please register at the following link:
  • Who: This meeting is open to anyone and everyone interested in learning more about the noncredit world! This group is made up of a variety of noncredit champions including, faculty, administrators, researchers, and other stakeholders that work closely with noncredit and adult education programs.
  • Host: Saddleback College

The only topic currently on the agenda is a group discussion around the latest memo from the CO (FS20-12): COVID-19 Guidance- Attendance Accounting for Noncredit Courses and Exception Related to DE Lab courses. If you have any agenda items that you would like to include or any noncredit research projects you would like to share or get feedback on, please email Dulce Delgadillo at or Karima Feldus at


Join the Courageous Leadership Webinar Series

January 2021-May 2021

Held on the third Thursday of each month from Noon -1 p.m.

Dear Campus Leaders,

On behalf of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, I invite you to join the upcoming Courageous Leadership Webinar Series, an opportunity to support each other as we choose courage over comfort in leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), and anti-racism efforts on our campuses.

We know changing our organizational culture will take bravery and vulnerability. That’s why I invite you to join a conversation to not only lift up what is working in championing DEI and anti-racism on campuses, but also share how we are navigating challenges and supporting each other in our struggles.

We’re honored to be in conversation with leaders from Cerritos College, Chaffey College, Foothill College, Compton College and Lake Tahoe Community College as part of this series.

Please register for the Courageous Leadership Webinar Series to advance DEI and anti-racism and be fearless in our commitment to make the California Community Colleges truly student-ready. Through this work, you’ll bring us closer to fulfilling our mission to provide opportunities to all who seek them and be a powerful force for breaking down systemic inequities that block too many students from attaining the career and life they want.


Dr. Siria S. Martinez, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Equity and Success

Register Here

Registration for the Courageous Leadership Webinar Series is only required one time. Once registered, you will gain access to all of the webinars listed in the calendar below, and receive a reminder email with your link prior to the start of each webinar.

Courageous Leadership Webinar Series Calendar

Date & Feature College

January 21, 2021-Cerritos College

February 18, 2021-Chaffey College

March 18, 2021-Foothill College

April 15, 2021-Compton College

May 20, 2021-Lake Tahoe Community College

For questions related to the Courageous Leadership Webinar Series email Arthur Golovey at

Registration is LIVE for Spring 2021 CCCAOE Conference & Leadership Academy 2021

CCCAOE 2021 Spring Conference

Spring 2021 Virtual Conference Informational flyer –

Registration link

 Leadership Academy 2021 Level 1.0 and Level 2.0 are both LIVE!!

Leadership Academy

Spring 2021 Virtual Conference

Leadership Academy 2021 Level 1.0 – April/May 2021

Informational Flyer 

LEVEL 1.0 Registration link

Leadership Academy 2021 Level 2.0 – Fall 2021

Informational Flyer

LEVEL 2.0 Registration link

NFNRC News Center
Hire Stakes: How a tumultuous 2020 highlighted college-employer partnerships in California

The light at the end of the tunnel may well be a medical assistant’s penlight – or a spark from a welder’s torch. 

After 11 months in crisis mode, California’s economic recovery will no doubt depend on a versatile, educated workforce. And while the events of 2020 clogged college-to-career pipelines in ways that were impossible to foretell, they also managed to toughen the increasingly critical bond between employers and career education.  

“Frontline” employers in the North-Far North, from law enforcement and public services to health, transportation, retail and logistics, relied on their college partnerships to find innovative solutions to meet surging demand. Meanwhile, crisis-affected industries used the “down time” to recalibrate services to align with the emerging future. 

American River College instructor Galen Hartman, who looked to local career education as an employer in the Sacramento Valley for 26 years, may have said it best: “Innovations happen when there is a need.” 

With the “need” becoming more apparent – and innovation ever more essential – the colleges of the North and Far North regions met 2020’s startling challenges with the same “Butte Strong” mindset that sustained resilience in the communities of its most crisis-tempered member institution. 

‘Ag-Vocates’: Regional Collaborations Building the Workforce, Feeding the Future

There’s a supply-and-demand problem cropping up. 

With the worldwide population expected to boom by 2 billion over the next 20 years, the agriculture sector will have to feed more people… with less water and arable land. And while this climate change-induced challenge is essentially global, it hits especially close-to-home for California, the country’s premier agricultural producer and the sole source of crops like almonds, pistachios and walnuts.

“We ag-vocate for agriculture so that people know where their food comes from and appreciate the dedication and hard work that goes into it,” says Carrie Peterson, Regional Director for Agriculture, Water, & Environmental Technology (AGWET) in the North Far North Region. “Most people don’t realize the extent of what it takes to get food to your table.” 

Work may start with farmers and ranchers, but when it comes to Ag, it takes an ecosystem. From food and beverage manufacturing and packaging, to support industries like farm machinery, equipment and supplies, the Food and Ag cluster is a major economic driver in the greater Sacramento region. All told, local industry commands more than $7.2 billion of direct economic impact, according to the latest Ag-Tech Workforce Assessment by Valley Vision.

E-Blast December 2020

E-Blast December 2020

As a subscriber, you will receive this E-Blast to your inbox every month. 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 and/or NFNRC Calendar, please send the information to (please submit by 5pm on the first Monday of the month to be included in that month’s newsletter).

Higher Ed Budgets for the Post-COVID Era

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the global and U.S. economy more profoundly than any other event since World War II. Just as the subprime mortgage crisis ushered in an 18-month economic decline and an ensuing state budget crisis, the current economic slide threatens to leave us in an even larger fiscal hole. The Great Recession also taught the nation several lessons about higher education. Generally, the more education you have, the more likely you are to remain employed during economic hardship. States with higher educational attainment also see greater economic growth. Conversely, disproportionate cuts to higher education undermine statewide attainment goals. States will often pursue “across-the-board” cuts to institutions in what may appear to be a “fair” way to distribute losses, but this can cause significant harm.

Full Details

Announcing the New Community Engagement Subcommittee

We would like to announce our new Community Engagement Subcommittee that will begin in January 2021. Thank you to those who are joining the Community Engagement Subcommittee! This subcommittee will develop recommendations about how to create mechanisms for strong feedback loops with data users, support evidence-based decision making and analytical capacity, and ensure equitable access to actionable information.

View the meeting schedule here, and view the list of subcommittee members here.

Draft of the Cradle-to-Career Data System Legislative Report

On December 3, 2020, the first draft of the Cradle-to-Career Data System’s first legislative report will be available. Both of the advisory groups will be discussing the draft at their upcoming meetings in December (Policy & Analytics Advisory Group on December 8, 2020 and the Practice & Operations Advisory Group on December 10, 2020), and the Workgroup will discuss the final version at its December 16, 2020 meeting. The draft report can be accessed at both advisory group’s meeting materials links. If you would like to submit any public comments about the report, please visit our Public Comment page here. The report will be sent to the Legislature by December 31, 2020.

Sierra College Hosts Virtual Mentor Night for Entrepreneurs

As a regional innovation center, Sierra College nurtures entrepreneurship and is committed to support locally grown businesses and provide employment. Mentor Nights are offered through the Affiliate Mentor Program (AMP). This dream team of local experts mentor budding entrepreneurs with immediate feedback and access to resources after listening to student questions during the Mentor Night event. Business leaders believe that there is untapped potential at Sierra College and are stepping in to mentor the next generation of startups with honest advice and referral to resources at no charge to increase successful company launches in the region.

Steve Ricketts    Sierra Creter

Submitted by Jeff Briggs, Regional Director, Employer Engagement, Advanced Manufacturient (North)

How California Community College Vocational programs have adapted to COVID-19

A lot of Career Technical Education programs require a great deal of hands-on experience. In a situation where in-person teaching is inherently dangerous, that’s required a lot of innovation on the part of educators.

Doubts About Going to College

More than one-third of prospective college students are reconsidering higher education in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Further, 43 percent of prospective students for one- and two-year programs are looking to delay enrollment, survey finds.

Building a Resilient Workforce

December 2, 2020

Through funding from the City of Sacramento, Valley Vision partnered with Burning Glass Technologies to analyze job postings in the six county region encompassing and surrounding Sacramento to determine transferable occupations for high layoff job categories.   The webinar was held on December 2, 2020 to review the data and skills needed to rapidly reskill our workforce to available, more resilient jobs.

Watch the video here


First Responders: Keeping Our Communities Healthy and Safe in a Pandemic

The Regional Director of Employer Engagement for Health in the North region collaborated with Valley vision to host the Regional EMT/Paramedic Advisory meeting was held on October 30, 2020.  Recognition in this incredibly brave and diligent workforce was a theme that was integrated as a vital thread in supporting these industry partners and students during COVID 19 with so many challenges in keeping the community safe and providing access to care for all communities.


Submitted by Julie Holt, Regional Director, Employer Engagement, Health (North)

Contract Education 2021 Tactics

     LERN’s Your 2021 Game Plan exclusive LERN member only report shared LERN’s perspective for your program and your community assuming the pandemic will continue throughout 2021.

We project the pandemic will still be here as well as the recession. You and your institution can-not wish away factors hurting income.

Contract Education 2021 Tactics focuses specifically on the pandemic and the recession’s impact on contract training and actions LERN believes you should be considering.


CCCAOE’s Spring 2021 Virtual Conference will bring learning to transform the model of career development around sustainable calls to action. The event is a vital component to the growth and development of career education and educators. Join in the energizing opportunity to hear from leaders and peers, who like you, show up every day in their roles as active leaders. Speakers include: Dr. Pedro Noguera, Dr. Robert Eyler, Dr. Adriene “Alex” Davis, and more. 

The Spring 2021 Virtual Conference goal is to foster inclusive conditions and sustainable action in the following areasStrong Workforce Program, Perkins, Regional Promising Practices, Industry Partnership Success Stories, Apprenticeship, Strong K12 pathways/dual enrollment models, Inclusive Practices targeting at-promise populations, and more – workshops will provide promising practices that support student success, high-quality professional learning opportunities, student engagement & retention, system practices, using data to build high-quality programs, and building better hiring practicesThese sessions are intended to nurture a sense of community between all students, innovation in diversity and inclusion for all students.

Full Conference: Price $495

Register Here

Informational Flyer

ASCCC Webinars – Strategies and Effective Practices for Conducting Labs and Activities Online

As the pandemic persists, Career Technical Education faculty have taken on a heavy lift of delivering quality career education to their students.  Laboratory modifications for online environments continue to be a challenge. This professional development webinar session will offer resources, expert advice, and a conversation to help us all better serve our students.

Please see the registration link below:

Register for Thursday, January 7, 2021, 3:30 – 5:00pm

Guided Pathways Communities of Practice

Guided Pathways work; this can look different at each college; for many colleges, we provide flex activity resources and facilitation, thought partnership via emails and phone/Zoom calls. We also have Communities of Practice and webinars (full and Rapid)!

Most recently, we went live with a Canvas site for “just in time” supports and resources. If you or anyone at your college is interested in gaining access to the Canvas site, please send us your Canvas email address and we would be happy to add you!

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

Reminder! Credit for Prior Learning Office Hours every other Friday from 11-12 ! Sunny and Kate Mahar from Shasta College will host “Office Hours” to create the space where we can work together, ask questions, and share best practices for CPL.  Many of you have had great questions/insights regarding other key aspects of implementation so we built the “Office Hours” topics around common priorities. Next discussion will focus on:  

December 18:  Marketing your CPL for students and action planning for 2021

Feel free to forward to your CPL teams. All meetings will use the same Zoom link below!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 869 153 4232

Passcode: SCAILE

Center of Excellence

he North/Far North Center of Excellence has been tracking the regional labor market and is launching a condensed monthly newsletter with economic updates. Sign up here.

Unemployment—The unemployment rate declined from 14.3% in April to 8.9% in September in the Greater Sacramento (North) subregion and from 15.4% to 8.1% in the Far North. In Sacramento County, where retail, hospitality, and tourism jobs comprise a larger share of the labor market, the unemployment rate has been slower to improve. Two rural counties, Yuba and Sutter, have the highest unemployment rates in the region.

Labor Force—Data analysis indicates the rural Far North subregion, where the labor force contracted the most, could be more impacted over the long term.

 Industry Sectors—Government sector employment is still below pre-recession levels but has substantially recovered from the worst of its downward trajectory. Leisure and hospitality employment is at a historic low.

 Job postings—Job posting activity has been widely varied. Retail job postings showed a significant increase in both subregions. Construction activity has remained positive, but accommodations and food services activity remains low. Professional services in the Greater Sacramento (North) subregion has generally remained suppressed.

Read the full newsletter here.

Submitted by: Aaron Wilcher, Director, NFN Center of Excellence * 

NFNRC News Center
Women vs. Wildfires: On the Front Lines with the LTCC Fire Academy

Lake Tahoe Community College-July 2020

It’s an unfortunate fact of nature that some of the most beautiful places in the world are also the most vulnerable to disaster. As denizens of the nation’s wildfire capital, it’s a paradox that Northern Californians know all too well.

From the Redwoods of the Lost Coast to the Ponderosa Pines of Plumas, the north half of the state depends on the bravery and versatility of firefighters to keep its forests safe. And for graduates of first-responder CTE programs like Lake Tahoe Community College’s Fire Academy, that first trial by fire can happen pretty fast. 

Just one day after the Academy’s very first cohort graduated in 2007, the Angora fire broke out, quickly spreading to become the biggest wildfire the basin has ever seen. Among those heeding the call to protect the community was Jenny Alustiza, among the first female grads from LTCC’s Fire Academy. 

“She has saved lives,” says retiring LTCC instructor and Academy Coordinator Leona Allen. For the professor, who lost her home in the horrendous Angora fire, the pride in her courageous students is not just palpable, but personal.

“That’s the cool ripple effect about this program…  we know they’re out there being heroes.”


Today, Alustiza is a firefighter, paramedic, and the only woman at the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District. Last year, out of hundreds of nominees, the Tahoe Daily Tribune named her “Most Remarkable Woman” in the first responder division.

Innovation in the Making:

 Sector Feature-June 2020

North Far North Collaboration Takes Aim at Advanced Manufacturing Skills Gap

American manufacturers contribute more than $2.4 trillion to the United States economy. Yet, over the next decade, there will be a shortage of 2 million skilled workers to fill industry demand, according to The National Institute of Standards and Technology. 

That discrepancy is why in Northern California, from the Oregon border down to the Sacramento Valley, community colleges are partnering with high schools and industry leaders to forge economic vitality in this critical sector.

Even amid a global health crisis, Advanced Manufacturing remains essential, according to Far North Advanced Manufacturing Regional Director John Schmidt. From companies like Southern Aluminum Finishing in Redding, which “hasn’t missed a beat” in supplying companies like Tesla, to the myriad CNC shops dotting the area, “There have been little to no layoffs in the region of any sizable manufacturer.”

The sector’s secret to remaining robust, according to Schmidt, is collaboration. And nowhere has that synergy been more apparent than in the wake of COVID-19.




E-Blast November 2020

E-Blast November 2020

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Butte College Partners with local tech startup incubator Chicostart to offer industry engagement opportunities

Butte College is pleased to have this new chance for students to access the thriving entrepreneurial and tech hub in downtown Chico.  Chicostart represents a perfect example of cross sector integration as they support both entrepreneurship and ICT-DM endeavors.  We hope to attract Butte business and entrepreneurship students as well as ICT-DM students to interact with each other and these businesses not only in the shared office space but through mentoring, slack teams, and events.  Chicostart facilitates the tech industry partnership growTECH which is led by over 40 local tech businesses many of which are successful startups.  These are the businesses we work with to offer students job shadowing, industry tours, in class visits and event connections.

“It’s exciting to offer this partnership between local tech employers and Butte College students. Our goal is to be a catalyst toward future employment opportunities for students.  This affiliation will also help bring visibility for our local tech and startup businesses to the many education programs and students at Butte College,” said Wendy Porter, Regional Director, Employer Engagement, Information Communication Technology and Digital Media Far North Region hosted at Butte College.

Submitted by Wendy Porter-Regional Director, Employer Engagement- ICT & Digital Media

New Green Programs at Local Schools

South Tahoe High School students worked for over a year to develop a climate resolution which the Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board of Education adopted last month. The resolution calls for the board to ensure that all high school students graduate literate in climate change. The resolution also states that the school district should prepare students for growing job and career opportunities in green technologies, construction and restoration efforts, as society moves away from fossil fuels. Board member Bonnie Turnbul said, “Let’s create a school culture that integrates climate impacts into every decision.” “School leadership is aligned with the students’ priorities,” said Carline Sinkler, South Tahoe High School principal. “It’s a moral mandate to have our students ready for the green jobs of the future.” Progress is being made toward updating the high school curriculum to prepare our students for the changing economy, especially growing green industries.

Submitted By: Kim Carr-Pathway Coordinator Lake Tahoe CCD


A ‘Secret Sauce’ to Increasing Enrollment

Every organization wants to believe they have a special organizational culture, a “secret sauce” that gives rise to special outcomes. Leaders want to believe that a mission statement, a set of core values or goals, permeates their organization and translates into concrete behaviors that generate verifiable and desirable outcomes.

But, if every company or organization is adopting the same themes and values, how do you ever know what is working or what is truly “special?”

This spring, every community college faced an unprecedented, unparalleled challenge: get your students, faculty and staff off-campus immediately; find a way to keep instruction and learning going without any face-to-face contact between professors and students; plan for a fall semester where prospective and returning students could be reassured and encouraged; and create an environment that feels safe enough for employees to work successfully — all amidst the dark backdrop of a pandemic.

McHenry County College (MCC) in Illinois was no exception in our planning and efforts. We joined our sister colleges in formulating various instructional options. We spent money on recruiting and communicating our value propositions. We focused on a plan to keep everyone safe, hoping to offer some peace of mind in a time filled with anxiety and fear.

Your Feedback is Important to Us

The North Far North Regional Consortium is collecting feedback to inform the requirements for and design of an online portal showcasing the Region’s career education pathways and providing tools to students and educators to support career planning. Two surveys have been created:

Educator survey:
This survey is intended for all K14 educators, including instructors, counselors, and administrators. Please participate by completing the survey and/or sharing the link with your colleagues.

Student survey:
This survey is intended for current and prospective K14 students. Please share directly with students and/or ask your colleagues to share with their student contacts.

Respondents who provide their contact information will be entered into a drawing to receive a $20 Amazon gift card. Please complete the survey by November 20 to be eligible for the drawing.


Thank you for your participation!

Fall 2020 ACCE Drive-In Workshop

Stronger Together, Better Tomorrow
Join community services and noncredit/continuing education colleagues as we turn our annual ACCE Drive-In Workshop into an ACCE Zoom-In on Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 1 – 5pm.
Registration Options: $60 for individuals or $200 for a group from the same institution so invite your colleagues to check us out!

Register Here

Registration due  November 10, 2020

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) November 16-20, 2020

Every November we celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), a celebration of innovators who dream big and launch startups that bring ideas to life.

Join the Carlsen Center, Sacramento State alumni, entrepreneurs and community members for a week of dynamic presentations, panel discussions and pitch competitions, all focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, and ingenuity.

GEW 2020 will also include presentations from local startup founders across the Sacramento Region, plus presentations from authors of startup tools that are included in our Virtual Entrepreneurship Toolkit Series:  Ash Maurya (LeanStack) and David Bland (Precoil). Additionally, Ian Hathaway (co-author of Startup Community Way) will serve as a featured speaker in our Entrepreneurial State of the Union.

Read more below and check out all the events planned for Global Entrepreneurship Week!

Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week-Virtual Mentor Night

Sierra College Hosts Virtual Mentor Night on November 17 th as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week

This free event will be held via Zoom 5:30-7:00 pm. Attendees can access the workshop through  Zoom Link:

Keynote Speaker
Perry Campbell, CEO of SwissMak
Livestreaming from Taiwan to tell his story from student to founder

Mentor Night Flyer                               Mentor Night Press Release

For more information contact Gordon Hinkle-Regional Director, Employer Engagement, Global Trade at

NFNRC News Center
Adventures in Career Education: Outdoor Recreation Leadership at Feather River College

Feather River College-February 2020

To many, the massive 14,179-foot peak of Mount Shasta is an epic call to trek across glaciers and ski through pristine wilderness. But for Nick Meyers, graduate of Feather River College’s Outdoor Recreation Leadership (ORL) program, the majestic snow-capped mountain is just his office.

As the Lead Climbing Ranger on Mount Shasta, Meyers takes care of trailheads, patrols routes, helps with search and rescue, and when winter comes, forecasts avalanches. The mountain holds the record for the largest single snowstorm in the world, which dumped a whopping 189 inches of powder in 1959. So when Meyer says, “We get a lot of snow here,” he’s not fooling around.

“The majority of our avalanche danger is during or immediately after storms,” says Meyers, who helps to keep skiers, snowboarders, and snowshoers in the backcountry out of harm’s way. And when there is a call for search and rescue on the mountain, he and his fellow rangers are the first on the scene.

“In the heat of the moment, there’s really no time to be scared,” says Meyers about saving stranded souls. “It’s business for us, and we’ve got to act professionally and act safely.”

What kickstarted his nearly 20-year career safeguarding the mountain? It all began in 2002, as a one-year paid internship through Feather River College.

Everyday Heroes: Woodland Community College’s EMT Program

Woodland Community College – April 2020

When a 15-year-old girl was bleeding out from a bullet wound, Woodland Community College grad Emily Hughes was there to save her.

Newly certified and just three years older than the patient she rescued, Hughes was only on the second day of her job as a standby medic. She was half an hour away from the end of her shift at the Gilroy Garlic Festival when she heard a strange noise, and time froze.

“It sounded like firecrackers,” she recalls. “Everybody started sprinting from the other side of the tent over to us, saying, ‘They’re shooting at us — they’re shooting at us!’”

Hughes hurried into the center of the chaos to help people evacuate until festival workers ordered everyone to get down and be quiet. In a moment of grim clarity, she took a moment to send a quick message:

“I texted my dad, and I said, ‘Hey, there is an active shooter. If I don’t make it, tell my son that I love him.’” At the time, her child was only about eight months old. When her father tried to call, Hughes couldn’t answer, because an officer was shouting at her to get into her police car.

Inside, a girl dressed in a cheerleading uniform was bleeding over the backseat. Though terrified, Hughes’ reflexes took over. As she put pressure on the wound, the officer drove them to a local high school where a helicopter was waiting to medevac.

“On the inside, I wanted to cry and run away,” recalls Hughes. “But on the outside, I was 100 percent focused.”

E-Blast October 2020

E-Blast October 2020

As a subscriber, you will receive this E-Blast to your inbox every month. 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 and/or NFNRC Calendar, please send the information to (please submit by 5pm on the first Monday of the month to be included in that month’s newsletter).

Advancing African Americans in Nursing Conference

The 5th Annual preserve Our Legacy:  Advancing African Americans in Nursing Conference was held on August 22, 2020, hosted in the Sacramento Region.  This virtual conference featured more than 20 professional nurses with expertise in a variety of subspecialties to inspire and guide more than 200 students and nurses to their next step in their careers.  This conference connected each level of student or practitioner to the next level from high school to associate degrees to doctoral degrees.  Yes 2 Kollege, African American Women’s Health Legacy, UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, Capital Black Nurse’s Association, TEAL Group and Health Workforce Initiative partnered to support this amazing virtual event.

Dr. McLemore, San Francisco based,  presented as the keynote speaker where she shared inspiring information about advocacy, equitable access to education and supporting the health of diverse communities.  All educational pathways were represented for nursing, including Julie Holt, the Regional Director of Employer Engagement for Health in the North Region, presenting on the community college educational pathways available for health and co-enrollment with the BSN with the California State University, Sacramento program.   This is a very important pathway collaboration to support diversifying our workforce and supporting opportunities for equitable and affordable education pathways in nursing.  The Exploring Health Careers book written by fellow RDEE, Valerie Fischer, from the Central Mother Lode Region, book published through Health Workforce Initiative provided an excellent resource.  A valuable event with excellent information to inspire the future of the nursing workforce!

Submitted by:  Julie Holt-NFNRC Regional Director Employer Engagement_Health (North)

The California Community Reinvestment Grants (CalCRG) program


The California Community Reinvestment Grants (CalCRG) program Grant Solicitation for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020–21 is now available. The Grant Solicitation includes an overview of the program, eligibility criteria, application components and requirements, and the evaluation process and scoring criteria.

The Online Application Portal will be available on September 28, 2020, via a link that will be posted on this webpage. The application process is divided into two phases.

 Phase 1 applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on Monday, November 2, 2020.

Please review the Grant Solicitation for additional details

Yuba College Received Online CTE Pathways Grant

Yuba College received a Chancellor’s Office Improving Online CTE Pathways grant this past academic year. The primary goal was the development of a fully online CTE degree option for Yuba College students in the areas of agriculture and business.  Sandy Fowler, former Director of Career Technical Education programs at Yuba College (now Dean of CTE at Woodland College) and I, Dean of STEM and Social Sciences at Yuba College, were asked to assemble a team of talent to achieve the first-ever fully online CTE degree for our college.  Two discipline experts were identified to study employer and regional need for agriculture- and business-trained students, Liberty Harrison (business faculty member at Yuba College) and Brittney Strong (agriculture faculty member at Yuba College).  Their findings and hard-work led to the development of the following CTE fully online degrees:

Health Services Administration, Human Resources and Agriculture Technology


Submitted by: Michael N. Bagley, Ph.D-Dean of STEM & Social Sciences-Yuba College

Focus on RHT Faculty and Student Support During Crisis

Across the California Community College system (and beyond), the COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on the ways in which education is planned, delivered, and experienced. These challenges have hit particularly hard around the delivery of high-quality, lab-based education, a critical component of Career and Technical Education (CTE), which is in turn a primary area of focus for community colleges.

With these realities in place for the immediate future, my goal as a R·H·T Regional Director has been to move to support culinary and hospitality instructors and their students, across the North Far North Regional Consortium, in any way possible.

Through the first few months of the pandemic, I kept in close contact with instructors, tracking their immediate challenges as well as successful responses and solutions during the strangest spring semester in memory, and working to provide collaborative responses where possible.


Spearheaded by my colleague Audre Le Baudour, R·H·T Regional Director for the Bay Area Regional Consortium, you can read more about this statewide initiative here.
Submitted by: Josh Sweigert-NFNRC Regional Director, Employer Engagement-Retail, Hospitality & Tourism                                 For more information contact Josh at

North/Far North Region Finds ‘Magic Model’ for Summer Cyber Camps

About 175 students from across northern California participated in virtual summer cyber camps organized by the ICT-Hub, Lassen College, Butte College, Mendocino College, Cosumnes River College, Sac City College, and Square Root Academy, where they received instruction from both community college faculty and students — something ICT-DM Regional Director Wendy Porter calls the “magic model.”

“This was an amazing opportunity for K12 students to explore tech education and for our Community College Students to get experience mentoring and to further their knowledge in cybersecurity,” Porter said.

Porter worked with the ICT-Hub and Irvin Lemus, Regional Coordinator for Bay Area Cyber Competitions, to introduce a new format for this year’s camps. Students enjoyed the experience, even though they might have been skeptical of the virtual environment at first.

“I thought learning Python and how information was communicated across the internet was useful and valuable,” one student said. “They were quite interesting subjects that I would like to know even more about.”


Submitted by: Wendy Porter-NFNRC Regional Director, Employer Engagement- ICT & Digital Media (Far North)  For more information contact Wendy at

Launchboard_West Ed

The LaunchBoard, a statewide data system supported by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and hosted by Cal-PASS Plus, provides data on progress, success, employment, and earnings outcomes for California community college students. Find out more about the LaunchBoard dashboards here.

The North Far North team and West Ed partnered to provide a training meeting on September 21, 2020 about Launchboard. The West Ed group conducted a training to stakeholders of the NFN Region and here is the link to the PowerPoint Presentation and Recorded Webinar.

WestEd contacts:

Jessica Chittaphong,, Program Coordinator, WestEd

Karen Beltramo,, Senior Project Manager, WestEd

Ravinder Singh,, Senior Project Manager, WestEd

October is Manufacturing Month!

You are Invited to Participate in MFG Day Events

Oct. 16: Advanced Manufacturing Industry Statewide Advisory Panel Discussion
Presented by the Centers for Applied Competitive Technologies, Inland Empire Desert Region Strong Workforce,
Manufacturing Council of the Inland Empire, CMTC and Inland Empire Economic Partnership

Friday, October 16, 2020 – 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Please join us for invigorating conversations bringing together educators and business professionals to discover the latest industry trends, employer demands, employment skills needed, and training practices.  Register to attend this virtual event at

The Manufacturing Institute is hosting three engaging MFG Day Flagship Events! Throughout the month of October, the official Manufacturing Month, these virtual events will introduce the next generation of creators to the incredible career pathways that modern manufacturing offers! Learn more about the Flagship MFG Day Events by visiting

Oct. 2: Creators Wanted: A Program for America’s Students       

Presented by Salesforce, PTC and Rockwell Automation

Oct. 5: Creators Wanted: National Teachers’ Day - A Program for America’s Teachers 

Presented by PTC
Coming Soon! Oct. 13: Creators Respond: Inspiration from America’s Creators
Presented by Walmart
Submitted by: Alan Braggins Statewide Director,  Advanced ManufacturinG

Ask an Economist

Chabin Concept is hosting monthly  “Ask the Economist” webinars with Dr. Robert Eyler. You can review past webinars and register for up and coming here.

The next webinar is scheduled on October 26, 2020 at 8:30 am

Register here

For more information contact Vicki Doll-Chabin Concepts at

Pre-Apprenticeship Free for First 60 Qualified Participants

The Charles A. Jones (CAJ) Career and Education Center in Sacramento is offering a Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship in partnership with the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI).

The training is completely free for the first 60 adult education students who meet all qualifications through December 2020, paid for with Cares Act funding.


For more information about the program please refer to Page 15 of the class catalog (click here). To apply please email or call 916-826-0967.

Submitted by Jeff Briggs-NFNRC Regional Director, Employer Engagement-Advanced Manufacturing (North)  For more information contact Jeff at


K-12 Strong Workforce
The K12 RFA Process is Underway

The North Far North Regional Consortia team has been providing information and creating resources to make sure that all K-12 LEA’s receive quality information and resources for the K-12 SWP RFA application process. Below you will find various resources, presentations and webinars

The applications are due October 16, 2020 by 5:00 pm. 


The Link to the NFN K12SWP Resource Folder  for 20-21

The NFNRC meeting presentation and recordings from September 9, 2020 are posted HERE

The K12 list serve link for you to subscribe and receive updates.  

Webinar Series recordings includes RFA overview by the K14 TAP  and Sector overviews by the Regional Directors:

Presenter Topic Date Time Zoom Recording
Tanya Meyer 20-21 RFA Overview-Rescheduled! 9/25/2020 11:00-12:00 Recording
John Schmidt/Jeff Briggs Sector Overview: Adv. Manufacturing 9/21/2020 1:00-2:00 Recording
Angela Cordell Sector Overview: Business & Entrepreneurship 9/22/2020 3:00-3:50 Recording
Carrie Peterson Sector Overview: Agriculture 9/22/2020 4:00-4:45 Recording
Orion Walker Sector Overview:  Energy, Construction & Utilities 9/23/2020 2:00-2:45 Recording
Josh Sweigert Sector Overview: Retail, Hospitality & Tourism 9/23/2020 3:00-3:45 Recording
Julie Holt/Trudy Old Sector Overview: Health 9/24/2020 1:00-2:00 Recording
Wendy Porter/Cornelius Brown Sector Overview: ICT 9/24/2020 2:00-3:00 Recording

NFNRC New Center
Pets and Paddocks

Yuba College Veterinary Tech-March 2020

         Pets and Paddocks: Yuba College Veterinary Tech Program Delivers Dream Careers

     You’re at school, but you’re head-to-toe in medical scrubs. There’s a giant, chest-high bathtub in the corner. Oh, and there’s a llama in your class. 

If it sounds like a dream… well, for those aspiring to make a living working with animals, it is. Yuba College’s unique Veterinary Technology program is preparing students for versatile careers in the animal care industry, where they’ll earn great salaries helping vets heal… from the pound to the paddock

“It’s geared toward students going to work right after the program,” says Veterinary Technology Specialist and Yuba College faculty member Amber Kuykendall. “The opportunities are vast – I make a point of that in what we’re teaching.”

It’s a broad field, with virtually unlimited career possibilities. And while many program grads are succeeding in veterinary offices, others have gone on to high-paying positions in biomedical research, diagnostics, wildlife management and animal control, education, marketing, the food industry, and even exotic animal medicine. 



No Scrubs

Lassen Community College Nursing Programs– March 2020


No Scrubs: Lassen Community College Programs Produce Next-Level Nurses 

If there’s one thing that sets nurses apart from almost any other profession, it’s toughness. Not just physical strength and emotional grit, but a calm confidence tempered by experience and training. 

Elizabeth Harvey had the grit part down. A high school dropout and young mother escaping a bad relationship, “Lizzie” was determined to find her own, independent path to success. When she heard that nearby Lassen Community College was offering stackable health care certificates, she entered the Certified Nursing Assistant program, kickstarting a high-paying career in just a couple of months.

“You do have to make sacrifices,” says Harvey. “But it is well worth it.”

By the time Lassen relaunched its Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) program in 2017, Harvey had added six years of professional experience, and had become determined to advance in her profession… come hell or high water.


E-Blast September 2020

E-Blast September 2020

As a subscriber, you will receive this E-Blast to your inbox every month. 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 and/or NFNRC Calendar, please send the information to (please submit by 5pm on the first Monday of the month to be included in that month’s newsletter).

K-12 SWP Selection Committee Announcement

We are pleased to announce the membership for North Far North Selection Committee to support the application selection process of the K12 Strong Workforce Program.

The NFN is are very fortunate to have eight Selection Committee members continuing for a second year and excited about the seventeen new members and three alternates approved to join us in this important work.

Thank you for your interest and willingness to participate on this important committee. We look forward to supporting you all in this important work!

Please find the current list of the NFNRC K12 Selection Committee Members and Alternates here.

North/Far North COE Regional Economic Update
  • Unemployment—Unemployment has continued to decline in the region, falling to 11.6% in the North (Greater Sacramento) subregion and 10.9% in the Far North. Although unemployment rates remain high, the data indicates the worst of the labor market disruption is behind us.
  • Labor ForceLabor force data shows the economic shock has hit the Far North subregion more severely. The trend poses concerns given a long term population decline and the impact of the Great Recession in many rural areas throughout California and the nation.
  • Industry EmploymentAn analysis of industry sectors shows health care employment has increased in the North and Far North subregions. Retail slightly increased in July. Construction, manufacturing, and professional and business services have shown striking resiliency in the North/Far North region. Government employment has declined in the North/Far North region, displaying a concerning trend, but several other industry sectors are showing resilience (construction, manufacturing) or significant recoveries (hospitality and food service).
  • Job Postings—Retail jobs postings have markedly increased in the North subregion and are holding steady in the Far North. Construction shows wild swings in both subregions, but there are no general downward trends. Accommodations and food services job postings declined after a spike during the re-opening in June. Health care is up in the North subregion and flat in the Far North.

Read More

Submitted by: Aaron Wilcher, Director, North/Far North Center of Excellence,

U.S. Department of Energy Cross-Sector Resource Webinar

Friday September 18, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

U.S. Department of Energy cross-sector webinar. DOE’s Office of Technology Transition is looking to intensify its engagement with community colleges, starting with California. Panelists will share important resources, partnership opportunities and available online tools applicable to a breadth of programs from cybersecurity to energy efficiency to electric vehicle charging stations. It’s National Laboratories are key assets with renewed accessibility, including virtual tours, internships and job openings.

Ask the Economist Webinar

Monday September 21, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. (Pacific) 

Please join us for another 30-minute webinar with Dr. Robert Eyler


Jobs – Housing – Business Confidence – Recession

Impact of COVID-19 and Wildfires

Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of Dr. Eyler’s presentation.

Ask the Economist is hosted by
Chabin Concepts, Keyser Marston Associates, and Economic Forensics Analytics
to assist you in gaining clarity on the economy,
consequences of the disruption and potential recovery timelines

Launchboard Webinar

Monday,  September 21, 2020 10:00 AM

The suite of dashboards on the LaunchBoard have all been updated with 2018-19 enrollment and completion data. A major effort to align metrics across dashboards and across Chancellor’s Office resources and system wide initiatives was undertaken in 2019-20. Join this webinar to get a high level overview of changes made to each dashboard with a particular focus on the two dashboards that drill down to the sector and program  or TOP code level: Strong Workforce Program and Community College Pipeline.

Register Here

CCCAOE 2020 Fall Conference
Registration is LIVE!



CCCAOE’s Fall 2020 VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE is shaping up to be a powerful groundbreaking event for CCCAOE. The experience will kick-off with the traditional 3 days but will continue for several weeks with Webinar Series, Panel Discussions, and more. Extending beyond the 3-day conference will allow for greater impact and learning. With our Virtual platform, presentations will also be available for review for one year. This will allow attendees to go at their own pace and revisit key pieces that benefit their work and campuses

NFN News Center
Grads Ready for Takeoff

Sacramento City College  Airframe & Powerplant Program -February 2020

A&P Maintenance Program Has Sac City Grads Ready for Takeoff

There’s a lot more to next-day delivery than just getting that Godzilla garden gnome or inflatable unicorn to your front door on time. Just ask Sacramento City College alumna Jeanie Marshall.

For the past two years, maintaining the aeronautical fleet that carries Amazon’s precious cargo has been Marshall’s prime responsibility. And it’s not something she takes lightly.

“I take my job very seriously,” says Marshall, one of only three female airplane mechanics at Air Transport International (ATI). “When those pilots take off … they’re going to get home safe.”

It’s a hard-earned confidence. Through Sac City College’s Aeronautics: Combined Airframe and Powerplant Maintenance (A&P) program, Marshall learned from experienced professionals who never sugar-coated the urgency involved in such a high-stakes calling.

“It’s serious stuff, so they have to know the materials,” says department chair Phil Cypret, a teacher at the College for over 35 years. “Literally, every time that airplane takes off, lives are in their hands.”


HELO Success: Shasta College Heavy Equipment Grads Harvesting Higher Salaries

Shasta College Heavy Equipment Logging Operations-January 2020


Your “desk” is a half-million dollar John Deere 859M Feller Buncher with Quadco 248 Hotsaw. Your professor is rocking a hard hat, and very likely, a beard. In case it wasn’t obvious, you’re not in Accounting class.

In Shasta College’s Heavy Equipment Logging Operations (HELO) program, the “classroom” is 45,000 acres of ponderosa pines, and manning a 35-ton motorized saw just means it’s Monday. It may not be the first image you conjure when you think of career education, but in Shasta County, Heavy Equipment is literally changing the CTE landscape. 

“We are surrounded by forests, so our outdoor classroom, where students are training on state-of-the-art equipment, is unparalleled,” says Becky Roe, Senior Project Coordinator for Shasta College’s Economic and Workforce Development division. “These students are getting practical, real-world experience on an active logging site.”

The Feller Buncher, used to harvest and stack trees, is one of four brand new pieces of logging equipment providing a centerpiece for the well-equipped department. Students taking the AGNR 56 Heavy Logging course also have access to Waratah HTH623C Processor, John Deere 2656G Log Loader and a John Deere 648 L-II Skidder. Unsurprisingly, the program tends to attract “hands-on” types.

“I knew I wanted to run heavy equipment,” says program alum Sabrina Cantu, currently succeeding as a Forwarder Operator for Oregon-based Miller Timber Services. “The ability to be able to jump on any piece of equipment… it really helped me to not be freaked when I went into the field.”


E-Blast August 2020

E-Blast August 2020

p>As a subscriber, you will receive this E-Blast to your inbox every month. 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 and/or NFNRC Calendar, please send the information to (please submit by 5pm on the first Monday of the month to be included in that month’s newsletter). A full calendar and more information can be found on the Member Hub of the NFNRC website.


The North/Far North Center of Excellence has been tracking the regional labor market in the region and releasing key findings in a biweekly newsletter.

Unemployment—Despite record-breaking highs this spring, unemployment modestly improved in July in most counties in the North/Far North region. In the North, unemployment declined substantially in El Dorado, Placer, and Sutter counties. In the Far North, unemployment dropped by the greatest amount in Plumas, Colusa, Modoc, and Shasta counties.

Regional hiring—In the North region, total private employment increased 3.9% between April and May, with the most dramatic increases in leisure and hospitality (+13.6%) and accommodation and food services (+14.7%). The Far North saw smaller, but similar increases in hospitality and food services employment, and other sectors.

 Job losses—The Far North is losing jobs in sectors that anchor local economies. The data shows alarming job losses in the Far North since January in government (-7.7%), educational and health services (-6.8%), and professional and business services (-13.6%).

 Job postings—The number of job ads posted by employers is rising. Since May, job posting activity in the Sacramento area increased 86%, mostly in healthcare/social assistance and retail trade. In the Far North, activity increased by 42%, mainly in healthcare/social assistance, educational services, and public administration.

See the June 29 – July 10 labor market bulletin

See the July 13 – July 24 labor market bulletin

See the July 27 – August 7 labor market bulletin


You can also find an archive of COE labor market bulletins at the NFN website

Submitted by: Aaron Wilcher

ICT Educator Webinar Series

Over the past year, The ICT Sector Team has hosted 36 informational and interactive webinars for the far-flung and very independent career technical faculty of the 115 California Community Colleges garnering over 2900 views.

The online community building capability of sustained weekly engagement produced by our statewide team with Nicole Sherman, includes webinars, newsletters, surveys and custom investigations and has led to higher levels of participation, performance and dedication by the statewide faculty.

“This program has been unbelievably useful for our North Far North college’s ICT-DM and Business faculty in developing new programs and professional development,  I couldn’t be more proud of participating in this effort with our statewide team.  It certainly shows the power and impact our Statewide and Regional Directors collaboration can provide.” – Wendy Porter ICT-DM Regional Director Employer Engagement.

As we enter the 20-21 Academic year we will continue this valuable series and include the ICT Pathways K-12 audience. With this statewide scope of all CCCs and K-12 we can serve a greater interactive community of faculty.  Please review the attached article to learn more about this very helpful statewide ICT sector program.


For more information, Contact Wendy Porter at

Free Cyber Summer Camp Attracts 50 Sacramento Area Students

Sacramento County Office of Education and Square Root Academy Helping Students Tell Their Stories of 2020

Dozens of Sacramento-area middle and high school students are participating in a virtual summer camp, engaged in immersive activities that teach computer science concepts. The unique camp is free, and is also preparing the students and their families for distance learning during the upcoming school year. The two-week NorCal Cyber Stories virtual summer camp runs through August 7.

During the camp, the 50 participants are using Zoom video conferencing, MIT’s Scratch programming language, and curriculum created by the Square Root Academy to explore and experiment with coding, storytelling, and more. The curriculum is being hosted on Square Root’s “Scholars’ Playground” virtual learning platform. By the conclusion of the camp, students will have developed their own websites that tell stories of their experiences in 2020.

“We are committed to making equitable computer science education a top priority across California to nurture the next generation of skilled innovators,” said David W. Gordon, Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools. “We are so excited for these students to have the opportunity to participate in this virtual summer camp.”

The camp is a partnership between the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) and Square Root Academy, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating underrepresented youth on the fundamentals of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Other partners include 916 Ink and Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS).

“We are so excited to be partnering with SCOE on the NorCal Cyber Stories Project,” said Nicholas Haystings, CEO of Square Root Academy. “This collaborative effort really provides a unique way to teach our youth the digital skills of tomorrow while infusing storytelling and creative expression. It’s both educational and therapeutic for our youth living and thriving in today’s academic climate.”

Thanks to the generosity of the Sacramento Public Library, the students participating in the camp were also provided with refurbished computers to use at home. They will keep the computers to support their distance learning and practice their newly acquired computer science skills during the upcoming school year.

The NorCal Cyber Stories summer camp is funded by SCOE’s Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Hub Project through a grant from the K–12 Strong Workforce Program, which offers a suite of services to help create computer science career pathways for students and support professional learning for teachers.

Career Technical Education Community of Practice


This upcoming school year is going to come with new challenges and it is important that teachers are feeling supported with tools and training to face them.  I encourage you all to have  your CTE teachers participate in our Region-wide CTE Community of Practice hosted by YCOE.  These meetings will be held virtually with teachers from Yolo, Yuba, Sutter, Colusa and Lake counties participating to support each other, share resources and learn together.  The facilitator is Dr. Justin Locketz, Coordinator College and Career Readiness, Placer County Office of Education.  He will lead the groups throughout the year with a focus on assessments with  virtual teaching for authentic learning.  Many of the workshops will be incorporated with the UDL framework.   Our kick-off event will be Aug 11, 2020 (1pm -2:30pm).  Please forward the registration invite attached to your CTE teachers.

Register Here

For more information, contact Keenya Powell at

NFNRC News Center
Sparks Fly… Paychecks Soar

     Butte College Welding Program– April 2020 News Center 


Sparks Fly… Paychecks Soar: Butte College Welding Connects Grads to Career Success It may sound like a bad pun… and, it is. But the fact is: there’s a bond among welders. For the skilled professionals that literally hold businesses together – from rocket laboratories to vodka distilleries – there’s an unspoken common approach. Gritty. Independent. Light on lollygagging, and heavy on elbow grease. It’s a philosophy that Butte College Welding program students adopt from day one. “They have a really strong work ethic, and they’re ready to go to work when we get them from day one,” says Kevin Hyler-Smith, Boilermaker Foreman at R.F. MacDonald, about his fellow grads. 

Since joining the industrial equipment supplier in 2008, he has seen a number of his fellow Butte College alumni hired. Professional welders in positions like these command considerable paychecks, and thanks to workforce-focused training programs like the one at Butte College, they’re often hired for real-world, living-wage positions less than a year after beginning their certifications. For Hyler-Smith, Butte College’s vaunted welding program would prove to be an “excellent choice,” both personally and financially. A father of seven, he credits his recession-proof training for not only forging a path to a fulfilling career, but for creating strength and stability in his home life. “I’ve been able to provide for my family in a very good manner and never had any questions or doubts about how I was going to provide that next meal,” he reflects. “I owe all of that back to going through the program [at Butte].” Hyler-Smith’s story of soldering success started during his sophomore year at Red Bluff High School.

A Passion for Preservation

Feather River Environmental Studies-October 2019 News Center

Forest, Fish, and Fire at Feather River College 

How do you catch a deer at Feather River College? It’s easy… ish

First, you head into the forest – just steps from the FRC Environmental Studies classrooms — to set up a net. For the next couple of weeks, you put out apples as bait. Finally, as dusk descends, you leap out of the bushes just as a remote-controlled net drops, and craftily attach a GPS collar before the skittery critter knows what’s what. 

Congratulations. You’re now performing science

It’s just another day in the life of an Environmental Studies student at FRC, where real-life learning happens in the great outdoors. Sometimes, that entails deer-wrangling. “It’s quite the amazing hands-on experience for students,” says Department Chair Dr. Darla DeRuiter. 

They’ve found that the deer they track mainly stay on campus, which is situated on about 180 acres of mixed conifer forest, black oak woodlands, and montane chaparral nestled in the heart of the 1.2-million-acre Plumas National Forest. This marks the ninth year that DeRuiter’s Intro to Wildlife class has been stalking stags in the name of science. But at FRC, it’s much more than research; it’s about stoking the passion for preservation. 

“Our program is geared toward natural resources… so our tagline is, make conservation your career,” says DeRuiter. “Understanding those natural resources and working toward caring for them in a way that will help them last in perpetuity is what we feel our role is for training students for the future.”