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.” 

E-Blast June 2020

E-Blast June 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.


If you missed Dr. Eylers webinars on the economic impacts as a result of the COVID-19, the links to the recorded sessions are below.

 The webinars included the impacts to the State as well as specific impacts to the NFN Region, the recovery outlook and specific industry sector impacts and opportunities.


General Overview, Region, Recover

May 18, 2020

Sector Impacts – Health, Business & Entrepreneurship, Retail & Hospitality

May 20, 2020

Sector Impacts – Advanced Manufacturing; Agriculture, Water & Environment Technologies; Information & Communications Tech/Digital Media

 May 27, 2020

Sector Impacts – Advanced Transportation & Logistics; Global Trade; Energy, Construction & Utilities

 June 3, 2020


Adult Education Pipeline 3.0 Webinar

 May 27, 2020

                 Webinar recording                  PowerPoint Presentation                CAEP Student Data Reporting

California Community Colleges’ Vision for Success
Report and Recommendations for Improving Black and African American Student Outcomes

California Community Colleges Black and African American Advisory Panel 

Published: May 6, 2020

The California Community Colleges’ Vision for Success focuses on full and open access to higher education and improved student outcomes for all Californians. To that end, the Chancellor’s Office is working to increase the lagging enrollment and completion rates of Black and African American students at college campuses throughout the state.

Report and Recommendations

North Far North Center of Excellence News Bulletins

Due to the impacts from COVID-19, the North/Far North Center of Excellence is sharing a bi-weekly summary of findings from the COE’s workforce measures and reporting by other agencies in the region and state. In these unprecedented times, some data points that we have traditionally used do not reflect the current economic disruption; however, we are bringing to you the most accurate information we have available at this time.

Read archived bulletins here.

Center Of Excellence May News & Updates

If you’re anything like us, you’ve been both anticipating and dreading the April employment numbers as they represent the first full month where the stay home order was in place. The data reported below are unprecedented – spiking unemployment, decreased labor force participation, and double-digit industry losses. And it will not be surprising to see similar or worsening numbers with the upcoming release of May’s jobs data (expected on June 19).

The reopening of the economy that is happening now will be the next pivot point for job trends. So bear with us for several more weeks of anticipation, this time tinged with hope, until we know to what extent June will reverse the April and May trends.

Thank you and be well,

The COE Team

Read More Here

Sector Snapshots

The Snapshot reflects the breadth and depth of industry market intelligence, engagement, resources, and solutions State Directors and respective Regional Director Teams are offering colleges in these uncertain times, including interactive webinars, online instructional tools, employer insight and more.

The Sector Snapshot is published every two weeks. Current and archived editions can also be found at:


NFNRC News Center
Six Months to Six-Figures: Lucrative Law Enforcement Careers through COS POST Academy 

NFNRC News Center – January 2020 

Blue uniforms. Green wallets. 

With demand for qualified law enforcement professionals climbing, it pays to be a police officer. And when it comes to earning a six-figure salary while serving a community, College of the Siskiyous’s POST Academy is a pretty good place to start. 

“A student can show up here with no training,” says POST Law Enforcement Academy Director Lieutenant Jeremiah LaRue. “They can spend as little as just a couple thousand dollars … and they can get a job where you’re making a hundred thousand dollars a year with benefits. 

“Talk about return on investment.” 

For Veteran student Devin Paulus, POST (which stands for Peace Officer Standards and Training) was the “perfect fit.”

Devin Paulas

Coloring Outside the Lines Encouraged: FLC’s Experience-Focused ECE Program Forges Brighter Futures

News Center – November 2019



Imagine you’re in charge of a class of preschoolers who are climbing, jumping, throwing foam chairs, and just having a riot of a time. “I was at the end of my rope,” says Margarita Rankin, who was teaching full-time while attending Folsom Lake College’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) program to build career skills. While supervising her class on a particularly wild day, she had an “a-ha” moment – realizing the perfect application of her FLC studies. “In my class, I learned about patience,” says Rankin, who left her career in the “rat race” of sales and returned to school in her 50s to follow her calling in pre-K education. “I needed to have a paradigm shift.”

Margarita Rankin


CCCAOE Newsletter


Leadership Academy

Read More Information Here

Registration is open for Level 1 and 2.

Leadership Level 1 – Mike Walsh

Leadership Level 2 – Mickey Porter, Dare to Lead


2020 Fall Conference Preparation

Call for Breakout Sessions

(Deadline to apply is June 5, 2020)

Call for Early Bird Workshops

(Deadline to apply is June 5, 2020)

Call for Sponsors

Room Requests

North Far North Regional Chair Job Posting

Apply Here

The North Far North Regional Chair  is a regional position hosted at Butte College serving the 15 colleges in the North Far North region. The North Far North Regional Chair acts as first point of contact representing the California Community College Chancellor’s Office for regional inquiries.  There is extensive driving and travel required for this position.  The work schedule is Monday – Thursday, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm and Friday, 8am – 12 pm.  Over the summer the work schedule changes to Monday – Thursday, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm with Friday off.  This is an exempt position that requires occasional evening and weekend availability. The position Closes on 6/11/2020 11:59 PM Pacific.

E-Blast May 2020

E-Blast May 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.

North/Far North webinar series with Dr. Robert Eyler

Below please find information on the upcoming North/Far North webinar series with Dr. Robert Eyler.  During the webinar series Dr. Eyler will focus on: the economic impacts as a result of COVID-19, including impacts to the State as well as specific impacts to the NFN Region, the recovery outlook, and specific industry sector impacts and opportunities.  Please see the dates, times, topics, and registration information below.

Please note, each one of the sessions uses a unique login, so please make sure to register to each session individually.

 General Overview, Region, Recover

When: May 18, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Topic: North/Far North with Chabin Concepts
Register in advance for this webinar:
Register Here 

 Sector Impacts – Health, Business & Entrepreneurship, Retail & Hospitality

When: May 20, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Topic: North/Far North with Chabin Concepts: Economic Update
Register in advance for this webinar:
Register Here

Sector Impacts – Advanced Manufacturing; Agriculture, Water & Environment Technologies; Information & Communications Tech/Digital Media

When: May 27, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Topic: North/Far North with Chabin Concepts, Economic Update
Register in advance for this webinar:
Register Here

 Sector Impacts – Advanced Transportation & Logistics; Global Trade; Energy, Construction & Utilities

When: Jun 3, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Topic: North/Far North with Chabin Concepts, Economic Update
Register in advance for this webinar:
Register Here

Cybersecurity Summer Camp program for Middle & High School students

The North Far North Region is excited to pull together a collective Cybersecurity Summer Camp program for Middle and High School students (NorCal Cyber).  Our North Far North Community Colleges have partnered with the Sacramento County Office of Education to form the ICT Hub and support FREE and ONLINE 2020 cybersecurity summer camps.  Last summer we had a spattering of unconnected camps spread throughout the region and we recognized that if we collaborated together on a regional approach we would be able to serve more students in a more effective and cohesive manner.  That is how NorCal Cyber was formed:

Moving our camps online due to COVID-19 has been a blessing for some of our more rural students, and in light of this, participation is expected to be high. We have 11 camps planned this summer, 5 in the Far North and 6 in the greater Sacramento area.  These camps will expose students to critical cybersecurity skills for which there is an extremely high demand in our labor market.  It is exciting to be able to provide students with fun, free, and totally virtual camps in order to build their critical thinking, team, and technical skill sets.  This is also a wonderful way for us to nurture our relationships with our K12 partners and build our Community College Pipeline.  Community College faculty and students will be assisting with the camp facilitation and we are looking forward to the program growing in the future.  We want to give a huge shout out to the Bay Area Community College Consortium (BACCC) for sharing their camp format and provinding training.  This effort is a prime example of how our CA Community Colleges can partner and share successful programs throughout the State.

Please share with your students, parents and friends:

More Information Contact:

Wendy Porter (Far North) at or Markus Geissler (North) at

Regional Director, Employer Engagement, ICT/Digital Media


Mendocino College Career Education Programs Provide Adventist Health with 3D Printed Face Shields and PPE Masks

On Wednesday, Mendocino College Career Education instructors provided Adventist Health with 250 – 3D printed face shields to use during the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, the college also delivered 240 N95 masks, and another 5000, including ear loop surgical, face shield, and N95 were given directly from the Mendocino College Nursing Department.

Dean of Career Education, Dennis Aseltyne stated, “This is Mendocino College Career Education instructors and students in action, making a difference by responding to the immediate medical equipment needs of our community and our region.”
“We have been touched by the outpouring of support from our community for healthcare workers on the front lines. At a time when usual supply chain channels are disrupted, the team from Mendocino College has found a way to address a great need and help keep our staff safe through their creativity. This demonstrates that one does not have to be a front line healthcare worker to help our community during this challenging time and that everyone can step up and find a way to help,” shared Jason Wells, President for Adventist Health in Mendocino County, which operates Adventist Health Howard Memorial and Adventist Health Ukiah Valley.

Submitted by: Dennis Aseltyne, Dean of Applied Academics, Mendocino College

Minority Health Professions Mentor Program- Kick-Off Event in Sacramento

The Minority Health Professions Mentor Program held their annual kick-off event in a virtual conference on Saturday April 25, 2020 in Sacramento. Sharon Chandler and Toni Colley-Perry, the co-directors of Yes to College and the African American Women’s Health Legacy, led the event. The program’s mission is to support students from diverse backgrounds through the educational pipeline to achieve higher education goals in health and medical careers.
The kick-off event featured the renowned Dr. Bennet Omalu who was the medical doctor that discovered Chronic Traumamtic Encephalopathy (CTE) experienced by football players and whose life was featured in the movie “Concussion”. Additionally, more than 20 health professionals shared their stories of how they achieved their career pathway as well as many words of inspiration. A future mentee expressed “gratitude and inspiration from the event” and Dr. Keith Hopkins wrote that the “speakers were powerful and their stories moving”. Dr. Iyuanna Pease, Principal from Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions High School, provided a welcome opening to the event as well.

Sharon Chandler and Toni Colley-Perry

Co-Directors of Yes 2 Kollege and the African American Women’s Health Legacy, creators of Mentorship Program

Please visit the Yes 2 Kollege website for more information:

Submitted by: Julie Holt, Regional Director- Employer Engagement, Health

College of the Redwoods Manufacturing Technology Program Adds Tooling U-SME Online Curriculum

Like many CTE programs across the state and nation, The Manufacturing Technology Department at College of the Redwoods was faced with finding a realistic and effective solution to replace in-person lab instruction during the remainder of this Spring semester due to the COVID-19 situation.

Mike Peterson, Professor of Manufacturing Technology, along with support from CTE Dean Kerry Mayer, settled on adopting Tooling U-SME’s expansive online manufacturing curriculum to fill the gap.

With financial support from the Far North Regional Director of Advanced Manufacturing (John Schmidt), College of the Redwoods was able to provide Tooling U-SME subscriptions to 26 advanced manufacturing students in the program.  To offset the normal semester lab component, Mr. Peterson is creating video demonstrations and linking it to the related online content provided by Tooling U-SME.  Although students are not able to replicate hands-on learning, the added online content is enriching and augmenting the normal semester curriculum.  Feedback thus far this semester is very favorable, especially with the accessibility and reliability of the Tooling U-SME interface (which works well on both PC and phone).  Additionally, instructors can monitor student progress with detailed statistics on class performance.  As a result of College of the Redwoods’ adoption of Tooling U-SME’s curriculum, the Regional Directors for the Advanced Manufacturing sector are collaborating statewide toward securing discounted student pricing with Tooling U-SME for all Advanced Manufacturing students in the California Community College system.

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


NFNRC News Center
The Future of Fusion: CRC Culinary Arts Gets Down to Business


NFNRC New Center-October 2019

Cosumnes River College

From sushi pizza to pad thai tacos, fusion cuisine is all about discovering unexpected combinations and pushing the boundaries of innovative eats. 

It’s that same creativity that inspires students in the Culinary Arts Management program at Cosumnes River College, where fusion curriculum is the order of the day. 

Beyond dishing out delicacies, Culinary Arts Management students acquire critical business and leadership skills – key ingredients in the recipe for a successful culinary career. 

“A lot of our students are actually very entrepreneurially minded,” says Chef Michael Frigm, member of the Culinary Arts Management faculty at CRC. “A lot of them have aspirations of going off and opening their own restaurant, catering business, or food truck.”

As they prepare cuisines from all over the world, CRC students are also cooking up confidence, learning the fundamentals of marketing, financial management, and business development. And the fusion goes even further. CRC’s new Restaurant and Food Service Entrepreneurship Degree, offered in collaboration with the business department, is providing future chefs, restauranteurs, and entrepreneurs with the best of both worlds. 


Mendocino College Automotive Tech

NFNRC News Center – Jan 2020

Mendocino College

Through two decades, hundreds of vehicles, and thousands of repairs, Doug Boswell’s Mendocino College Automotive Tech program has “never had a car that we weren’t capable of fixing.” 

Don’t expect that perfect batting average to drop anytime soon. With 50 years of automotive experience and a teaching philosophy built around problem-solving, Boswell instills a “can-do” swagger in his Auto Tech students through genuine garage experience. 

“We’d rather do a real brake job than something that’s been through it 100 times,” says the instructor, who began his teaching career as a corporate trainer at Mazda. “It takes time, but that’s what makes it unique – students doing real stuff.”

Mendocino College’s hands-on approach starts with two, fully equipped modern automotive shops, complete with vehicle lifts, modern alignment equipment, brake tools, diagnostic tools and A/C Recycling machines. In 2019 alone, Boswell estimates that his students successfully overhauled 200 cars – some donated as “fixers,” but most brought in by real customers for legitimate repairs.  

E-Blast April 2020

E-Blast April 2020

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COVID-19 Information & Updates
COVID-19 Resources on the NFN Regional Consortia Website Now!

 COVID-19 Local, Regional, State & Federal resources have been added to the North Far North Website.

Learn More Here


Shop Talk Helps Teachers Navigate Remote Instruction

Teachers are helping teachers by sharing their methods and resources to teach advanced manufacturing remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. Shop Talk, a video conference call facilitated by Edu2Mfg’s Steve Dicus, has become an even more important resource for instructors faced with engaging hands-on students outside of the usual classrooms and labs. On the calls, this community of high school teachers and community college faculty members share their remote teaching methods to help each other. The group has steadily been growing with 23 participants on the recent call.


Submitted by: Jeff Briggs, Regional Director, Employer Engagement, Adv Manufacturing, North

Shasta GMI and Shasta College Launch Train the Trainer


The Shasta Grow Manufacturing Initiative (GMI), in conjunction with Shasta College, have launched the first Train the Trainer session on Friday March 13th, 2020.  The training session took place at Shasta High School’s new Advanced Manufacturing building, providing hands-on instruction of the Haas CNC Mill machine to Redding area high school CTE faculty.  Rick Osbrink of Shasta College led the 2 plus hour training, with Brian Grigsby and Bret Barnes from Shasta High School, Eric Poldervaart from West Valley High School, and George Wold from Anderson High School receiving the hands-on training.  A second session was planned for March 27th, 2020 but was postponed to later in the year due to the COVID-19 situation.

Shasta GMI throughout 2019 had been working with the 2 other GMI’s (Butte, Sacramento) in the North-Far North region to collaborate on best practices, advocacy, and other regional topics.  The Sacramento Manufacturing Valley Initiative (SVMI) had started the Train the Trainer program as part of their education strategy in 2018 to assist in the upskilling of high school faculty in advanced manufacturing.  By leveraging local industry partners and community college resources, this strategy showed success in quickly and cost-effectively providing the knowledge necessary for high school faculty with fledgling advanced manufacturing programs to gain necessary proficiency in operating and teaching CNC mills and lathes, plasma tables and other advanced manufacturing machinery.  Shasta GMI, along with the Far North Advanced Manufacturing Director, have looked to replicate the SVMI Train the Trainer model in the Far North and were pleased at the successful results of the session in March.  Future sessions will be planned later in 2020, with expansion to include Butte GMI and Butte College

Submitted by: John Schmidt, Regional Director, Employer Engagement, Adv Manufacturing, Far North

Business Interruption & Economic Impacts-NFN Region

During the later half of 2018 over 100 fires destroyed land and buildings in the NFN Region. Three of the top 20 largest and most destructive wildfires in California history occurred here that year. The Mendocino, Carr, and Camp Fires burned over 842,000 acres, and destroyed or damaged tens of thousands of structures—homes and businesses. Physical damages are estimated to be over $12 billion (CalFire). Approximately 52,000 people were evacuated. Tens of thousands remain permanently displaced and unemployed. Many have moved out of the area leaving an already tight labor market even more challenging for employers.

The ultimate impact of these fires to the region, its people, workforce, and businesses is not yet known. Homes, businesses, schools, churches, and other structures need to be rebuilt along with utility and telecommunications infrastructure. Besides the physical rebuilding, businesses are faced with restoring their workforce and for some their customer market, both depend on repopulating the region.

Produced by Economic Forensics and Analytics, Inc.  January 2020

Presented by Robert Eyler

Expanding NETLAB+ Capabilities to Instructors and Students

To increase opportunities for continuing student learning while campuses are closed, the North/Far North Regional Consortium is making its NFNRC NETLAB Virtual Networking Environment available to college professors, middle and high school teachers, and their students throughout the region.

Classes that would most benefit from NETLAB include those where students need to access Cisco networking equipment, but any course which has students use specialized software that would not ordinarily be easily available to them, such as Quickbooks or Microsoft or Linux server operating systems, could use NETLAB to make the software available from off-campus.

When Sierra College was required to move classes online, instructors had to find creative ways to allow students to continue to perform labs required for some IT classes. Traditionally, instructors have taught Microsoft Office courses in the classroom, using college-provided computers. With the transition to online teaching, they found that some students didn’t have the necessary computing resources at home, capable of completing the labs (Apple, Chromebook, low-powered computers, etc.). In order to solve this problem, instructors worked with regional NETLAB administrator, Jim Cosentino at Folsom Lake College (FLC), to provide a custom Microsoft Office 2019 NETLAB environment that students can access using a standard web browser.

One of the key elements to the success of this new lab environment is the ability to copy files into and out of NETLAB, which isn’t supported natively but which our NETLAB . At the request of Caleb Fowler, CIS faculty at FLC, Cosentino found a creative solution to enable this custom capability, so students can copy their completed project files to their personal Google Drive accounts and turn in their assignments.

To explain the capabilities of the NFNRC NETLAB, Markus Geissler has recorded a short video targeted primarily at instructors and administrators, which can be viewed here.

For more information contact:

Markus Geissler (North) at or Wendy Porter (Far North) at

Regional Directors, Employer Engagement, ICT & Digital Media

Cypress College launches “drive-up Wi-Fi” for student Internet access

In an effort to provide students with reliable, high-speed internet access — and in keeping with social-distancing directives issued by county, state, and national officials — Cypress College is launching “Drive-Up WiFi” available to all enrolled students

NFNRC News Center
Cutting Through the Gender Barrier… with Power Tools

News Center – December 2019

College of the Redwoods

When Lauren Morgan-Outhisack realized that being an avian field biologist was for the birds, she decided to pursue a lifelong passion for woodworking instead.

It was time for a change, and she was ready to build a brand new career from the ground up. There was just one problem: she was intimidated by the “boys’ club” reputation of hands-on, skilled positions.

“I hemmed and hawed for a while because I wasn’t sure,” says Morgan-Outhisack. “You hear stories about how accepting the trades are for women.”

That’s when opportunity knocked. On wood.

Lassen College Means Business for First-Generation Students

NFNRC News Center-January 2020

Lassen College

A nine-time high school dropout who finally earned her diploma by the skin of her teeth, Susan Rentfrow never thought college was an option — until Lassen College got
her back in business.

By the time she hit her early thirties, the determined mother of five had dreams of buying her first home, but she was having trouble finding a job.

“I wanted a career — I wanted more,” says Rentfrow, who was ready to move beyond her experience in retail and customer service. So when a friend said, “Come on, we’re
going to college,” Rentfrow was game, despite a few jitters about being the very first in her family to attend.

NFNRC Website Updates
Chancellor’s Office Fiscal Memos & Guidance

In hopes of providing a convenient resource for our colleges, we have collected Chancellor’s Office fiscal memos from the inception of Strong Workforce. You can access them here.  As someone new to the Strong Workforce Program, it was very helpful to read through these historical funding documents. Please take a look and let Allison  know if you would like to have something else added to the list.

Submitted by: Allison Travis-Bee

Regional Meeting

Thursday May 21, 2020-ZOOM

Time: 10:30-12:00

+1 669 900 6833 (US Toll)

+1 646 876 9923 (US Toll)

 Meeting ID: 810 709 4652

E-Blast March 2020

E-Blast March 2020

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The NorCal VEX Robotics League Finals 2.0



The NorCal VEX EDR High School Robotics League held its 2nd annual League Finals competition on Saturday February 8, 2020 at Shasta High School (Redding, CA).  The competition hosted 24 teams from 12 different high school teams (approximately 60-75 students) from the Northern California region, with teams from Redding, Anderson, Palo Cedro, Chico, Oroville, Dunsmuir, Etna, and McArthur represented.  Shasta Charter Academy was the tournament champion and overall winner of the league.  Shasta High School received the Design Award, while the Inspire Academy received the Judges Award.  Awarded teams have the opportunity to continue competing in the State Championships in March.  In addition to the competition, the Inspiration Robotics of Northern California received a $8,000 sponsorship from Sierra Pacifica Industries

The NorCal VEX Robotics League has received financial sponsorship support from the Far North Regional Director of Advanced Manufacturing since its inception and has continued to grow its reach and influence.  This has led to the league gaining the attention of industry, receiving financial support from Google in 2019  to assist the league’s growth throughout the Far North region.

Submitted by John Schmidt, Regional Director, Employer Engagement, Advanced Manufacturing, Far North.

grow TECH Fest 2019

Our very own Far North Butte College sponsored an amazing first ever growTECH Fest 2019.  We had over 100 students participate in the 3 day event, everything from Industry Tours, Industry lightening talks, pitch presentations and panel discussions.  The mentoring sessions were a hit as well.   This was such a major success to bring together industry, students, government officials, and education!  Over 300 participants joined in the 3 days of activities.

This event was an amazing way to connect Industry partners and students for our region and to bring to light the wonderful work our Community Colleges do to help students find jobs.  We would not be able to make this happen without the astonishing work Butte College, our Industry Partnership growTECH and Tech Startup Incubator Chicostart does to lift up the tech industry in Northern CA.  In the months after this event we saw better alignment and interest between education, industry and government.

We have already begun plans for growTECH Fest 2020 in October.”


Visit the growTech website

Submitted by-Wendy Porter ICT-DM Regional Director Employer Engagement in the Far North.                     For more information on 2020 growTECH Fest, contact Wendy at

NFNRC News Center
Ground Control to Major Nematode: Ag Education Goes Universal at Woodland College

NFNRC News Center – September 2019

Launching beneficial garden bugs into space? Yeah… it’s a thing. And this year, Woodland College Agriculture students are a critical part of this literally groundbreaking mission. 

They’ll be helping local ag-biotech company Pheronym conduct research on the effect of gravity on nematodes that eat up garden pests, reducing the amount of pesticides needed to grow crops. 

While one set of nematodes goes up to the International Space Station, Woodland College students will be running the control experiment on the ground. They’ll compare the difference between normal nematode behavior with those in space. The research will help Pheronym understand how nematodes function and could help astronauts grow food on future missions. 

More than a Pit Stop: American River College Grads Racing to In-Demand Careers

NFNRC News Center – January 2020

“American River College’s Automotive Programs and their internship program are the very reason I ended up with my dream job,” says Brandon Kelley, Owner of Classic Muscle Auto Shop. Located in Rancho Cordova and serving the Bay Area, Sacramento, and Reno, Kelley’s shop restores and repairs hotrods and classic cars, preserving America’s automobile history.

The ARC grad “lives and breathes all things automotive,” having owned his first classiccar three years before he could legally drive it. Through ARC’s Automotive Technology program, he found the skills he needed to succeed in the industry, building on a versatile skill set that now amounts to 30 years’ experience in welding, electrical wiring, racing, and more. Customers gush about Kelley’s quality workmanship and his close attention to detail, something that he says started with his American River College instructors.

“Ben French, Rocky Carlisle and John McCormack were all equally instrumental in
making my experience at ARC above and beyond what is to be expected from any
learning institution,” says Kelley. “I highly recommend ARC’s programs for any aspiring

E-Blast February 2020

E-Blast February 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). A full calendar and more information can be found on the Member Hub of the NFNRC website.

50 Best Maker Spaces
These Cutting Edge College Collaborative Spaces Truly ROCK!

 Sierra College placed #12 – Nationally  

Colleges in the USA are getting constructive like never before. They love nothing more than encouraging their students to get together and get creative. And one of the key components of this creativity is the maker space. Many colleges now have dedicated environments where their students can gather, use technology and work on amazing ideas and products. But not all college maker spaces are created equal. Some leave a lot to be desired, while others excel. This article is going to highlight the best across the country.

The list of colleges was determined by researching a series of articles to see who was mentioned; staff then checked out spaces online.


Use Drives Quality
Use Drives Quality: Considering Data Quality Issues in California’s Pursuit of a Cradle-to-Career Data System

By Colleen Moore, Assistant Director, EdInsights Center

California is moving forward toward building a “cradle-to-career” data system, and faces a number of critical decisions about the purpose it will serve, and how it will be structured and managed. This brief addresses the important issue of data quality, summarizing the results of interviews with researchers and other experts. The state’s current education and workforce data are generally of good quality, and they are a good foundation for a statewide data system that can provide critical information for educators, policymakers, and students and their families. While there are some data quality issues, good data management and research practices can mitigate them. The brief describes specific actions that can improve data quality, and notes that quality will improve as the data are used to benefit various stakeholders. As one interviewee for the report noted, “when it comes to data, use drives quality.”


Read the Report

“Passing of the Torch for the Future”

From January 21st through 24th of this year, Butte College held once again its very popular annual Arc Exposure event.  Over 200 advanced high school welding students and 50 instructors from 49 regional high schools participated in 1 of 2 separate 2 day training itineraries.  Students and instructors received training from Miller Electric and Hobart Bros. in Butte College’s state-of-the-art new Advanced Manufacturing and Welding facility which opened this past Fall.  Students were exposed to new technologies in SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, and GTAW through classroom lecture and hands-on lab time.

Watch the Video Here

NFNRC News Center
A Whole Different Attitude

Yuba College – Jan. 2020


‘A Whole Different Attitude’: Yuba College Nursing Program Stresses Support, Persistence


One of the basic fundamentals of nursing is the concept of triage: How, in high-stakes moments, to sort patients by medical priority and develop on-the-fly plans to treat them.

It’s how busy emergency rooms manage high-volume surges, and in essence, it’s the underlying philosophy that organizes the life of a nurse.  

But what if the same philosophy were employed to support nursing students? Or, for that matter, any kind of student? Years ago, the thought occurred to Yuba College Director of Allied Health Clark Smith, and today, he believes it’s what sets his award-winning Nursing program apart.

“Our goal is to keep attrition rates down,” says the career nurse and educator, who began teaching at Yuba College more than 25 years ago. “We’re identifying students who need early intervention, sort of like nursing and medicine

LTCC Culinary Boot Camp ‘Reimagining Access’ for Incarcerated Students

January 2020 – Lake Tahoe Community College

LTCC Culinary Boot Camp ‘Reimagining Access’ for Incarcerated Students


“Just sitting around doing nothing” is how Wesley spent his first stint behind bars. He believes it’s also what kept him coming back. 

“I’ve been in and out of prison a lot, and I had no real experience in the work field,” says the Growlersburg Conservation Camp #33 inmate, one of four pilot students in  Lake Tahoe Community College’s inaugural Culinary Boot Camp for incarcerated students. “Now, I’m grateful to have something to go with.”

Wesley’s story is a common one in California, where more than 65 percent of those released from prison return within three years, according to a 2012 report by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.1 That’s one of the highest rates in the nation, but California is fighting back, with bold higher education solutions like those being pioneered by LTCC. According to a 2018 Rand study, programs like these have been shown to reduce recidivism by a staggering 28 percent.2 

International Trade Symposium

Energy, Construction, & Utilities Regional Advisory

Energy, Construction, & Utilities Regional Advisory

Emerging Electrical Skills Across Industry Sectors

Friday, February 21st, 2020 I SMUD

Please join Valley Vision, in collaboration with California Community College partners and faculty, for the Energy, Construction, and Utilities (ECU) Regional Industry Advisory for a discussion on the changing energy economy and emerging workforce implications of California’s electrification strategies. As the state works to operationalize decarbonization policies, markets in these sectors are experiencing significant impacts. Learn about decarbonization and electrification policy drivers that are impacting the sector and hear from industry panelists on how they are preparing and responding to these changes in a regional advisory connecting industry, workforce, government, and education. This is a great opportunity for industry and education partners to connect and align programming to meet our regional skill needs

  • 8:30-9:00 AM Registration & Networking (refreshments & light breakfast available)
  • 9:00-9:10 AM Welcome & Meeting Overview
  • 9:10-9:40 AM Keynote Speaker: Learn about decarbonization and electrification policies that are impacting the sector.
  • 9:40-10:00 AM Statewide ECU Initiatives: Learn about the state initiatives that are aligning workforce development with emerging policy and technology.
  • 10:00-11:30 AM Industry Panel Discussions: Learn directly from industry partners on how they are preparing and responding to the emerging changes in the field.
  • 11:30-11:50AM Discussion & Networking
  • 11:50-12:00 PM Wrap-Up

NOTE: Meeting will be held at the SMUD Customer Service Center on the corner of 65th & S Street.


Vision for Success Summit

Gear up for next generation leadership by challenging your thinking and be inspired by experts in transformational leadership, equity and inclusion and the future of learning.

Network, collaborate and engage with college leaders, stakeholders and partners, policymakers, statewide leaders in education and national thought leaders.

Date And Time

Mon, Apr 27, 2020, 12:00 PM –

Tue, Apr 28, 2020, 3:30 PM PDT


Hotel Irvine

17900 Jamboree Road

Irvine, CA 92614

Link to agenda:

Website for registration

2020-21 Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Program

Call for Applications

The CCC Institutional Effectiveness division invites you to apply to the 2020-21 SEM Program.

The IEPI SEM Program is a comprehensive series of training, coaching and resources in strategic enrollment management (SEM). It is designed by community college practitioners for community college practitioners who wish to engage more deeply and in a more impactful way in their SEM practices, and who wish to move their SEM initiatives forward.

The following are the overall SEM Program expected outcomes for participating colleges:

  • Acquire skills and knowledge of the foundations of SEM and a holistic approach to SEM in order to facilitate the development and implementation of a team-led local SEM project.
  • Develop and implement a college SEM project that includes new and/or improved SEM strategies and practices.
  • Facilitate the integration of the SEM project with the Vision for Success and Guided Pathways.

Follow the link below to learn more about the program or to submit an application for your college to be a part of the 2020-21 cohort.

Application Timeline

January 27 – February 22 | Application Open

March 16 – March 27 | Interviews with Semifinalists

By end of March | Selected Colleges Announced

Early April | Webinar with SEM Coaches

May 2020 | SEM Academy

SEM Program Information and Application

13th annual Youth Entrepreneurship Program and live competition on April 29, 2020

It’s free for your school to attend this fun and  entertaining day of music, crazy games, SWAG, an exciting guest speaker, lunch, and live business pitches from high school students! Your students will have a blast and leave inspired to consider business ownership and entrepreneurship as a career path.

I would also like to encourage you to have your students participate in the competition and work for a chance to win OVER $1,000 in prize money! The competition happens in the following three stages:

(For those who have participated in the past, be sure to check out the Phase changes.)

  • Phase 1 (March 1): Participants submit a business plan. Judges will select the top 30 teams or individuals who will progress to Phase 2.
  • Phase 2 (March 30): Participants will submit a 60-90 second video pitching their business idea. A panel of judges will select the top 5 submissions to move forward to Phase 3.
  • Phase 3 (April 29): The top 5 finalists compete LIVE at the Cascade Theater by presenting their idea in front of a panel of local judges and an audience of their peers.  All finalists receive Startup funds donated by US Bank. The presentations are to be 3 to 5 minutes in length.

Students throughout Shasta, Trinity, Tehama, Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Humboldt, Del Norte, Modoc, Siskiyou, and Plumas Counties are welcome and encouraged to participate

To learn more, visit

To register your school for FREE, visit and fill out the registration form

For more information, you can reach out to Angela Cordell at

E-Blast January 2020


E-Blast January 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). A full calendar and more information can be found on the Member Hub of the NFNRC website.

Now Available_Program and Course Approval Handbook (PCAH) 7th Edition


Here is the PCAH 7th Edition Handbook on the CCCCO website

Final Review of the NFN Regional Plan

The final review of the NFN Regional Plan is scheduled for 1/14/2020 4:00-5:00 pm

Zoom call-in

+1 669 900 6833 (US Toll)

+1 646 876 9923 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 810 709 4652


For more information please contact Blaine Smith at 

PIO Webinar to Review Career Education Advertising & Outreach Concepts for FY 2020-21

Dear Colleagues,

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office recently concluded a Listening Tour regarding the next statewide Career Education marketing and advertising campaign. New creative concepts were shared and feedback was provided as we prepare for statewide focus group testing, concept selection, production and campaign rollout in Fiscal Year 2020-21. A total of seven Regional Listening Sessions, with more than 200 participants, have been completed to date throughout the state.

For those not able to attend an in-person Regional Listening Session, we are conducting a webinar on January 14 to review/discuss the creative concepts and the results of the meetings.  Please note, all participants will be able to provide feedback on the concepts during the webinar.


Tuesday, January 14th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Or Telephone: +1 646 876 9923 (US Toll) or +1 669 900 6833 (US Toll); Meeting ID: 662 913 1870


Let us know if you have any questions.  Please note, if you cannot attend, we will be sharing a recording of the webinar.  Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.  We look forward to collaborating with you on January 14.



Paige Marlatt Dorr

Director of Communications and Marketing

California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

(916) 327.5656

MIS Noncredit Data and Accountability Workshop Outreach

The Noncredit MIS Data and Accountability Workshop that is scheduled for the north/far north region on

January 24th at Los Rios Community College, Ethan Way Center

Register Here

Attendees can expect to walk away with the following:

 * Development of a working knowledge of the data that comprises student journeys beginning with enrollment and ending with employment

 * Mastery of key concepts and definitions used in the LaunchBoard for calculating student enrollment, participation, progress, transition, completion and employment

 * Exploration of existing coding practices that generate consistent errors and under or over counting of students and outcomes

 * Understanding of the issues triggered through the intersection of CASAs TOPSpro Enterprise data and MIS data for colleges when reporting WIOA Title II outcomes

  *Knowledge of edge reporting cases such as students being served through “not for credit” courses and programs and/or through third party contracts with the college

  *Synthesis of the impact of the changes in MIS related to AB705 implementation (CB21 and CB26) which may impact noncredit programs

Additional Information


For any questions or to find out additional information, please contact Aurora King at or by calling or texting 541-631-9737

E-Blast December 2019

E-Blast December 2019

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.

First Partner Jennifer Newsom’s visit to the Woodland Community College Campus

On November 12, 2019, First Partner Jennifer Newsom visited the Woodland Community College Campus.  She is working with the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Farm to School Program Coordinator Nick Anicich.  Mrs. Newsom, Mr. Anicich along with Valley Vision connected the college with her staff to fit in an hour long visit of the campus greenhouses.  Mrs. Newsom was able to talk with students working in the greenhouse on growth studies and lab projects, as well as learn about how the Woodland Campus sends weekly produce deliveries up to the Lake Campus to be used in their culinary program.  It was a great opportunity for her to see how important agriculture is on our campuses and in our efforts to help build the connections with our K12 Partners.  Carrie Peterson, Regional Director, Employer Engagement of the North-Far North Region-Agriculture, Water and Environmental Technology is currently working with her staff to plan more visits to other colleges in the NFN Region.


For more information please contact Carrie Peterson @

Public Service Health Careers Day at American River College

Public Service Health Careers Day at American River College was held on November 8, 2020 as part of a regional and statewide campaign to support jobs in public service.  This event was a collaboration between American River College Nursing & Allied Health Department hosting Sacramento Public Health Department and UC Davis Health as two of the largest employers for public

 service health sector jobs in the greater Sacramento Region.  This event impacted students’ understanding of public service health careers in an interactive day at ARC.

  • 44 students attended
  • 3 high school pathway programs participated from Grant High School  and Foothill High School
  • Industry Panelists presented on careers in Public Service Health Careers for Public Health Nursing , ICU Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Healthcare Interpreting and Respiratory Care
  • American River College Career Outreach and Transitions Specialists presented information about registering for the college experience for high school students.

Supported with local Strong Workforce funds and Regional Director- Employer Engagement/Health Sector Grant

Submitted By: Julie Holt -Regional Director, Employer Engagement, Health Sector, North Region. For more information she can be reached at

Sierra College’s Cybersecurity program earns CAE Designation


Shawn Monsen (left) and with Dr. Markus Geissler (right)


Sierra College was recently designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This designation indicates that Sierra College is helping reduce threats to our national infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in Cyber Defense as well as providing the nation with a pipeline of qualified Cybersecurity professionals. And even though all regionally accredited two-year, four-year, and graduate-level institutions in the United States are eligible to apply to become a CAE-CD designated institution, only 312 academic institutions, or less than 7% of eligible institutions, have earned this honor to date. Shawn Monsen, Information Technology Professor at Sierra College, recently traveled to Phoenix, AZ to receive the award at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Conference where he was joined by Dr. Markus Geissler and Wendy Porter, the Regional Directors, Employer Engagement, Information & Communication Technologies/Digital Media for the North/Far North Region. Congratulations to Shawn and the entire Information Technology Department at Sierra College on this outstanding achievement!

Submitted by Markus Geissler

Advanced Manufacturing in Agriculture Regional Meeting

On Friday, November 22, 2019, Jeff Briggs -Regional Director, Employer Engagement  North Region _Advanced Manufacturing, Valley Vision, and Carrie Peterson-Regional Director, Employer Engagement North-Far North Region_Agriculture, Water and Environmental Technology held a Cross-Sector Regional Advisory Meeting.  They had not hosted meetings with cross sectors previously, so this was a new project.  There were over 70 attendees.  The agenda included the following:

  • Keynote Speaker – Dr. Glenda Humiston, VP, University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources presented a new report, “California’s Working Landscapes” and discussed the key contributions of the Food and Agriculture Value Chain.
  • Dr. Humiston and Rob Neenan, President/CEO, California Food Producers, facilitated a discussion about what’s new in food trends and next generation food production.
  • Employer panel discussion with representatives from Farmer’s Rice Cooperative, Pacific Coast Producers, Vite Ramen, and Z Specialty Foods.  Large operations to small start-ups.  All discussed advances in manufacturing their products has helped and hindered their businesses.
  • Faculty presentations of new certificate programs in Industrial Maintenance Mechanics from Yuba College and Sacramento City College.

There was an excellent discussion at the end about establishing more industry partnerships with our educational institutions in order to pool resources.  More information will be available in the next couple of weeks including meeting minutes, slide decks, etc.

For more information please contact Carrie Peterson @  or Jeff Briggs @

California CTE Federal Application (Perkins V) – Online Public Feedback Period

The public feedback window will open on December 2, 2019, and close on January 3, 2020. The following link ( will be shared to the public comment site and form will be shared via listservs and other channels, as well as be posted on the CWPJAC and Perkins webpages hosted by the CDE on Dec 2, 2019.


For more information and dates please review this December 2, 2019 Memorandum

Public Meeting Informational Webinar – Dec 6, 2019 Online Webinar
10:00 A.M.-10:30 A.M.
Dial: +1 669 900 6833 (US Toll) Meeting ID: 900 354 042

2:00 P.M.-2:30 P.M.
Dial: +1 669 900 6833 (US Toll) Meeting ID: 949 783 063


Public Meeting #2 – Dec 9, 2019 Sacramento WestEd Offices
10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. or 1:00 P.M. –3:00 P.M.
Christopher Center Building, WestEd Offices
Capitol Room
1000 G Street, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95814

CA Perkins Joint Special Populations Equity Annual Conference

On behalf of JSPAC – Joint Special Populations Advisory Committee,  invite you to attend our annual conference focused on equity and our special student populations.  This advisory is funded by Perkins IB.

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 The CA Perkins Joint Special Populations Equity Annual Conference:

“Equity Action – The leading force for systemic educational equity. Look Deeper beyond the random acts of equity” focuses on education equity transformation and inclusion in processes, practices, partnerships

Location: Holiday Inn, downtown Sacramento

Dates:  December 11 & 12, December 10 – Pre-conference

California Secondary, Post-Secondary systems, policy change-makers, practitioners and employers are undertaking the significant reforms to address the attainment disparities in opportunity gaps with “Untapped Populations:”

  • Untapped Populations(not used, valuable) i.e. marginalized, students with disabilities, non- traditional, foster, homeless, veterans, underserved, minorities, overrepresented, underutilized, limited English speakers, low-income, economically disadvantaged, immigrants, female veterans, first generations students, second chances.
  • A pre-conference workshop will focus on Perkins V: local needs assessment & State Plan

Looking forward to seeing you and having crucial conversations about EQUITY awareness and action.

For more information, contact Maureen White _

CNA Educators’ Conference-Save the Date!

Friday, January 10, 2020

10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sacramento, CA

 Location and Registration Link will be Available Soon.

Please Share This Health Workforce Initiative collaborative event with your colleagues.

Questions: Contact Trudy Old at  (530) 879-9049

Solheim’s Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse Review Course Save the Date!

January 16-17, 2020 I 8am – 5pm


Enloe Conference Center

Room 102

1528 Esplanade

Chico, CA 95926

Price: $75.oo

Register Here

Contact Trudy Old at for more information

E-Blast November 2019

E-Blast November 2019

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 Awards for California’s Top Workforce Partnerships


And the winners are… Three innovative partnerships building CA’s workforce of the future

The winners of the 2019 Partnerships for Industry and Education (PIE) Contest, have been announced and will be featured during the 2019 California Economic Summit program on November 7 in Fresno.

The PIE Contest was launched to honor successful workforce programs that were created through partnerships between regional employers and educational entities to better prepare workers with the skills those employers need.

You can read more about the PIE Contest and all of the top 10 partnerships selected by a prestigious panel of judges in the 2019 PIE Contest Booklet. The partnerships identified in the Booklet demonstrate the power of public-private collaboration.

The top three winning partnerships will also be highlighted in upcoming blogs on how each program responded to a specific workforce challenge in their region.

“We hope these awards will help accelerate even more work between our educators and our employers to benefit the workers of California.” – CA Fwd CEO Micah Weinberg

California’s Wildfire Crisis: A Call to Action

California’s cherished forests are imperiled and our well-being is in jeopardy. Recent extreme wildfires are the catastrophic consequence of a century of inadequate land management, boom-and-bust timber harvests, drought, insects, and climate change.

The threat is so massive and growing so rapidly that we must act with urgency and in fundamentally different ways. In addition to the State’s efforts to improve emergency preparedness and response, California communities and entrepreneurs need to be fully engaged to implement sustainable forest thinning strategies and put woody material to ecologically sound and economically viable uses.

California’s Wildfire Crisis: A Call to Action, a report by CA Fwd and the California Economic Summit, lays out the case for taking action against a primary cause of wildfires, the challenges to resolving the crisis, and action principles needed to create a comprehensive triple-bottom line public-private response.

The report will be discussed at the 2019 California Economic Summit in Fresno November 7 and 8, where participants will also explore regional approaches to a range of challenges, from workforce to working landscapes, homelessness to housing, and manufacturing to mobility.


On International Workers’ Day, Governor Newsom signed an executive order establishing the Future of Work Commission
Governor Newsom announced the leaders from technology, labor, business, education, venture capital, and other sectors across the state who will make a substantial commitment to serve on the engaged and action-oriented Commission. The Governor has also tasked California Labor Secretary Julie Su, Chief Economic Advisor Lenny Mendonca, and Senior Advisor on Higher Education Lande Ajose to help lead the Commission’s work. The overarching goal of the Future of Work Commission is to develop a new social compact for California workers, based on an expansive vision for economic equity that takes work and jobs as the starting point.

On September 10, the Commission convened for the first time with a two-day meeting entitled The Present and Future State of Work in California hosted in Sacramento. Read more about the first meeting in this summary of the convening.

Find out where and when all future meetings are happening by following this link and be sure to tune into the podcast, which you can learn more about below.


Text-Based Nudges to High School Seniors Boost Financial Aid Filing & College Enrollment

High school seniors who receive texted reminders–or “nudges”–from their school counselors are 17 percent more likely to complete the college financial aid application process and 8 percent more likely to enroll in college directly after graduating than their peers who are not nudged, according to a new study published today in Educational Evaluation and Policy…


Improving Educational Opportunity in California


How can schools and colleges best prepare students to meet the challenges of the future? Linda Darling-Hammond, president of the state board of education, and Eloy Ortiz-Oakley, chancellor of California’s community colleges, discuss the issues with Mark Baldassare, PPIC president and CEO.



On Saturday, October 26, our NFN Education Consultant/Monitor, Dr. Maureen White, traveled with about 20 members/employees of our Community Colleges Foundation to volunteer at Paradise, CA.  The event was coordinated by Tim Aldinger, Director, Workforce, Foundation Community Colleges.  Some of the staff brought their children.  It was an opportunity for Maureen to get to know our Foundation staff, and to be in community with other college students in helping to rebuild Paradise, which was affected by the Camp Fire, in November 2018.   For the morning gathering, Maureen provided the opening interfaith blessing.

For more information contact  Maureen White at mwhite@cccco.ede

Aviation…the sky is the limit!

Sacramento City College (SCC) has a rich history in Aviation. The Airframe and Powerplant program of Sacramento City College (SCC) is the nation’s oldest, continuous college A&P program. Hilton Lusk, the founder of the Aeronautics program began the first outreach effort in 1930 at Sacramento High School when he helped to form an Aero Club so that students could explore aviation as a career. Although the SCC Aeronautics program began in 1930, the first Airframe and Powerplant degree was approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in 1932 and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 1958.

Hilton Lust holds picture of himself & Amelia Earhart

Proposed Changes to BOG Title 5 Regulations: Unlawful Discrimination

Please find at the following links: a notice of proposed rulemaking, text and summary and analysis from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office titled ”Unlawful Discrimination.”  Comments must be received by the Regulations Coordinator prior to 4:00 p.m. on December 16, 2019.  Please email any comments or questions to the regulation coordinator at .

The attached documents are also available on the Office of General Counsel page of the Chancellor’s website at Office of General Counsel – Pending Regulatory Action.

The Latest Rostrum is Here!

The October 2019 Rostrum can be found here. Topics include an Academic Senate Perspective on votes of no-confidence, Guided Pathways and governance, supporting undocumented students, and more!

CCC TechConnect: Free Online Services for Meeting, Teaching, and Learning

Date: Friday, November 15
Time: 12 noon

Join us to learn about TechConnect’s services set forth by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to partner with community colleges and serve as a key provider of technology and digital solutions.

We’ll also touch on upcoming branding changes. While our look will be changing, our mission remains the same: To create, support, and leverage technology to enhance student success and advance classrooms, institutions, and the system.

TechConnect services are available 24/7 and free to all faculty, staff and students of the California Community Colleges. These projects are funded by grants from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

“Institutions of higher education are increasingly embracing online education, and more students are enrolling in distance programs than ever before,” said Rico Bianchi, Director of TechConnect. “Our mission is to support innovation and create technology and digital solutions to meet the growing demands of our community colleges.”

Join us for this webinar, 45 minutes of useful information on how these services support your work, including integrations in Canvas.

Register today to reserve a seat, and receive links to the recording afterwards to share with your colleagues.

Register Now

Advanced Manufacturing in Agriculture Regional Advisory Meeting

November 22, 2019 | 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Woodland Community Center 

2001 East St, Woodland, CA 95776

The greater Sacramento Region needs a robust pipeline of highly qualified workers to meet labor market demand in our Advanced Manufacturing in Food and Ag Industries. These sectors are a major priority for the region’s economic prosperity strategy. The region is an epicenter for innovation in agricultural advancement. Education and workforce partners are working to support employers and entrepreneurs that are at the forefront of manufacturing established and new food and beverage products and the companies that supply these vital industries.

Join us on Friday, November 22nd, 2019 for a Regional Advisory Meeting focused on Advanced Manufacturing in our Food and Ag Industries. You can help build this pipeline by informing education and training providers about the needs of the 21st Century Workforce.  Your contribution will help ensure that employers and educators are collaborating to support students in attaining skills and competencies that meet labor market needs for high-skill, high-wage occupations in demand.

Check back for updates on the program.

Registration Start: 8:30 AM

Please contact Emma Koefoed with any questions or for more information:  or (916) 462-0687.


18/19 North/Far North Regional Consortia Funded K-12 SWP Applications

The booklet link below lists all of the K-12 Strong Workforce Program projects that were funded in 18-19 with some basic information about the projects.  The booklet includes the project title, project description, lead LEA, partner agencies, targeted sectors and round 1 funding amounts for each project funded.

This information can be found on or the link below.

For more information reach out to the NFN Regional Contact Tanya Meyer (K-14 TAP) at

Project Booklet