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,


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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)

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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

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LEVEL 1.0 Registration link

Leadership Academy 2021 Level 2.0 – Fall 2021

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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

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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

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).

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.” 

E-Blast June 2020

E-Blast June 2020

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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

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.

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