Contributor Newsletter August 2023


August 2023

NFN News Center

The ‘Other’ Wine Country: FLC Viticulture

Program Cultivates Regional Growth

Folsom Lake College Viticulture Pathway

When you think of California’s Wine Country, the first places that come to mind are probably the lush vineyards of Napa Valley and Sonoma County. The truth is: great grapes grow all over the state – and Folsom Lake College is stomping on old standards by supporting an overlooked but vital viticulture region in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. 

“Many may not have heard about El Dorado, Amador, Lodi, or Clarksburg,” says Lisa Meline, a recent graduate of the Viticulture program at Folsom Lake College. 

“All are within 45 minutes of Sacramento, and each have their own unique wines due to their unique growing conditions and vineyard management practices.” 

The region is especially fruitful for growing high-quality grapes, which are then processed into wine sold worldwide. The Sierra Nevada Foothills are a one-of-a-kind region for cultivating these fine grapes thanks to the rich soil and climate conditions. This expansive American Viticulture Area (AVA) stretches over eight counties, including El Dorado County — home to FLC’s El Dorado Center and more than 70 award-winning wineries. 

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Student Startups: Sierra College Invests in Aspiring Entrepreneurs with Mentorship and Microgrants

Think it takes a million dollars to turn an idea into a real business? Think again. 

Sierra College is proving that with just a little bit of startup money and a whole lot of networking and support, entrepreneurial students can create their own businesses. Most importantly, they’ll also learn to develop an innovative mindset that can take them anywhere.

“Sierra College has always been a forward-thinking community college,” says Monique Brown, Co-Founder and Managing Director of the business accelerator The Growth Factory. This year, Brown is the college’s entrepreneur in residence. Thanks to Strong Workforce support, she’s been able to help kick-start the Sierra College Microgrant Program, where students can test out their new business ideas while learning creative problem-solving, critical thinking, innovation, and collaboration skills. 

“The idea is to encourage students to take action on their ideas,” says Brown. “Over time, those are going to end up turning into real businesses.”

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Advancing Equitable Dual Enrollment

Initial Findings from the Dual Enrollment for Equitable Completion Initiative March 2023

Using a mixed methods research approach, over the next three years, RDP Consulting explores how 10 CCC and high school partnerships engaging in the DE4EC initiative provide expanded and equity-focused dual enrollment.RDP Consulting’s Theory of Change postulates that learner-centered activities that focus on recruiting, supporting, and guiding African American/Black, Latina/o/x, and low-income high school students will increase their access to dual enrollment. This achievement underscores a college-going culture, supports career and job readiness, and ultimately, leads to more positive academic, economic, and personal outcomes for participating students.

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IELCE Resources to Support Immigrant Integration and Inclusion

The Enhancing Access for Refugees and New Americans (EARN) project aims to support adult educators in developing and delivering high-quality Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education(IELCE)/Integrated Education and Training (IET) programming in alignment with an immigrant integration approach.

 Enhancing Access Spotlights describe and provide examples of specific aspects of IELCE/IET implementation. One such spotlight, Serving Internationally Trained Professionals in IELCE Activities, details how adult education programs can leverage IELCE activities to serve Internationally Trained Professionals (ITPs). ITPs frequently attend adult education programs; they often take English language acquisition classes or participate in IELCE activities. This spotlight shares promising practices that programs can use to support ITPs in applying their skills to navigate career pathways and to achieve economic integration.

 EARN has also released an Expanding the Use of Online Resources in IELCE Activities to Support Immigrant Integration and Inclusion guide. Many online instructional resources, including curricula, courses, and tools, can be used to help English learners strengthen their language skills ,improve their digital literacy, and navigate life in the United States. One such resource is USA Learn's Access America course as it addresses key civics content and employability skills and contextualizes EL instruction with immigrant integration concepts.


These and other resources can be found at 


North Far North Regional Meeting

Please join us for the NFNRC regional meeting,

Date: Thursday September14, 2023

Time: 8:00-3:00 pm(Breakfast 8-9am/lunch 12-1-provided)

Location: Sheraton Redding Hotel at the Sundial Bridge

820 Sundial Bridge Drive, Redding CA. 96003

 Register HereDeadline is 9/4/23 (5:00 PM)

 Room Block

We have arranged a room block for Wednesday September 13, 2023, if you need to come the night before.

Book your room by 08/30/23.  The number of rooms are limited.

Make your reservation with this link.

Event Name: NFNRC Regional Meeting - Sept 2023

Room Rate is $259.00/night plus applicable fees and taxes.

Check in 4:00 pm/Check out is 11:00 am

Rooms will NOT be paid for by the NFNRC

Important ***Voting Members & Proxies (only) will be meeting Wednesday September 13, 2022 (12-5:00) Lunch will be provided.

K-12 Engagement Sessions

North Far North K12 Strong Workforce Program Stakeholders,

With the ’23-’24 K12 Strong Workforce Program RFA impending release, the North Far North will be holding a series of Technical Assistance Sessions and Webinars over the next several months.  The RFA and schedule of dates from the State has yet to be released but we are anticipating a similar schedule from previous years. North Far North is excited to announce the first two technical assistance dates for Regional Engagement Sessions.  For clarity, the two engagement sessions will be similar in nature, as far as content that will be delivered.  We wanted to provide options for those that want to attend face to face and those that prefer a digital format.

 Please sign up for which session best work for you:

K12Strong Workforce Program Engagement Session (In-person) September 13thfrom 8:30-1 (Engagement session will conclude at noon, with lunch to follow. At the Sheraton Redding Hotel at the Sundial Bridge

K12Strong Workforce Program Engagement Session (Virtual) September 11th11:30-1:00 pm

California Forward’s 2023 Summit

October 11-13, 2023 and pay only $450 for your admission to join us in Indian Wells. Discounts on groups of five or more are also available.

  • Network with peers from government, education, nonprofits, business and more.

  • Take back to your desk implementable strategies from our keynote speaker ,William Eggers, co-author of Bridgebuilders: How Government Can Transcend Boundaries to Solve Big Problems, and our other speakers and panelists selected f or their efforts in policy making, economic development, equity and climate resiliency.

Plus, take part in three interactive breakout session blocks that include these vital priorities:

  • Advancing Inclusive Regional Economies (Going Beyond CERF)

  • Child Care, Early Learning & Economy

  • Housing and Homeownership

  • Resilient and Productive Landscapes

  • Broadband for All

  • Economic Prosperity in a Changing Climate

  • Education and Workforce

  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Ownership by Women and People of Color

  • Accelerating Infrastructure

  • Advancing Manufacturing

  • Creative Economy

More information here

Webinar: Charting the Course for a People-Powered Data System

Join us on Monday, August 21 at 11:00 a.m. for the release of a new research brief and an engaging conversation with the leadership of the California Cradle-to-Career Data System (C2C).Together, we will delve into the role of user-centered design (UCD) in establishing a data infrastructure that not only advances California’s goals of improving education and workforce outcomes for its residents but also fosters accessibility and engagement from all stakeholders.

Read More Here:


Apply or Nominate Now!

The North Far North Regional Consortium is recruiting for the following open positions on the Coordinating Council.

  • CIO-North

  • CSSO-North

  • Student/Alumni-Far North

PURPOSE:    The Coordinating Council will (1) provide consultation and advice on regional investments, (2) promote Career Education (CE) with their various constituent groups and (3) advocate for CE policy reform. This group is advisory and does not have voting rights.

MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES:     Ensure that regional constituency leadership groups are aware of NFNRC activities, actions and decisions. Provide information on policy related to career education programming and funding streams. Advocate on behalf of the Consortium regarding needed policy reform. Collaborate with the NFNRC staff to ensure information/format/etc. are appropriate for dissemination to Regional and state External Leadership. Communicate information shared by NFNRC with their respective constituent groups and college leadership. Inform NFNRC Executive Director of regional leadership’s questions, concerns, ideas. Act in the best interest of the region as a whole. Maintain an equity-minded lens in all decision-making. Attend meetings regularly or ensure attendance of designated alternate.

MEETINGS;  The Coordinating Council will meet once a month (the last Monday of the month from 10 am-11 am) ; additional meetings may be called as deemed necessary. Meetings may be in-person or via videoconference.

Apply or Nominate someone here:



The pre-conference sessions are on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, and run from 9-12 and 1:30-4:30. The full conference begins on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at 8:30 am at OMNI Rancho Mirage. There will be three (3) conference days with powerful keynote presentations and plenary sessions. The conference will wrap up on Friday, October 20, 2023, by noon.


Multiple Pre-Conference Sessions, including Perkins
Regional Meetings
Two Keynotes
Chancellor’s Office updates
Three Concurrent Plenary Sessions
Three Rotating Plenary Sessions
30 breakout sessions
…and more.

Full Conference – $945

 Register Here                 Informational Flyer

Book your room at OMNI Rancho Mirage.

     OMNI Rooms start at $199++/night with a daily $15 resort fee that includes parking, gym, etc.

     Reserve by Sept. 25, 2023 for special CCCAOE room rates. Room block closes on Sept. 25, 2023 at 5 pm.


Other nearby lodging options if OMNI is sold out –