E-Blast April 2021

E-Blast April 2021

As a subscriber, you will receive this E-Blast to your inbox every month. The goal of the E-Blast is to keep everyone in the NFN Regional Consortium up-to-date on news, events and other activities happening both in our region and the state. If you would like something placed into the E-blast and/or NFNRC Calendar, please send the information to (please submit by 5pm on the first Monday of the month to be included in that month’s newsletter).


A stronger, more equitable future

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

After the Storm

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

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

Download the Full Report

Strengthening Rural Community Colleges

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

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

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

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

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

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

and other industries that are ubiquitous in rural communities

‘Consensus’ on Pell for short-term programs?

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

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

Butte College Launches Technology-Careers Exploration Summer Institute

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

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

Read the full article here…


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

2021 Ensuring Transfer Success (ETS) Virtual Conference

Registration is Open Now!

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

The registration fee is $15.00

Topics include:

*UC Campus Updates

*Transfer Basics: A Guide to Transfer Admissions

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

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

We Care: The LGBTQ+ Transfer Experience @UC

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

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

Guiding Admitted Transfer Students

Ask a UC Student!

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

 Making Transfer to UC Work Financially

Leadership Academy 2021 Level 1.0 is Next Week

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

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

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

Potential Topics for Technical Modules include:

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

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

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

Perkins, Dual Enrollment



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

Spring 2021 Virtual Conference Wrap up


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

You are our WHY!

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

Evaluation Form for IF YOU WERE AN ATTENDEE 


Evaluation form for IF YOU WERE A PRESENTER 

(Please complete both if that applies to you)

Fall 2021 Conference Planning

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

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

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

Center of Excellence
North/Far North COE Economic Update

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

Download the full economic update including appendices here.

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


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

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

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

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

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

NFNRC News Center
IT’s Live

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

NFNRC News Center – October 2019

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

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

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

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

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


Sidebar: Student Spotlight: CyberSheriff Angelo Lujan

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

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

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

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

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

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


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