E-Blast, February 2018

E-Blast, February 2018

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.

Letter from the Director

Hello! I am Blaine Smith, the brand new Director of the NFNRC hosted at Los Rios Community College District

February is CTE Month!

Looking for ideas for CTE Month? Check out suggestions from the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)

Construction Cluster and Workforce Needs Assessment
Butte College Plans to Offer Free Tuition, Fees for First Time College Students

Beginning Fall 2018
College Receives Largest Donation in Its History to Kick Off Fundraising Effort
Funding for Program Will Come from State & Private Donations
More information: FAQ sheet.

PBS News Hour Highlights Need for Tradespeople

After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople

Upcoming Events
North Region Advanced Manufacturing

• February 9 and April 6  Harnessing the Power of Design Thinking –  a two part workshop presented by the Sacramento City College Makerspace, for Los Rios faculty.  Friday February 9, and April 6, 2018 at the SCC Makerspace, 8:00am to noon both sessions.  Transforming the way you teach, work and live.

• February 12  Aerojet will be performing their final rocket engine test.  Join the SacValley SME group for this exciting facility tour and observation of the test.

• February 21 the new Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative will be formally organized and rolled out at the Power Inn Alliance headquarters.  This organization, by local manufacturers for strengthening local manufacturers has been several years in the making but now it’s here and ready to make a difference in connecting education and training efforts of manufacturing workforce development and the entire manufacturing ecosystem.

• Have a product you think can be of value to society? Join the Hacker Lab in this Spring’s ‘Start-up Hustle’.  Learn how to take your idea and make it a commercial success.  Introductory sessions planned for late in February.

Please contact Steve Dicus stevedicus@sierracollege for more information.

Temple Grandin to Speak at Shasta College

Temple Grandin talks to cows…and she’s coming to the Shasta College Theatre and the State Theatre in Red Bluff to talk to students and the public about her life and experiences in the fields of autism and animal behavior. Dr. Grandin is a professor at Colorado State University, has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has had a Emmy Award winning movie made about her life. As a best-selling author and dynamic speaker Temple is sure to provide a learning experience unlike any other. Be sure to catch Temple Grandin on Thursday, February 22nd at 6:30pm at the Shasta College Theatre and again on Friday, February 23rd at 10:30am at the State Theatre in Red Bluff. Special thanks to the Shasta College Ag Leadership Club, in partnership with the Deputy Sector Navigator for Agriculture and Red Bluff High School for their work in bringing Temple Grandin to our communities to speak. Contact Heather Kelnhofer for more information

Prop 39 Mini Grants/ Workplans 2017/18
CTE Faculty Scholarship for CCCAOE

Scholarship for CTE faculty to attend the Spring 2018 California Community College Association for Occupational Education conference in Sacramento from March 7-9. Additional information can be found at:

This scholarship fund will provide access for nearly 100 CTE Faculty to attend the “Faculty Friday” session at no cost on March 9th.   Faculty interested in attending either the entire conference or just March 9th will be given a special code to submit as part of the conference registration process.   The code will credit  the entire cost of attending the conference only for the “Faculty Friday” on March 9th.   Or if you would like to attend the entire conference (highly recommended) the same dollar value will be credited to your full conference registration.

If you, or a CTE faculty colleague, are interested in attending, please email Dr. Grant Goold at and provide your name, college, email address, and CTE discipline as soon as possible.  You must register for the conference immediately after receiving the code. It is for one time use only and cannot be forwarded to anyone else.

Don’t Delay! The fund is limited and codes will be allocated on a first come, first served basis until the fund is exhausted.

Training-based Workforce Development Programs for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure

The National Science Foundation is soliciting proposals for training-based workforce development programs for advanced cyberinfrastructure. Link to program description

The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) would appreciate your help in getting the word out about this federal funding opportunity to relevant contacts in workforce development, academia, and other stakeholder organizations. The deadline for proposals is February 14, 2018.

For questions about the specifics of the program, consult the Cybertraining solicitation at or email the program director, Sushil Prasad, at

Position Open: Lake Tahoe Wilderness Education Faculty

Lake Tahoe Community College District in South Lake Tahoe, CA invites candidates to submit applications for a full-time, tenure track Wilderness Education Faculty position. Wilderness Education and Outdoor Leadership is poised to become a centerpiece of Lake Tahoe Community College’s vision to be California’s Premier Destination Community College. The successful candidate will take the lead in further developing the department area with emphasis on outdoor leadership, expeditionary learning, environmental leadership, snow skills, climbing, water skills, wilderness medicine, search and rescue, and related disciplines.

Complete applications must be received by noon on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 to be considered for this opening. Further details regarding this opportunity are provided by clicking here.  To apply, please visit  Questions may be directed to or (530) 541-4660 x226.

COE Updates

• The COE is partnering with Valley Vision for a cluster-based report on Hospitality for the 6-county Sacramento region. This is a project that is slated to be delivered before the end of this fiscal year. There are a number of projects going at the program level that will inform this broader study.

• The COE is partnered with the Central Valley and Bay regions for a report based on a survey regarding Industrial Maintenance Mechanics. This is a report that is primarily focused on Manufacturing employers across Northern California.

The Spring CCCAOE Conference will take place March 7-9, 2018 in Sacramento, CA. Registration and more information can be found at

Upcoming NFNRC Meetings and Calls

February 26: Coordinating Council Call 10am

March 1: Program Recommendation Call 9am

March 5: DSN/Key Talent Call 9:30am

March 8: CCCAOE Regional Meeting 10am

For more information please visit

Upcoming Meetings