E-Blast February 2020

E-Blast February 2020

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

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

 Sierra College placed #12 – Nationally  

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

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


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

By Colleen Moore, Assistant Director, EdInsights Center

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


Read the Report

“Passing of the Torch for the Future”

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

Watch the Video Here

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A Whole Different Attitude

Yuba College – Jan. 2020


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


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

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

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

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

LTCC Culinary Boot Camp ‘Reimagining Access’ for Incarcerated Students

January 2020 – Lake Tahoe Community College

LTCC Culinary Boot Camp ‘Reimagining Access’ for Incarcerated Students


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

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

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

International Trade Symposium

Energy, Construction, & Utilities Regional Advisory

Energy, Construction, & Utilities Regional Advisory

Emerging Electrical Skills Across Industry Sectors

Friday, February 21st, 2020 I SMUD

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

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

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


Vision for Success Summit

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

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

Date And Time

Mon, Apr 27, 2020, 12:00 PM –

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


Hotel Irvine

17900 Jamboree Road

Irvine, CA 92614

Link to agenda:

Website for registration

2020-21 Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Program

Call for Applications

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

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

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

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

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

Application Timeline

January 27 – February 22 | Application Open

March 16 – March 27 | Interviews with Semifinalists

By end of March | Selected Colleges Announced

Early April | Webinar with SEM Coaches

May 2020 | SEM Academy

SEM Program Information and Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more, visit

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

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