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,


Spring Informational Flyer

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


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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.