E-Blast February 2022


E-Blast February 2022

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).
North Far North Regional Consortia Introduces our new Director of Employer Partnerships


As the new Director of Employer Partnerships for the North / Far North Consortia, it has been a pleasure meeting the voting members in-person on my recent campus tours across our region. What’s impressed me most is everyone’s commitment to education, and advancing the pathways and partnerships throughout the diverse region. What excites me most is the willingness of everyone to work together and partner on shared opportunities for success to achieve the outcomes desired.

This year, I look forward to building our team of assistant directors to grow new employer partnerships and work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to help our students find meaningful work, and careers. As an alumni of Las Positas College in the Bay Area, I know first hand the value of a community college education, and the opportunity that follows. In addition, my background in corporate business development, education, government, and academic environments, combined with leading entrepreneurial ventures, is what led me to joining all of you in this new role.

With a new year ahead of us, I welcome the opportunity to hear your new ideas, needs, and vision on ways we can strengthen our region’s efforts, and methods used to showcase the outcomes of everyone’s work being done. Please feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn and get in touch at

Wishing you a wonderful 2022,


California Volunteers, California Higher Education Institutions Announce Historic College Service Program

CALIFORNIA – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom and the leaders of California’s college and university systems joined Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday to launch the largest state-level investment in a college service program in California history. California Volunteers announced the 45 colleges and universities selected as inaugural partners for the service-based college opportunity program.

“California is a world leader in both higher education and service,” said Governor Newsom. “The #CaliforniansForAll College Corps advances these priorities by connecting Californians of different backgrounds with enriching service opportunities throughout the state while making college more affordable for our state’s future leaders. We hope the Corps will be replicated across the nation.”

#CaliforniansForAll College Corps will provide up to 6,500 college students over two academic years with service opportunities in critical issue areas such as climate action, K-12 education, and COVID-19 recovery. Students who complete a year of service will receive $10,000 while gaining valuable experience serving in their communities. This program will unite young Californians of all backgrounds in service, and, for the first time, specifically creates state-funded opportunities for AB 540 eligible Dreamers to serve their communities.

45 total campuses representing University of California, California State University, community college and private university systems have been selected as program participants via a competitive grant application process. The full list of schools can be found here.


Revamping short-term credential pathways

An initiative to develop short-term credentials that better serve employers and learners has published a brief that highlights key elements gleaned over its first year from participating community colleges and their partners.

In fall 2020, Education Design Lab (EDL) announced the inaugural Community College Growth Engine Fund cohort, which included six selected institutions. The colleges received $100,000 and hands-on support from EDL to implement a “micro-pathways” project that connects low-wage and unemployed workers to work-relevant credentials, leading to quality job opportunities. (Micro-pathways are defined as two or more stackable credentials that are delivered in a flexible way, achieved within less than a year and result in a job at or above the local median wage.) On Tuesday, EDL released a brief that includes general findings after the first year of the initiative as well as profiles of the participants’ projects.

New EdTrust West Report on California Dual Enrollment

Check out this new report from EdTrust West. It is a report focused on California dual enrollment: Jumpstart: Setting Goals to Drive Equitable Dual Enrollment Participation in California’s Community Colleges, and an accompanying data mapping tool.

The report analyzes data from the community colleges across California to see if they’re equitably serving Black, Native, and Latinx students through dual enrollment –There is still work to be done!  It also outlines a policy and practice agenda for  K-12 and community college leaders to increase the focus on equity!

Congratulations! 6 of 15 of the NFN college are participating


This week, California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley joined Gov. Gavin Newsom, University of California President Michael V. Drake and California State University Chancellor Joseph I. Castro to launch the largest state-level investment in a college service program in California history.

California Volunteers announced the 45 colleges and universities, including 18 of our colleges, that were selected as inaugural partners for the service-based college opportunity program. The Californians for All Service Corps will provide up to 6,500 college students over two academic years with service opportunities in critical issue areas such as climate action, K-12 education, and COVID-19 recovery. Students who complete a year of service will receive $10,000 while gaining valuable experience serving in their communities.

This program will unite young Californians of all backgrounds in service, and, for the first time, specifically creates state-funded opportunities for AB 540 eligible Dreamers to serve their communities. We’re proud that so many of our colleges have been offered an opportunity to participate in this groundbreaking program.

The full list of colleges and universities can that were selected can be found here.


‘Resigners’ take to short, online training programs

Individuals who recently resigned from their jobs and don’t plan to return to the workforce for a few months aren’t just sitting around: A good proportion of them are taking short-term online courses to prepare for their next career move.

new report from Cengage that surveyed individuals who recently left their jobs or plan to do so shows that nearly four out of five (78%) of recent “resigners” have taken online training courses or certificate programs. For almost two-thirds of them, the reason was that it was essential to landing a new job.

“The courses the resigners have opted into are largely short-term programs — 72% are six months long or shorter, with only 15% lasting longer,” the report says. “There is clearly demand and need for shorter time-to-credential opportunities that get employees learning new skills and back into the workforce quickly.”

The Economic Value of the California Community College System

California’s Community Colleges generate nearly $130B in economic activity, in new report

A new study released Monday by the California Community Colleges found that the system of 116 campuses generates $128.2 billion in economic activity.

The study was conducted by Emsi Burning Glass and analyzed academic and financial reports from the community college system, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau. The report estimates that for every $1 invested in the community college system, students gain $5 in earnings and taxpayers see a $2 net benefit in added tax revenue from students’ higher lifetime earnings and increased output by businesses.


“This study validates the clear fact that California’s community colleges are an investment playing a critical role in driving the state’s economy and making a difference in millions of lives daily,” said Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of the community college system.

CWDB California’s Unified Strategic Workforce Development Plan-Comments Due February 14, 2022 5 PM

The California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) is seeking public comments on California’s Unified Strategic Workforce Development Plan (State Plan) 2020-2023 Modification.

The four-year State Plan represents an agreement among the core partners identified in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and serves as the framework for developing public policy, fiscal investment, and operation of all state labor exchange, workforce education, and training programs. The US Department of Labor requires states to review and submit modifications to their State Plans at the two-year point that reflect any changes in the labor market and economic conditions, or other factors affecting implementation. The workforce development community is encouraged to review the State Plan and submit comments to the WIOA State Plan inbox.

The State Plan is posted on the CWDB website for a 30-day public comment period. Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Monday, February 14, 2022, and must be submitted in writing by email to

California Mayor’s Cyber Cup Competition April 2, 2022

We are excited to announce that the Mayor’s Cyber Cup Competition (MCC) is returning to the Sacramento & Far North! This is our 4th annual Cyber Cup competition open to all Middle School, High School, and Community College students. Register today at NorCalCybermayorcybercup

This is a month-long event culminating in a cyber competition on Saturday, April 2nd from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM. The experience begins on Wednesday, March 2nd – the “practice gymnasium” will open to competitors and the first in a series of Live@5 webinars at 5:00 PM will introduce the competition to participants.

 The competition on Saturday, April 2nd is hosted by Cyber Skyline (also used by the National Cyber League, NCL). After completing this registration form and your team scholarships or payments are verified, Cyber Skyline will add you to the game and email you the instructions and access codes for your students to register. Note that team captains will need to register first to set up the team in the game. Subsequent team members will register and add themselves to the appropriate teams. Teams are 3-6 players. Be sure to register your teams prior to March 2nd to gain full access to the gym and allow your team(s) the most training time possible. Let the games begin!

 Competition fees are $200 per team. Scholarships are available due to the generous sponsorship from Sacramento County Office of Education and the North Far North Regional Consortium for the California Community Colleges. Payments can be made by credit card or purchase order and are made through the Sacramento County Office of Education payment system.

 This month-long event will also feature weekly Live@5 webinars on Wednesdays at 5:00 PM. Please encourage all competitors to participate in the webinars as they are an opportunity to learn more about cyber careers, how to get involved, summer cyber camps and other fun information. You and your students will need to register for the Live@5 series separately at our zoom Events Page NorCalCyberLive5. These webinars are open to the public including other students, parents, and community members.


Jared Amalong

Director, Computer Science and Digital Learning, Sacramento County Office of Education  

Submitted by: Wendy Porter,
CS4NORCAL Computer Science & ICT Regional Advisory

We are excited to open up this ICT & CS Regional Advisory meeting for any North Far North K14 faculty and admins.  If you want to know more about CS4NorCal please contact me at

March 29, 2022

REGISTER for the Regional Advisory here

Act. Virtual Conference


Registration is now open for the Pathways to Equity Act Virtual Conference. The Pathways to Equity conference provides a space for a diverse community of creators, educators, administrators and practitioners to inspire one another to reform, reshape and recreate a collegiate environment focused on student equity through use of a Guided Pathways framework. Keynote speakers will focus on anti-racism as a foundation for equity work in the community college system. Breakout sessions will highlight innovative practices that are driving systemic changes in our colleges. We hope you and your team will join us.

Wednesday, March 16 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Register to secure your free spot today 

For more information about the Act Virtual Conference and updates on Pathways to Equity, visit the Pathways to Equity webpage.

Please direct any content questions to Michael Tran, Educational Services and Support.

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, and events. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by February 25, 2022 to the Conferences and Events team.

To continue the conversation make sure to log into the Pathways to Equity Act Vision Resource Center Page to participate in conversations before, during and after the event

Spring 2022 ICT Advisory with Valley Vision

Please join us on Thursday, March 31st from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM for a virtual ICT Regional Advisory meeting that will highlight emerging trends and occupational demands related to cybersecurity. New labor market information will be presented on this vital emerging topic and the implications for workforce development.


Spring 2022 ICT Invitation

Dr. Robert Eyler’s Webinar
Ask the Economist January 24, 2022 Webinar

Dr. Robert Eyler,  President, Ecomonic forensics and Analytics, Professor, Economics, Sonoma State University,

 Ask the Economist webinar recording.  Download the presentation here.

The next webinar will be in April. More details to come.

Hosted by: Chabin Concepts
Welcome back, A special Video for Career Education and CCCAOE, Deadline reminders


The Story of Career Education

Registration Open for Upcoming Events!

Spring 2022 Conference-April 6-8, 2022 in Sacramento

The Theme for Spring 2022: Strengthening Community through Inclusion and Engagement

New Spring 2022 Conference Flyer               Register Now          Book your room

Virtual Option for the Spring 2022 Conference

CCCAOE is happy to announce that we will be offering a Live Streamed Virtual Option to the Spring 2022 Conference.

Due to the uncertainty of travel and to increase Conference opportunities, CCCAOE will be offering a Virtual Conference Registration for $375.00. This Virtual option will give registered members access to Live Streaming of the Conference General Sessions and select Breakout Sessions as well as all the recordings that will be made available


Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D. – California Secretary of State

Dr. Angelo Farooq – California Workforce Development Board

Sandra Sanchez – Interim Vice Chancellor, Workforce and Economic Development Division

Marty J. Alvarado – Executive Vice Chancellor at CA Community College Chancellor’s Office

Dr. Robert Eyler – Economic Forensics and Analytics

Xavier Nazario – Workforce Innovation Labs

Alfredo Mathew III – ESO Ventures Inc.

and more

Plus these exciting learning opportunities: 

Pre-Conference Learning Lab Workshop   This Session is FREE FOR ALL CCCAOE Members, whether you are attending the Spring 2022 Conference or not.

Register for FREE Pre-Conference Session

Advocacy Day-2022

April 5, 2022              Learn more…

Call for Sponsors

Sponsorship Information Form          Sponsor Breakout Session Form        Sponsor Checklist       Learn more…