Contributor Newsletter January 2023

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).

In response to how important they believe it is for employers and community colleges to partner to produce a work-ready workforce, 59% of employers and 98% of community colleges said it was “very important,” with 32% of employers and 2% of community colleges saying it was “somewhat important.” The 82-page report — which is based on a comprehensive look at community college/business workforce development partnerships that includes research, interviews and surveys with community college and business leaders — found that many community colleges don’t feel employers are engaged enough with them, making it difficult to determine the education and training needed for quality middle-skill jobs. For example, college officials indicate they struggle to get employers involved in curriculum development or to provide information on how needed skills are changing.

Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP)
  • LAEP Highlight: LAEP Student participates in Student Impact Outreach and Communications Committee Meeting on 11/30/2022
    • One of the first students to participate in the Learning-Aligned Employment Program is a City College of San Francisco student who is participating in work-based learning at UCSF in the healthcare field.  She shared how her UCSF internship has impacted her academic and personal life, as well as her career plans.  You can listen to her here – starting at 34 minutes into the meeting recording.

Do you have a LAEP success story or best practice to share? Each month, the LAEP team will share LAEP Highlights with the mailing list. Please email to submit a highlight for the newsletter.

  • WebGrants is live!  If you need access to WebGrants, please contact your institution’s System Administrator.  If you do not know who that is, please email
  • Recorded Webinar:  LAEP Data Reporting in WebGrants – Listen to a replay of this webinar which is posted on our  website.
  • LAEP Drop-in Q&A – The LAEP team holds weekly drop-in Q&A hours. The upcoming times and Zoom link are below. Do you have questions? We have answers! Do you have suggestions? We want to hear them! Just want to hear what others have to say about the program? Come on by! These sessions are informal and are not recorded. Open to all and no registration is required. Don’t forget to add this to your calendar if you’re interested!

LAEP Drop-in Q&A Hours

Friday, 1/6/23 (2 p.m. – 3 p.m.)   Wednesday, 1/18/23 (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Thursday, 1/26/23 (3 p.m. – 4 p.m.)    Wednesday, 2/1/23 (1 p.m. – 2 p.m.)

Tuesday, 2/14/23 (10 a.m. – 11 a.m.)     Thursday, 2/23/23 (2 p.m. – 3 p.m.)

Join here:  CSAC’s LAEP Meeting Room         Meeting ID: 773 667 1544


Thank you all so much for your interest and participation in the public comment period and listening sessions for the CERF Economic Development Pilot Projects. Based on your feedback, we’ve made changes to the program name and updates to the timeline and application requirements. The full announcement of modifications can be found on the EDD Workforce Services Branch Information Notice.

recording of the Economic Development Pilot Projects Overview and Framework is now available if you missed the listening sessions last month or would like to reference the presentation.

We appreciate all the collaboration this year, and are excited to continue working together in the new year!

Get Involved in CERF

If you are interested in participating or learning more about your region’s planning process, feel free to check out our CERF Get Involved webpage. The webpage includes information about the High Road Transition Collaboratives (HRTCs) and contacts within your region.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions, please email Fabiha Zaman, Fabiha.Zaman@OPR.CA.GOV. For more information and resources on the CERF Program, please visit the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research website.


The California Workforce Development Board and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency present the Healthcare High Road Training Partnerships (Healthcare HTRP) Informational Sessions.

As a core component of a new and innovative collaboration between California’s Health and Human Services Agency (CalHHS) and the Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA), CWDB’s Healthcare HRTP funding will invest in deep partnerships and aligned programs to create multiple pathways and collaborations for the recruitment, training, hiring and advancement of an ethnically- and culturally-inclusive allied health workforce. The goal is to address workforce shortages in allied health, increase diversity, language, and cultural competence, and create pathways to family-sustaining jobs.

The three-webinar series will present best practices in allied healthcare training, current labor market trends in healthcare, and updated solicitation criteria and application guidance for the Healthcare HRTPs.

Save the Dates for these informative sessions:

January 10, 2023, 2:00-3:00 pm/PST    Best Practices in Allied Healthcare Training    Register Here

January 24, 2023, 10:00-11:30 am/PST    How to Apply for HRTP Funding    Register Here

January 26, 2023,2:00-3:00 pm/PST     Current Healthcare Workforce Market Trends and Analysis    Registration link to follow soon

Stay tuned for more information regarding the first installment in our webinar series.  Want to be on our distribution list? Please send your request to


CCCAOE Spring 2023 Conference

Spring 2023 Conference will focus on Belonging, Connectedness, Student-Centered Strategies, Work-based Learning, Community Partnerships, hearing the voices of those who aren’t being heard, and HIGHLIGHTING the tremendously innovative work that is happening all across the state.

Dates: April 19, 2023-April 21, 2023

Pre-Conference Sessions on April 18, 2022

Visit our Website to register and book your rooms

Visit for all the details! You will find everything Spring 2023 Conference under the Professional Development drop-down menu.

Submit your Breakout Session Proposals Now!

Deadline is January 30, 2023

CCCAOE invites proposals that foster discovery and problem-solving through idea-sharing and community building. CCCAOE strongly encourages proposals that include a panel of presenters, voices of students, and sessions that give practical tools to take back to campuses. The sessions should be INNOVATIVE and FRESH.

Visit our Website for all the details and to submit your proposal

The California Community College Association for Occupational Education (CCCAOE) is seeking nominations for open Board positions.

Nominations close on February 10, 2023

Nominees will be published on February 16, 2023

Elections will be held March 1 – 11, 2023

Nomination Form            Learn More Here