E-Blast June 2019

E-Blast June 2019

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.

Update on Perkins V – State Process moving forward

California Workforce Pathways Joint Advisory Committee Presented May 29th

Proposed Timeline of Activities for the Development of the California State Plan for Career Technical Education (Perkins V) in the proposed draft timeline, CDE, CCCCO and SBE staff will be seeking information from the field via surveys and public meetings, and creating a stakeholder group to help with the development of the State Plan. Staff from the SBE, the CDE, and the CCCCO are in the process of developing an Initial CTE Survey to collect initial input from the field before summer vacation begins to capture initial feedback on specific elements of the State Plan and new provisions of Perkins V.

In order to have a comprehensive plan including all state CTE programs administered by both CDE and the CCCCO, including alignment to the Local Control and Accountability Plans submitted by local educational agencies as well as the Student-Centered Funding Formula by local community colleges. This allows more opportunity for stakeholder input on a joint mission and vision encompassing all CTE in California. In the past, the State Plan was branded as the “Perkins Plan” rather than the CTE Plan for California, and this option would help alleviate this issue.

Full Memo with Summary, History, recommendations.

For additional information contact Blaine Smith NFNRC Director at

Camps and Competitions Spark Interest in Cybersecurity Among Middle and High School Students

Cyber camps and competitions throughout California are helping to reach thousands of new students who can start on the pathway to a cybersecurity career through community college. These events allow students, parents, business leaders, community members, and others to learn about cybersecurity while having a little fun at the same time.

The California Mayors Cyber Cup (CMCC), a program of the California Cyberhub, was held Feb. 23 in 12 regions across the state. The goal is to increase awareness about cybersecurity and the many career opportunities that exist within that field.

The event brought students, parents, teachers, government officials, business leaders, and other stakeholders together to create awareness of cybersecurity issues and reinforce the connections between the community and educational institutions to highlight the many career and business support resources available in each community.

While we have good traction for cybersecurity events in the North Region, it has not been so in the past for the Far North.  We are happy to announce our Far North Mendocino and Butte Colleges hosted the competition for the first time this year!  We were able to get 14 brand new cyber teams from local middle and high schools to join the competition. CORE Butte High School team took home the win and Ukiah High School took second place.  This was a huge accomplishment especially with the challenges our schools have faced in light of the recent devastating fires.  The CORE Butte team presented the Mayors Cup to Chico City Mayor Randall Stone at the April 16th City Council meeting.  It was an amazing experience for these students and their parents.

Putting together the CMCC for the first time in the Far North has been an extremely impact-full experience.  The students of course have benefited but the improved relationships between K-12 and our Community Colleges in Butte and Mendocino has been significant.  In Butte County specifically we have seen two of our high schools working on cyber security and IT class articulation with Butte College.  This is a result of the faculty involved getting to know each other during the CMCC competition.  The other huge win is the new relationship between Butte College faculty member Linda Fischer and Chico State faculty member David Zeichick.  Both professors teach cyber security and are developing a stronger transfer pathway from Butte to Chico State.  The love does not stop there.  Both Linda and David are encouraging all of their students and club members to commit to mentoring new cyber teams in our area and to participate in camps and competitions.

Wendy Porter, ICT-DM Deputy Sector Navigator in the North-Far North Region, has been working hard to channel the energy from the CMCC into excitement for cyber camps this summer. This summer, camps will be offered in five counties across our Far North region — a substantial increase from offering one camp last summer.

“The feedback has been that the colleges see this as an amazing opportunity to strengthen their relationships with their feeder high schools and to gain interest in attending the community colleges,” Porter said.

The top teams from each region will compete in the California Cyber Innovation Challenge at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in June.

Submitted by Wendy Porter, NFNRC DSN housed at Butte College

MAKERS Act Introduced by Congressman David Scott (GA)

Congressman David Scott (GA-13) was joined by Co-Chair of the Makers Caucus, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), and Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA) in introducing H.R. 2518, the Making Advances Kinetic Education, Research, and Skills Act or The MAKERS Act.   

The MAKERS Act directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to award competitive grants to institutions of higher education to research or develop makerspaces throughout the United States.  The legislation directs the NSF Director to prioritize applicants such as community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) or other Minority Serving Institutions; as well as applicants that include partnership with a workforce development component, a high-need, low-income school district, or an independent nonprofit or academic makerspace.  The MAKERS Act also gives priority to applicants who meet previous criteria but also operate within a rural community. 

“I am proud to introduce the historic and bipartisan MAKERS Act along with Rep. Drew Ferguson, a member from the Georgia delegation, and Rep. Mark Takano, a leader in the national movement for makerspaces,” said Congressman Scott.  “HBCUs play a pivotal role in preparing minority students for the workforce and my home-state of Georgia hosts ten HBCUs where thousands of African-American students graduate annually.  All Americans, regardless of race or socioeconomic status, should have the opportunity to partake in the increasing demand for a STEM-capable workforce and makerspaces are where that demand is met. The MAKERS Act bridges the gap between HBCUs and the increased demand for STEM capable employees by providing grants to develop and hone both hard and soft skills in students.” 

Community Colleges Board of Governors to Extend Contract with Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley

Press Release, May 21, 2019.  SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Community Colleges Board of Governors on Tuesday announced its intention to extend its employment contract with state Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley by four years, citing his leadership in advancing reforms to improve student outcomes and close equity gaps within the 115-college system that serves 2.1 million students.

“Chancellor Oakley has demonstrated the intellect, courage, creativity and heart needed to lead the California Community Colleges to continued success in the future,” said Epstein, noting that the board’s move was supported by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Office. “We look forward to approving a new contract with the chancellor to send a message that our commitment to student achievement and equity will continue.”



Shasta College Contract Education Re-Branded

In May 2019, the Shasta College Contract Education Office has successfully rebranded itself and is now excited to be known as the Shasta College Business Training Center (BTC) serving the community as a one-stop shop for customized workforce training solutions.  In conjunction with this exciting rebranding effort, the new Shasta College BTC kicked off a dynamic training series on Lean Processes.  The initial course on Lean Principles was held on May 17th, 2019, with students from 3 different local companies in attendance.  The 8 hour session was a highly informative and interactive look into the basics of lean manufacturing fundamentals.  Students put the learned principles to the test while engaging in hands-on simulations.  The series continues on throughout the year with one to two sessions per month.  In addition to the excellent curriculum, companies participating in the Employment Training Panel Program (ETP) are eligible in offsetting the costs of these valuable customized training courses.


More information of the Shasta College BTC can be found via their Facebook page at:


Additional information of the Lean Process Training series can be viewed here

Lean Processes Workshops

Submitted by John Schmidt DSN housed at Shasta College

Upcoming Events
Workforce Brand Alignment Webinar

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) Communications Division launched a brand standardization project to formalize the Chancellor’s Office visual identity system and provide a set of tools to help the California Community Colleges’ projects, programs and initiatives standardize representation of the system.

You are invited to join the meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Second webinar:

Jun 27, 2019 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

Brand Toolkit & Guidelines – Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy

Partnerships for Industry and Education (PIE) Contest

On behalf of CA Forward, we would like to share with you an exciting opportunity to recognize those who are working in the area of education-industry partnerships. Some of you may have already received this information and have responded, so thank you for participating.

The Partnerships for Industry and Education (PIE) contest was kicked off this month with a call for nominations (see below). Nominations will now be accepted through June 30, 2019 and the top three partnerships will be recognized at the 2019 California Economic Summit in November. This is a great opportunity for educational entities to showcase their efforts with industry to ensure students are made aware of various career pathways, enroll in industry aligned programs and/or participate in industry supported apprenticeships or internships.

Partnerships of all kinds can apply, as long as they involve one educational entity and one industry partner and can demonstrate successful outcomes. Folks can also self-nominate. Read more about the contest.

We would appreciate any assistance in sharing this opportunity to your regional partners and colleagues who may be interested in participating.

Feel free to reach to Veronica Villalobos Cruz at CAFwd with any questions.

For additional information contact Blaine Smith NFNRC Director at

FREE Summer CyberCamps in Greater Sacramento

Fun and interesting Information Technology skills building for 7th – 12th-grade* students!

During the summer of 2019 the Greater Sacramento Region’s Information & Communication Technologies/ Digital Media Sector Team will once again offer CyberCamps for students entering 7th -12th grade*. Various CyberCamps will be offered at Sacramento area community colleges during the weeks of July 22-26, July 29-August 02, and August 05-09.

Standard and Advanced AFA CyberCamps, developed by the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot program, teach Cybersecurity skills such as hacking prevention, system hardening, access control, and system protection. On Fridays campers participate in a national competition.

CyberSkills Camps by Yellow Circle teach Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing, and Android™ Programming skills.

* Middle school student registrations will be considered if they can provide a teacher recommendation. Please have the teacher email their recommendation, including the student’s name, to .

Registration is now open.

Please visit to register.

Submitted by Markus Geissler, NFNRC DSN housed Los Rios

CTEOS 2019 Research Academy

August 1-2, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College in Petaluma

Event Webpage

NFNRC 19/20 Regional Meetings

September 5, 2019


9:00 am-3:00 pm


October 17, 2019


Las Palmas


December 5, 2019


9:00 am-3:00 pm


March 12, 2020




May 14, 2020


10:30 am-12:00 pm