E-Blast March 2021

E-Blast March 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).

Congratulations to Sierra College!

California Community Colleges Launches New Initiative to Catalyze Innovation and Invention to Solve Social Challenges

       All Californians invited to become social enterprise inventors

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office today launched a bold initiative through its Workforce and Economic Development Division to encourage, harness and develop the inventive talents of communities across the State. The goal of the Invention and Inclusive Innovation (I3) initiative is to catalyze innovation and invention to solve social problems that existed before COVID-19 and those that have been created or amplified by the pandemic.

Millions of jobs probably aren’t coming back, even after the pandemic ends

Millions of jobs that have been shortchanged or wiped out entirely by the coronavirus pandemic are unlikely to come back, economists warn, setting up a massive need for career changes and retraining in the United States. The United States needs to invest more in retraining workers, economists warn.

Teens Cool to 4 Year College–Warm Up to CTE

A new national survey of U.S. teens indicates their likelihood of pursuing a four-year degree has decreased substantially over the past eight months, while a growing number believe they can achieve professional success with a postsecondary education attained in three years or less.

A new Social Compact for work and workers
Future of Work in California

In its work, the Commission has been guided by several key questions: What is the current state of work and workers in California? What are the key challenges and opportunities for work and workers in California? What is our vision for the future of work in California? How can we chart a path to reach that vision? At the same time, how do we address the present challenges facing workers in California? In this way, the Commission became concerned with both the present and future of work

Contract Education Program Creating Equity as it Puts CalWORKs Participants on Path to Self-Sufficiency

Contract Education (CE), which provides employee training on behalf of an employer or organization, comes in different shapes and sizes. Program design and delivery vary from one California community college to the next, especially as CE professionals work with businesses and organizations to create innovative custom-made solutions that meet their workforce needs.

Little Hoover Commission Report on COVID-19 and Reskilling

Little Hoover Commission’s new report on job training and California’s recovery from the COVID pandemic, and on how state government can support reskilling opportunities for impacted workers and communities. This report strongly supports the Strong Workforce program in its recommendations and for expanded investment.

View the report here

Healing with Heart

“The trainings moving to a virtual mode in the pandemic has served as a place for employees to connect to hear each other’s stories, voices, challenges, worries and successes during this especially intense time in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic as a  healthcare team”, Christine Osman, Senior project Manager, ELICA Health Centers

Health Workforce Initiative is pleased to have supported ELICA Health Care with a workforce training program called the Patients First Initiative: Business Skills Training. Through this initiative, ELICA is utilizing the 38 modules from the Health Workforce Initiative Hi-Touch Health Care: The Critical Six Soft Skills as the foundation curriculum for training for over sixty employees at 10+ locations in Sacramento and Yolo counties and 4 mobile healthcare units with plans to train over 400 employees in the next one to two years. These modules were developed through a grant awarded to Health Workforce Initiative through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office allowing for open source sharing of the training resources.

     ELICA Health Centers- Innovative Workforce Training with HWI Hi-Touch Health Care: The Critical Six Soft Skills

Sacramento and Yolo Counties

Submitted by Julie Holt RN, MSN, CPNP

Regional Director for Employer Engagement for Health, Greater Sacramento Region

ASCCC Upcoming Elections

The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) is seeking nominations for the 2021-22 Board of Directors, hereby known as the Executive Committee, commencing on March 22, 2021. Each year, the Executive Committee nominations process provides the ASCCC membership a direct voice in the organization’s governance.  The Executive Committee’s composition and annual elections are part of the ASCCC’s by-laws. The following seats are vacant during this election cycle:

Open Positions
Officers Positions: Term 06/5/2021 – 06/13/2022 (one-year term) Executive Committee Representatives: Term from 06/5/2021 – 06/12/2023 (two-year term)
President   Area A
Vice President  Area D
Secretary North Representative (one position)
Treasurer South Representative (one position)
At-Large Representative (one position) 

Catalyzing Change from Curriculum to Career: Building a diverse and equitable STEM Talent Pipeline

If you are interested in STEM careers, please consider attending the Catalyzing Change from Curriculum to Career: Building a Diverse and Equitable STEM Talent Pipeline Conference.

There are a limited number of complimentary registrations available for students so register today at using the code – CACC.

March 17, 2021  (9:30 am-4:30 pm)

Public Sector in Transition or Saved?
Thinking Beyond COVID-19 AND Federal Relief Packages

Featuring Dr. Robert Eyler, Economist

IPPS March 2021 Meeting

March 18, 2021 (2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Click to join Zoom meeting here

For more information email:

Marketing Strategies for Contract Education (CE) Directors Workshops

With the edict to move instruction online during the COVID-19 pandemic, many CE Directors embarked on new strategies to avoid falling behind in this new environment. These workshops will help you think strategically about your online training and do more with less, communicate more effectively about your services, and add value to clients!

Trainer Bootcamp: Effective Online Training (4 sessions)

Director Sessions: Marketing Strategies

Register Here and view Consultants’ Credentials

Consultants’Jonathan Bissell is Executive Director of CCCE Corporate Training Solutions at SMCCCD, Rae Ann Ianniello has worked as a Director of Business Development, Human Resources Manager, Corporate Trainer, and College Professor and Claire Laughlin, MA is a trainer and consultant who uses experiential and innovative methods to help teams and organizations achieve results.

Sponsored by: CE TAP Grant / California Community Colleges – no registration fees

For additional information contact by email: 

Margaret Schmidt,  , Faithe Briley,

Ask the Economist

Monday, March 29, 2021

8:30 a.m. (Pacific) 

Please join us for another 30-minute webinar with Dr. Robert Eyler


2021 New Job Numbers, Recovery Indications

Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of Dr. Eyler’s presentation.

Ask the Economist is hosted by
Chabin Concepts, Keyser Marston Associates, and Economic Forensics Analytics
to assist you in gaining clarity on the economy,
consequences of the disruption and potential recovery timelines

Center Of Excellence

The North/Far North Center of Excellence is sharing a semi-monthly report on job postings, unemployment, industry measures, and other current data. The COE sends out a condensed version of the economic update in the COE North/Far North email newsletter.

Download the full economic update here.

Download detailed industry and jobs postings appendix here. 

Sign up here to receive the economic update in your email inbox.

Submitted by: Aaron Wilcher, COE Director

NFNRC News Center
Success Well MET: Launching Lucrative Careers at Sacramento City College


Sacramento City College students get hands-on lab experience. 


What does a lucky cup of coffee, a supportive professor and the Mechanical-Electrical Technology (MET) department at Sacramento City College have in common? 

They all helped alumnus Abraham Arellano get over his slump and back on track to his career goals.

Arellano had been struggling to find a job as an electrician and was working in the Sac City cafeteria, trying to make ends meet while earning the MET Certificate and taking ESL classes.

One night, Arellano’s instructor Jonathan Zeh came in for coffee and was taken aback when he saw his talented student working as a barista.

“He knew I used to be an electrician in Mexico,” says Arellano, who worked in the field for more than 15 years before returning to America. “So he asked me, ‘What are you doing here?’”


A Builder’s ‘Big Break’: ‘Construction Bootcamp’ Bridges Skilled Labor Gap

Sierra Community College

When it comes to paving the way for crisis-proof careers, Sierra College’s new construction bootcamps are essentially unstoppable.

Beginning in Fall 2019, the College has been connecting students to a suite of three non-credit courses, allowing them to earn their OSHA 10 certifications while networking closely with potential employers… all in just seven to nine weeks.

“The attractiveness of a program like this is that it allows students to explore without losing anything but time — time that will most likely lead toward a passion in their life,” says bootcamp instructor Louie Garcia, Faculty Chair for Construction and Energy Technology at Sierra College. “All you have to do is show up and learn.”

Developed in partnership with the North State Building Industries Association (BIA), the bootcamp affords participants the standard industry requirements and 21st-century skills that businesses need.