E-Blast, May 2018

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.


Following requests from instructors at several NFNRC colleges who are using the NFNRC Shared NetLab+ System (NetLab), and after extensive testing and collaboration between Folsom Lake College, the Los Rios CCD IT Department, and Palo Alto Networks, NetLab now allows students to a) transfer files between their NetLab virtual machine and their Google Docs cloud storage and b) upload their work to the Canvas LMS to allow for more efficient grading and record-keeping by their instructors.

Instructors who wish to have the NetLab File Transfer (NFT) feature available to their students should contact the NetLab staff with a request to have NFT enabled for their classes, and they should do so well before the start of each term since the NFT feature may require the development of a custom pod.

Note: To avoid exposing the NFNRC, the LRCCD, and their partners to unnecessary security risks, NFT cannot be made available on NetLab pods which contain certain tools that help students learn about cyberattacks. Instructors who may have questions or concerns about this restriction should contact the NFNRC NetLab Steering Committee via Markus Geissler, ICT/DM DSN (North Region).


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• The HWI in collaboration with Enloe Medical Center are excited to offer a two-day Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) Review Course!  Please find the informational flyer attached for May  17 & 18, 2018 and share with nursing staff.  Online registration is at this link: or call 530-332-7571.

• The HWI in collaboration with the Butte County ROP are offering a Medical Assistant Certification 40-Hour Review Program.  Please see the attached flyer for information and to registration.  You may also contact Julie Aguiar at or 530-892-3060 if you have questions.

• The HWI in collaboration with Butte College Contract Education are offering a course series of four workshops “Leading in a Healthcare Environment”.  There are two up-coming workshops May 10 and May 17, 2018.  Please see attached flyer for additional information and to register or call Contract Education at 530-895-9015.

• Enloe Medical Center and HWI are collaborating to offer the Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) Program.  Registration deadline is June 1, 2018.  Please see informational brochure with registration instructions or you can register online at or call 530-332-7366.


July 2 – July 20, 2018 View flyer  for more information.


We are excited to announce the 2018 CTEOS Research Academy on August 3rd, 2018 at the Petaluma Campus of Santa Rosa Junior College. Registration is now open! We are limiting the number of attendees, so please register ASAP by following this link:
The Research Academy webpage is here:

This year, the CTEOS Research Academy will be hosting an entire LaunchBoard track. The LaunchBoard is a statewide data system supported by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and hosted by Cal-PASS Plus, provides data (including CTEOS data) to California community colleges on progress, employment, and earnings outcomes for both CTE and non-CTE pathways. For more information, visit the LaunchBoard website.

The theme of this year’s event is Putting CTEOS Data to Work. We would like to provide you with more opportunities to be engaged with CTEOS and hope you can join us in this exciting event.
How have you and your college used CTEOS data? Do you have ideas on shaping the future of CTEOS? We are holding a Call for Proposals so you can share your thoughts!
Please click here to submit your proposal. Submissions are due May 15, 2018.

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As usual, if you have any questions about CTEOS or the Research Academy, feel free to send me an email at I’ll see you at the Research Academy!  – Michael Pham, Ph.D. Research Analyst, Institutional Research, Santa Rosa Junior College


(1) The COE NFN is all caught up on Program Endorsement . . . . .

Since the process took shape in Spring 2017, the COE NFN region has produced more than 60 reports on a wide range of topics including Precision Agricultural Technology, Medical Assistants; Irrigation Technology; Viticulture; Applied Arts; Culinary Arts; Fire Science, and a range of other topics. Key technical consultants have assumed reporting and project management, rapidly reducing the turnaround time.

(2) A flurry of new studies coming soon…..

Industrial machinery mechanics across Northern California

The Centers of Excellence in the NFN, Central Valley, and Bay regions collaborated on a survey of manufacturing, warehousing and logistics, and agricultural employers to learn about skills and demand for maintenance and repair technicians who service industrial and manufacturing equipment and machinery. The COE in the NFN is planning a rollout even in the next month to present the findings with Valley Vision and employers. The findings indicate that,

• Projected demand for M&R technicians is strong

• Most M&R is performed by employees who perform a range of duties, including production work

• Some new and emerging automation technology may be on the horizon; more than anything, employers prefer M&R technicians who have a range of skills and hands-on experience

The COE would especially like to reach interested faculty in related fields (mechatronics, welding, manufacturing technology, industrial electronics, industrial maintenance). Please contact Aaron Wilcher for more information,, 916-563-3233

Transportation and Advanced Transportation in the Sacramento region

The Los Rios Community College District commissioned a report on the transportation cluster, and specific activities to inform the Strong Workforce Program investments. An extensive study is being released next week. The study covers the following topics: Aeronautics (air transportation and manufacturing); Rail transportation and manufacturing; Alternative Fuel Vehicle technicians and automotive and diesel technology; drones; autonomous vehicles; non-destructive testing).

City of Davis Workforce Development Opportunity Profile

The COE partnered with Compass Policy Strategies to produce a report for Sacramento City College to inform CTE program investments. The report scanned regional industry and occupational data, but also looked at demographic data from the Census, and commuter patterns to inform the market opportunity that the satellite campus may consider in its CTE and workforce program planning.

(3) COE NFN out in the field  . . . . .

The COE NFN worked with WestEd and Folsom Lake College to support a code alignment workshop in early May. The workshop sought to review and correct program, course, codes, and occupational codes with faculty and technical assistance providers.

The COE NFN has been working with a regional workforce and employer consortium to provide data and technical assistance for medical assistants. The findings for the Sacramento area were presented in both a program endorsement report for Sierra College, and a labor market workgroup report.

The COE NFN presented research findings from labor market scans for automated building controls at the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District in April as part of a monthly meeting of the local chapter of the International Facilities Managers Association (IFMA).

The COE NFN presented to a group of upper division undergraduates in the Community Development program at UC Davis with Noli Brazil in February as part of a course on regional research and analysis.

(4) The COE NFN is planning several projects for the summer and Fall  . . . . .

The COE NFN is collaboration with the regional consortium will produce a compendium of regional profiles that summarize student outcomes, wages, and labor market outlook. The studies will build from statewide work the COE has done in the last year.

The COE NFN continues its partnership with Valley Vision on a series of regional cluster studies, and will begin work on a study of hospitality and tourism in the Sacramento region. The work is funded in part by JP Morgan Chase & Co.

The COE NFN will expand on the findings from the industrial maintenance technician study, and will work with the New York City Labor Market Information Service (NYCLMIS), who will provide technical assistance on a skills assessment for related programs.


For questions about any of these items, please contact Aaron Wilcher for more information,, 916-563-3233


June 4th DSN/KT Call 9:30am

June 7th Program Recommendation Call 9am

June 25th Coordinating Council Meeting 10am

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