E-Blast November 2019


E-Blast November 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.

The Awards for California’s Top Workforce Partnerships

And the winners are… Three innovative partnerships building CA’s workforce of the future

The winners of the 2019 Partnerships for Industry and Education (PIE) Contest, have been announced and will be featured during the 2019 California Economic Summit program on November 7 in Fresno.

The PIE Contest was launched to honor successful workforce programs that were created through partnerships between regional employers and educational entities to better prepare workers with the skills those employers need.

You can read more about the PIE Contest and all of the top 10 partnerships selected by a prestigious panel of judges in the 2019 PIE Contest Booklet. The partnerships identified in the Booklet demonstrate the power of public-private collaboration.

The top three winning partnerships will also be highlighted in upcoming blogs on how each program responded to a specific workforce challenge in their region.

“We hope these awards will help accelerate even more work between our educators and our employers to benefit the workers of California.” – CA Fwd CEO Micah Weinberg

California’s Wildfire Crisis: A Call to Action


California’s cherished forests are imperiled and our well-being is in jeopardy. Recent extreme wildfires are the catastrophic consequence of a century of inadequate land management, boom-and-bust timber harvests, drought, insects, and climate change.

The threat is so massive and growing so rapidly that we must act with urgency and in fundamentally different ways. In addition to the State’s efforts to improve emergency preparedness and response, California communities and entrepreneurs need to be fully engaged to implement sustainable forest thinning strategies and put woody material to ecologically sound and economically viable uses.

California’s Wildfire Crisis: A Call to Action, a report by CA Fwd and the California Economic Summit, lays out the case for taking action against a primary cause of wildfires, the challenges to resolving the crisis, and action principles needed to create a comprehensive triple-bottom line public-private response.

The report will be discussed at the 2019 California Economic Summit in Fresno November 7 and 8, where participants will also explore regional approaches to a range of challenges, from workforce to working landscapes, homelessness to housing, and manufacturing to mobility.


On International Workers’ Day, Governor Newsom signed an executive order establishing the Future of Work Commission
Governor Newsom announced the leaders from technology, labor, business, education, venture capital, and other sectors across the state who will make a substantial commitment to serve on the engaged and action-oriented Commission. The Governor has also tasked California Labor Secretary Julie Su, Chief Economic Advisor Lenny Mendonca, and Senior Advisor on Higher Education Lande Ajose to help lead the Commission’s work. The overarching goal of the Future of Work Commission is to develop a new social compact for California workers, based on an expansive vision for economic equity that takes work and jobs as the starting point.

On September 10, the Commission convened for the first time with a two-day meeting entitled The Present and Future State of Work in California hosted in Sacramento. Read more about the first meeting in this summary of the convening.

Find out where and when all future meetings are happening by following this link and be sure to tune into the podcast, which you can learn more about below.


Text-Based Nudges to High School Seniors Boost Financial Aid Filing & College Enrollment

High school seniors who receive texted reminders–or “nudges”–from their school counselors are 17 percent more likely to complete the college financial aid application process and 8 percent more likely to enroll in college directly after graduating than their peers who are not nudged, according to a new study published today in Educational Evaluation and Policy…

Improving Educational Opportunity in California


How can schools and colleges best prepare students to meet the challenges of the future? Linda Darling-Hammond, president of the state board of education, and Eloy Ortiz-Oakley, chancellor of California’s community colleges, discuss the issues with Mark Baldassare, PPIC president and CEO.



On Saturday, October 26, our NFN Education Consultant/Monitor, Dr. Maureen White, traveled with about 20 members/employees of our Community Colleges Foundation to volunteer at Paradise, CA.  The event was coordinated by Tim Aldinger, Director, Workforce, Foundation Community Colleges.  Some of the staff brought their children.  It was an opportunity for Maureen to get to know our Foundation staff, and to be in community with other college students in helping to rebuild Paradise, which was affected by the Camp Fire, in November 2018.   For the morning gathering, Maureen provided the opening interfaith blessing.


For more information contact  Maureen White at mwhite@cccco.ede
Aviation…the sky is the limit!

Sacramento City College (SCC) has a rich history in Aviation. The Airframe and Powerplant program of Sacramento City College (SCC) is the nation’s oldest, continuous college A&P program. Hilton Lusk, the founder of the Aeronautics program began the first outreach effort in 1930 at Sacramento High School when he helped to form an Aero Club so that students could explore aviation as a career. Although the SCC Aeronautics program began in 1930, the first Airframe and Powerplant degree was approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in 1932 and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 1958.

Hilton Lust holds picture of himself & Amelia Earhart

Proposed Changes to BOG Title 5 Regulations: Unlawful Discrimination

Please find at the following links: a notice of proposed rulemaking, text and summary and analysis from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office titled ”Unlawful Discrimination.”  Comments must be received by the Regulations Coordinator prior to 4:00 p.m. on December 16, 2019.  Please email any comments or questions to the regulation coordinator at .

The attached documents are also available on the Office of General Counsel page of the Chancellor’s website at Office of General Counsel – Pending Regulatory Action.

The Latest Rostrum is Here!

The October 2019 Rostrum can be found here. Topics include an Academic Senate Perspective on votes of no-confidence, Guided Pathways and governance, supporting undocumented students, and more!

CCC TechConnect: Free Online Services for Meeting, Teaching, and Learning

Date: Friday, November 15
Time: 12 noon

Join us to learn about TechConnect’s services set forth by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to partner with community colleges and serve as a key provider of technology and digital solutions.

We’ll also touch on upcoming branding changes. While our look will be changing, our mission remains the same: To create, support, and leverage technology to enhance student success and advance classrooms, institutions, and the system.

TechConnect services are available 24/7 and free to all faculty, staff and students of the California Community Colleges. These projects are funded by grants from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

“Institutions of higher education are increasingly embracing online education, and more students are enrolling in distance programs than ever before,” said Rico Bianchi, Director of TechConnect. “Our mission is to support innovation and create technology and digital solutions to meet the growing demands of our community colleges.”

Join us for this webinar, 45 minutes of useful information on how these services support your work, including integrations in Canvas.

Register today to reserve a seat, and receive links to the recording afterwards to share with your colleagues.

Register Now

Advanced Manufacturing in Agriculture Regional Advisory Meeting

November 22, 2019 | 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Woodland Community Center 

2001 East St, Woodland, CA 95776

The greater Sacramento Region needs a robust pipeline of highly qualified workers to meet labor market demand in our Advanced Manufacturing in Food and Ag Industries. These sectors are a major priority for the region’s economic prosperity strategy. The region is an epicenter for innovation in agricultural advancement. Education and workforce partners are working to support employers and entrepreneurs that are at the forefront of manufacturing established and new food and beverage products and the companies that supply these vital industries.

Join us on Friday, November 22nd, 2019 for a Regional Advisory Meeting focused on Advanced Manufacturing in our Food and Ag Industries. You can help build this pipeline by informing education and training providers about the needs of the 21st Century Workforce.  Your contribution will help ensure that employers and educators are collaborating to support students in attaining skills and competencies that meet labor market needs for high-skill, high-wage occupations in demand.

Check back for updates on the program.

Registration Start: 8:30 AM

Please contact Emma Koefoed with any questions or for more information:  or (916) 462-0687.


18/19 North/Far North Regional Consortia Funded K-12 SWP Applications

The booklet link below lists all of the K-12 Strong Workforce Program projects that were funded in 18-19 with some basic information about the projects.  The booklet includes the project title, project description, lead LEA, partner agencies, targeted sectors and round 1 funding amounts for each project funded.

This information can be found on or the link below.

For more information reach out to the NFN Regional Contact Tanya Meyer (K-14 TAP) at

Project Booklet