E-Blast November 2020


E-Blast November 2020

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).
Butte College Partners with local tech startup incubator Chicostart to offer industry engagement opportunities

Butte College is pleased to have this new chance for students to access the thriving entrepreneurial and tech hub in downtown Chico.  Chicostart represents a perfect example of cross sector integration as they support both entrepreneurship and ICT-DM endeavors.  We hope to attract Butte business and entrepreneurship students as well as ICT-DM students to interact with each other and these businesses not only in the shared office space but through mentoring, slack teams, and events.  Chicostart facilitates the tech industry partnership growTECH which is led by over 40 local tech businesses many of which are successful startups.  These are the businesses we work with to offer students job shadowing, industry tours, in class visits and event connections.

“It’s exciting to offer this partnership between local tech employers and Butte College students. Our goal is to be a catalyst toward future employment opportunities for students.  This affiliation will also help bring visibility for our local tech and startup businesses to the many education programs and students at Butte College,” said Wendy Porter, Regional Director, Employer Engagement, Information Communication Technology and Digital Media Far North Region hosted at Butte College.

Submitted by Wendy Porter-Regional Director, Employer Engagement- ICT & Digital Media
New Green Programs at Local Schools

South Tahoe High School students worked for over a year to develop a climate resolution which the Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board of Education adopted last month. The resolution calls for the board to ensure that all high school students graduate literate in climate change. The resolution also states that the school district should prepare students for growing job and career opportunities in green technologies, construction and restoration efforts, as society moves away from fossil fuels. Board member Bonnie Turnbul said, “Let’s create a school culture that integrates climate impacts into every decision.” “School leadership is aligned with the students’ priorities,” said Carline Sinkler, South Tahoe High School principal. “It’s a moral mandate to have our students ready for the green jobs of the future.” Progress is being made toward updating the high school curriculum to prepare our students for the changing economy, especially growing green industries.

Submitted By: Kim Carr-Pathway Coordinator Lake Tahoe CCD


A ‘Secret Sauce’ to Increasing Enrollment

Every organization wants to believe they have a special organizational culture, a “secret sauce” that gives rise to special outcomes. Leaders want to believe that a mission statement, a set of core values or goals, permeates their organization and translates into concrete behaviors that generate verifiable and desirable outcomes.

But, if every company or organization is adopting the same themes and values, how do you ever know what is working or what is truly “special?”

This spring, every community college faced an unprecedented, unparalleled challenge: get your students, faculty and staff off-campus immediately; find a way to keep instruction and learning going without any face-to-face contact between professors and students; plan for a fall semester where prospective and returning students could be reassured and encouraged; and create an environment that feels safe enough for employees to work successfully — all amidst the dark backdrop of a pandemic.

McHenry County College (MCC) in Illinois was no exception in our planning and efforts. We joined our sister colleges in formulating various instructional options. We spent money on recruiting and communicating our value propositions. We focused on a plan to keep everyone safe, hoping to offer some peace of mind in a time filled with anxiety and fear.

Your Feedback is Important to Us

The North Far North Regional Consortium is collecting feedback to inform the requirements for and design of an online portal showcasing the Region’s career education pathways and providing tools to students and educators to support career planning. Two surveys have been created:

Educator survey:
This survey is intended for all K14 educators, including instructors, counselors, and administrators. Please participate by completing the survey and/or sharing the link with your colleagues.

Student survey:
This survey is intended for current and prospective K14 students. Please share directly with students and/or ask your colleagues to share with their student contacts.

Respondents who provide their contact information will be entered into a drawing to receive a $20 Amazon gift card. Please complete the survey by November 20 to be eligible for the drawing.


Thank you for your participation!

Fall 2020 ACCE Drive-In Workshop

Stronger Together, Better Tomorrow
Join community services and noncredit/continuing education colleagues as we turn our annual ACCE Drive-In Workshop into an ACCE Zoom-In on Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 1 – 5pm.
Registration Options: $60 for individuals or $200 for a group from the same institution so invite your colleagues to check us out!

Register Here

Registration due  November 10, 2020

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) November 16-20, 2020

Every November we celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), a celebration of innovators who dream big and launch startups that bring ideas to life.

Join the Carlsen Center, Sacramento State alumni, entrepreneurs and community members for a week of dynamic presentations, panel discussions and pitch competitions, all focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, and ingenuity.

GEW 2020 will also include presentations from local startup founders across the Sacramento Region, plus presentations from authors of startup tools that are included in our Virtual Entrepreneurship Toolkit Series:  Ash Maurya (LeanStack) and David Bland (Precoil). Additionally, Ian Hathaway (co-author of Startup Community Way) will serve as a featured speaker in our Entrepreneurial State of the Union.

Read more below and check out all the events planned for Global Entrepreneurship Week!

Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week-Virtual Mentor Night

Sierra College Hosts Virtual Mentor Night on November 17 th as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week

This free event will be held via Zoom 5:30-7:00 pm. Attendees can access the workshop through  Zoom Link:

Keynote Speaker
Perry Campbell, CEO of SwissMak
Livestreaming from Taiwan to tell his story from student to founder

Mentor Night Flyer                               Mentor Night Press Release

For more information contact Gordon Hinkle-Regional Director, Employer Engagement, Global Trade at

NFNRC News Center
Adventures in Career Education: Outdoor Recreation Leadership at Feather River College

Feather River College-February 2020


To many, the massive 14,179-foot peak of Mount Shasta is an epic call to trek across glaciers and ski through pristine wilderness. But for Nick Meyers, graduate of Feather River College’s Outdoor Recreation Leadership (ORL) program, the majestic snow-capped mountain is just his office.

As the Lead Climbing Ranger on Mount Shasta, Meyers takes care of trailheads, patrols routes, helps with search and rescue, and when winter comes, forecasts avalanches. The mountain holds the record for the largest single snowstorm in the world, which dumped a whopping 189 inches of powder in 1959. So when Meyer says, “We get a lot of snow here,” he’s not fooling around.

“The majority of our avalanche danger is during or immediately after storms,” says Meyers, who helps to keep skiers, snowboarders, and snowshoers in the backcountry out of harm’s way. And when there is a call for search and rescue on the mountain, he and his fellow rangers are the first on the scene.

“In the heat of the moment, there’s really no time to be scared,” says Meyers about saving stranded souls. “It’s business for us, and we’ve got to act professionally and act safely.”

What kickstarted his nearly 20-year career safeguarding the mountain? It all began in 2002, as a one-year paid internship through Feather River College.

Everyday Heroes: Woodland Community College’s EMT Program

Woodland Community College – April 2020

When a 15-year-old girl was bleeding out from a bullet wound, Woodland Community College grad Emily Hughes was there to save her.

Newly certified and just three years older than the patient she rescued, Hughes was only on the second day of her job as a standby medic. She was half an hour away from the end of her shift at the Gilroy Garlic Festival when she heard a strange noise, and time froze.

“It sounded like firecrackers,” she recalls. “Everybody started sprinting from the other side of the tent over to us, saying, ‘They’re shooting at us — they’re shooting at us!’”

Hughes hurried into the center of the chaos to help people evacuate until festival workers ordered everyone to get down and be quiet. In a moment of grim clarity, she took a moment to send a quick message:

“I texted my dad, and I said, ‘Hey, there is an active shooter. If I don’t make it, tell my son that I love him.’” At the time, her child was only about eight months old. When her father tried to call, Hughes couldn’t answer, because an officer was shouting at her to get into her police car.

Inside, a girl dressed in a cheerleading uniform was bleeding over the backseat. Though terrified, Hughes’ reflexes took over. As she put pressure on the wound, the officer drove them to a local high school where a helicopter was waiting to medevac.

“On the inside, I wanted to cry and run away,” recalls Hughes. “But on the outside, I was 100 percent focused.”