Contributor Newsletter October 2022

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A Need to Succeed: What Students Want and Get From Internships

Students evaluate internships and experiential learning opportunities, including virtual roles that the pandemic made more widely available, and how stronger partnerships and other efforts would help.

Study: Students with disabilities in inclusive classes achieved at higher levels

The two studies’ findings seem to validate what federal special education law requires — that students with disabilities attend classes in the least restrictive environment to the extent possible — and what many special education professionals and advocates say is important for providing equitable educational opportunities.

Updated 2022-23 “Big Three” Revenue Outlook

At the time of our May outlook, we cautioned that economic indicators were suggesting a slowdown could be on the horizon. More recent economic data has continued to point in this direction. Consistent with this, our updated estimates suggest collections from the state’s “big three” taxes—personal income, sales, and corporation taxes—are more likely than not to fall below the Budget Act assumption of $210 billion.

More baccalaureate programs coming to California Community Colleges

North Far North very own Feather River College is in the final stages of approval for a second baccalaureate program. Two more baccalaureate programs have been approved at California community colleges, the college system’s Board of Governors learned at a meeting Tuesday. Bachelor’s degrees in respiratory care at El Camino College and automotive technology management at De Anza College recently received full approval. Additionally, seven other programs have received provisional approval but still must receive approval from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

A new approach to closing the cyber workforce talent gap

Recognizing the problem, the Department of Homeland Security recently announced a new state and local cybersecurity grant program that will award $1 billion in funds over the next four years. That’s on top of the billions in unspent homeland security grants awarded to states and local governments that could be spent to improve cyber risk management.

But states and localities, like the federal government, will continue to struggle to manage cyber risks if they don’t have the workers needed to fill key positions. Addressing the nation’s cyber workforce challenge will require new approaches at the federal and state level to improve training and help prepare future workers for careers in cybersecurity.

A Series of 4 Webinars That Will Improve Your Employment Outcomes with the Hard-to-Employ!
Sponsored by the California Workforce Association
Presented by Larry Robbin

You are struggling with more difficult barriers to employment than ever before. You need the new, powerful and faster strategies in these webinars that will take people from being hard-to-employ to saying, “I got the job!” No matter what population you serve, your type of program or your job title, if you want hard-to-employ youth and adults to get employed in less time, don’t miss these webinars! These webinars will be sold out. Register now! For full descriptions, please click HERE

Why Would-Be Students Aren’t Choosing College

A new study explores why students drop out of college or choose not to enroll.

new study suggests that students choose to stop out of college and others choose not to enroll in the first place because of a range of “psychographics,” or psychological factors, including doubts about the financial returns of a college education and an awareness of other career training options outside traditional degree programs.

People had a variety of reasons for not attending or completing college, including but not limited to financial barriers. The study found that 38 percent of students didn’t enroll because of fears about the cost of college and amassing debt, 27 percent felt college would be “too stressful” or “too much pressure,” 26 percent believed it was more important to work and earn money, and 25 percent felt uncertainty about their career trajectories and what they wanted to study

How The Number Of Higher Wage Jobs Varies Across California’s Regions

A higher wage job is one that earns an income sufficient to meet the cost of living needed to sustain a household with one adult and two children, one older and one younger. That income threshold is regionally adjusted to reflect the varying cost of living across California and was set by the United Way of California.

The following chart shows the percentage of jobs that are higher wage jobs in a given region in 2019. Notably areas of Inland California with a lower cost of living do relatively well. In terms of the percentage of all employment, the Sacramento region had the highest rate of higher wage jobs at 43%, while the Los Angeles region had the lowest, at 23%.

AB 102 Signed!

Good news on the legislative front.   AB 102 has been signed by the governor! This bill does several important things:

  • Extends the provisions authorizing CCAP partnerships indefinitely 
  • Remove the 10% statewide limit for full-time equivalent students claimed as special admits.
  • Specifies that “high school,” for purposes of a CCAP partnership, includes a community school, juvenile court school, or adult education program – so important for reaching the students CCAPs were intended for!
  • Authorizes county offices of education to enter into CCAP partnerships with the governing boards of community college districts

AB 102 is effective January 2023

State Plan for CTE Public Comment

The California Workforce Pathways Joint Advisory Committee, in collaboration with the State Board of Education, the California Department of Education, and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, invites you to participate in a public review of the Draft California State Plan for Career and Technical Education (CTE). This strategic plan and call to action sets forth a student-centered vision for the future of high-quality CTE in the State of California.

Please follow California Workforce Pathways – General Information (CA Dept of Education) to review the Draft California State Plan for Career and Technical Education and submit comments.

The public comment period will be open from Monday, October 3, 2022, through Thursday, November 17, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time ±.

During the open public comment period, written comments can be submitted to the California Department of Education, by email at In your public comment email, please provide the following information:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • E-mail
  • Organization you represent and job title, if applicable
  • The specific page number and section on which the comment is being made must be stated.

Once the public comment period closes, the CDE and the CCCCO will compile the comments and provide a final draft of the California State Plan for Career Technical Education at a future CWPJAC meeting for approval.

We look forward to your participation in this public review process.


Pete Callas, Division Director, Career and College Transition Division

California Department of Education


Thank you for your interest in the Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP). Here are a few updates and reminders.

  • A final list of LAEP Participating Institutions is attached. We are thrilled that over 97% of eligible public postsecondary educational institutions have elected to participate. We will send email notifications of final LAEP allocation amounts to the LAEP Coordinators at participating institutions within the next week. LAEP funding will be sent to institutions via check in early September, along with additional information. Thank you for your patience as we roll out this new program.
  • Employer Agreement Resources (attached) are now available on the LAEP website at We would like to extend our thanks to the LAEP workgroup and employers who took time to review these documents and provide us with suggestions of how to make them better. Reminder: A LAEP Employer Agreement is required between the institution and employer prior to hiring students.
  • **NEW!** LAEP Drop-in Q&A – The LAEP team (Judy and Libby) will be holding semi-weekly drop-in Q&A hours. The upcoming times and Zoom link are below. Do you have questions? We have answers! Do you have suggestions? We want to hear them! Just want to hear what others have to say about the program? Come on by! These sessions will be informal and will not be recorded. Open to all and no registration is required.

 LAEP Drop-in Q&A Hours

Mon, 8/29, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Wed, 9/14, 3-4 p.m.

Thurs, 9/22, 3-4 p.m.

Mon, 9/26, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join here:  CSAC’s LAEP Meeting Room   Meeting ID: 859 049 8063

Dial-in information:     Meeting ID: 859 049 8063        +16694449171,,8590498063# US

List of Participating Institutions 2022                                  LAEP Employer Agreement Resources 2022

3rd Annual CPL Summit RSVP

Mark your calendars for the 2022 3rd annual CPL Summit hosted by the California MAP Initiative, October 28 from 9am 1o 12pm on Zoom. You will gain a deeper understanding of CPL, stay abreast of developments in the field, and learn about emerging strategies, reforms, partnerships, and technologies focused on optimizing CPL throughout the state. There is no cost to attend this virtual Summit. 

Interactive sessions will feature:

  • Updates from cohort colleges, including emerging strategies and best practices.
  • Discussions on policy and regulation alignment and potential reform.
  • Strategies for building partnerships for transfer.
  • Demonstration of evolving services and technologies to support CPL.

Strategies for supporting and institutionalizing CPL at your campus.

Register Here

PTA program applicants needed!!!!

We could use your help to spread the word for one of our Career Education programs funded by Regional Strong workforce dollars. Please pass this along to students, friends, colleagues and anyone else you see fit!

Here’s a link to the website with detailed information.  Informational flyer.

The program is commuter-friendly and simply requires that students be on campus in Ukiah two consecutive days per week for laboratory courses during the spring and fall semesters.

October 15th is the deadline.  Any promotion help you can give; we greatly appreciate it.

Christy Smith, Dean of Career Education,

Mendocino-Lake Community College District