E-Blast September 2021

E-Blast September 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).

Cosumnes River College receives program of study validation

I am proud to announce that Cosumnes River College (CRC) obtained the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Program of Study Validation from the provided by The National Security Agency and The Department of Homeland Security.  This validation will now allow CRC to pursue designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD).  The National Security Agency and The Department of Homeland Security recognizes that through CRC’s program(s) possess the ability to serve our nation well by contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure.

Submitted by: Cornelius Brown, Regional Director, Employer Engagement, ICT-DM

Improving Career Education Pathways into California’s Workforce

By earning a credential, Californians can increase their wage returns by 20%; for some credentials, such as those in health care, gains are even greater. But only about one quarter of students who pursue career education complete a credential within six years. When students enroll full-time, however, they have higher completion rates.

To help students complete credentials, programs need to be more flexible and offer more financial support, according to stakeholder interviews. Stakeholders include employers, industry groups, and workforce development agencies; they note that internships and apprenticeships benefit students and employers, and press for more sustained engagement between colleges and employers, which can help both keep up with labor market needs.

Preview the VIDEO here.


1st Annual SME Manufacturing Expo

The theme of the 2021 SME Manufacturing Expo is: “Connecting the Regional Manufacturing Network” explained Jeff Briggs, SME member and Regional Director, California Community Colleges (CCC) Advanced Manufacturing North Region (Edu2Mfg). “Instead of arranging tours at local manufacturers, we are encouraging industry, educators and students to come together at the Expo,” said Briggs. The Manufacturing Expo will be held on National Manufacturing Day, Friday, October 1 at the Rancho Cordova City Hall, located at 2729 Prospect Park Dr.

Briggs indicated that businesses and organizations can sign up now to be exhibitors. “There are many benefits to being an exhibitor,” said Briggs. “Increase sales to local companies, recruit employees and connect with high school and college faculty members who are building the pipeline of future employees. National Manufacturing Day celebrates our robust manufacturing sector in the Sacramento region and makes the public aware of the innovation taking place and positive economic impact.”

Learn more about how exhibitors can maximize the impact of supporting this event at the Expo website

 Register to attend here.

Submitted by Jeff Briggs-Regional Director, Employer Engagement, Advanced Manufacturing (North)


We are thrilled to release the Fall 2021 In-Person INTERACTIVE Conference Program  Start planning the sessions you want to attend! This program is hyperlinked to Speaker Sheets, Websites, Videos, and more. PACKED WITH CONTENT, the Schedule-at-a-Glance, Breakout Session details, and more.

We are looking forward to gathering responsibly and safely at the OMNI! This energizing opportunity to hear from leaders and peers, who like you, show up every day in their roles as active leaders, is something very needed. The event is a vital component to the growth and development of career education and educators and collaborating in these challenging times.

“If you take care of your mind, you take care of the world.” – Arianna Huffington

Speakers include Michael Sorrell, Ed.D, Hardy Brown II, Vice-Chancellor Sheneui Weber, Audrey Childers, Ed.D., Dolores Davison, Robert Cabral, Stephanie Curry, Daren Otten, Ed.D, Students Kevin Hazel, PTA, B.S and Ahizza Romero, PTA, B.S., Amanda Johnston, M.Ed, Alisha Hyslop, Austin Webster, Lance Heard, and Penny MacCormack.

There will be yoga sessions, guided walking groups, an exhibition to tour (Footsteps to You/Black Voice Foundation), time to connect with colleagues, and 35 Breakout Sessions to choose from.

We will not be releasing the Safety Protocols until next week as the exec. board is still working on it.  But you can share this letter: In-Person Conference Safety Information

Level 2 Leadership Postponed!

Your safety is important to us.  With the resurgence of COVID-19, travel restrictions and the unknown situation as we approach November CCCAOE Leadership Level 2 is being postponed until May 24 – 27, 2022 in Anaheim.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.

If you would like a refund, please contact Amy Christianson

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Buckle Up: ARC Advanced Transportation Training Gears Up to Meet Accelerating Demand


It might be hard to remember a time before three-point seatbelts, but since they made the scene in 1959, it’s estimated that more than a million lives have been saved. 

Fast-forward to today’s newest safety measures, upheld with advanced electronics like computerized controls, radars and sensory cameras, and soon, it will be hard to imagine driving without these crash-curtailing innovations.

“Things are changing daily within the industry when it comes to technology,” says Galen Hartman, automotive instructor at American River College and a former auto shop owner for 26 years. From Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) like lane departure controls to collision monitors, he says active safety tech is here to stay: 

“All of these things are cutting-edge, and there’s a definite need for our students and the industry to have them.”

The driving demand has helped the school secure its first Employment Training Panel (ETP) contract, resulting from Assembly Bill 118 for alternative fuels and vehicle technologies programs. ARC will be training a minimum of 57 incumbent workers in ADAS, hybrid, and electric vehicle tech by the end of 2020.  

Industry partners like auto repair giant Caliber Collision are thrilled to have ARC upskilling their workforce.

Swiss Army Nurses: Northern Colleges Provide Vital Cross-Training to Meet Departmental Demand

For healthcare employers, the fast-moving field of nursing can feel like a particularly frustrating game of whack-a-mole. 

Hire an extra hand to staff the ER, for example, and suddenly… there’s a shortage in surgical or obstetrics. That struggle for attrition, familiar to any hospital administrator, has only intensified in the wake of COVID-19. And because each environment presents such unique challenges and requires such specific training, it’s not like you can just “mix and match.”

Actually, it turns out you can

In fact, with the benefit of a bit of career education, it turns out nurses can do pretty much anything

“Our partnered transition-in-practice programs have gone a long way toward addressing immediate staffing needs to ensure adequate personnel are available to provide safe, high-quality patient care,” says Lawson Stuart, Director of Clinical Education and Professional Practice at Dignity Health of Sacramento. “The programs have afforded existing staff the opportunity to train into a new specialty field of interest.” 

Dignity Health is just one of the industry partners collaborating with California Community Colleges to deliver these cross-training programs from Sacramento to Eureka. Bolstered by funding from the Health Workforce Initiative (HWI), the innovative effort represents a surgical approach to the persistent problem of specialty nursing shortages. 

“Despite aggressive and costly recruiting efforts, it can still be very difficult to fill vacancies with experienced RNs in Labor & Delivery, Emergency Department, Surgery and the ICU,” says Stuart. “Developing local training programs has proven an effective solution.”


‘Students for Life’: CUHSD’s ‘Rodgers Ranch’ Targets Ag’s Aging Problem

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California’s heart has always been its heartland. The state’s agricultural abundance boasts more than 400 commodities, with dairy products, almonds, grapes and walnuts worth well over a billion dollars each.

Yet, despite fertile land and essential growth, farmers are facing an ongoing labor shortage. According to supply chain software company GEP, the average age of farmworkers is 60 and nearing retirement, with very few 25-to-35-year-olds joining the industry.

“My business can’t move on if there aren’t kids behind us becoming farmers,” says Patrick Andersen, President and CFO of Andersen & Sons Shelling, Inc. 

The fifth-largest walnut processor in the state with more than a century of agricultural excellence, Andersen & Sons is committed to the long-term growth of farming. That’s why the company is an industry partner of the nearby Corning Union High School District (CUHSD). Says Andersen, “The kids, they’re our future. So, we need to support them as much as possible.”

Andersen & Sons was a key player in helping the District plant 47 acres of walnut trees this summer at “Rodgers Ranch,” Corning’s large-scale agriculture lab. Much, much more than your average school farm, the 177-acre ranch boasts a herd of registered Black Angus cattle, a wetlands area, a show barn, a farm store and an annual pumpkin patch producing more than 1,000 gourds.

According to Superintendent Jared Caylor, “What we’re trying to do out there is to create an exceptional example of a learning lab for career technical education.”