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E-Blast June 2022

E-Blast June 2022

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 dempseysh@butte.edu (please submit by 5pm on the first Monday of the month to be included in that month’s newsletter).

News
18.13 Million Dollar K-16 Education Collaborative Grant Awarded

Shasta College submitted an application on April 29th for a competitive grant through the Office of Public School Construction in collaboration with North State Together. This grant program is the result of the 2021 Budget Act which allocated $250 Million to the Department of General Services and is being administered through the Foundation for California Community Colleges. The focus of the grant is to promote K-16 education collaboratives that create streamlined pathways from high school to postsecondary education and into the workforce. Using innovative and creative approaches, North State Together will increase outcomes through ingenuity and bold systems transformation.

Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP) Participation Agreement – due June 30, 2022

The 2021-22 State budget appropriated $200 million (with an additional $300M in the 2022-23 Governor’s proposed budget) for the Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP). This program will allow colleges to offer eligible students the opportunity to earn money to help defray their educational costs while gaining education-aligned, career-related employment. In order to participate in the Learning-Aligned Employment Program, colleges must submit the LAEP Participation Agreement no later than June 30, 2022 to the California Student Aid Commission.  For additional information about the Learning-Aligned Employment Program you may:

If you have questions regarding the LAEP memo or would like to connect with participating colleges, please contact Santiago Morales at smorales@cccco.edu

California Competes’s May Revise Analysis

Governor Newsom’s May Revise doubles down on the budget priorities from his January Proposal, including increasing enrollment, completion, intersegmental coordination, online courses, and equity.

The budget investments also aim to create seamless pathways through education and into the workforce and make notable allocations to modernize higher education, including California Competes’s priorities of credit for prior learning, competency-based education, work-based learning, and growing programs in high demand fields. Although this proposal makes choices that support students and reform systems, it falls short of increasing financial aid for the most vulnerable students, many of whom are older students and the Californians we need to pursue or return to higher education.

Building off our analysis of the January Budget proposal, we examine what is in the May Revision, along with the compacts and roadmap made public last Friday.

College Enrollments Tumbling

College enrollments have declined by 3 million students over the past decade.  While the decrease has been concentrated in community colleges, it’s coming soon to many four-year institutions.

Demographers predict an “enrollment cliff” beginning in 2025, when the traditional college-age population will start shrinking for the foreseeable future.

A Fast-Track Associate Degree

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launched a new grant program to scale already-successful initiatives across the U.S. that help high school graduates attain postsecondary degrees quickly.

A new grant program created and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aims to help high school students complete an associate degree or credential just a year after they graduate high school.

The program, called Accelerate ED: Seamless Pathways to Degrees and Careers, is giving 12 teams across the U.S. approximately $175,000 each to scale existing initiatives that help students obtain an associate degree at the end of their “13th year.”

The 12 teams are composed of people who work in higher education, secondary schools, community organizations, industry and more. They are based in 12 different states: Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Texas and Utah.

A 5th Straight Semester of Enrollment Declines

New data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show total enrollment declined 4.1 percent since last spring. Community colleges are once again the sector hit the hardest.

Enrollment across all sectors of higher education continued to decline this past semester, extending a trend that began during the coronavirus pandemic, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The latest numbers mark the fifth semester in a row of declining overall enrollment. The report from spring 2020 counted 17.1 million students across all levels of higher education; that number is now 15.9 million.

Pathways to postsecondary and economic success: A golden opportunity for California students

The proposed $2 billion in funding for Golden State Pathways and dual enrollment in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2022-23 budget is a vital investment in California’s young people at a pivotal stage of their development — and in the workforce that’s counting on these adolescents to help them innovate and grow.

We know this because we have used these pathways in our districts for nearly a decade — and we know that they work.

Who We Are

Teach UP California offers clearly defined pathways for teacher credentialing completion for teachers with a Bachelor’s degree and currently holding a Short-
Term Staff Permit (STSP) or Provisional Internship Permit (PIP). We found a silver lining in the midst of this horrific pandemic. Together, we created a statewide solution and reimagined how we serve our students, specifically students in rural communities most affected by COVID-19.

In partnership with Cynthia McFarland, Grants Manager with the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), we proudly offer supportive services and basic needs resources to serve the entire state. In California, rural districts represent twenty-five percent of the state’s student enrollment and experience the highest teacher shortages. Our project is laser-focused on increasing the number of credentialed teachers in the most rural areas of California.       www.norcalteachup.com

Submitted by: Tonya Mack, Director, NorCal Teach Up-Teacher Credentialing Partnership Program

Dr. Robert Eyler
North and Far North Economic Updates

Chancellor’s Office
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Curriculum: Model Principles and Practices

Please find attached a memo introducing the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Curriculum Model Principles and Practices framework created by the California Community Colleges Curriculum Committee (5C).

DEI in Curriculum Memo            DEI in Curriculum: Model Principles and Practices

If you have any questions, please contact Dean Dr. Candice E. Brooks via email at cbrooks@CCCCO.edu.

Opportunity

The North Far North Regional Consortia’s governance model has been revised to include additional members of the Coordinating Council and we are inviting you to apply or nominate someone who might be the best person for one of these open positions.  The NFNRC is recruiting for membership positions to begin August, 2022.

PURPOSE:

The Coordinating Council will (1) provide consultation and advice on regional investments, (2) promote Career Education (CE) with their various constituent groups and (3) advocate for CE policy reform. This group is advisory and does not have voting rights.

MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES:

Ensure that regional constituency leadership groups are aware of NFNRC activities, actions and decisions. Provide information on policy related to career education programming and funding streams. Advocate on behalf of the Consortium regarding needed policy reform. Collaborate with the NFNRC staff to ensure information/format/etc. are appropriate for dissemination to Regional and state External Leadership. Communicate information shared by NFNRC with their respective constituent groups and college leadership. Inform NFNRC Executive Director of regional leadership’s questions, concerns, ideas. Act in the best interest of the region as a whole. Maintain an equity-minded lens in all decision-making. Attend meetings regularly or ensure attendance of designated alternatives.

MEETINGS;

The Coordinating Council will meet once a month (the last Monday of the month from 10am-11am); first meeting will be August 29th, additional meetings may be called as deemed necessary. Meetings may be in-person or via videoconference. The NFNRC Executive Director may ask for a replacement if a member does not participate regularly.

The following positions are open and we request your assistance with filling them.

Economic & Workforce Development Advisory Committee (EWDAC) – representative from the NFNRC region * CEO- North & Far North * CIO-North & FN

CSSO-North &Far North * Voting Member – North & Far North * Faculty CE Liaison-North & Far North * WIB Representative-North & Far North

Adult Education Representative * ADEP- North & Far North * Student or Alumni-North & Far North

Please complete this APPLICATION* if you’d like to apply or nominate someone by 06/23/2022 (6 pm).  We appreciate everyone’s participation in serving as part of the Coordinating Council for the NFN region.

*To the extent possible, no more than one individual from each college will be represented on the Coordinating Council.*

Please pass along to folks that may be interested in serving on the Coordinating Council.

The complete details of the NFN Governance can be found here.

To learn more please visit the North Far North Regional Plan found here

NFNRC News Center
A Cooler Calling: Sac City College Instructor Gives Back to HVAC

It was the hottest July weekend in Sacramento’s history, with temperatures topping out at an asphalt-melting 113 degrees as the record-breaking heatwave pervaded.

As locals cranked their A/C units to “11” to stand a chance against the July 10-11 spike, HVAC professionals worked overtime, battling supply shortages, stressed-out customers and the oppressive heat. When temperatures finally came back down to Earth on Wednesday, a new kind of chilled-out champion had emerged: the sub-zero hero.

But qualified HVAC whisperers don’t just come from thin air. They’re built from a blueprint of hard work, access to technology and equipment, and most critically, experienced instructors. Since 1952, Sacramento City College’s Mechanical-Electrical Technology (MET) department has kept California’s capital current, passing knowledge of the trades down through an unbroken chain of professors spanning nearly 70 years.

NFNRC K-12 News Center
PCS celebrates career-exploration pilot program

 

The Plumas Health Career Exploration Spring Institute (PHESI) concluded with a dinner and student presentations to celebrate the success of the pilot program. Danielle Plocki, Plumas Charter School’s Patient Care Pathway Coordinator, led seven students to complete the 75-hour course. The program consisted of lectures, nine different department rotations at Plumas District Hospital and presentations.

Darren Beatty, PDH COO and JoDee Read, PDH CEO were instrumental in the partnership between the hospital and the charter school. Several representatives from PDH were in attendance to watch the students receive their certificates of completion. “I see this program as an investment in the future and introducing young people to all of the career opportunities at PDH,” said Tiffany Leonhardt, PDH Director of Public Relations.

Submitted by: Lisa Kelly, NFNRC K12 Pathway Coordinator

Unique Medical Pathway Launched Healthy Head Starts at Gridley High

It’s hard to have a healthy California without some serious muscle in the healthcare workforce. And with more than 11 million residents living in an area with a shortage of primary care providers, it’s time to flex

That estimate by the California Health Care Foundation spells trouble for places like Gridley, which experienced a population boom of more than 28 percent since the last census. With demand for qualified health care workers spiking, some Northern California communities are just beginning to get creative. Others, like Gridley, have been at it for a while.

In response to its community’s shifting needs, Gridley High School launched its Health Sciences and Medical Technology Academy in 2017, giving students a unique head-start for in-demand health careers. With the situation now critical in Northern California, the Academy is proving to be the right remedy at the right moment. 

“Right now, every facility is facing staffing challenges,” says industry partner Lyndi Little Wallace, Director of Marketing & Community Outreach at Orchard Hospital, just down the street from the high school. The medical pathway, meanwhile, is “just a perfect opportunity for our program and community.”

E-Blast May 2022

E-Blast May 2022

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 dempseysh@butte.edu (please submit by 5pm on the first Monday of the month to be included in that month’s newsletter).

News
Introducing our newest NFN ADEP’s

The North Far North Regional Consortia is pleased to announce the following new hires who will be serving as Assistant Director of Employer Partnerships (ADEP). Please welcome these talented individuals and reach out to connect with them on employer engagement and work-based learning opportunities in your community.

Assistance Director of Employer Partnerships

Wendy Porter, Butte Community College wporter@shastacollege.edu , Linkedin

Josh Sweigert, Lake Tahoe Community College, jsweigeigert@shastacollege.edu, Linkedin

Pamela Heston, Mendocino College, pheston@shastacollege.edu

Madisyn Harlan, College of the Redwoods, mharlan@shastacollege.edu. Linkedin

Molly Stimpel, Shasta College, mstimpel@shastacollege.edu. Linkedin

Alexandra Kelner, Woodland Community College, akelner@shastacollege.edu. Linkedin

Director of Employer Partnerships

For more information contact Drew Aversa, Shasta Community College, daversa@shastacollege.edu, Linkedin

 

California’s K–12 public schools

California’s K12 public schools returned to more normal conditions this spring for students, teachers, and parents as COVID rates declined and mask mandates were lifted. Still, there are lingering questions about state mandates for COVID vaccinations in local public schools, and concerns about how to best address the educational inequities clearly in evidence during the pandemic. Strong revenue growth at the state level is providing a positive fiscal outlook for local school districts this year; however, declining enrollment raises questions about future finances.

“It’s a win-win-win,” program awarding $10,000 for community service looks for students

CHICO, Calif. — Some low-income college students will have a choice on their hands come next semester: to trade hundreds of hours of community service for thousands of dollars or not.

That’s the premise of the Californians for all College Corps. The state program recruitment kickoff was at Chico State Wednesday afternoon with representatives from Northstate colleges who will be getting this opportunity: Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson, Superintendent & President of Butte College Samia Yaqub and Associate Vice President of Student Services Shasta College Tim Johnston.

Tide of Exits Without Degrees Still Rising

The number of students in the United States who have attended college but left before receiving a credential, certificate or degree has risen to 39 million, from 36 million in 2019, according to a new report released Tuesday. Black and Hispanic students continued to make up of disproportionate share of the total number.

California’s Cradle-to-Career Data System

California’s Cradle-to-Career Data System Achieves Early Milestones, Announces Multi-Agency Data Sharing Agreement

SACRAMENTO — The Office of Cradle-to-Career Data has signed landmark legal agreements with 15 education, social service, and workforce entities that allow for the creation of data sets on student progress from pre-K through college and employment, one of several important early milestones that were announced at the May 11 Governing Board meeting. These milestones make progress toward creating a transformative statewide data system that will link together existing data on education, workforce, financial aid, and social services to create tools for use by students, families, policy makers, researchers and the public.

Events
NORTH FAR NORTH ECONOMIC UPDATE WEBINARS WITH DR. ROBERT EYLER

 

Dr. Robert Eyler will be presenting on May 16, 2022-North region @ 9:00 am and May 23, 2022-Far North region @ 9:00 am. There is one scheduled for each region.

The presentation will be 40 minutes with Q & A at the end.  Please register if you’d like to attend one or both. You will need to register for North and Far North regional updates, if you plan on attending both.

 


North Region                                                                            Far North Region

Date: Monday May 16, 2022                                                                Date: Monday May 23, 2022

Time: 9:00-10:00 am                                                                           Time: 9:00 am-10:00 am

Register Here                                                                                              Register Here

WestEd’s NEW! Two-Part Professional Development Opportunities

On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, join WestEd as they host Part II of their two-part professional development series. In this session, WestEd will explore equity in CAEP programming using the AEP dashboard data and other data tools. Review the below descriptions and register for Part II and their June sessions.

 

Part I and II: Exploring Equity in CAEP Programming using AEP Dashboard Data and other Data Tools

Join this professional development opportunity to explore issues of equity as it relates to your programming. We will use Adult Education Pipeline data, as well as other resources to identify equity gaps and opportunities to center equity discussions in your consortium or program planning. We will also lead participants in a process that will in turn help them lead discussions that center adult learners and equity. This TWO session workshop will focus on 1) exploring and using data- quantitative and qualitative- to identify equity gaps; 2) identifying opportunities to engage underrepresented populations in your programming or consortium; 3) supporting decision making for program and consortium planning. The limited numbers will allow for 1) breakout groups, idea sharing, discussions, and networking opportunities with your peers; and 2) the opportunity to explore and ask questions about your data. This professional development opportunity will use a problem of practice approach which will be contextualized to participants needs and contexts. Sign up as an individual or as a group. Enrollment is limited to 30. Participants must attend both sessions.

Part II

Date: May 17, 2022

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Register


Part I and II: Creating Career Pathways Using the Updated Adult Education to Workforce Dashboard Tool

Join this professional development opportunity to explore career pathways in your consortium. This TWO session workshop will focus on using data to make decisions for identifying opportunities and gaps in educational offerings and local labor market needs. We will introduce and explore the Regional Adult Education to Workforce Dashboard, which provides information on local educational programs and training (by metacluster) by institution as well as local labor market information, (annual openings, COE Skill category, Self-Sufficiency wages). We will also explore other data tools to help identify feasible and sustainable pathways for adult learners. Activities and discussions will focus on how to identify collaborative student centered opportunities that create a coherent pathway through K-12 Adult Schools and Noncredit community college programs to employment or additional training. The limited numbers will allow for 1) breakout groups, idea sharing, discussions, and networking opportunities with your peers; and 2) the opportunity to explore and ask questions about your data. This professional development opportunity will use a problem of practice approach which will be contextualized to participants needs and contexts. Between sessions participants will complete a self-identified Action Step that will inform Session 2. Sign up as an individual or as a group. Enrollment is limited to 30. Participants must attend both sessions.

Part I                                                                                  Part II

           Date: June 14, 2022                                                  Date: June 28, 2022                

             Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.                                    Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.                

 Register                                                                                      Register

Generational Collaboration

“The Generational Shift”

 How to manage the 4 different generations in the workplace and ensure that your company thrives.

Who: Dr. Katherine Jeffery, Generational Strategist, Consultant and an award-winning Vistage Speaker, from Black Mountain, North Carolina. She has studied generational dynamics for 20 years and has worked with leading global companies, helping them transform culture and develop strong, cohesive teams across the generations.

When:  May 25th at the Cascade Theater: Talk 9:00-11:15, Optional Q&A 11:30-12:00.  And be sure and bring your teams! More info at this link & Register here to save your seat; just copy into your browser: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-generational-shift-with-dr-katherine-jeffrey-tickets-324368072637

What:

  • How do we define a generation and why does it matter?
  • How do we recruit, retain, and engage these generations?
  • How do we stay relevant as we market to these generations?
  • Practical applications to improve organizational effectiveness and business results.

Take-Aways:

  • Understand the why behind the generational tension.
  • Learn to communicate in a way that motivates each generation.
  • Increase your awareness and understanding of other generations.
  • Gain practical strategies to facilitate each generation flourishing.
  • Shift your perspective to improve retention & engagement.
  • Gain valuable insights in understanding your children.

Sponsored by O2 Staffing and VISTAGE Redding

“ Dr. Jeffrey paints a compelling picture of the generational differences that exist in the workforce today and the importance of understanding and embracing these differences for the long-term viability and success of your organization.  Her presentation is a “must-see” for those involved in any kind of leadership role.”

Paul J. Reuter, P.E. ,President/Managing Engineer, Pace Engineering ,Inc.

Chancellor’s Office
Proposed changes to BOG title 5 regulations: Work Experience Education (45-Day Notice for Comments)

Please find attached a notice of proposed rulemaking and text from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office titled ”Work Experience Education.”  Comments must be received by the Regulations Coordinator prior to 4:00 p.m. June 26, 2022.  If you have any questions, please contact the regulation coordinator at regcomments@cccco.edu.  As stated in the notice, please email any comments to the regulations email account, regcomments@cccco.edu .

 

The Board of Governors’ agenda referenced in the notice will be posted to our website soon.  The attached documents will also be available on the Office of General Counsel page of the Chancellor’s website at Office of the General Counsel – Pending Regulatory Action

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5, REGARDING WORK EXPERIENCE EDUCATION

Proposed Revisions to title 5, California Code of Regulations, Related to Work Experience Education

 

To subscribe send an e-mail from the address to be subscribed to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.CCCNEXT.NET and put SUBSCRIBE ADVOCATES in the body of a BLANK, NON-HTML e-mail. NO SUBJECT OR SIGNATURES.

CCCAOE
Fall 2022 CCCAOE Conference

Conference Dates: October 5 – 7

The CCCAOE planning committee for the Fall 2022 Conference is looking for proposals that lead to STRENGTHENING CONNECTION, PARTNERSHIPS, INNOVATION, SHARING the voices of those who aren’t being heard and HIGHLIGHTING the great work that is happening all across the state Submissions are open from April 20 to June 15, 2022

Submit your proposal today!

Notification of Selection – Will occur by July 31, 2022

Proposals should correspond to one of the major strands identified for this year’s conference:

⭐️ K-16 Programs & Partnerships⭐️ Program Funding and Finance⭐️ JDEI – Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

⭐️ Community and Employer Partnerships⭐️ Marketing & Retention Strategies

Visit the CCCAOE website to view the call for proposal requirements, criteria for strong proposals, proposal form, and more!

NFNRC News Center
‘Talk to Jen’: NorCal Nurse Educator on a Mission to Mentor

Alyssa O’Gorman didn’t plan to plunge into a healthcare career in the middle of a pandemic. But when her community needed her, she was ready to dive into the deep end.

“We became a COVID hotspot,” O’Gorman recalls about her first weeks on the job, fresh out of the Registered Nursing program at American River College. Amid the raging virus, two-thirds of her hospital had tested positive, increasing stress on the staff. 

“It was really tough, especially as your first nursing job,” says O’Gorman. “It was the biggest learning curve in my life and probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.”

The newly licensed nurse was ready to throw in the towel. But before making a rash decision, the ARC grad sought advice from her former professor, Jayanti “Jen” Kirkman.

“I talked to Jen — she’s always been someone that I call when I need support,” says the alum. “She definitely supported me through the process.”

Kirkman suggested staying the course for a few months, then trying a different job closer to home and her support network. “I ended up doing that,” says the grateful grad, relieved that she could withstand the challenge. “I’ve been working at another hospital, and I love it.”

NFNRC K-12 News Center
Striking it Successful

Internships Afford Golden Opportunities for Gold Country High Schoolers

A leg up can go a long way. And with a new plan in place to connect students to CTE internships, the Nevada Joint Union High School District (NJUHSD) is helping students make the leap to making a living. 

Generation Z is dealing with a global health crisis on top of an unprecedented economic downturn… right at the beginning of their professional lives. Pandemic-proof high school internships, the District hopes, will provide a competitive head start when it comes to applying to college and careers. 

“Since the senior project is a graduation requirement, 100 percent of graduates will have completed internships in some form,” explains Aurora Westwood Thompson, Director of Career Technical Education and State/Federal Programs. 

Even amid the ongoing health crisis, every single senior at Nevada Union and Bear River High Schools managed to participate in on-ground and virtual internships aligned with their chosen career pathways, amounting to some 2,600 total students.

The District left no student behind, thanks to a Strong Workforce grant which provided new internship coordinators to connect high schools in the region to work-based learning opportunities. 

“These work-based learning coordinator positions have really bled out into the whole school, even the non-CTE kids,” effuses Christina Levinson, Workplace Learning Coordinator and Digital Media Arts Instructor.

E-Blast April 2022

E-Blast April 2022

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 dempseysh@butte.edu (please submit by 5pm on the first Monday of the month to be included in that month’s newsletter).

News
North Far North Colleges awarded

Congratulations to the North Far North Colleges awarded as a Pilot College to Participate in the Invention and Inclusive Innovation (i3) Initiative, for the Workforce and Economic Development Division of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. The region will be receiving total awards in the amount of $250,000.

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, Workforce and Economic Development Division acknowledges the quality of applications and the ability to meet the need of introducing invention, innovation and entrepreneurial mindset skills to students. Pending Board of Governors approval, as well as the availability of funds, grant commencement will be April 1, 2022.  A list of the project applications and the funding status can be viewed  here.

North Far North Colleges Awarded

College of the Redwoods                                   Folsom Lake College

Big drop during pandemic caps two decades of enrollment swings in California schools

California school enrollment over two decades: gains and losses by region with pandemic year drops

For two decades, K-12 enrollment in California was stable, hovering between 6.1 million and 6.2 million students. But within the state, there was movement: sharp enrollment declines in coastal counties – the rural north and urban Los Angeles and Orange County, where housing prices outpaced incomes – and sharp increases inland, as families moved east to bigger lots and cheaper homes. Enrollments rose between 16.6% and 26.2% in “Superior California,” which includes the Sacramento area and its exurbs

K12-Strong Workforce Program
We need you! Apply today

K12 SWP Selection Committee 22-23

The intent of the K12 Strong Workforce Program (K12 SWP) is to create, support, or expand high-quality career technical education programs at the K-12 level that are aligned with the workforce development efforts occurring through the Strong Workforce Program. Supported by a partnership between the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) and the California Department of Education (CDE), $150,000,000 will be awarded to fund Career Technical Education initiatives designed to strengthen student pathways from secondary to post-secondary education. (See the K12 Strong Workforce page on the California Community College’s Website for more information on K12 SWP.)

The role of the region’s K12 Selection Committee is to identify high-quality applications that meet the expectations of the K12 SWP legislative intent.  Various stakeholders will comprise the region’s K12 Selection Committee to ensure that the applications selected represent and forward the priorities of our region. The Committee will review and score all applications submitted and make final recommendations for K12 SWP awards to local education agencies (LEAs).

The North Far North Regional Consortium would like to invite you to apply for the Selection Committee, to fill open positions on our ‘22-‘23 K12 Strong Workforce Program Selection Committee.  Each Regional Consortium has a K12 Selection Committee that is responsible for reviewing all LEA applications that are requesting K12 SWP funds within its region (Education Code, Section 88829). The K12 Selection Committee makes all decisions, within its region, related to selecting grant recipients and awarding specific funding amounts for each grant. In addition to reviewing and scoring applications, requirements of the committee are to attend an online Zoom meeting in Spring of ’22, to set any additional criteria for funding that the North Far North Selection committee deems appropriate.  In Fall of ’22 there will be a Calibration Training retreat (1 ½ days), and a separate Deliberation Meeting to determine which applications best serve the region. Meals will be covered for both events and lodging will be covered for the retreat.  For the 22-23 Grant Application period, the fall meetings will follow the timeline released in the RFA.  In past years, that has been around the third week of October and the third week of November.

The term of service for the K12 Selection Committee will be from January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2023. Individuals who have previously served on the K12 Selection Committee for 2 rounds are eligible to submit a new application.  Individuals who served in 21/22, as their first year, do not need to reapply.

We request that all applications be submitted by Friday, April 22nd at 5:00 pm.  The applications will be reviewed and you will be notified of your acceptance shortly following the close of the application period.

North Far North K12 Selection Committee Application

If you have questions about the North Far North Regional Consortium K12 Selection Committee or K12 SWP in general, please contact the North Far North Regional K14 Technical Assistance Provider, Tanya Meyer, at tmeyer@frc.edu.

 

Events
North Far North Economic Update Webinars with Dr. Robert Eyler

 

Dr. Robert Eyler will be presenting on May 16, 2022-North region @ 9:00 am and May 23, 2022-Far North region @ 9:00 am. There is one scheduled for each region.

The presentation will be 40 minutes with Q & A at the end.  Please register if you’d like to attend one or both. You will need to register for North and Far North regional updates, if you plan on attending both.

 


North Region

Date: Monday May 16, 2022

Time: 9:00-10:00 am

Register Here


Far North Region

Date: Monday May 23, 2022

Time: 9:00 am-10:00 pm

Register Here


 

Register Now for the Virtual Contract Education Summit 2022, on Thursday, April 21, 2022

“Virtual Contract Education Summit 2022” 

Join us on Thursday, April 21, 2022 for our annual

9:00 am – 2:00 pm  with a 30-minute lunch break

Click here to register:

“Contract Education Achieves” in many ways as we gather together virtually. The CE TAP has designed an exciting, interactive agenda that is focused on delivering current topics for the “newbie” and “more mature” Contract Education practitioner!

We will offer breakout sessions in the morning and networking time in the afternoon! Available breakout sessions will include: Nuts & Bolts on Accessing the new Contract Education $15M Funding, Sales and Marketing Strategies for Successful Contract Education programs, and Strategies for Developing a Contract Education Unit. Networking time will be focused on sharing the most profitable training programs in the state, as well as the most innovative programs and sharing lessons learned in the last 24 months.

Registration: No Registration Fee

We are asking for your confidential shipping address in order to ship you a “Welcome Kit”. This may not be your campus address, as many of us are working from home. Welcome Kits will be sent out while supplies last, so register early!

For additional information contact: Margaret Schmidt at 530-570-1013 or margarets@maxinet.com  or Faithe Briley at fbriley@mtsac.edu

Apprenticeship Equity Solutions for Employers and Sponsors

Virtual Event  |  May 4, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET, and May 5, 1:00-3:30 p.m. ET

Join JFF’s National Innovation Hub for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in Registered Apprenticeship in this first-of-its-kind, two-day virtual summit to hear from employers across the country on how they’re using the earn-and-learn model of apprenticeship to build skilled, diverse workforces. You’ll come away with:

  • An understanding of how work-based learning programs can increase an organization’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA)
  • Practical tips and advice from companies who are doing this work
  • Ideas for tangible next steps and access to no-cost support in developing or enhancing equitable apprenticeship programs
Who should attend?

There is something for all apprenticeship stakeholders at this event. We especially encourage you to share this invite with the employers in your network—business owners, executives, heads of diversity and equity offices, HR professionals, hiring managers, and apprenticeship sponsors.

Following the mainstage event on May 4, employers are invited to attend an exclusive, interactive forum from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. ET to connect with peers and candidly discuss challenges, opportunities, and questions.

Register Here

Butte College Offering Technology-Careers Exploration Summer Institute (TESI) 2022

Butte College is happy to announce we are offering the Technology-Careers Exploration Summer Institute (TESI) for the second year this summer for high school students.  The program includes IT Fundamentals training provided by a Butte College faculty member as well as on-the-job training with local employers.  The goal is to provide high school students the opportunity to discover if they are interested in a career in technology and to increase connections between students, educators, and our tech employers. TESI is also a wonderful way to expose high school students to tech education provided by our North State Community Colleges.  We encourage you to share this opportunity with high school students.  Learn more on the TESI website.

This intensive 3-week summer education and job shadow program gives students exposure to computer careers in the local IT industry by rotating through different site visits with industry partners like Build.com, Lulus, Stratti, Ray Morgan, and Butte County IT. Students also develop professional workplace skills and familiarize themselves with tech professions.

Students will need to apply and interview which will help them with workforce readiness skills. They will also complete homework, report on their job shadowing experiences and give a final presentation in front of parents, community members, and employers.  College work experience credit is also available for participants.

For more information contact: Wendy Porter, porterwe@butte.edu

Chancellor’s Office
RFA-California Apprenticeship Initiative: New and Innovative Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Grant Program April 2022 Submission

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office is pleased to announce the release of the California Apprenticeship Initiative: New and Innovative (CAI: N&I) grant Program Apprenticeship and Pre-apprenticeship April 2022 Request for Applications (RFA). Applicants may respond to this RFA with: one or more proposals for pre-apprenticeship programs, one or more proposals for apprenticeship programs, or one or more separate proposals for both pre-apprenticeship programs and apprenticeship programs.

Background and Purpose:

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, in partnership with the Division of Apprenticeship Standards supports the development and implementation of innovative apprenticeship training demonstration projects in high-growth industries, and in emerging and transitioning occupations that meet local labor market needs, validated by current labor market data.

Eligible applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that create and establish new pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship programs in non-traditional and emerging sectors — industry sectors where apprenticeship training is not fully established or non-existent.

Application Information:

The CAI N&I Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Grant RFA Instructions, application requirements, and other materials are available online and may be accessed at the follow web address:

https://www.cccco.edu/About-Us/Chancellors-Office/Divisions/Workforce-and-Economic-Development/WEDD-RFA.

If you have questions, please contact Sean McCobb via email at apprenticeship@cccco.edu

Opportunites
Exciting Employment Opportunity with Mendocino College: Dean of Career Education

Mendocino-Lake Community College District is inviting applications for a Full-Time, Dean of Career Education. Application period is open now through April 24, 2022.

This is an exciting full-time, fully benefited Educational Administrator position located at the main campus of Mendocino College in beautiful Ukiah, CA.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

We are seeking an equity minded individual who is committed to supporting our diverse student population.  Please read on to find out more about the position, how to apply, and please spread the word to any interested parties! Thank you for taking the time to review and share this information!

Submitted by: Dennis Aseltyne, Mendocino College daseltyne@mendocino.edu

 

Full-time EMT Assistant Professor position-Folsom Lake College

Do you have a background or work experience as an EMT or Fire/Paramedic and a passion for teaching?
Join Folsom Lake College as a Tenure-Track Emergency Medical Technician Assistant Professor.

For this job posting go to https://jobs.losrios.edu/postings/18123

Job Flyer

Submitted by: Vicky Maryatt-Dean, Career Education Folsom Lake College  Victoria.Maryatt@flc.losrios.edu

LEARNING-ALIGNED EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

LEARNING-ALIGNED EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

OVERVIEW FOR INSTITUTIONS
The Learning-Aligned Employment Program offers eligible students at public colleges and universities the opportunity to earn money to help defray their educational costs while gaining education-aligned, career-related employment.
LAEP allows a participating student placement in an educationally beneficial position that relates to the student’s area of study, career objective, or the exploration of career objectives. The program includes and emphasizes positions for students with employers that are capable of providing them with full-time employment opportunities after graduation, or opportunities to connect with other employers that are capable of providing them with full-time employment opportunities after graduation, within their areas of study.

NFNRC News Center
A Legacy for Life: Meet the Sac City Instructor Who Mentored 1,800 Nurses in 30 Years

What type of legacy do I want to leave? 

The answer to that question is what separates a paycheck from a passion… a career from a calling. For some, leaving a legacy means working for the environment to preserve a pristine world. For others, it’s about righting a wrong, uplifting a community, or upholding a tradition. 

For Sacramento City College Nursing Instructor Darreis Lucien, “legacy” means a life of essential service through higher education. That’s why she says she’s giving her “whole self” to train the region’s next generation of nurses. 

“I really do believe that God put me in my dream job,” beams Lucien. “Every aspect of nursing has its rewards. In teaching, the pearl is watching the students achieve their goals.”

At last count, Lucien had mentored more than 1,800 health care professionals in her 30 years of teaching. Her dedication has single-handedly moved the needle for regional health care, and according to industry partners, left an indelible mark on a generation of nurses.

Striking it Successful: Internships Afford Golden Opportunities for Gold Country High Schoolers

A leg up can go a long way. And with a new plan in place to connect students to CTE internships, the Nevada Joint Union High School District (NJUHSD) is helping students make the leap to making a living. 

Generation Z is dealing with a global health crisis on top of an unprecedented economic downturn… right at the beginning of their professional lives. Pandemic-proof high school internships, the District hopes, will provide a competitive head start when it comes to applying to college and careers. 

“Since the senior project is a graduation requirement, 100 percent of graduates will have completed internships in some form,” explains Aurora Westwood Thompson, Director of Career Technical Education and State/Federal Programs. 

Even amid the ongoing health crisis, every single senior at Nevada Union and Bear River High Schools managed to participate in on-ground and virtual internships aligned with their chosen career pathways, amounting to some 2,600 total students.

E-Blast March 2022

E-Blast March 2022

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 dempseysh@butte.edu (please submit by 5pm on the first Monday of the month to be included in that month’s newsletter).

News
North Far North Colleges awarded

Congratulations to the following North Far North Colleges and Butte County Office of Education in receiving the California Apprenticeship Initiative 2021-2022 CAI: New and Innovative December 2021 Submission. The region will be receiving total awards in the amount of $2,500,000.

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, Workforce and Economic Development Division acknowledge the quality of applications and the ability to meet diverse sector needs. Pending Board of Governors approval as well as the availability of funds, commencement is April 1, 2022. A list of the project applications and the funding status can be viewed  here.

American River College

Sacramento City College

Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint CCD

Butte Co. Offices of Education

 

These four proven approaches help college students of color succeed

A new report from Equal Measure shows how Talent Hubs in Dayton, Ohio, St. Louis, and Shasta County, Calif., are working to acknowledge inequities and increase opportunities for people of color. Created by Lumina Foundation and now run by CivicLab, Talent Hubs across the nation cultivate talent with a focus on helping Black, Hispanic and Latino, and Native American students overcome tough barriers to learning.

Gainful employment proposal looks at college vs. high school grads’ earnings

The U.S. Department of Education this week released new details about provisions it wants to include in its forthcoming gainful employment rule, a measure that would hold postsecondary career education programs responsible for ensuring their graduates can find work and pay off their student loans.

Events
Spring 2022 ICT Advisory with Valley Vision

Please join us on Thursday, March 31st from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM for a virtual ICT Regional Advisory meeting that will highlight emerging trends and occupational demands related to cybersecurity. New labor market information will be presented on this vital emerging topic and the implications for workforce development.

CLICK TO REGISTER

Spring 2022 ICT Invitation


Additional Advisories 

Hospitality, Culinary, and Tourism– April 22nd (2:00 – 3:30 PM)

Forestry Management– April 28th (3:00 – 5:00 PM)

Center of Excellence (COE)
North Far North Economic Update

The North/Far North Center of Excellence is sharing a quarterly report on job postings, unemployment, industry measures, and other real-time data. The COE sends out a condensed version of the economic update in the COE North/Far North newsletter and its own newsletter.

Download the March 2022 COE economic update here.  Find this and past economic updates at the North/Far North website.  Sign up here to receive the economic update and COE newsletter in your email inbox.

SUMMARY

Unemployment— Unemployment rates are at or below pre-pandemic levels. In the Greater Sacramento region in December, the average unemployment rate dipped to near pre-pandemic levels (4.5%). In the Far North, that rate declined to below pre-pandemic levels (5.1%).

Labor Force— After consistent improvements throughout 2021, in December the North/Far North region and California saw a disappointing decrease in labor force, especially in the Far North. At least some of the improvements in unemployment rates in the last two months of 2021 are owed to people dropping out of the labor force.

Industry Trends— The construction and the transportation and logistics sectors continue growing beyond pre-pandemic job levels. The health care and social assistance, government, manufacturing, and hospitality and tourism sectors recovered well during 2021, but they experienced zero growth during the last quarter of 2021.

Jobs Postings— Jobs postings volumes continue to grow in the government, health care and social assistance, manufacturing, and transportation and logistics sectors. The trends indicate that some sectors have adapted to current economic conditions, whereas others are experiencing employee hiring and retention challenges.

REPORT SPOTLIGHTS AND NEWS

The economic update presents new research reports and the COE’s new statewide website.

  • Valley Vision hosts the COE for a workforce industry advisory meeting for the Greater Sacramento (North) region on cybersecurity trends Thursday, March 31 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Register here.
  • The COE for the Greater Sacramento region collaborated on research related to remote work, and produced a study of Placer County’s workforce trends. Details and report downloads are included in the full economic update.
  • The COE statewide team just released a new website with improved publication searches and regional navigation. Take a look! https://coeccc.net/

Submitted by: Aaron Wilcher, Director, North/Far North Center of Excellence, WilcheA@losrios.edu

Regional Plan
North Far North Regional Plan

The work of the North Far North Regional Consortium (NFN RC) contributes to and is aligned with the California Community College Chancellor’s Offices’ Vision for Success, Strong Workforce Program and goals.

NFN Career and Technical Education (CTE) strategies, activities, programs, and investment strategies presented in this plan, are aligned with economic and workforce development partners and informed by data provided from multiple sources including

  • North Far North Center of Excellence
  • Economic Forensics and Analytics
  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • California Employment Development Department
  • Launchboard
  • State and national research documents
  • Personal interviews

Click the read more link below to view the plan.  The plan can also be accessed on the NFNRC website under the resources tab at any time.

North Far North News Center
Talent Triage: Lassen Educator Aims to Ease Rural Nursing Blight

It was always easy for Celeste Wiser to picture herself as a college educator, doing her part to boost the quality and quantity of nurses in rural Northern California. She just pictured herself a little older.

“I definitely thought I would have a lot of gray hair before that,” jokes Wiser.

A nursing instructor at Lassen College, Wiser is one of a growing number of practicing nurses gravitating toward careers in higher education. And with California’s nation-worst nursing shortage projected to reach critical mass by 2030? It’s a welcome trend. 

“When we’re short on nurses, it affects our community,” says the proud professor, part of the original team to reboot the College’s critical LVN program in 2017, and a driving force behind Lassen’s attempts to bolster the local workforce.

Fighting the Ag Lag: Practical Pathways Growing in Gridley

Known as the “Land of Natural Wealth and Beauty,” Butte County is also an agricultural powerhouse, boasting an overall production of more than $688 Billion in 2020. 

A key player for walnuts, rice, almonds and prunes, the region employs more than three times the national average of workers in the ag sector, with jobs sprouting steadily at four-percent growth until 2023, according to a recent NoRTEC report.

Yet, despite the bountiful harvest and burgeoning opportunities, the entire state is facing an ongoing ag labor shortage. In Butte County’s Gridley Unified School District, the solution is simple: offering robust agricultural pathways to grow the talent pipeline from the ground up.

With the help of a recent Strong Workforce grant, the District has made the Agricultural Career Technical Education program stronger than ever, increasing staffing to implement a new “AgriScience” Academy.

“We have four teachers in that pathway, which is probably unusual … for a small high school of 650 students,” says Principal Justin Kern. For the small rural area, he says offering an array of ag pathways allows students to build on the skills “that are necessary to join the labor market here.”

 

E-Blast February 2022

E-Blast February 2022

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 dempseysh@butte.edu (please submit by 5pm on the first Monday of the month to be included in that month’s newsletter).

News
North Far North Regional Consortia Introduces our new Director of Employer Partnerships

Greetings!

As the new Director of Employer Partnerships for the North / Far North Consortia, it has been a pleasure meeting the voting members in-person on my recent campus tours across our region. What’s impressed me most is everyone’s commitment to education, and advancing the pathways and partnerships throughout the diverse region. What excites me most is the willingness of everyone to work together and partner on shared opportunities for success to achieve the outcomes desired.

This year, I look forward to building our team of assistant directors to grow new employer partnerships and work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to help our students find meaningful work, and careers. As an alumni of Las Positas College in the Bay Area, I know first hand the value of a community college education, and the opportunity that follows. In addition, my background in corporate business development, education, government, and academic environments, combined with leading entrepreneurial ventures, is what led me to joining all of you in this new role.

With a new year ahead of us, I welcome the opportunity to hear your new ideas, needs, and vision on ways we can strengthen our region’s efforts, and methods used to showcase the outcomes of everyone’s work being done. Please feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn and get in touch at daversa@shastacollege.edu

Wishing you a wonderful 2022,

Drew

California Volunteers, California Higher Education Institutions Announce Historic College Service Program

CALIFORNIA – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom and the leaders of California’s college and university systems joined Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday to launch the largest state-level investment in a college service program in California history. California Volunteers announced the 45 colleges and universities selected as inaugural partners for the service-based college opportunity program.

“California is a world leader in both higher education and service,” said Governor Newsom. “The #CaliforniansForAll College Corps advances these priorities by connecting Californians of different backgrounds with enriching service opportunities throughout the state while making college more affordable for our state’s future leaders. We hope the Corps will be replicated across the nation.”

#CaliforniansForAll College Corps will provide up to 6,500 college students over two academic years with service opportunities in critical issue areas such as climate action, K-12 education, and COVID-19 recovery. Students who complete a year of service will receive $10,000 while gaining valuable experience serving in their communities. This program will unite young Californians of all backgrounds in service, and, for the first time, specifically creates state-funded opportunities for AB 540 eligible Dreamers to serve their communities.

45 total campuses representing University of California, California State University, community college and private university systems have been selected as program participants via a competitive grant application process. The full list of schools can be found here.

 

Revamping short-term credential pathways

An initiative to develop short-term credentials that better serve employers and learners has published a brief that highlights key elements gleaned over its first year from participating community colleges and their partners.

In fall 2020, Education Design Lab (EDL) announced the inaugural Community College Growth Engine Fund cohort, which included six selected institutions. The colleges received $100,000 and hands-on support from EDL to implement a “micro-pathways” project that connects low-wage and unemployed workers to work-relevant credentials, leading to quality job opportunities. (Micro-pathways are defined as two or more stackable credentials that are delivered in a flexible way, achieved within less than a year and result in a job at or above the local median wage.) On Tuesday, EDL released a brief that includes general findings after the first year of the initiative as well as profiles of the participants’ projects.

New EdTrust West Report on California Dual Enrollment

Check out this new report from EdTrust West. It is a report focused on California dual enrollment: Jumpstart: Setting Goals to Drive Equitable Dual Enrollment Participation in California’s Community Colleges, and an accompanying data mapping tool.

The report analyzes data from the community colleges across California to see if they’re equitably serving Black, Native, and Latinx students through dual enrollment –There is still work to be done!  It also outlines a policy and practice agenda for  K-12 and community college leaders to increase the focus on equity!

Congratulations! 6 of 15 of the NFN college are participating

CALIFORNIA VOLUNTEERS, CALIFORNIA HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS ANNOUNCE HISTORIC COLLEGE SERVICE PROGRAM

This week, California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley joined Gov. Gavin Newsom, University of California President Michael V. Drake and California State University Chancellor Joseph I. Castro to launch the largest state-level investment in a college service program in California history.

California Volunteers announced the 45 colleges and universities, including 18 of our colleges, that were selected as inaugural partners for the service-based college opportunity program. The Californians for All Service Corps will provide up to 6,500 college students over two academic years with service opportunities in critical issue areas such as climate action, K-12 education, and COVID-19 recovery. Students who complete a year of service will receive $10,000 while gaining valuable experience serving in their communities.

This program will unite young Californians of all backgrounds in service, and, for the first time, specifically creates state-funded opportunities for AB 540 eligible Dreamers to serve their communities. We’re proud that so many of our colleges have been offered an opportunity to participate in this groundbreaking program.

The full list of colleges and universities can that were selected can be found here. https://www.californiavolunteers.ca.gov/californiansforall-college-corps/#colleges

 

‘Resigners’ take to short, online training programs

Individuals who recently resigned from their jobs and don’t plan to return to the workforce for a few months aren’t just sitting around: A good proportion of them are taking short-term online courses to prepare for their next career move.

new report from Cengage that surveyed individuals who recently left their jobs or plan to do so shows that nearly four out of five (78%) of recent “resigners” have taken online training courses or certificate programs. For almost two-thirds of them, the reason was that it was essential to landing a new job.

“The courses the resigners have opted into are largely short-term programs — 72% are six months long or shorter, with only 15% lasting longer,” the report says. “There is clearly demand and need for shorter time-to-credential opportunities that get employees learning new skills and back into the workforce quickly.”

The Economic Value of the California Community College System

California’s Community Colleges generate nearly $130B in economic activity, in new report

A new study released Monday by the California Community Colleges found that the system of 116 campuses generates $128.2 billion in economic activity.

The study was conducted by Emsi Burning Glass and analyzed academic and financial reports from the community college system, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau. The report estimates that for every $1 invested in the community college system, students gain $5 in earnings and taxpayers see a $2 net benefit in added tax revenue from students’ higher lifetime earnings and increased output by businesses.

 

“This study validates the clear fact that California’s community colleges are an investment playing a critical role in driving the state’s economy and making a difference in millions of lives daily,” said Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of the community college system.

CWDB California’s Unified Strategic Workforce Development Plan-Comments Due February 14, 2022 5 PM

The California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) is seeking public comments on California’s Unified Strategic Workforce Development Plan (State Plan) 2020-2023 Modification.

The four-year State Plan represents an agreement among the core partners identified in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and serves as the framework for developing public policy, fiscal investment, and operation of all state labor exchange, workforce education, and training programs. The US Department of Labor requires states to review and submit modifications to their State Plans at the two-year point that reflect any changes in the labor market and economic conditions, or other factors affecting implementation. The workforce development community is encouraged to review the State Plan and submit comments to the WIOA State Plan inbox.

The State Plan is posted on the CWDB website for a 30-day public comment period. Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Monday, February 14, 2022, and must be submitted in writing by email to WIOAStatePlan@cwdb.ca.gov

Events
California Mayor’s Cyber Cup Competition April 2, 2022

We are excited to announce that the Mayor’s Cyber Cup Competition (MCC) is returning to the Sacramento & Far North! This is our 4th annual Cyber Cup competition open to all Middle School, High School, and Community College students. Register today at NorCalCybermayorcybercup

This is a month-long event culminating in a cyber competition on Saturday, April 2nd from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM. The experience begins on Wednesday, March 2nd – the “practice gymnasium” will open to competitors and the first in a series of Live@5 webinars at 5:00 PM will introduce the competition to participants.

 The competition on Saturday, April 2nd is hosted by Cyber Skyline (also used by the National Cyber League, NCL). After completing this registration form and your team scholarships or payments are verified, Cyber Skyline will add you to the game and email you the instructions and access codes for your students to register. Note that team captains will need to register first to set up the team in the game. Subsequent team members will register and add themselves to the appropriate teams. Teams are 3-6 players. Be sure to register your teams prior to March 2nd to gain full access to the gym and allow your team(s) the most training time possible. Let the games begin!

 Competition fees are $200 per team. Scholarships are available due to the generous sponsorship from Sacramento County Office of Education and the North Far North Regional Consortium for the California Community Colleges. Payments can be made by credit card or purchase order and are made through the Sacramento County Office of Education payment system.

 This month-long event will also feature weekly Live@5 webinars on Wednesdays at 5:00 PM. Please encourage all competitors to participate in the webinars as they are an opportunity to learn more about cyber careers, how to get involved, summer cyber camps and other fun information. You and your students will need to register for the Live@5 series separately at our zoom Events Page NorCalCyberLive5. These webinars are open to the public including other students, parents, and community members.

Flyer 

Jared Amalong

Director, Computer Science and Digital Learning, Sacramento County Office of Education  

Submitted by: Wendy Porter,  Porterwe@butte.edu

CS4NORCAL Computer Science & ICT Regional Advisory

We are excited to open up this ICT & CS Regional Advisory meeting for any North Far North K14 faculty and admins.  If you want to know more about CS4NorCal please contact me at porterwe@butte.edu.

March 29, 2022

REGISTER for the Regional Advisory here

Act. Virtual Conference

REGISTER NOW FOR PATHWAYS TO EQUITY ACT VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Registration is now open for the Pathways to Equity Act Virtual Conference. The Pathways to Equity conference provides a space for a diverse community of creators, educators, administrators and practitioners to inspire one another to reform, reshape and recreate a collegiate environment focused on student equity through use of a Guided Pathways framework. Keynote speakers will focus on anti-racism as a foundation for equity work in the community college system. Breakout sessions will highlight innovative practices that are driving systemic changes in our colleges. We hope you and your team will join us.

EVENT INFORMATION
Wednesday, March 16 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

REGISTRATION
Register to secure your free spot today 

For more information about the Act Virtual Conference and updates on Pathways to Equity, visit the Pathways to Equity webpage.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Please direct any content questions to Michael Tran, Educational Services and Support.

LOGISTICS INFORMATION
The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, and events. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by February 25, 2022 to the Conferences and Events team.

VISION RESOURCE CENTER
To continue the conversation make sure to log into the Pathways to Equity Act Vision Resource Center Page to participate in conversations before, during and after the event

Spring 2022 ICT Advisory with Valley Vision

Please join us on Thursday, March 31st from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM for a virtual ICT Regional Advisory meeting that will highlight emerging trends and occupational demands related to cybersecurity. New labor market information will be presented on this vital emerging topic and the implications for workforce development.

CLICK TO REGISTER

Spring 2022 ICT Invitation

Dr. Robert Eyler’s Webinar
Ask the Economist January 24, 2022 Webinar

Dr. Robert Eyler,  President, Ecomonic forensics and Analytics, Professor, Economics, Sonoma State University, eyler@econforensics.com

 Ask the Economist webinar recording.  Download the presentation here.

The next webinar will be in April. More details to come.

Hosted by: Chabin Concepts

CCCAOE
Welcome back, A special Video for Career Education and CCCAOE, Deadline reminders

Highlights

The Story of Career Education


Registration Open for Upcoming Events!

Spring 2022 Conference-April 6-8, 2022 in Sacramento

The Theme for Spring 2022: Strengthening Community through Inclusion and Engagement

New Spring 2022 Conference Flyer               Register Now          Book your room

Virtual Option for the Spring 2022 Conference

CCCAOE is happy to announce that we will be offering a Live Streamed Virtual Option to the Spring 2022 Conference.

Due to the uncertainty of travel and to increase Conference opportunities, CCCAOE will be offering a Virtual Conference Registration for $375.00. This Virtual option will give registered members access to Live Streaming of the Conference General Sessions and select Breakout Sessions as well as all the recordings that will be made available

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D. – California Secretary of State

Dr. Angelo Farooq – California Workforce Development Board

Sandra Sanchez – Interim Vice Chancellor, Workforce and Economic Development Division

Marty J. Alvarado – Executive Vice Chancellor at CA Community College Chancellor’s Office

Dr. Robert Eyler – Economic Forensics and Analytics

Xavier Nazario – Workforce Innovation Labs

Alfredo Mathew III – ESO Ventures Inc.

and more

Plus these exciting learning opportunities: 

Pre-Conference Learning Lab Workshop   This Session is FREE FOR ALL CCCAOE Members, whether you are attending the Spring 2022 Conference or not.

Register for FREE Pre-Conference Session


Advocacy Day-2022

April 5, 2022              Learn more…


Call for Sponsors

Sponsorship Information Form          Sponsor Breakout Session Form        Sponsor Checklist       Learn more…

E-Blast December 2021

E-Blast December 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 dempseysh@butte.edu (please submit by 5pm on the first Monday of the month to be included in that month’s newsletter).

News
National Cyber League Challenge

This Fall 2 of our Far North Community Colleges (Butte & Redwoods) participated in the National Cyber League challenge.  Both schools competed with 3,917 teams from colleges and esteemed universities all over the Nation in this well-known NCL competition.  While we are extremely proud of both college teams and all the students, we applaud in awe the Butte College NCL team.  They placed 57th out of 3,917 teams ! This is a huge accomplishment since the cybersecurity program at Butte is fairly new. High fives to Butte instructor Edward Miro for leading his students to this success! And congrats to Linda Fischer for doing the hard leg work to get the cybersecurity program going at Butte.

Well done to College of the Redwoods, their ICT programs have begun to bloom fantastically!  Amy Murphy is doing a stellar job with her students and developing the much-needed cyber curriculum.  CR’s team spent most of day one in the middle of the national top 100 leaderboard but lost some ground by the end of day three, finishing out in the top 20%. We’ll take it!

AND huge applause to our partner in crime Chico State.  Their NCL team led by Professor David Zeichick came in 44th place!  We are so happy to have a great transfer program with CSUC and David’s support.

Read Student and Faculty Quotes Here

More ICT News Here.

Submitted by: Wendy Porter, Regional Director, Employer Engagement, ICT-DM (Far North) porterwe@butte.edu 

California Trying to centralize student school data

California this week officially kicked off its first attempt at a statewide education data system to provide trend information to help students and families with college and career planning.

The board of the Cradle-to-Career system — comprising 21 legislators, education leaders and advocates — met for the first time last week and took steps to launch the long-sought program, including appointing Amy Fong as its chairwoman.

Fong is the chief operations officer for California School Information Services, which runs the state’s K-12 data system for the California Department of Education. The board also selected an executive director from among three finalists. Members will meet in about two weeks to make the hire.

10th Anniversary Interview Series: Arizona State University President Michael Crow

California Competes research found that one in five Californians intend to enroll in higher education in the next two years. How can the state scale up institutional capacity to meet the demand? For California Competes 10th anniversary interview series, Dr. Jez sits down with Arizona State University’s 16th President Michael Crow, who has been credited with driving a national conversation on how institutions can serve larger numbers of students, to discuss his perspectives and upcoming initiatives in higher education.

His concept of the New American University, a design which is inclusive in admissions and holds societal impact as a measure of its success, aims to better serve larger numbers of students through online education, employer partnerships, and more. It’s the institutions that need to grow and adapt and meet the needs of potential students, not vice versa. As evident in ASU’s rapid infrastructure expansion, President Crow has used his position to create and refine a model for doing just that.

Watch the video here.

Higher Ed Dive

Findings indicate that reaching personal goals are a deciding factor for students returning — just as they were for enrolling in the first place. In fact, 62% of disengaged learners were motivated originally to enroll to reach a personal goal, compared to 44% who cited career advancement, 42% love of learning, and 40% improving salary

DataPoints: Enrollment by race/ethnicity

In fall 2020, more than half (52%) of both Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native undergraduates were enrolled in public two-year colleges, according to a College Board analysis of federal data. Between 35% and 44% of members from other racial/ethnic groups attended these colleges.

Events
Contract Education Summit 2022

Download the Flyer Here

For more information contact: Margaret Schmidt at margarets@maxinet.com  or Faithe Briley at fbriley@mtsac.edu

CCCAOE

Call for Spring 2022 Breakout Session Proposals are open.

Conference Dates: April 6 – 8, 2022

Submissions are open from October 26, 2021, to January 21, 2022

Notification of Selection – Will occur by February 18, 2022

Direct link to the submission form – https://forms.gle/vw5qKfPWYpQzggda8

All the Information Here


Leadership Academy 2022, Levels 1 and 2 are now open for registration and booking your rooms. 

Level 1.0 with Mike Walsh

Anaheim – May 24 – 27, 2022

Level 2.0 with Mickey Porter and CCC Mentors

Costa Mesa – June 13-16, 2022

More information

Here is most most recent Newsletter 

NFNRC News Center
Fueling the Future of Health: Nurse Educators in Demand

For Northern California nursing instructor Julie Holt, training future caregivers always felt like a passion worth turning into a profession. But she never truly realized the urgency of her calling until the day it got personal

“My mom came out of an unplanned surgery in the middle of the night after a fall,” remembers the professor and Northern Regional Director of Health for the NFNRC. “The anesthesiologist comes out afterward, and it was one of my first nursing students.”

Beyond the feeling of gratitude that her mother was in capable hands, Holt was struck more than ever by the importance of her job as a nurse educator. In the bigger picture, says the veteran teacher of 20 years, “we’re keeping the health of the community going.”

In the 2017-18 academic year alone, California’s community colleges produced more than 40 percent of the total nurses in the state, with 12,000+ students enrolled full-time in nursing programs and boasting a 93-percent exam pass rate. Many of the region’s community colleges offer LVN-to-RN pathways as well as RN-to-BSN programs, marking community colleges as a flexible, affordable choice for career mobility. Meanwhile, the state benefits from a diversified health care workforce.

Jennifer Siu

‘A Safe Place to Go’: Wellness Center Promotes Healthy Careers, Communities

There can be no happiness without good health, and in Shasta County, intrepid educators are turning a mental health crisis into a bold new opportunity. 

The region has the highest Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) scores in California. Yet there has been a lack of support for youth, with record numbers of students in distress even before the pandemic and recent catastrophic wildfires. 

Shasta High School is putting mental health front and center, debuting a new, on-campus facility focused on wellness. The student-run center aims to provide mental health resources — while also promoting career education — in a welcoming and productive environment.

“It’s going to be a safe place to go,” explains CTE Medical Careers Instructor Cindy Lindsay, MS, RN. The spa-like facility will have weighted blankets, healthy snacks, and most importantly, a wide array of mental, emotional and physical health services. Support includes resources like a 24-hour mental health hotline, counseling and mentorship programs, with yoga, cardio equipment, wellness testing and relaxation training available on the physical fitness side. 

The new facility will be a dream come true for Shasta High School students, whether seeking one-on-one resources or unwinding in a landscaped outdoor area replete with ping-pong tables and picnic benches. Right now, Lindsay says, “We’re running out of our little lab with no windows and five hospital beds.”

E-Blast November 2021

E-Blast November 2021

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News
Resilience & Opportunity: The Regional Health Care Advisory for the North Region

Valley Vision, Los Rios Community College District, NFN Centers of Excellence and the Regional Director of Employer Engagement for Health collaborated to bring a Regional Industry Advisory for Healthcare, North Region, on October, 28, 2021.  With the intense impacts of the pandemic on all professional caregivers, the health sector is experiencing unique workforce challenges as well as resilience in supporting the health of individuals and the community.  College faculty and administrators from 8 colleges and many K-12 education partners were informed about employment trends in the Centers of Excellence report, prepared by Ebony Benzing and presented by Aaron Wilcher.  Opportunities were illustrated for high needs in mental/behavioral health, ambulatory care, nursing and residential care with sector jobs to be a total of 109,279 and growth expected to rise 13% in the coming 5 years. Critical middle skill occupations for jobs in 2020 that have the highest growth projections in the region include registered and licensed vocational nurses, medical assistants, certified nurse assistants, dental assistants, and health information technologist/medical records specialists. Medical and health Service managers also demonstrated a very high level of demand.

 

Submitted by Julie Holt, Regional Director Employer Engagement, Health (North) holtj@scc.losrios.edu

Instructors Learn Methods for Teaching CNC

On Saturday, October 9, the California Community Colleges (CCC) Advanced Manufacturing North Region offered teacher training at Rocklin High School. Thank you to Shawn Hewson for hosting this event. Seven high school instructors, Yuba College and Sierra College faculty members and several educators from UC Davis attended the manufacturing education “train the trainer” session.

According to Steve Dicus, Advanced Manufacturing North Region, the intent of the training exercise was to force the participants to troubleshoot the entire CNC system (CAD, CAM, Post Processor, code, and CNC setup). “They were asked to identify dimensional issues in the part, trace the errors in the part they were given to its source and suggest corrective action,” said Dicus. “There was some basic code reading and CNC mill set-up issues also addressed.”

Afterwards, participants discussed common user issues related to improper setup, cutter compensation formatting and measurement error. They also reviewed how small issues were designed into the part which required the participant to correct.

Dicus summarized: “All in all, this was a very relevant training since it focused on the issues classroom instructors and their students deal with regularly.”

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

Student /Industry Spotlight: Global Trade

Student: Sage Crews, Sierra College        Industry Partner: Athleta-Ed/UCLA Anderson School of Management

Seizing opportunities to further your career path are critical to any student looking to work in the industry of their dreams. One student doing exactly that is Sage Crews, Sierra College Freshman and local standout swimmer and water polo player. Coming out of Woodcreek High School and enrolled at Sierra College, Sage was the recipient of the Global Trade Sector’s summer scholarship program ($3,000 value) in partnership with industry partner Athleta-Ed and the UCLA Anderson School of Management – Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment and Sports. Thanks to this unique program by Athleta-Ed, which looks to enhance higher education opportunities for motivated students, Sage was able to attend the accredited 4-unit course, “Introduction to Business through Sport” on global sports management, from one of the nation’s top Management schools at UCLA this past summer. Although Sage has not yet declared a Major, her love and intrigue related to the inner-workings of professional sports, are pointing towards a promising career path. Sage has been a standout student receiving accolades and praise for her work ethic from UCLA course professor, Mark Francis and from Athleta-Ed founder, Hany Syed.

Submitted by: Gordon Hinkle, Regional Director, Employer Engagement, Global Trade gordon@hinkletec.com

Report on dual enrollment in California

The Public Policy Institute of California  just released a report on dual enrollment in California: Promoting Equitable Student Access and Success.  Some interesting information on the balance of courses between CTE and general education, the impact of COVID on dual enrollment numbers (positive), and transfer rate of dual enrollment students are some of the highlights.

Dual enrollment, which provides opportunities for high school students to take college courses and earn college credit, is an important way to expand educational opportunities, improve economic mobility, and meet California’s workforce needs. State leaders have recently increased support for dual enrollment, and the COVID-19 pandemic has fueled a surge in participation across the country. This report examines whether access to and success in dual enrollment programs is equitable and how pockets of success may be identified and replicated. We also identify barriers to the expansion of dual enrollment and explore ways to lower them.

NFN Economic Overview & Recovery Webinar’s

The North Far North Regional Consortia hosted webinars with Dr. Robert Eyler on October 25, 2021.

You can view both recordings here on the NFNRC Website.

North Region             Far North Region

NFNRC.org

Events
Global Entrepreneurship Week 2021
Global Entrepreneurship Week – Nov. 8th through 12th

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a week long celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship that takes place in ecosystems around the globe. At Sacramento State, we are excited to have partnered with Western Health Advantage to bring a full-week of events, activities, competitions, and networking focused on innovation & entrepreneurship.

The Core Themes of GEW 2021

#GEWecosystems

#GEWeducation

#GEWinclusion

#GEWpolicy

CCCAOE
CCCAOE Spring 2022 Conference and Leadership 1 and 2

Call for Spring 2022 Breakout Session Proposals are open.

Direct link to the submission form – https://forms.gle/vw5qKfPWYpQzggda8

Informational Flyer

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Leadership Academy 2022, Levels 1 and 2 are now open for registration and booking your rooms. 

Informational Flyers

Level 1           Level 2

Center of Excellence (COE)
North/Far North COE Economic Update

The North/Far North Center of Excellence is sharing a quarterly report on job postings, unemployment, industry measures, and other current data. The COE sends out a condensed version of the economic update in the COE North/Far North email newsletter and its own newsletter.

Download the November COE economic update here.

 Find this and past economic updates at the North/Far North website.

 Sign up here to receive the economic update and COE newsletter 

SUMMARY

Unemployment— After a modest setback in June, unemployment rates decreased through August, dropping to an average of 6.5% in the Greater Sacramento (North) sub-region and an average of 6.7% in the Far North. The sub-regions’ unemployment rates have generally been about 1 to 1.5 percentage points lower than the state’s unemployment rate.

Labor Force— Like the state as a whole, the North/Far North region has experienced an increase in labor force numbers since May. In the Greater Sacramento (North) sub-region, those numbers have returned to the levels of 2019 and early 2020. In the Far North sub-region, they have nearly reached pre-pandemic levels.

Industry Trends— Industry employment data indicate that the public sector, health care, and social assistance have either reached or are on a path to reaching pre-pandemic job levels. Construction, manufacturing, and transportation and logistics have surpassed pre-pandemic job levels.

Hospitality Trends— Hospitality, which lost a third of its jobs in 2020, has consistently recovered jobs in 2021. Compared with February 2020 job totals, job totals in the Greater Sacramento (North) sub-region and in the Far North sub-region are 18 percentage points and 9 percentage points lower, respectively.

Hiring Challenges— Jobs postings volumes indicate hiring challenges in government, hospitality, manufacturing, and transportation and logistics.

Submitted by: Aaron Wilcher, Director, North/Far North Center of Excellence, WilcheA@losrios.edu 

NFNRC News Center
Sacramento Sports Heroes Champion Independent Pathways in Global Trade

“Ruthie” Bolton knows a thing or two about golden opportunities. As a member of the U.S. National Women’s Basketball Team, she competed in both Atlanta and Sydney, taking home Olympic gold both times. Now, alongside former NFL player Marlon Moore, she’s becoming a champion for game-changing opportunities in entrepreneurship. 

“Marlon and Ruthie are both able to grab the attention of students because of what they’ve accomplished in their own careers,” says Gordon Hinkle, who connects K-14 students to guest speakers and more as the NFNRC Regional Director of Global Trade. “They love working with young people, and they have a heart for that, so we’re very fortunate.”

When it comes to global trade, California is an international powerhouse. With hundreds of thousands of jobs in exports, the state contains two of the largest ports in the nation, making for high-paying careers in shipping and more. Currently, the e-commerce industry alone is growing at a rate 27 percent faster than that of domestic trade.

In Sacramento, where global trade careers abound, Bolton and Moore are teaming up to spread the word about these golden opportunities.

Working IT: Trailblazing Tomorrow’s ICT‐DM Workforce

For everything that changed in 2020, Information Technology (IT) remained essential. The United States is still the largest tech market in the world, according to the IT professional association CompTIA, and as professional and personal lives become increasingly digital, it’s no wonder that 80 percent of IT professionals are optimistic about 2021. 

“The job growth in the sector is out of control,” says Wendy Porter, Regional Director of Information and Communication Technologies – Digital Media (ICT‐DM). In the Far North, the sector focuses on IT and cybersecurity, where students can kick start careers quickly.

At Butte College, students are getting real access to virtual skills thanks to a new partnership with Chicostart, a thriving entrepreneurial and tech hub in downtown Chico. Whether attending industry events, accessing mentorships, taking tours, or just enjoying the high-speed Wi-Fi, students can rub elbows with startups and the growTECH network of over 40 businesses.

“Chicostart provides internship opportunities for students unlike anywhere else in the region,” explains the Executive Director of Chicostart and growTECH Eva Shepherd-Nicoll. 

With demand rising, partnering businesses in health care, aerospace, virtual reality, cybersecurity and video platforms are excited to welcome new talent to the tech hub. The sector has experienced “year-over-year demand rise,” and Shepherd-Nicoll does “not see that slowing down in the long haul.”

E-Blast October 2021

E-Blast October 2021

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News
CRC Architecture Students Take Home First Place in National Design Competition

Architecture Students take home first place in a national design competition. Congratulations to Cosumnes River College students, Sebastian McAnulty, Nabil Davidson and Megumi Willis for winning the First Place Design Award from the Coalition of Community College Architecture Programs (CCCAP) Student Design Competition 2021.

Open to first- and second-year architecture students, this year’s competition attracted over 100 students from 15 community college architecture programs in 10 states. The program called for students to design a community resource center to provide services to the residents of an under-resourced neighborhood. It will serve as a hub for programmatic facilities from government, NGO’s and religious organizations. The site was a hypothetical urban square block in a lower income neighborhood.

The amazing design was created by these three students for a Grove Community Center in a hypothetical inner-city site in the USA. The design solution was imaginative and observant to many sustainable requirements. Here are some of the jury comments:

This project combines clever design gestures with real sustainable integration.

  • The east pocket park sits properly at the intersection and the vertical fins create a simple but aesthetically pleasing façade
  • Project presents a multimodal and sustainable urban scale approach that navigates both its site and context with existing community needs.
  • The transition from the outdoor space to the public interior lobby and cafe create a great public amenity to foster community interaction and create a welcoming environment to support the program needs.
  • Good organization of spaces, engagement of community through public spaces, good sustainable strategies

The CCCAP is a professional organization of educators dedicated to promoting the value of the architecture programs in community colleges and to providing an alternative pathway to the architectural profession. As a non-profit organization, its goal is to empower students to pursue their career and academic goals in the field of architecture and the built environment today and in the future. 

CCCAOE
CCCAOE Fall 2021 Conferences

THE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE IS SET TO BEGIN!

OCTOBER 12-14 AND 19-21, 2021

FULL VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: PRICE $495/Classified Staff Package: Price $195 

Other Options:

Pkg A: $249 Six Sessions.   Pkg B: $125 Three Sessions.   Pkg C: $59 One Session. 

General Session Options include: Keynote Speakers and Plenary Sessions

Register Here for the Virtual Conference

SCHEDULE-AT-A-GLANCE                  FALL 2021 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE INTERACTIVE PROGRAM

 ATTENDIFY LOG IN INSTRUCTIONS         Attendify Fall 2021 link

NFNRC News Center
Transforming the Teacher Talent Pipeline:
Community College Instructors Set the Course for a Strong Workforce

When it comes to building better structures, Chad Scott knows it’s all about starting with a strong foundation. 

As Executive Director for Shasta Builders’ Exchange, Scott tends to apply that same philosophy to essential workforce skills. And with California’s workforce facing a shortage of some 1.5 million educated employees, the foundational skills built through career education are proving critical to the state’s structural integrity.

“Our North State community desperately needs men and women to join the skilled trades,” says the Executive Director, who works with Shasta College to improve pipelines in HVAC and other Advanced Manufacturing trades. “However, recruiting and retaining quality trainers … remains one of the greatest obstacles.”

 The consequences are clear: a bottleneck in statewide productivity potentially costing billions in lost revenue. The solution? Less obstacles… more instructors.

“Faculty are critical,” says Josh Sweigert, Regional Director of Retail, Hospitality & Tourism. “Aside from the important instructional component, they’re the champions of the program.”

NFNRC News Center-K12
Manufacturing Success: New Shasta High Facility Built to Boost Workforce

 

      

The U.S. is built on manufacturing, with the industry generating more than 11 percent of the economy’s total output, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. But there’s a problem. Employees old enough to retire now outnumber new workers for the first time since 1948, creating a costly skills gap within the sector. By some estimates, that gap could impact the economy to the tune of $2.5 trillion by 2028.

“One of the things they all say they need is workforce,” says Shasta Grow Manufacturing Initiative (GMI) Coordinator Hope Seth, a local partner of industry and education. While it’s imperative to capture potential employees right now, she adds, “We also have to look long term at how we are cultivating the future, and that’s where education comes in.”

Shasta High School is at the forefront of that future, breaking ground on a brand-new Advanced Manufacturing facility that will help students secure in-demand careers that are not only in-demand… but built to last.

 

Made in 10th Grade: FCUSD Effort Targets Manufacturing Skills Gap

Sacramento-area hiring managers were wringing their hands, scrolling through under seasoned resumes in an anxious attempt to bridge a widening skills gap in manufacturing.

Somewhere nearby, eighth graders were “squirming in their seats,” just aching to be free from math class. It’s not that geometry was too hard. It was just so hands-off… and it didn’t seem to be building to anything. 

“Kinesthetic learners want to work with their hands,” explains Alicia Caddell, CTE Coordinator in the Folsom-Cordova Unified School District. At the same time, she says, local manufacturing companies are going to guileful lengths to fill critical positions: “They end up stealing from each other.”

 

Where some might see irony, Caddell and her CTE-focused colleagues saw an opportunity. These were high-energy, high-security jobs paying $45,000-plus without a college degree. Surely, they thought, there was a way to bridge that gap with K-12 education.

“What can we do to create that skill set?” the coordinator wondered.

E-Blast September 2021

E-Blast September 2021

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News
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  brownc@crc.losrios.edu

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.

 

Events
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) jeffbriggs@sierracollege.edu

CCCAOE

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  executivedirector@cccaoe.org

NFNRC News Center
Buckle Up:

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

K-12 News Center

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.”

E-Blast August 2021

E-Blast August 2021

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News
Creating K-12 Computer Science Pathways in Rural California Schools

Many of our Far North County Offices of Ed are participating in the CS4NorCal project led by Sacramento County Office of Education.  This effort is intended to jumpstart better computer science education pathways in our more rural communities.

Thankfully, this program has a strong interest in aligning K12 CS education pathways with our Community Colleges.  I am so honored to be participating in CS4NorCal representing our Far North Community Colleges to help make K14 alignment stronger, our K12 pathway coordinators are also involved. Being a member of the new Far Northern CA Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Chapter will also help us gain national support for our emerging CS pathways.  There is strong evidence in regional programs producing high quality results and we look forward to the many successes this project will generate.  As of now Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, and Siskiyou Counties are participating.

 

Submitted by Wendy Porter Regional Director of Employer Engagement ICT-DM Far North Region porterwe@butte.edu

Events
The Rise of Remote Work: Virtual Regional Advisory

Brought to you by the Los Rios ICT Sector
September 10th, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

The last year and a half has accelerated unprecedented changes in the workplace. This advisory seeks to understand the evolution of work structures by examining survey results from the region’s employers to gain insight on the specifics of remote work.

Join us as we discuss the ever-changing dynamics of workforce structure such as recruitment, onboarding, staff interactions, and the adoption of virtual tools to augment productivity in:

  • Communication and collaboration
  • Virtual meeting platforms and interactive polling
  • Document and information sharing
  • Project management
Help inform curriculum to support the regional talent pipeline and ensure the success of California’s remote workforce!

Register Here  to attend our virtual Remote Work Regional Advisory meeting on Friday, September 10th, 2021 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM, where we will highlight emerging trends and occupational demands related to remote work.

Contact Valley Vision Project Associate Danielle Susa (danielle.susa@valleyvision.org) with any questions or for more information.

Submitted by Cornelius Brown, Regional Director, Employer Engagement, ICT/DM, North  brownc@crc.losrios.edu

CCCAOE
Fall 2021 In-Person Conference

Early Bird Sessions at the OMNI

Wednesday, September 29, 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Register for Fall 2021 In-Person and Book your room at the OMNI

We have two 3-hour early bird sessions and the attached flyer gives all the details.


Audrey Childers, Ed.D.

CEO EducateX

Session Title:

Planning with Storyboards: Compression Planning and Virtual Tools

Arrive with frustration from meetings that go nowhere, and leave with a friendly method of bringing out the productive best in your groups.


Alexandra Lozanoff

Senior Project Manager WestEd

Session Title:

Data-Informed Practice Crash-Course: Leveraging the LaunchBoard to Lead Student-Centered Change on your Campus

Are you passionate about data but unsure of how to turn information into action? Are you looking for ways to engage colleagues in data-informed, student-centered problem-solving?


Leadership Academy 2021 Level 2.0**

Register and Book your Room at Embassy Suites, Anaheim South

Leadership is Changing!

What are the skills and mindsets you need to master in order to lead in a post-COVID world? Whether you’re a current or future leader, Leadership Level 2.0 is a professional development event that you should attend. The community college system is becoming increasingly connected, which means every campus has the potential for expanding their reach.

Leaders need to understand and appreciate new cultures, actively seek out diverse teams, lead teams with different backgrounds, and know how to enter and succeed in collaborative endeavors. Community college leaders also need to know how to navigate, and successfully lead work, within a shared governance environment. Administrators need skills to build relationships with faculty leaders to build support and momentum around new ideas and navigate the politics on campus.

ITINERARY

The series will begin Tuesday, November 2 at 10:30 am and end Friday, November 5 at 12:00 pm at the Embassy Suites Anaheim South. 

**Flyer is in progress and should be released very soon once committee review is complete.

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Going Soft: SiskiyouWorks Debuts ‘Ready for Work’ Curriculum for K-12

Soft skills” are, evidently, hard to find.

Nearly three in four employers say they have a hard time locating graduates with adequate soft skills – like leadership, communication and problem-solving – according to a Cengage survey. In Siskiyou County, that gap was particularly apparent:

“Our workforce really lacks the soft skills, and that was very clear when we were doing asset mapping from our industry partners,” says Marie Caldwell, Director of SiskiyouWorks. The organization has recently completed its years-long Siskiyou Occupational Advancement Roadmap (SOAR) in conjunction with local industry and educational partners, including the College of the Siskiyous and the region’s high schools. 

The map pinpoints workforce and educational gaps within the county and aims to bridge them. Most prominent were the critical soft skills students need to be career-competitive. With the help of Strong Workforce funding, SOAR is taking flight in 2021, debuting a new curriculum in regional high schools known as “Ready for Work.” The program ensures that students master business essentials, covering everything from aptitude testing to resume-building and work-based learning.

“What business and industry have shared … is that they want K-16 students to have these basic skills so that they don’t have to spend time onboarding them,” explains Strong Workforce Program Coordinator Dr. Bright Nichols-Stock. She helped develop the new curriculum and now trains and supports the Career Technical Education advisors placed at each high school. 

The Ready for Work curriculum starts with basic teamwork, work ethics and customer service skills. Students also practice searching for jobs, filling out employment applications, and performing mock interviews with actual industry leaders. There is even a personal finance module, where students learn the basics of calculating paychecks and taxes, with a budgeting section covering house and car payments.

Cross-Cut Careers: Shasta College Collaboration Merges Critical Industries

      Business and Entrepreneurship Sector 

 

When Shasta College became the first school in California to earn a commercial timber license for its award-winning Heavy Equipment Logging Operations (HELO) program, it opened up possibilities in the lumber industry… and beyond. 

This year, Shasta is saying “HELO” to business, inviting accounting students to handle the books for timber sales. This unique, cross-sector pollination is creating opportunities for both CTE and business students to bloom bigger than ever. 

“The cross-discipline training being offered by Shasta College is unique and innovative,” shares industry partner Dr. Timothy Robards, Staff Chief of Forest Health, Wood Products and Bioenergy at CAL FIRE. According to the fire protection administrator, the accounting collaboration will have wide-sweeping implications for both business and ecology:

“Merging the two is critical to the success of a forest products business, and the success of forest products businesses are critical to the state of California in sustainably managing its forest lands.”

It’s an urgency echoed by Angela Cordell, Regional Director for Business and Entrepreneurship in the North Far North Region. From her perspective, the synergy represents an ideal way to expose accounting students to real-life work experience. “They will have a better understanding of the numbers,” says Cordell. “Then, they can make recommendations if they see an opportunity to save money.”