Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy
November 2015
In this issue you will find:

Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor
CCCCO Division of Workforce and Economic Development

Now available to all California Community Colleges for adoption: the new IT Technician Pathway, thanks to the leadership of the Sector Navigator Steve Wright and his Deputies in working with industry, colleges and faculty.
The pathway encompasses three stages, each including numerous industry-valued certifications:

Stage 1: Computer Retail Sales & Support, including certification in CompTIA A+
Stage 2: Help Desk & User Support, including certifications in CompTIA Network+, MCSA Server 2012, Microsoft MCTE and CompTIA Security+
Stage 3: IT Technician, including certifications in Cisco CCENT, CompTIA Linux+ and CEH by E.C.

Additional specialization options and certifications are offered.
Colleges already electing to adopt the IT Technician Pathways program include College of the Canyons, Los Angeles Mission College, San Diego City College and Sierra College.
Interested? Read here and contact the Information & Communications Technology/Digital Media team of Deputy Sector Navigators.


Sacramento Bee Article 

Cathy Martin, vice president of workforce for the California Hospital Association and a member of the Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation and a Strong Economy (Strong Workforce Task Force), wrote a strong op-ed supporting the task force's recommendations and urging Californians to express similar support to the Board of Governors. It was published in the Sacramento Bee on October 27. Click here for the article.
The 25 recommendations made by the Strong Workforce Task Force will be voted upon by the Board of Governors on November 16th. Click here to see the 51-page report.

Apprenticeship USA  

ApprenticeshipUSA, under the leadership of the United States Department of Labor, launched the first National Apprenticeship Week on November 1 with the goal of promoting the real-world advantages of apprenticeships. Activities are underway nationwide and statewide. Specific resources include: 
Please contact CCCCO Specialist John Dunn at for more information on how to support apprenticeship strategies at your college. See Governor Jerry Brown's proclamation of support.

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced an  experiment through the federal Pell Grant program that will allow high school students to take for-credit college courses through dual enrollment. This promises to increase college access and improve academic outcomes for students, particularly those from low-income backgrounds. Click  here for a notice inviting postsecondary education institutions to participate.  
Click here to learn more about the recently signed AB 288 (Holden) dual enrollment bill in California which creates partnerships between high schools and community colleges to allow a broader range of students to take college-level courses at their high schools or on college campuses.


  • Inland Empire / Desert Region Consortium "Key Talent Campus Road Show"

    Inland Empire / Desert Regional Consortium Director Julie Pekhonen shares a model for coordination and collaboration among key talents and chief executive officers, chief information officers, career and technical education (CTE) deans and CTE faculty - onsite at a college campus. It's an effective communication method that helps colleges understand how to use the Doing What MATTERS networks and helps key talent to know the personalities and needs of each campus.

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  • New International Entrepreneurship / Global Exporting Certificate of Achievement  

    Brooks Ohlson, director of the Northern California and Sacramento Regional Center for International Trade Development, describes a new International Entrepreneurship / Global Exporting Certificate of Achievement, an 18-unit, for-credit credential at Folsom Lake College. This credential was created to respond to Greater Sacramento business owners' and operators' growing need for comprehensive global trade job skills and export/import business acumen.

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  • Mother and Daughter Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program at Evergreen Valley College  

    Lena Tran, dean of business and workforce development at Evergreen Valley College, describes an innovative approach to encourage high school girls to engage in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classes. How to do it? Invite their moms!

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Task Force Report

Task Force Info

LaunchBoard 2.0 Rollout on
January 1st
The LaunchBoard team is readying for the rollout of LaunchBoard 2.0 with a fully redesigned Program Snapshot interface. The new version will be available in January 2016.Click here to get a sneak peak of the new features.