January 2016
In this issue you will find:
Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor
CCCCO Division of Workforce and Economic Development
San Joaquin Valley Confers Job Creation Award to Chancellor's Office
Last month, the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley presented the Kudos Award for Job Creation to CCCCO Vice Chancellor Van Ton-Quinlivan, recognizing her continued efforts in improving workforce outcomes for California's community college students and fueling strong regional economies.

A copy of the Kudos Award nomination can be seen here. CPSJV's executive director, Mike Dozier, served on the Strong Workforce Task Force.
Attending the Kudos Awards ceremony on behalf of Ton-Quinlivan were Carole Goldsmith of West Hills College District; DSNs Dennis Mohle, Lorinda Forrest and Gurminder Sangha; and CSU Fresno OCED Executive Director Mike Dozier.
New Grant Opportunity to Address Acute Labor Market Needs   
Click here to view RFA No. 15-198: Industry-Driven Regional Collaborative (IDRC) - Acute Labor-Market Needs - Industry-Recognized Credentials and 21st Century Skills.
First Region-wide Approval Awarded to Business Information Worker Certificate

The 27 colleges of the CTE Regional Consortia of Los Angeles/Orange County voted to pre-approve all colleges/faculty interested in the region in locally adopting the Business Information Worker (BIW). The BIW certificate was developed through the  ICT-Digital Media Sector Team with the labor market research of the Centers of Excellence (COE). This regional preapproval will be in effect until June 2017. 72 colleges (63% of CCCs) are currently participating in the BIW 1 program. BIW 2 and 3 pathways will be announced in 2016 and will offer a series of skills validated for today's business worker.  The BIW is designed to prepare students for entry-level office and administrative support in a variety of job positions, including general office clerks, retail salespersons, customer service representatives, receptionists, and information clerks.

Meet Dr. Matt Roberts, New Dean of Field Operations
Dr. Matt Roberts Please welcome Dr. Matt Roberts who has jointed Vice Chancellor Van Ton-Quinlivan's leadership team as Dean of Field Operations. Matt comes with 20 years of experience in secondary education. Most recently, he served as superintendent of a 300-person district, championing career pathways and engaging in the formation of his local AB86 adult education consortia. Matt is known as a relentless user of data to ground conversations, decision-making and performance improvement, and will bring this acumen to bear as we move forth on strong workforce implementation and evolving the Doing What MATTERS for Jobs & the Economy framework. 
eShowcase: Regional Strategies in Action
Reg365 - Year Round Registration at West Hills Community College District
In 2014, WHCCD helped its students implement longer-term educational plans by reframing the traditional term-by-term approach to registration. Through its program, Reg365, WHCCD students with an educational plan enroll in an entire year of courses (Summer, Fall, and Spring) at one time.  Read more 
Ignite Opportunity 2.0 STEM Career Day
Through a partnership with Northstate STEM, the Deputy Sector Navigators of Agriculture, Water & Environmental Technologies and Advanced Manufacturing for the Far North region worked collaboratively to increase students' and counselors' awareness about career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and technology (STEM).  Read more 
Orange County Pathways Showcase Builds Regional Collaboration
Brian Donnelly, Executive Director of OC Pathways, presents a solution for building a sustainable regional infrastructure that builds new avenues for regional collaborations.  Read more 

Connecting Credentials Webinars

Connecting Credentials is offering a series of informative webinars in the coming weeks:
Flexible Credentialing Pathways Leading to Family-Sustaining Jobs
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:30 a.m. PST
Developing a Common Language for Connecting Credentials
Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 a.m. PST

Report & Recommendations

Task Force Info

LaunchBoard News
Revised Program Snapshot Tool is live!
The new tool includes visuals that answer questions like "Are the right number of people being trained for available jobs?" and "Are there equity gaps in student outcomes?" in addition to detailed data tables on student characteristics and outcomes.Learn more here.  
Chancellor's Office New State of the System Report

State of the System  

The California Community Colleges released its annual State of the System report, with results from the 2014-15 academic year showing another record reached in the number of certificates and degrees earned by students as well as increased number of course sections offered throughout the 113-college system.