April 2016
In this issue you will find:
We Support Faculty: Always Have and Always Will
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Faculty are absolutely paramount to our students' success. Doing What MATTERS for Jobs & the Economy has been steadfast in growing faculty professional development. A sampling includes: 
  • Sponsoring the Academic Senate to:
    • Host the CTE track of the Curriculum Institute, where CTE professionals come together to collaborate. 
    • Form the CTE Leadership Committee of 15 CTE faculty from around the state. This committee is helping to identify CTE Liaison at every college to insure that the information on CTE issues reaches the local Academic Senates and CTE faculty at each college.
  • Sponsoring the recurring CCCAOE Leadership Academy where CTE faculty and deans can learn the nuts and bolts of CTE and workforce development. 
  • Having sector-specific professional development for CTE faculty organized by Sector Navigators and their Deputy Sector Navigators. Examples:
    • The Information & Communications Technology / Digital Media sector hosts more than 200+ faculty and employers at its Digital Media Educators Conference to discuss changing skills and provides faculty access to Xvouchers to acquire new certifications in order to teach.
    • The Energy, Construction & Utilities sector brought 56 CTE faculty from across the state into regional sessions that provided the latest updates to the California Energy Efficiency Construction Code. Another 18 faculty from 11 colleges participated in train-the trainer sessions and received thousands of pages of potential course content from the a major public utility corporate partner.
    • The Life Sciences/Biotech sector convened CTE faculty from 36 colleges at its March Biotechnology Faculty Retreat to better understand commonalities in certificates and career pathways for students.
  • Convening K-14 counselors to discuss careers important to regional economies.
    • Example: Watch a video of 400 community college counselors in Orange County who joined with their K-12 partners (400+) to focus on student success.
  • Creating opportunities for STEM/STEAM faculty to collaborate with CTE faculty to build in-demand creative economy skills.
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Lynn Shaw, Electrical Technology Professor and Strong Workforce Implementation Team member.
Sacramento CITD Receives National Award
The Sacramento Center for International Trade Development (CITD), hosted by the Los Rios Community College District, was selected by the United States Department of Commerce to receive the President's "E Star" Award for Export Service in recognition of its achievement in making significant contributions to the increase of U.S. exports.
In a letter to Global Trade & Logistics Deputy Sector Navigator (DSN) and Sacramento CITD Director Brooks Ohlsen, United States Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker remarked, "Sacramento CITD has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The "E" Awards Committee was very impressed with Sacramento CITD's innovation in development of training materials and courses to help businesses better understand the intricacies of the export process. The organization's support and outreach to rural communities was also particularly notable. Sacramento CITD's achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs."
An awards ceremony will be held in Washington, DC later this year.
Op-Ed: Don't Forget the Median Wage -- and Higher
Jim Mayer, President and CEO of California Forward
(Original article appeared in the April 4, 2016, issue of Capitol Weekly)

Capitol Weekly
While lawmakers were cutting themselves up over the thorny minimum wage bill this week, a powerful conversation took place three blocks away from the capitol. Industry, union and college leaders were working through the pragmatic next steps on a modest proposal to move more Californians from minimum wage to medium wages and higher.

The agenda was real jobs available now, jobs of the future and with a future. Jobs in health care, energy management, bio-technology and advanced manufacturing. The proposal is a new workforce development program that links colleges and employers to efficiently prepare unskilled Californians for those existing jobs. The long-term play is to create a talent pool deep enough to attract additional business investment to California.

Given the increasing and bipartisan concern about persistent, pernicious and inter-generational poverty, a "workforce first" strategy should be a top priority that everyone can get behind. After all, the answer to income inequality is income growth - where jobs grow into careers with enterprises providing highly valued goods and services.

Even where there are disagreements, workforce development can be the policy that brings adversarial interests together - and solve more than poverty. Read the full article here.
New Report Shows Middle-Skill Credentials Benefit Immigrant Dreamers

The National UnDACAmented Research Project, in collaboration with the American Immigration Council, recently published DACA at Year Three, a report showing how some young immigrants, called Dreamers, are finding success by earning shorter-term credentials for middle-skill occupations. Learn more about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program here.
Creating Skills for the STEM/STEAM Economies 
The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy (DWM) framework recognizes the importance of STEM/STEAM to the creative economies of the state. In partnership of the California Council on Science & Technology (CCST), the CCC Workforce & Economic Development Division commissioned a white paper to inform how community colleges can better connect into the Maker movement to complement the student learning environment in ways that foster the 4Cs -- critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communications -- in demand by California's regions. Community colleges can use the establishment of a Makerspace as a means to position themselves as a key stakeholder in their region's innovation economy.  66 Letters of Interest were received and posted to the web. Interested colleges will be directly invited by CCST and the CCCCO to attend one of three orientation meetings being planned for May/June to discuss the opportunity at hand.
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