September 2016
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strongworkforcewebsiteNeed Help with Strong Workforce Planning?
New Tools and Resources Available on Website 
Strong Workforce Website
With the widespread planning occurring to implement the $200M Strong Workforce Program, its dedicated section of the Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy website has been updated and filled with timelines, resources, standard communications templates, regional convening calendar, searchable library of labor market information and more. These resources will assist with important planning and stewardship of these funds as community colleges invest in more and/or better career technical education (CTE).
Specifically, you can:
  • Find guidance resources: trailer bill language, guidance memos, FAQs, allocations
  • Compile your own presentation slides from archived presentations 
  • Create your plan with the master calendar, calendar of regional meetings, local shares info (reporting template, overview and process flow chart), regional shares info (reporting template, overview and process flow chart)
  • Get labor market research from the curated searchable library, 'demand and supply data' tables, ideas for growing CTE FTES
  • Find CTE program outcomes and Strong Workforce program metrics
  • Find partners: your regional partners, CTE Regional Consortia, Sector Navigators and Deputy Sector Navigators, Centers of Excellence, Technical Assistance Providers
Click here to find this information and latest updates.
strongworkforcewebinarsStrong Workforce Overview: Get Up to Speed

Did you miss the Strong Workforce Program informational webinars offered on Tuesday, Sept. 6? You're covered! Click here for the CTE faculty presentation and check back here for more information.
forwioaplanningNew Crosswalk Tool: Find Your Regional Partners for WIOA and Strong Workforce Planning
To help regions connect with their local planning partners, check out this crosswalk posted on the Strong Workforce website. Partners from the Regional Planning Units of local workforce development boards, the Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) consortia, community college CTE regional consortia, and major industry/economic development/civic partners are listed. Click here to access.

careerpathwaysCareer Pathways, Guided Pathways: New Resources
Strong Workforce Task Force Recommendation #3 is "Develop and broadly publicize industry-informed career pathways that prepare students for jobs needed within the regional labor market." To assist with this goal, the Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy website now includes a special section designed to assist with planning career pathways and guided pathways. Click here to access. 
AgWET Earns Grant for Stackable Credentials
Nancy Gutierrez, Sector Navigator for Agriculture, Water and Environmental Technologies (AgWET), reported that the statewide agriculture and natural resources (AGNR) curriculum committee, comprised of faculty assigned to seven different sub-discipline committees, was awarded a technical assistance grant from the Center for Occupational Research and Development. Two instructors, Leimone Waite from Shasta College and Lindsay Ono from Bakersfield College, participated in the Mapping Upward Institute where they were trained in the latest strategies used to develop stackable credentials. The award also includes customized assistance and a dedicated coach to guide the statewide curriculum committee through needs assessment, goal setting and action planning.

Small Business DSN Earns NACCE 2016 Impact Award
Lorinda Forrest, Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator serving the Central Valley / Mother Lode region, is one of two national winners of the Impact Award from the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE). This award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the study and/or practice of entrepreneurship, either through teaching or through direct service and support to entrepreneurs and small business owners in the community. Forrest will be recognized at the NACCE national conference in Sacramento in October.
Lorinda Forrest
"I feel I'm accepting this award on behalf of the Small Business Sector, my colleagues and especially Alex Kramer and Charles Eason," said Forrest. "Our sector is highly collaborative -- sharing best practices, mentoring and supporting each other's success. Alex and I have developed several initiatives that have gained statewide reach. Through Chuck's support, I received additional grant funding to support the development of an entrepreneur curriculum resources website,, which has earned nationwide reach." 
Additionally, Forrest reports that NACCE chose Sacramento for its national convention site because of the great work the Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy Small Business Sector has been doing in the state. This year's conference theme is innovation and, in addition to Forrest's the work in the sector, the work of Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Advanced Manufacturing Deputy Sector Navigator at Sierra College, will be featured in a tour of the Hacker Lab in Rocklin.
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