November 2016
In this Issue:
strongworkforcewebsiteThe Atlantic Interviews Incoming Chancellor Oakley 
Eloy Oakley Eloy Oakley, incoming Chancellor of California Community Colleges, shared in an interview with The Atlantic that expanding access to education to traditionally underserved communities is an economic imperative for the state and nationOakley begins his new role on December 19. Read The Atlantic article.
article5Ton-Quinlivan Speaks at RAND on Workforce Development for Jobs of the Future
Rand Corporation Logo Van Ton-Quinlivan appeared on panel moderated by Ben Bergman, Senior Reporter at KPCC covering the southern California economy, to discuss what California, the federal government, and employers are doing to nurture a workforce that is well prepared for the jobs of today and the future. Listen to the podcast here.
article4California Presents to Senate HELP Committee
Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy data tool experts Kathy Booth and Renah Wolzinger testified before the federal Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee on how Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) metrics are being integrated into college-based efforts in California. They described the intersection of WIOA metrics and the 25 recommendations from the Strong Workforce Task Force and the resulting common workforce metrics across funding streams such as the Strong Workforce Program and Adult Education Block Grants.
article7Community Colleges Wins SBA Grant to Help California Grow Jobs through Export
Kudos to the community college Centers for International Trade Development (CITD, Global Trade and Logistics Sector) for winning the Small Business Administration's STEP (State Trade Expansion Program) grant again. This program provides funds to states with the goal of assisting small businesses to begin and expand their exporting into new global markets. Jeff Williamson,Global Trade & Logistics Sector Navigator states, "Thank you to the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, Los Rios CCD-CITD, San Mateo CCD-CITD, State Center CCD-CITD, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, CalAsian Chamber of Commerce, Rancho Santiago CCD-CITD and Riverside CCD-CITD for helping to develop and submit a successful proposal." Click here to read the press release. Click here to learn about the California STEP.  
article2$200M Strong Workforce Program: Know When to Weigh In

Planning for the Strong Workforce Program and the federal Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) is taking place throughout the fall across every region. Stakeholders outside the community colleges wishing to weigh in on the planning process for how colleges will use their $200M include can find information here:
  • Schedule of Regional Meetings - Check here to see when planning meetings are happening near you. Come prepared to inform how Strong Workforce dollars can close the skills gap in your region.
  • Regional Crosswalk - Everyone has assets, resources and capabilities to be part of the solution. Find the partners in your region who touch workforce development.
article3Strong Workforce Lunch & Learn Webinars
Strong Workforce LUNCH & LEARN WEBINARS are being offered to Chief Student Services Officers, CTE Deans, counselors, instructional faculty, and student services professionals at community colleges. Learn strategies and best practices in our system that enhance career pathways and CTE completion.
Thursday, 11/3
Enhancing Employability Skills: The New World of Work, 21st Century Skills (Curriculum)
Thursday, 11/10
Transition Strategy: Strengthening the College & Career Ready Pipeline with "Get Focused...Stay Focused!"
Thursday, 11/17
Enhancing Career Pathway Knowledge: Bolstering the Mission of the CCC with Career Pathways
Thursday, 12/1
Growing Our Knowledge of Work-Based Learning: Investigating the Work Based Courses Online Toolkit 
Thursday, 12/8
Enhancing Our Perspective of Exit Points: The Relevance of Third Party Credentials in Student and Workforce Progression 
Thursday, 12/15
Student Success Strategies: The Convergence of the Strong Workforce Implementation with SSSP & Student Equity 
With the goal of creating new and innovative apprenticeship opportunities in priority and emerging industry sectors or areas in which apprenticeship training does not currently exist, the California Apprenticeship Initiative announces the availability of $9M in grants. Awards will range from $250,000 up to $1,000,000. Applicants must:
  • clearly demonstrate a close working relationship with employers to define the need for apprenticeships for a particular occupation(s).
  • make an excellent case for the local or regional need for creation of apprenticeships for the particular occupation(s).
  • prove engagement in much of the planning and collaboration necessary to prepare for the Department of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) approval process.
To learn more about RFA 16-191, click here.
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LaunchBoard Tab for Benchmarking What Good CTE Program Metrics Looks Like 
View new LaunchBoard tab where you can find benchmarking information including historical trends, regional and statewide averages, and figures for the top CTE programs in the state. Colleges and regions should use this tab to complete the Strong Workforce Program funding templates.
Need a CTE Data Unlocked Expert? 
Watch this four-minute video to learn about the types of information that colleges need to use as part of the Strong Workforce Program funding and how the CTE Data Unlocked Experts can support colleges in accessing this information.