December 2016
Happy holidays!!!!  Our division looks forward to reconnecting with you in 2017.
In this Issue:
The "One Million Worker Challenge", with the Strong Workforce Program as a key driver, was one of three focus areas of the 2016 California Economic Summit, a gathering of 500 state leaders held December 13-14 in Sacramento. The challenge, issued by the CA Economic Summit, is to produce one million more workers with middle-skills credentials that can lead to living wage jobs in high-demand industries. The 2017 phase of this multi-year challenge will focus on:
  1. Enabling Students to Define Their Future
  2. Creating a Coordinated System of Connecting Employers and Institutions
  3. Accelerating Innovation, Adaption and Replication
  4. Increasing Return on Investment and Ensuring Adequate and Reliable Funding for Priorities
Read more here.
strongworkforcewebsiteWHITE HOUSE CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE 
Van Ton-Quinlivan was recently at the White House for a reunion of recipients of White House Champions of Change, a distinction she earned in 2013 through her work and was earned by 1,300 recipients over the last five years. The Champions of Change program honors an array of Americans who are enabling impressive change and have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to their communities, fellow citizens, and the country. Ton-Quinlivan's recognition can be found here.
California Community Colleges is well represented this year with White House Champions of Change, as Incoming Chancellor Eloy Oakley and Board of Governors member Scott Budnick earned the honor in 2016. 
Oakley was honored for his extraordinary commitment to the California Community Colleges, particularly as co-founder of the nationally recognized Long Beach College Promise. Read his recognition here.
Scott Budnick Budnick's distinction is a result of, among other activities, his work with reentry and employment of incarcerated individuals, including founding and developing The Anti-Recidivism Coalition. Read his recognition here.
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Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy activities and Strong Workforce Program planning are in full force.
Visit here for helpful resources to implement the $200M Strong Workforce Program.
Click here for progress on implementing the 25 'strong workforce' recommendations adopted by the Board of Governors: 
  • 22 of the 25 recommendations show evidence of progress or full completion
  • 44 of 77 sub-recommendations show evidence of progress or full completion
CAEL The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning is seeking four regions or communities to participate in a pilot project to develop clear pathways between local Workforce Development Board-supported trainings and local community college degree programs by utilizing prior learning assessment (PLA) crosswalks. Click here for more information.
National Science Foundation Logo Does your campus have STEM-minded, student entrepreneurs? Enter the Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) competition. The CCIC asks community college students, working with a faculty mentor and an industry partner, to craft innovative STEM-based solutions for real-world problems. Deadline to apply: February 15, 2017.
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LaunchBoard News
New Third-Party Credential Resource
A new resource page on the Doing What MATTERS website provides information on high-value, third-party credentials for both K-12 and community college. In addition, thanks to a new partnership with Certiport, you can access a searchable database of credential attainment data, by college or K-12 provider.
Wondering if your TOP Codes are correct in  LaunchBoard?
Which codes are assigned to my programs_
Watch this two-minute video and find out how to determine which TOP codes have been assigned to courses and awards.