December 2017
FromVanGreat job, team!
A message from Van Ton-Quinlivan, Executive Vice Chancellor of Workforce & Digital Futures
As we pause to reflect on the year's accomplishments -- and there are many -- I want to emphasize how proud I am of the California Community Colleges' career education (CTE) faculty, counselors and staff. YOU deliver the skills and education to our students so they can earn well-paying, family-sustaining careers. YOU deliver a job-ready workforce to employers so our local, regional and state economies can thrive. YOU are on the front lines, making it all happen. Thank you!   I and my leadership team wish you a happy holiday season!
WEDDNewsNews from the Workforce and Economic Development Division
Professional Development is Focus of Joint Project with Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) and Chancellor's Office
F ifty-five career education faculty from across California are participating in an Effective Teaching Practices Course developed and provided by the Association of College and University Educators ( ACUE ). Faculty members are placed in two cohorts, and after course completion, graduates will assist ACUE in retooling the course content to include a stronger career education faculty perspective. The goal of the project is to provide faculty with access to more professional development opportunities focused on evidence-based teaching practices. Once the project is complete, the new version of the course will be made available to the entire system. Local or regional groups can then use Strong Workforce dollars to complete this course. More information about the ACUE course can be found here .
Celebrate Success: Workforce Recognition eShowcase
Something that many of us have known for years is the strength of the California Community Colleges' career education programs, and now we have the opportunity to showcase those successes. Please visit the Workforce Recognition eShowcase to learn more about programs that earned the designation of Strong Workforce Stars, share your best practices and celebrate your local and regional Strong Workforce Champions.
California Apprenticeship Initiative
Today's news covers a good deal about apprenticeships and their positive impact on workforce training. California leads many discussions on this important topic. To learn more, visit the California Apprenticeship initiative website
Career and Guided Pathways
For most career education faculty, the concepts of career and guided pathways are not new. However, the entire college system is looking at these two important ideas with significant focus. To get up to speed on pathways, visit this webpage for more details Pay particular attention to the papers written by Dr. Rob Johnstone entitled "Guided Pathways Demystified" and "Guided Pathways Demystified II."
LaunchBoard: Easy-to-Find Data Tool
As most of you are completing your Round 2 Strong Workforce applications, you are undoubtedly becoming more aware of how important labor market and outcomes data are to career education. The Chancellor's Office has committed significant resources to ensure career education faculty have the data tools and training available to become data savvy. Visit the LaunchBoard webpage for more details on this fundamental pillar to all career education now and in the future.
SystemUpdatesKey System Updates
Faculty Salary and Industry Comparison Study  
The Centers of Excellence recently completed a California Salary Report. This report provides some very interesting findings when comparing faculty salaries and industry compensation. This short paper can be downloaded here.
Foster Youth Success
An  Educational Results Partnership study entitled, " Accelerating Success: Turning Insights into Action for Foster Youth at California Community Colleges" provides examples of proactive measures colleges (and career education programs) can employ to improve the success of foster youth in the system. The full report can be found here
Vision for Success
The California Community Colleges Board of Governors approved the system's  Vision for Success, a strategic initiative focusing on seven bold goals for the system.  
California College Promise
Conversation continues on "free college" in the college system. Recent legislation signed by Governor Brown (Assembly Bill No. 19) keeps the conversation moving forward. A copy of the bill signed by Governor Brown and filed with Secretary of State can be found here
The California Community Colleges Veterans Summit
Ninety-seven community colleges attended the Spring 2017 Veterans Summit in Sacramento. Numerous reports reflect that the Summit was a huge success and plans are already in the works for next year. As a large percentage of veterans attend career education courses in the system it is important that all career education faculty remain aware of the needs of our veterans and the specialized services available on their local campus. Visit this Veterans Services webpage for more information. 
FacultyFridayCTE Faculty Friday is Coming Soon!
In March 2018, the California Community Colleges Association for Occupational Education (CCCAOE) will hold its Spring conference in Sacramento. A new element of the conference will be something called "Faculty Friday." During this day, career education faculty, career education deans, and other key stakeholders will spend the day participating in breakout sessions, general sessions, and networking events centered on career education issues and solutions. Executive Vice Chancellor Van Ton-Quinlivan will start the day by motivating attendees. Watch the CCCAOE website for more details and plan on registering early. You can learn more by visiting the CCCAOE website .
CCCAOECalifornia Community College Association for Occupational Education (CCCAOE) Fall Conference
The Fall 2017 CCCAOE conference in Rancho Mirage was sold out with more than 550 professionals in attendance. The conference provided keen insight into changes in the system as well as changes within the CCCAOE organization itself. The Board of Directors announced several changes to its governance structure, providing new opportunities for career education faculty to become more actively engaged in the organization as well as the entire college system. Updates regarding the announced changes will be posted on the association's webpage in the coming weeks. Stay tuned! Look to serve! You can learn more by visiting the CCCAOE website.
team Team Updates
Lynn Shaw
Dr. Lynn Shaw, the lead Technical Assistance Provider of Strong Workforce Program implementation and one of the program's primary architects, has moved to the role of Visiting Dean for Sector Strategies with the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. She works with the system's network of Sectors Navigators and Deputy Sector Navigators to align statewide business/industry and college career education programs. Lynn has worked as a miner, steelworker, longshore worker and journey-level electrician. She earned her Ph.D. in educational policy from Claremont University and San Diego State, and is an electrical technology professor at Long Beach City College.  
Grant Goold Dr. Grant Goold recently joined as a Visiting Faculty and Technical Assistance Provider for Strong Workforce Implementation. His primary responsibility is direct communication with career education faculty statewide and as project lead on activities directly related to several Strong Workforce recommendations. Grant previously served as the Program Director and Department Chair of EMS Education at American River College and has been teaching career education courses at the Los Rios Community College District for more than 23 years. He served on the Executive Committee of the Statewide Academic Senate (ASCCC) from 2015 to 2017, was the organization's first chair of the Career Technical Education committee and was chair of the Part-Time Faculty committee. He was actively involved in many projects concerning Pathways, CID, Strong Workforce, and LaunchBoard.
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