May 2018
MessageMessage From Chancellor Oakley
As the semester comes to a close, I wanted to thank each of you for your hard work and dedication to our students.  We have been engaging in important conversations regarding the online college initiative, proposed funding formula changes, and continued work on our new  Vision for Success: Strengthening the California Community Colleges to Meet California's Needs. The colleges are now well-poised to build on this success and accelerate the pace of improvement.
Thank you for all the work you do for our students and career education programs.  Your input and participation is critical to ensuring student success. 
Have a great summer!
CTEFacultyWebCTE Faculty Information Resource Hub
Designed for quick access to content aligned with CTE faculty needs
First and foremost, we want to introduce the new CTE faculty information resource hub hosted on the Doing What Matters website.
The site is designed specifically for CTE faculty and their various stakeholder groups, providing a "one stop" where you can quickly navigate to a wide variety of content aligned with CTE faculty needs and interests. The site will continue to grow as more and more users submit ideas, links and other information to be posted. Please make sure you bookmark the site today!
The articles in this newsletter, along with others, will be accessible from the website and will highlight news from around California and the nation, as well as exciting changes and trends, such as online and mobile education.

Please remember that TakeNote still needs items for the "Tell Me Something Good!" section in order to highlight your good work. We welcome your feedback and hope you have a wonderful summer.
AB705CTE Faculty & AB705
AB 705 is a bill signed by Governor Brown on October 13, 2017, and effective January 1, 2018. The bill requires a community college district or college maximize the probability that a student will enter and complete transfer-level coursework in English and math within a one-year timeframe and use, in the placement of students into English and math courses, one or more of the following: high school coursework, high school grades, and high school grade point average. 

A new report, Multiple Paths Forward: Diversifying Mathematics as a Strategy for College Success, outlines how colleges are creating math pathways that are aligned with students' programs of study. This report was written by WestEd, Just Equations, and the University of Michigan, with support from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, The James Irvine Foundation, and College Futures Foundation.

Key findings of the report include:
  • California has diverse college-level math pathways, particularly in the area of statistics -- a quarter of students take a non-algebra math course that can be transferred as a general ed course to a four-year university.
  • However, most students never take these courses -- almost half of students only get as far as remedial math.
  • By ensuring that any pre-requisite or co-requisite requirements are aligned with students' majors, colleges can ensure that students get farther in math and acquire the skills necessary for career and life.
This report provides:
  • The rationale for diversification, including statements by mathematics associations,
  • definitions of math pathways and research on their impact,
  • learning outcomes associated with specific math pathways, and
  • an analysis of math course-taking patterns in California community colleges.
Download an executive summary or the full report here. 
CACTENewsCTE News of Interest
CACTENewsCalifornia News
Apprenticeship Newsletter
The California Apprenticeship Council provides a quarterly newsletter summarizing activities within the apprenticeship space. As more and more colleges look to develop, sustain, and refresh their apprenticeship offerings, CTE faculty are encouraged to understand their local apprenticeship programs and get to know the key players. Read the newsletter.
California Community Colleges makerspaces prepare students for careers and contribute to regional economies. In 2016, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, Workforce and Economic Development Division funded the $17 million CCC Maker Initiative for three years under the Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy framework. We believe that creating a college maker culture will enable students to explore, create and connect in new, creative ways and this will more effectively prepare them for meaningful careers. We encourage CTE faculty members to review the details of the CCC Maker Initiative and determine if an opportunity for collaboration exists.
The Academy for College Excellence is hosting the Five-Day Experiential Learning Institute (FELI). The unique, fast-paced, activity-based institute allows attendees the opportunity to experience a new kind of pedagogy that emphasizes the affective domain, 21st-century professional skills and the culture of knowledge-based work. For more information you can contact:
NatlCTENewsNational News
CTE Policy Watch Blog
In this edition of TakeNote, we wanted to link California CTE faculty to the Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE) Policy Watch Blog. The blog informs CTE faculty of national CTE policy work. Visit the blog.
This article highlights some of the challenges facing many CTE programs in California. While nursing is the specific focus, CTE faculty in many disciplines may relate with the challenges identifed. Read more.
OCCProposed Online Community College
In an interview with NPR, Chancellor Oakley provides insight into many of the questions surrounding the proposed 115th California community college.
We encourage all CTE faculty to visit the website dedicated to conversations and information around the proposal.
MobileTrainingNew Mobile Lab to Train Workers in Manufacturing Debuts at Job Fair
A mobile manufacturing lab designed to train local workers and make students more aware of careers in the industry made its debut at a job fair in Ohio. This very interesting news article describes the partnership that led to development of the lab and highlights the increasing work of CTE faculty and mobile CTE labs. Take a moment and consider if something similar to this mobile lab may work in your discipline. Read the article.
Advocacy CTE Advocacy Group Highlight
CCCAOE Logo As a new feature of TakeNote, we will introduce and focus on one CTE advocacy group per edition. In this edition we focus on the California Community College Association for Occupational Education (CCCAOE).
"The California Community College Association for Occupational Education (CCCAOE) was founded in 1967 as a technical support group for administrators of 'vocational education programs' in the community colleges. As the California Community Colleges' mission changed, so has CCCAOE's mission to become what is now recognized as the premier source of leadership and advocacy for career and workforce preparation. The core purpose of the organization is to strengthen communities and improve lives by preparing current and future generations for the workforce."
CCCAOE website 2018
Please visit the CCCAOE website to review the organization's core values, mission and other valuable information.
Similar to the previous CCCAOE conference, through the Strong Workforce Program, the Chancellor's Office will be providing a limited number of attendance scholarships for CTE faculty to attend the fall 2018 conference in Palm Springs. More details to follow! 
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