November 2019
Advanced Manufacturing in Agriculture Regional Advisory Meeting
A Regional Advisory Meeting focused on Advanced Manufacturing in Food and Agriculture Industries will be held on Friday, November 22 from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM at the Woodland Community Center, 2001 East St, Woodland, CA 95776. RSVP HERE

Participate in preparing a robust pipeline of highly qualified workers to meet labor market demand in Advanced Manufacturing in Food and Agriculture by contributing advice on key skills and competencies. The greater Sacramento Region is an epicenter for innovation in agricultural advancement and the two sectors are a major priority for the region's economic prosperity strategy. Employers and educators are collaborating to meet labor market needs for these high-skill, high-wage occupations.

For more information, contact Emma Koefoed at or 916-462-0687.
Project Update
Welcome Jeff Briggs as New Regional Director
As of November 1, 2019, Jeff Briggs assumed the position of Regional Director, Advanced Manufacturing for the North Region (Sacramento Region) for California Community Colleges (CCC).  

This Education to Manufacturing (Edu2Mfg) position is funded by the CCC Chancellor's Office, Workforce & Economic Development Division, explained Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Associate Dean, Workforce Innovation, Sierra College. "While the grant is held at Sierra College, the regional director works regionally, serving seven community colleges and employers in five counties," said Pepper-Kittredge.  "I know the education and manufacturing community will enjoy working with this wonderful colleague in his new role. Jeff is connected to a broad ecosystem including manufacturing companies and business organizations such as the Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Grow Manufacturing (North State) and the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI)."

Jeff Briggs has been a Manufacturers Sales Representative with Avocet Sales & Marketing since 2013 and was formerly with Ray Morgan Company, American Retrographics Company and HLA group. He earned his BA at California State University Chico and MBA at University of Redlands. Briggs is an active member of SME Sacramento and served as president in 2016 & 2017. Additionally, he is a founding board member of the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative. His personal interests include running, being a composer and musician, and coaching youth soccer. Jeff can be reached at 916-316-8100 or

Work plan objectives for Edu2Mfg in 2019-2020 include:
  • Increase number of students enrolled in manufacturing related courses 
  • Increase students and businesses participating in student competitions, project-based learning opportunities and work-based learning opportunities
  • Illustrate new education and career pathways in manufacturing
  • Host a workshop for curriculum exchange between all K-16 instructors and industry partners
  • Support onboarding for new faculty members coming directly from industry
  • Assist industry partners in leveraging ETP and college resources to train incumbent workers
  • Encourage industry-recognized third party accreditation and assessments
  • Assist with apprenticeship programs and/or standards
  • Host regional advisory meeting 
  • Create online repository for information on active high school and college programs
  • Inform colleges of emerging technologies and skills requirements
  • Provide assistance to host one sector-focused summit
  • Assist in updating or creating courses as a result of curriculum recommendations

Mike Bell will continue to be be an ecosystem partner in his new role as incoming SME Sacramento President.
Train the Trainer Sessions in January and February
Attendees at the November instructors training in Design to Part selected January 11 and February 8 for the next sessions. The program is being co-sponsored by Sacramento Valley Manufacturers Initiative (SVMI) and California Community Colleges Advanced Manufacturing, North Region (Edu2Mfg). For more information, contact Steve Dicus, Edu2Mfg, at 916-276-9520.
I n the News
CNC West October/November 2019 - Machinist Certification to Meet Industry Needs pgs 66 & 68 
Jan 11 -- Instructor Training in Teaching Advanced Manufacturing Skills
Jan 11 - Skills USA regional competition (leadership conference) at Sierra College
Feb 8 - Instructor Training in Teaching Advanced Manufacturing Skills
Feb 13 - CTE Counselor Conference
Feb 20 -- Manufacturing Apprenticeship Networking Event supported by SVMI, CMTA, Los Rios Community College District, American River College and Sierra College.
Mar 25 - SVMI State of Manufacturing Breakfast
Jeff Briggs . Regional Director . Advanced Manufacturing North Region 
916.316.8100 .  .  
Hosted at Sierra College . 5100 Sierra College Blvd., Rocklin CA 95677
Funding provided in part through Sierra College Grant #17-152-001,  administered by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.