Northern California Career Pathways Alliance
January 2016
San Diego - February 3-5

Oakland Convention Center - March 5-6

Education & Economic Development Summit
California Maritime Academy, Vallejo
First Week of May, 2016

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Employers play a critical role in exploring new public-private approaches to closing the skills gap. The Northern California Career Pathways Alliance(NCCPA) now has a unique opportunity to strengthen the relationship between our business community, our education community and our future workforce. But, we need your help to ensure the initiative is successful.

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Welcome to 2016!  As we close the doors to 2015, we realize some of the major accomplishments achieved through the NCCPA Initiative that we ALL can be proud of:
1.  First Annual Education & Economic Development Summit
2.  Stronger K12-Community College Collaboration which includes more early college opportunities for students and collaboration between the K12 and Community College faculties
3.  Industry Roundtables held in Advanced Manufacturing, Health, and Hospitality
4.  The award to our Workforce Investment Boards of a SlingShot Initiative planning grant which will address income mobility
5. The First Annual Educator's Symposium

These babies have only been possible through our collaborative alliance, so let's all take a moment to celebrate together, and meditate on the thought that "good relationships aren't about give and take, they're about share and care". Cheers to our sharing and caring together in this innovative polyamorous marriage!

One of our most exciting 'buns in the oven' is the work we have started in the conception of a Work-Based Learning Manual. WBL experts got together in Napa last month to hash out the elements - the genetic makeup, if you will - of an ideal manual and to define those for educators, students, industry and community. We will continue to define the pieces in order to have a spawn that can live beyond this grant and be shared both within and beyond our region.

In December, Katie and Sarah visited a digital media class at Kenilworth Junior High in Petaluma and were blown away by what Laura Bradley and Isaac Raya (Sonoma COE's  2015 Teacher of the Year) have done in the nativity of this elective - it only is in its first year as a proper class.
A bove, students use their brand new classroom and equipment to record the  KTV  daily news  show  that consists of the school announcements. Thank you to  Laura Bradley  for sharing a glimpse into your amazing program. Your obvious nurturing attitude fosters your students and inspires us to continue the work of supporting and generating innovative educational pathways in our region.
This Month's Blog - Guest Post: Vip Gupta's Thoughts on the 2015 Educator Symposium
I 'm sitting down to eat my lunch after a morning full of presenting and educator-focused workshops at the recent NCCPA Educator Symposium in Petaluma, when the keynote speaker, Dr. Laurie Scolari asks us all about our eating utensils. It caught my attention right away, wondering what that has to do with Career Pathways and addressing the barriers facing our nation's youth when it comes to succeeding in school and finding meaningful, well paying jobs. Dr. Scolari says that eating without utensils, without the proper tools, is akin to the challenges that first generation students face in continuing their studies past secondary school and into post-secondary institutions. The analogy continues; the students know about college and its value in society just I like I can see my food and how it will help nourish me, but they don't have the material or capital to access that coveted prize. They are often left hungry, knowing that they should enroll in a postsecondary program but don't know how. The analogy is fitting, and I get the point.

What is College?   
I think it is time for us to redefine "college" in 21st century terms.  The Department of Labor came out with a study recently that indicated 70% of jobs will require some form of post secondary training.  This DOES NOT mean every student will need to attend a four year university or earn a bachelor's degree.  What this means is ALL students MUST have access to advanced training beyond high school.  This could be a certificated program, a two year degree, a four year degree or more. Our duty is to understand "college" means so much more than it did in the 20th century and we need to provide avenues that gives all our student access to advanced training in whatever form fits them and their career aspirations.

So perhaps it is time we no longer call post secondary pursuits "college".  Maybe it's time for us to coin a new term such as advanced training or post-secondary opportunities.

Think about it!
Share with us, we care
 to know your thoughts - we will make this marriage work!
In collaboration for All Students' Success,



Katie Barr
Northern California Career Pathway Alliance

Mission: The NCCPA facilitates the creation of integrated educational
pathways and career success for all high school and community college
students, while fostering economic and workforce development to benefit students, employers and the community.