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
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.