eUpdate - Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy
August 2018

In This Issue
CollegeNewsCampuses Ramp Up to Deliver Strong Workforce
in Cloud Computing and Cyber 

19 LA Community Colleges, Amazon partner on Cloud Workforce
California Coud Workforce
Partnership and collaboration -- two key principles of the  Strong Workforce Program -- are clearly evident in a new and exciting certificate program in the Los Angeles area. As part of the Round 2 Strong Workforce Program regional projects, the 19 community colleges in the Los Angeles area are partnering with Amazon Inc.'s   Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the CA Cloud Workforce Consortia . The outcome is a five-course, 15-unit AWS Cloud Computing Certificate developed by Santa Monica College  faculty  and the AWS-Educate team.

Nineteen Los Angeles-area colleges received Strong Workforce Program regional funding to support faculty development and certification to teach the courses and all are committed to offering the model curriculum as designed. Additionally, each college will select a local high school partner that will offer the introductory course as a concurrent or dual-enrollment course.

As civic involvement is part of the design of the Strong Workforce Program, the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) was instrumental in the program's development and promotion. See media coverage for this program , including an interview with LAEDC's Bill Allen (below).
Employer partners and community colleges interested in expanding this program should contact Information & Communication Technologies / Digital Media Statewide Director and Sector Navigator Steve Wright at or one of the regional Deputy Sector Navigators.
Bill Allen Interview Video  

National Science Foundation Grant to Fund Digital Forensics and Incident Response Program
Coastline Community College will introduce a Digital Forensics and Incident Response degree and will make related courses available to other colleges via the Canvas learning management system, thanks to a $224,000 grant from the National Science Foundation . The three-year grant begins Oct. 1.
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According to the award abstract, "the Cyber Up! Digital Forensics and Incident Response (DFIR) project at Coastline Community College in California will research, create, adapt, adopt, and implement a suite of course content that supports a Certificate of Achievement and an Associate of Science degree. As a Center for Academic Excellence-Two Year (CAE2Y), the implementation of DFIR has the potential to be transformative, bringing about needed and important change to U.S. education and security."
Cypress College Earns Cyber Designation for Quality
Coastline Community College isn't the only school in the California Community Colleges system to hold the Center of Academic Excellence 2-Year (CAE2Y) distinction. This year, Cypress College also joins the ranks.
The institutional award was established in 2010 by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security, with the support of the National Science Foundation and CyberWatch. Community colleges that have established a robust information assurance program and have successfully mapped their security courses to two of the Committee on National Security Systems training standards may apply. 
According to the program's website, the "benefits to a CAE2Y institution are significant: recognition of the quality of the program by industry, professional associations, and academe; seamless program articulation with Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) universities; better job placement and/or transfer opportunities for students; opportunities for collaboration with other CAE2Y and CAE institutions; improved institutional standing in the local, regional, and professional community; opportunities for institutional/program marketing; and monetary support." Congratulations, Cypress College! 
CareerEdCareer Education Rebrand Campaign Updates
Career Education Campaign Video in Spanish  
Career Education Campaign Now in Spanish
Last summer, California Community Colleges launched a new campaign to promote the benefits of career education as an affordable, accessible pathway to a rewarding career. In May, the campaign's website launched in Spanish, allowing the system to reach even more prospective students. Read the press release and watch the video to the right. 
Career Education Campaign's Black Advisory Panel Lends Insights 
On May 15, the Career Education Campaign held the third meeting of its Black Advisory Panel, a statewide influencer group assembled to help raise awareness among black and African-Americans about the opportunities available through career education programs at the California Community Colleges. The Black Advisory Panel works with community leaders to encourage them to use their public platforms to help generate interest in enrollment in community colleges and career education programs.
Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley was the keynote speaker, presenting his Vision for Success for the California Community Colleges, which consists of three areas of focus: social justice, economic mobility and workforce development. "The goal is to close the achievement gap among students of color," said Chancellor Oakley. "To that end, our efforts must be intentional and relentless if we are to improve outcomes for these students - and I'm committed to creating an environment that is welcoming and breeds success."
Additionally, panel members deliberated on the upcoming Career Education Town Hall, scheduled for the fall in the Los Angeles region, where the Chancellor's Office and panel members are planning activities to hear first-hand from students and parents about the challenges they face when seeking higher education goals, and ways to help break down those barriers.
ArticleVan Ton-Quinlivan, Kermit Kabela Write About
Stranded Workers, Skill "Booster Shots"  and the Future of Work  

Van Ton-Quinlivan
Van Ton-Quinlivan
Kermit Kabela
Kermit Kabela
Technology and market forces are changing the workplace, the talent needs of employers, and the skills workers need to get and keep good jobs. Read  this Medium piece about how "stranded workers" are confronting a disappearing market for their skills and how reskilling "booster shots" can train and retrain workers for 21st-century jobs. This piece was written by Executive Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Digital Futures Van Ton-Quinlivan and the National Skills Coalition's Federal Policy Director Kermit Kaleba. Ton-Quinlivan is also a board member of the National Skills Coalition.

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Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies
The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced $150 million in grants to support sector-based approaches to expand apprenticeships on a national scale in key industry sectors. Designed to expand apprenticeships to occupations that have not typically used apprenticeships to bring new entrants into the workforce, the department will award H-1B funds to approximately 15 to 30 apprenticeship programs, with amounts ranging from $1 million to $12 million. Closing date is Oct. 16, 2018. Read this press release for more information. 

California Apprenticeship Initiative To learn more about apprenticeship in California, check out the California Apprenticeship Initiative

Need Apprenticeship Inspiration? 
Read "Cooking Up Community Success with CalFresh Cohort"
Kitchens for Good Apprenticeship Program
For inspiration about apprenticeships, read this article about the Kitchens for Good 12-week certified culinary apprenticeship program aimed to increase the employment and earning potential of CalFresh recipients.
 Future of Work MeetUp -- Follow Up:
Apply Now to Expand Broadband in Your Region
During the 22 Future of Work MeetUp events held this spring across California, participants expressed concern about the lack of equitable access to technology and reliable internet service. Without reliable broadband, students have different access to current and future online offerings of the California Community Colleges system. To improve broadband deployment,  the California Public Utilities Commission designated $20 million for grants to increase publicly available or after-school broadband access. This new Broadband Adoption Grant Program is accepting a pplications through Aug. 31, 2018. Civic, economic development and community organizations are encouraged to apply.   
LaunchBoardLaunchBoard: New Features, New Webinars
LaunchBoard -- our system's  web-based tool that provides data on the effectiveness of college programs with the aim of facilitating local, regional and statewide conversations about fostering student success and economic mobility -- now offers more features to serve more audiences.

Adult Education Pipeline Debuts
This fall marks a significant milestone for adult education in our state, when data about the state's adult learners is introduced to the LaunchBoard. 
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Learn more about the LaunchBoard, which is supported by California Community Colleges and hosted by Cal-PASS Plus.
Known as the Adult Education Pipeline, this new LaunchBoard feature will give the state's 71 regional consortia -- groups of adult education stakeholders who work collaboratively to improve education and workforce outcomes in their regions -- information needed to align their efforts with the college system's  Vision for Success  and to build strong, effective pathways to the workforce and postsecondary education. Pipeline data will be used to track the performance and the success of serving adults, down to the lowest educational attainment  level, in each of the 71 regions.   
The metrics for which data are collected focus on the major areas of: literacy gains/measurable skill gain; high school diploma/high school equivalency; postsecondary certificates, degrees and training programs; entered employment; employment wage gain; and transition to postsecondary from adult education/noncredit. The Adult Education Program (formerly known as Adult Education Block Grant, or AEBG) will roll out related webinars and regional trainings throughout the 2018-19 school year to K-12 adult schools, county offices of education, community colleges and adult education providers.

Community College Pipeline
Introducing the new Community College Pipeline! Now you can view information that follows students' journeys in three formats: a high-level summary, infographics designed to support data conversations, and detailed data with comparison capabilities, trends, and disaggregated results.  Log on to the Community College Pipeline here.
Recent webinars explain the LaunchBoard's new features and provide a deep dive for researchers and Key Talent of Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy. 

IndustryNewsBusiness & Entrepreneurship Sector, NACCE
to Host "Go West" Conference
Go West Conference
The Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy Business and Entrepreneurship Sector is partnering with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) to host a Go West Conference from Sept 19-21 in San Francisco. The theme is "Making, Inventing, and Entrepreneurship: New Pathways and New Opportunities." Sector Navigator Chuck Eason says, "take advantage of this great professional development and networking opportunity. The Business and Entrepreneurship Deputy Sector Navigators (DSNs) are providing a limited amount of funding to cover the registration fees for community college faculty, K-12 teachers, administrators and others to attend."
Contact the Business and Entrepreneurship DSN for your region or Sector Navigator Chuck Eason for a promo code and instructions to access this funding. Your college does not have to be a current NACCE member to take advantage of this.
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