A proof of concept is underway in the South Central Coast Region (SCCRC) to embrace and actuate the California Community College Chancellor’s Strong Workforce Program objectives to increase enrollment and facilitate more completions. Stakeholders throughout the region are working together to bring cloud-based labs to eight community colleges through design by the regional director of Information and Communication Technologies and Digital Media (ICT-DM) in collaboration with SynED and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s new Digital Transformation Hub. The region spans Northern Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties.
This effort allows students to access labs for a variety of Information Technology (IT) and cybersecurity classes at any time and from anywhere. It also significantly reduces faculty workload by implementing the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) integration with Instructure’s Canvas learning management system, used by all eight colleges, and making labs available for collective use. This, in turn, allows faculty to serve more students and increase the number of trained professionals in the workforce to fill the thousands of open IT positions in California and across the United States.
Embarking on projects like this represents an opportunity for community colleges to combine financial and intellectual capital to solve shared problems in a cohesive and mutually-beneficial way. Further, according to Herbert and Wigley (2015), the development of a student’s experience (related to computer networking skills, including networking security) must address both problem-solving and soft skills (such as teamwork). Virtual labs integration within coursework achieves this goal.
By: Junior Achievement of San Diego County
Congratulations to the winning teams for scoring 1st , 2nd and 3rd place in the 3rd Annual CODEchella Competition. The winning student teams joined 115 students from five school districts throughout San Diego to showcase their coding skills. The middle school students had to create code to race Spheros Robots through a series of complex mazes. The high school students had the opportunity to code their own flying Robolink mini-drones.
Thank you to our regional sponsors for bringing this fun event to life for our students: Doing What Matters (Leroy Brady, ICT-Digital Media Sector DSN), Regional Pathways, Robolink, San Diego County Office of Education, SDG&E and San Diego Unified School District.
The ICT-Digital Media Sector is pleased to announce four newly funded Industry Sector Projects in Common. Many individual colleges and regions will participate with matching funding, and all colleges will benefit from best practices shared. Project teams are already at work and will share their progress during the coming months.
Business Information Worker Student Cohorts
The ICT-Digital Media Sector has partnered with the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) to recruit and retain cohorts of BIW students during the 18/19 school year. Students will complete required courses together and receive additional support to stay on track with their coursework and prepare for job interviews once they complete the program.
More than 75 educators and industry partners from the Inland Empire joined together on March 1, 2018 for an informative and inspiring event at the Ontario Double Tree. ConvergeOne, a leading ICT service provider located in Ontario, co-sponsored the Information, Communication Technologies (ICT) Regional Advisory and Industry Skills Panel along with the Inland Empire Desert Region. ConvergeOne IT Education Manager, Claire Jefferson-Glipa gave the keynote address.
Susanne Mata, the region’s ICT Digital-Media Deputy Sector Navigator noted that an important part of the Inland Empire advisory model is the industry skills panel.
Following requests from instructors at several North/Far North Region colleges who are using the Region’s shared NETLAB+ System, and after extensive testing and collaboration between Folsom Lake College, the Los Rios CCD IT Department, and Palo Alto Networks, the North/Far North Regional Consortium (NFNRC) NETLAB+ has implemented a file transfer system that benefits both students and instructors.
The Spring sessions of the Video and Vlogging Boot Camps for the Gig Economy have come to a close, with over fifty students learning what it takes to get started in entertainment. The eight-week boot camps were held at both Birmingham High School and Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) in parallel sessions attended by students from multiple community colleges in the region, culminating with Meet the Pros, a final event at LAVC.
Dan Watanabe, ICT-Digital Media Deputy Sector Navigator (Los Angeles Region) worked closely with Doris Driver, Business & Entrepreneurship DSN to produce the boot camps, and is pleased with the student feedback they received.
Support for students interested in IT/cybersecurity continues to increase in Orange County thanks to a proactive partnership of the region’s Deputy Sector Navigator, community colleges, and high schools.
IT Fundamentals Exam Vouchers
Steve Linthicum, ICT-Digital Media Deputy Sector Navigator in Orange County has arranged for CompTIA to provide a number of exam vouchers to students interested in obtaining IT Fundamentals certification. Linthicum arranged this in exchange for his participation as a guest presenter for the course’s instructor training webinar.
It was standing room only at an exciting and well-attended Tech Talk held at MiraCosta College on March 14, 2018. More than 180 students, faculty and IT professionals attended the second annual event which was also simulcast throughout the college.
Students came to learn about MiraCosta’s new IT degrees and certificates, and to mix and mingle with industry and government representatives and corporate recruiters representing MIS, cybersecurity, programming and digital media. Industry panelists represented top employers in the area including Robert Half, Webroot, Sentek, ViaSat, FSB Associates and MCTSSA.
Statewide collaboration pays off big time as new CCC healthcare certificate receives approval by industry professional group!
Deputy Sector Navigators Paula Hodge (ICT-Digital Media) and John Cordova (Health), in the South Central Coast Region, are excited to introduce the Healthcare Technology Specialist Certificate Program and digital badge awarded by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). This new interdisciplinary, industry-recognized national certification was developed as part of an Industry Drive Regional Collaborative (IDRC) grant funded by the California Community College Chancellors Office.
The Oscars may be over, but entertainment instruction in the colleges and neighboring high schools continues to move full speed ahead this spring due to an innovative bootcamp program developed and produced by Dan Watanabe DSN, Los Angeles.
Dan Watanabe has launched an eight-week Video and Vlogging Bootcamp to train students on the ins and outs of working as a production assistant. The bootcamp focuses on several areas of Entertainment, including radio and television, which includes broadcast, cable, streaming, and web, as well as feature films.
Opportunities in cybersecurity continue to explode for students with skills in the expanding technologies that are taught in the California Community Colleges IT Technician Pathway and IT Model Curriculum.
The best technology for bringing this training to students is available through the NETLAB+ technology that many colleges have funded through the Strong Workforce program. This virtual lab system eliminates the need to create a lab environment in the classroom, provides instructors with quality lab content, and allows students to access assigned labs from anywhere.
Many of Jim Kerr’s Cisco students at Chaffey College are adult learners who are balancing their studies with full-time jobs and family commitments. Because school competes for attention with so many other things, he is always on the lookout for opportunities to engage them and ensure that the classes are about more than just earning a certification.
Kerr holds most of his classes in the evenings and offers flexible scheduling across sections. For example, if a student enrolled in a Tuesday evening section can’t make it to class that night, they can come to the Wednesday evening section.
More than 1,500 middle and high school students recently came together for a special STEM Expo held at Chico State. Myron Curtis, the region’s ICT-Digital Media Deputy Sector Navigator helped in the planning of this outreach event and was impressed with the turnout.
“There were over a thousand attendees who engaged in visiting booths for job interviews and career exploration with industry reps from all over the State, but most were from the Far North,” Curtis said.
I feel embarrassed! After five years with the Doing What Matters program as a Sector Navigator I belatedly got around to assessing the Total Addressable Market, TAM, for students (see chart below by Karen Beltramo). The numbers shown are ‘approximately accurate’ and cannot be added together – because students may be in one or more ‘opportunity’ category. However, the revelations to me were a slap in the head!!! Very instructive, for example:
It’s no secret that ICT course offerings within the California Community College system appear a big fragmented. A report issued by the Mid-Pacific Information and Communication Technologies Center (MPICT) as well as data gathered and analyzed by the ICT Sector team has revealed that there are more than 600 different associate degree options with over 400 names. More than 1,500 different certificates were found having approximately 1,100 different names.
Steve Linthicum, Deputy Sector Navigator in Orange County has written extensively about this on his personal blog, and is taking steps in his region to create an identifiable, consistent pathway for students seeking careers in ICT.