As a new school year begins, more than 60 students are taking part in the Business Information Worker certificate program thanks to planning and partnerships over the past year.
The ICT-Digital Media Sector partnered with the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) to recruit students for the new BIW cohort programs at Cuesta College, Golden West College, Irvine Valley College, and West Hills College Lemoore. Students will complete courses in computer skills, business communication, and other skills that are essential for entry-level office employment.
The cohort approach allows students to receive support from each other as they move through the courses. Participating colleges worked with their local Hispanic Chambers to recruit underserved minorities and adults who need to obtain foundational business technology skills needed to re-enter the workforce.
A new partnership between Google and the ICT-Digital Media sector is bringing the G-Suite to community colleges across California this fall. The suite, which includes Gmail, Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms, is on the rise as an alternative to Microsoft Office in businesses and other organizations.
Rather than merely showing students how to use these applications, Google’s Applied Digital Skills Curriculum will give students the opportunity to apply them to real-world projects like budgeting and searching for a job.
The curriculum will be implemented by 40 instructors at 28 colleges in a pilot program, which is the result of a collaboration between Google Project Manager Shahla Naimi and ICT-DM Sector Navigator Steve Wright.
Over the past four years, California Career Pathways (CCP) grants allowed for stronger pathway articulation with high schools, leading to greater community college enrollment. Grants were intended to help high school students make seamless transitions to community colleges and prepare them for high-skill, high-wage jobs in emerging and growing industry sectors in the local or regional economy.
Among the most successful was LA-HITECH, a $15 million program administered over multiple community colleges, namely LA Valley College, LA Pierce College, LA Mission College, LA City College, Pasadena City College, LA Southwest College, West LA College, Santa Monica College and their partner high schools.
As anyone who has worked in IT knows, certifications are key to a successful career. The earlier someone can obtain them, the better equipped they’ll be to meet the demands of the IT and cybersecurity workforce.
However, certifications are expensive and the process to earn them is complicated for students and instructors.
A new train the trainer program has already given more than 300 instructors the tool they need to bring CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification into their classrooms. In addition, a voucher program is providing an opportunity for 1,000 students to take those certification exams for free.
Wendy Porter is new to the world of higher education but brings decades of experience in business and technology to her role as ICT-DM Deputy Sector Navigator in the North/Far North Region.
Porter is the Managing Director of the startup incubator Chicostart and facilitator of growTECH, a technology industry partnerships in Northern California. Chicostart has launched 14 startups over the past four years and created more than 100 jobs in the process.
Porter graduated from CSU Chico and began her IT career at Hewlett-Packard, where she created processes to manage the software development lifecycle, built a web development business, and implemented change management. She transitioned into the entrepreneurial space after moving back to Chico to raise a family.
Over the summer, the ICT-Digital Media Sector partnered with the Western Academy Support and Training Center (WASTC) to bring training on the latest IT technology to instructors at community colleges across California.
Sessions were held June 11-15 at Cabrillo College and June 18-22 at Coastline Community College. More than 100 instructors attended each program, which included five days of intensive training as well as networking and social events.
The workshops were focused around information security and preparing faculty to provide the best education possible to their students in this growing field. Classes included ethical hacking, CompTIA fundamentals, and cryptography/blockchain analysis.
Over the past three months, Irvin Lemus logged more than 7,000 miles and 70 hours on the road. He wasn’t taking a summer vacation road trip — he was checking in on more than 1,000 students who participated in 29 cyber camps throughout the Bay Area.
The 28 Bay Region community colleges voted overwhelmingly to support the summer CyberCamp program over the past two summers. Strong Workforce Program Regional Funding was dedicated to this effort.
Lemus is the cybersecurity instructor at Cabrillo College and the Bay Area Cyber Competitions Regional Coordinator for the Western Academy Support and Training Center. In that role, he’s built the Bay Area Cyber Competitions program from the ground up and said he does not plan to stop any time soon.
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.