Tech Talk Brings Students, Faculty and Industry Together at MiraCosta College

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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.

Introducing the Healthcare Technology Specialist Certificate Program

Introducing the Healthcare Technology Specialist Certificate Program

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.

Video and Vlogging Bootcamps, Industry Insider Episodes, and Keeping Schools Current in LA

Video and Vlogging Bootcamps, Industry Insider Episodes, and Keeping Schools Current in LA

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.

Making Your Strong Workforce Investment in NETLAB+ Pay Off

Making Your Strong Workforce Investment in NETLAB+ Pay Off

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.

Jim Kerr: Engaging Cisco Students at Chaffey College

Jim Kerr: Engaging Cisco Students at Chaffey College

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.

STEM Events Bring Students and Technology Together in the Northern Inland Region

STEM Events Bring Students and Technology Together in the Northern Inland Region

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.

Student Retention is the New FTES Builder/Marketing

Student Retention is the New FTES Builder/Marketing

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:

Aligning ICT Courses with C-ID in Orange County

Aligning ICT Courses with C-ID in Orange County

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.

That Four-Letter Word Again

Karen Beltramo, Data Analyst, Bay Regional Community College Consortium, Centers of Excellence for Labor Market Research

“In God we trust. All others must bring data.” – W. Edwards Deming, statistician, professor, author, lecturer, and consultant.

There it is that four-letter word: Data.


Greater Sacramento Region Welcomes New Deputy Sector Navigator

Greater Sacramento Region Welcomes New Deputy Sector Navigator

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Markus Geissler has accepted the role of Deputy Sector Navigator, ICT-Digital Media for the Sacramento Region.

Markus is a welcome addition to the Sector Team. “We are quite pleased," said Steve Wright, ICT-DM Sector Navigator. "Markus will be a tremendous asset to the Sacramento Region and he will have a statewide impact on our Computer Sciences pathways and offerings."


Business Information Worker Career Pathway Update

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How Important is the Business Information Worker?

Although the BIW is offered in every region of the state, many of the 110,000 students enrolled in courses that align with the BIW pathway don’t even know it. In fact, they are part of an industry-vetted program that directly leads to employment with more than 200,000 jobs available throughout California at any one time that match some level of the BIW pathway. Retaining current students to complete the pathway or to return later for more training will positively affect their future and greatly increase the effective Career Education services of the California Community Colleges system.


Digital Media Industry Skills Panel Gives Experts the Stage in the Inland Empire/Desert Region

The Inland Empire Desert Region hosted a regional Digital Media Industry Skills Panel Friday, October 13th at Mind and Mill in downtown Riverside. Mind and Mill served as the ideal location for the Digital Media meeting with its combination of co-work, digital media marketing agency, art gallery and event space.

Although the idea of hosting regional advisory meetings is not a new one, this event embodied the perfect combination of vision, resources and people to deliver one of the most effective advisories this region has ever seen.


Guided Pathways Hits the Road: Spotlighting BIW and IT Technician Pathways

Spreading the word about the California Community College Guided Pathways began early this school year in the San Diego/Imperial Region. With his NAO robot in tow, Leroy Brady, the region’s ICT-Digital Media Deputy Sector Navigator, hit the road in August and September to visit San Diego Imperial Valley students.

His message was one many of these young adults needed to hear. The ICT-Digital Media Guided Pathway programs available at their local community colleges can help them improve their lives. Thanks to Brady’s efforts, 254 students and 31 parents and teachers heard his message loud and clear.


Production Assistant Bootcamp Gives Students Behind-the-Scenes View of Entertainment Industry

Anyone in the entertainment industry knows that production assistants are the people who make the real magic of film and television happen.

A group of high school and college students from the Los Angeles area saw that firsthand when they completed Production Assistant Bootcamp earlier this summer. The nine-week program organized by Los Angeles Valley College covered topics ranging from writing and storyboarding to scheduling and budgets.


Orange County Welcomes New Deputy Sector Navigator

A new Deputy Sector Navigator in the Information Communication Technologies and Digital Media Sector (ICT-DM) is poised to make Orange County a leader in the state's cybersecurity education initiatives.

Steve Linthicum, former ICT-DM DSN in the Greater Sacramento region recently moved to Southern California to assume the ICT-DM DSN position in the Orange County region. Linthicum also serves as Co-Project Director for the Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Innovation Grant issued by the California Community College Chancellor's Office to Coastline Community College.


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Sector Navigator & Director

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Phone: 805-496-8583

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An initiative of the California Community College's Economic and Workforce Development (CCCEWD) program, the ICT-Digital Media Sector Team is dedicated to serving California's ICT-Digital media workforce needs. We are an integral part of the California Community Colleges and its Doing What Matters for Business & Industry framework, investing funding and resources in industry sectors that are key to California's economic growth. Our industry-specific workforce services are coordinated through a system of sector specialists that align community college and other workforce development resources with the needs of industry sectors and occupational clusters through a regional focus. Learn more by visiting