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Practices with Promise Success Story

Submitted By: Heather Kelnhofer, Shasta College

Ignite Opportunity 2.0 STEM Career Day

  • Type of Practice: Student Engagement and Career Awareness
  • Type(s) of Users Served: Counselors/Supporting Staff to Student, Faculty/Teachers, First-time Students, Lifelong Learning Students
  • Sector(s): Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture, Water & Environmental Technologies, Energy, Construction & Utilities, Health, Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)/Digital Media, Life Sciences/Biotech
  • Momentum Point(s) & Leading Indicators : MP 13, MP 28, MP 34, LI 6 (click here for description)
  • Regions Involved: Northern Inland
  • Colleges Involved: Butte College, Shasta College
  • Other Organizations: Shasta County Office of Education, Northstate STEM, Smart Business Resource Center

The Challenge

Through a partnership with Northstate STEM, the DSN of AgWET and Advanced Manufacturing for the Far North region worked collaboratively to increase awareness about the career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Technology (STEM) in our region. According to the US Dept. of Commerce, STEM related jobs are growing at 17 percent and in California alone; there is a projected need for a STEM workforce in 2018 of approximately 1.14 million. Northstate STEM, and the STEM Career Day committee felt strongly about highlighting local opportunities for students. The STEM Career Day committee was truly a collaboration of key stakeholders, such as the local WIB (Smart Business Resource Center), Shasta College, SCOE and more.

The Solution

Ignite Opportunity STEM Career Day was created. On October 23, 2015 Ignite Opportunity 2.0 was held. The day started with a kickoff and keynote speech from Mark Soderwall, from Indie Game University, who happens to be based out of Shasta County. From there, students ventured through the fairgrounds to visit over 50 exhibits, as well as participate in a hands on STEM challenge. The event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, who include the McConnell Foundation, Redding Electric Utility, Sierra Pacific Industries, Smart Business Resource Center, Shasta College, Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy (sectors: AgWET, Advanced Manufacturing, ICT, Health)


Approximately 1,100 freshman from high schools located in Lassen, Siskiyou, Modoc, Glenn, Tehama, Trinity and Shasta counties. The day was filled with keynote speakers, hands-on activities and lots of engaging exhibits. Over 50 industry partners from those 7 counties participated in the event.

The Data

The positive feedback that we received from not only the students, but from the teachers/counselors that attended with them, as well as feedback from all the businesses that were there. Surveys were done afterward and that data is with Shasta County Office of Education.

Supporting Information

Supporting documentation

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Common Metrics

Leading Indicators

LI 1 Alignment of skillsets within a program (or set of courses) to a particular occupation and the needs of the labor market
LI 2 Regionalization of stackable certificates aligned with a particular occupation ladder
LI 3 Alignment of a certificate with state-, industry-, nationally-, and/or employer- recognized certification
LI 4 Creation of a credit certificate from non-credit certificate
LI 5 Curriculum articulation along a career or multi-career educational pathway
LI 6 Updating the skills of faculty, teachers, counselors, and/or “supporting staff to student” to reflect labor market needs
LI 7 Integration of small business creation and/or exporting modules into for-credit curriculum in other disciplines

Momentum Points

Middle School Cluster
MP 1Completed an individual career and skills awareness workshop in middle school that included a normed assessment process and was in a Doing What Matters priority or emerging sector
Transition from Middle School to High School
MP 2Completed a bridge program between middle school and high school and revised student career/education plan
MP 3Completed a student orientation and assessment program while in middle school or high school
High School Cluster
MP 4Completed one course in high school within a CTE pathway
MP 5Completed two or more courses in high school within a CTE pathway
MP 6Completed a CTE articulated course
MP 6aSuccessfully completed a CTE dual enrollment course or credit by exam, with receipt of transcripted credits
MP 7Completed a program in high school within a CTE pathway
Transition from High School to College Cluster
MP 8Completed a bridge program between high school and college in a CTE pathway
MP 9Completed college orientation and assessment as a first-time community college student who entered a community college CTE pathway
MP 10Transitioned from a high school CTE pathway to a similar community college CTE pathway
MP 11Transferred from a high school CTE pathway to a similar CSU, UC or private/independent university CTE pathway
MP 12Completed a counselor-approved college education plan, for first-time community college students who enter a CTE pathway
MP 13During high school, participated in an internship, work-based learning, mentoring, or job shadowing program in a CTE pathway
MP 14Percentage of community college students, who participated in a high school CTE pathway, whose first math or English course was below transfer-level
Community College Cluster
MP 15Completed two courses in the same CTE pathway
MP 16Retention rate between Fall and Spring within a CTE pathway
MP 17Completed a non-CCCCO-approved certificate within a CTE pathway
MP 18Completed a CCCCO-approved certificate within a CTE pathway
General Education and Transfer Progress Cluster
MP 19Completed a work readiness soft skills training program (either stand-alone or embedded) within a CTE pathway
MP 20Completed college level English and/or math, for students in a CTE pathway
MP 21Completed the CSU-GE or IGETC transfer track/certificate for students in a CTE pathway
MP 22Completed requirements in a CTE pathway, but did not receive a certificate or a degree
MP 23Completed an associate degree in a CTE major
MP 24Completed an associate degree in a major different from student’s college CTE pathway
MP 25Transferred from community college to a four-year university in the same CTE pathway
MP 26Transferred from community college to a four-year university in a major different from their CTE pathway
Community College Transition To Workforce Cluster
MP 27Participated in a college internship or workplace learning program within a CTE pathway
MP 28Attained a job placement in the same or similar field of study as CTE pathway
MP 29Acquired an industry-recognized, third-party credential
Workforce Progress Cluster
MP 30Attained a wage gain in a career in the same or similar CTE pathway
MP 31Attained wages equal to or greater than the median regional wage for that CTE pathway
MP 32Attained wages greater than the regional standard-of-living wage
MP 33Participated in incumbent worker training or contract education in a CTE pathway (for example training for layoff aversion, meeting heightened occupational credentialing requirement, transitioning employees whose occupations are being eliminated, or up-skilling existing employees)
MP 34Exception


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