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The Practices with Promise - Workforce Outcomes eShowcase is one of the tools provided under the Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy framework to support stakeholders in developing and sharing best practices. Here you can submit your regional collaboration success stories, testimonials and innovations which will be shared on the Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy website.

Industry Engagement

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The Region's need for electrical field service technicians (EFSTs)
Assist military veterans and other qualified applicants to meet the growing need for electrical field service technicians (EFSTs)


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Short-Term Intensive Training for Industrial Maintenance Departments
Merced College partners with Manufacturing employers in the Central Valley Region to create mechanic training to develop skills now required in the field.


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Contract Education to Improve Production Line and Mechanic Training Program
Kern Community College District Partners with Grimmway Enterprises to create courses and bridge skill gaps in maintenance mechanics.


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Six Sigma Lean Processing Program Increases Student Industry Credentials
Chaffey College worked with local fulfillment firm to establish external certificate in Six Sigma Green Belt to help employees identify issues impacting their business and create corrective actions.


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Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Sector Hosts Industry Forum
The Retail, Hospitality and Tourism (RHT) sector invited industry partners to participate as panelists in a forum designed to provide RHT educators with current industry knowledge.


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Chaffey Closes Skills Gaps in Healthcare Sector for Inland Empire/Desert Region
Chaffey College Workforce Training Institute implemented new trainings for a local employer for LVNs and RNs to enhance their healthcare expertise and capabilities.


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HVAC Instructor Earns Energy Auditing Credentials At Intense Weeklong Training
Dale Ueda of Compton College earned six separate certifications in energy efficiency and energy auditing and now can also teach new topics


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Production and Entrepreneur Boot Camp prepares students
The Production and Entrepreneur Boot Camp provides students with hands-on training to prepare them for the entertainment industry.


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Networking-Students & Industry Make a Difference
In the San Diego Region ICT industry professionals network with students to provide career pathways


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Sierra College Hacker Lab
HackerLab Rocklin is the first private makerspace and co-working space in the country to form a public-private partnership with a community college.


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ASEAN Markets are Growth Opportunity for California
OBAMA promotes trade at ASEAN Summit in Rancho Mirage- NewsChannelAsia Coverage - includes interviews with CITD and CITD/STEP business clients


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CTE Expo
Central Valley CTE Expo


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Addressing workforce needs of the region’s renewable energy industry.
Our Regional partnership focused on getting those who are unemployed back to work in our growing green economy.


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Prop 39 Funds Help Foothill College Obtain Latest Hands-on HVAC Training
Foothill College students obtain hands-on training in the latest Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools designed forenergy-efficient HVAC Mechanical piping design and installation.


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Apprenticeships and 3rd Party Credentials Life Sciences/Biotech
Development of Apprenticeships for Hard-to-Find Quality and Regulatory Professionals


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Foundational Leadership Workforce Training Increases Incumbent Workers' Skills
Chaffey College establishes leadership training program to help participants become competent and confident in their leadership abilities in the Global Trade and Logistics sector.


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Colleges Use Student and Industry Data to Improve Course Quality
Colleges elicit feedback from former students and labor market information from industry partners to refine and improve course offerings.


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Global Trade & Logistics Convenes Advisory/Skills Panel to Get Employer Insights
Global Trade & Logistics is a dynamic and complex sector. A knowledge community was convened to share information about regional GTL educational programs. Employers shared insights at a skills panel.


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Transition to Practice Program Helps New RNs Improve Skills and Find Work
The New Graduate Registered Nurse (RN) Transition Program helps recent graduate RNs gain work experience and find employment.


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Norco College Develops Employment Opportunity Program for Students
Since 2011 Norco's new Employment Placement Coordinator has taken great strides in the college's participation in industry events as well as connecting students to jobs in the region.


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Inland Empire Faculty Complete Externships in the Healthcare Industry
Community Colleges partner with healthcare businesses to educate faculty on the reality facing the future healthcare workforce and bring such lessons into the classroom.


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North/Far North Region Hosts Summit to Highlight Importance of Global Trade
In April 2014, the North/Far North Consortium hosted the North/Far North Global Trade Summit to provide information about the role and importance of global trade and exports to faculty and others.


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Design It-Build it-Ship It Yields Bay Area $14.9M
Design it-Build it-Ship (DBS) it is a consortium of 10 East Bay Area community colleges, 5 workforce boards, UC Berkeley, CSU Eastbay, East Bay EDA and other regional partners.


Data-Backed Decision Making

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Chaffey College Pilots 70-Hour Personal Care Aide Training Program
Chaffey College developed a pilot program to train individuals to become personal care aides, a fast-growing career field.


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Reg365 - Year Round Registration at West Hills Community College District
In 2014-15 West Hills Community College District implemented Reg365, allowing students to register for summer, fall, and spring during a single registration period.


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Community Collaborative Boosts College Enrollment and Retention
The CTE Pathways Initiative's Community Collaboratives foster coordinated, strategic leadership among community college deans by region, to support and improve program effectiveness.


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Region Organizes Trainings on Use of Labor Market Data for Decision-Making
The Regional Consortia Chair for the Central/Mother Lode region organized three regional training sessions to help stakeholders learn how to use labor market data for decision-making.


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Summer Program Helps High School Seniors Place Higher in Math and English
Norco College’s free Summer Advantage program helps graduating high school seniors place into higher levels of math and/or English, saving students time and money.


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Shasta College Preps Students for In-Demand Jobs as Pest Control Advisors
In order to meet demand for licensed pest control advisors, Shasta College developed a new two-year program to prepare students for these high-wage careers.


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East LA College Presents Operation Entrepreneurship: Project ESTEEM
East Los Angeles College piloted a two-day workshop to give CTE students entrepreneurial skills to help them navigate the modern economy.


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Business Information Worker Certificate Created to Meet Labor Demand
The Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)/Digital Media sector established a new low-unit certificate geared toward individuals seeking entry-level positions requiring computer skills.


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Tracking Tool Captures Student Data on Career Prep
The LaunchBoard offers community college leaders the tools they need to view and track student-level information to address Momentum Points.


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Student-level Data Gathered on SB 70 CTE Courses
For the SB 70 evaluation, WestEd developed a data collection system to gather CTE course numbers and unique student ID numbers to track CTE student characteristics, goals, and outcomes from grantees.


Contextualized Content

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Delta College President Signs President's Pledge for Entrepreneurship
San Joaquin Delta College received national attention from the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurs for the first public signing of the President's Pledge for Entrepreneurship.


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High School Teachers Receive Global Trade & Logistics Curriculum Modules
The DSN for Global Trade & Logistics – San Diego & Imperial, and the SB1070 Regional Pathways Program, hosted a professional development workshop for high school teachers:“Think Global in All Careers"


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International Entrepreneurship / Global Exporting Certificate of Achievement
Greater Sacramento importers/exporters need comprehensive job and business skills. CITD responded with the Int'l Entrepreneurship/Global Exporting Certificate of Achievement.


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Edu-Preneurs Program Gives Teachers Tools to Teach Entrepreneurship
Edu-Preneurs is designed to get teachers, industry, and the community together to address small businesses issues and to ensure that entrepreneurship skills are taught in high schools and colleges.


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Allied Health Learning Community for Recent High School Graduates
The Sacramento City College program uses a contextualized curriculum and has been successful in enrolling a large number of minority students, traditionally underrepresented in healthcare careers.


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Golden West College partners with UC Davis and UC Irvine for C-STEM K-14 Program
Colleges collaborate with local high school to teach students how to use programming language and create robots to perform certain skills.


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Health Sciences School Works with Colleges, Employers to Contextualize Ed
Health Sciences High and Middle College High School works in partnership with local colleges and employers to confer college credits and provide opportunities for work-based learning.


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High School Core Science Classes Contextualized for Health Science Careers
An SB70 program establishes a well-defined pathway of core science courses leading to health science careers.


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Career Advancement Academy Targets Under-prepared Students
The Academy provides under-prepared students with a short, intensive training program that integrates academics and job skills, leading to construction/utilities employment or advanced coursework.


Student Engagement and Career Awareness

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IT Technician Pathway developed for statewide use
Aligning and filtering the many IT training options to a simple step by step job entry pathway- with stackable credentials to follow- was the goal of this statewide effort.


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Improving High School– College– Employer pathways and faculty training
The ATRE Initiative, Gerald Bernstein and Pamela Gutman, have been focusing on improving High School– College– Employer pathways to green transportation & renewable energy careers


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Non-Traditional Employment for Women
The purpose of N.E.W. is to introduce young women to growing opportunities in career technical education at a specific campus. The careers range from CIS to Heavy-Equipment Operators.


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Organizations team up to host Scrubs Camp
The daylong career exploration event was organized by John Cordova, Deputy Health Sector Navigator and Irene Ornelas, Health Industry.


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Local Workforce Champions Create High School International Business Curriculum
Eddy Sumar, Founder & CEO of ERS Consulting, and RVS teacher Dave Dillon created a course curriculum on International Business to teach high school students about career pathways in the industry.


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Ignite Opportunity 4.0 STEM Career Day
Regional career day that focuses on STEM careers. This event is open to 9 counties of students and exhibitors, highlighting the STEM careers that exist in the northstate!


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Los Angeles Virtual Enterprise Trade Show
DWM Small Business Sector supports Los Angeles Virtual Enterprise Trade Show at the Pasadena Convention Center


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Prop.39 Success Story: OSHA-10 Construction Safety Course Reader Development
Prop. 39 funds supported Santa Rosa Junior College to develop OSHA 10 Outreach Training curriculum and create a required course reader that is now available to students at the campus bookstore.


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The RHT Sector uses Industry Certification to teach Customer Service Skills
The Retail, Hospitality, Tourism sector uses the American Hotel and Lodging Association's Guest Service Gold Certification to introduce Customer Service Skills to HS and Community College students.


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Career pathway/workforce development: San Diego-Imperial Region
ATRE DSN, Greg Newhouse, works to support a number of key foundational career pathway/workforce development programs in the San Diego-Imperial region.


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Ignite Opportunity 2.0 STEM Career Day
Annual STEM Career Day designed to highlight STEM career opportunities in our region. Local industry representatives were on hand to engage students in the possibilities of a STEM career.


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Workshop Provides Students with a Live Global Trade & Logistics Career Pathway
Students got a glimpse of various career paths available in international business, as well as insight on the education, knowledge, and skills it takes to be successful in the field.


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Men in Nursing
The Health Workforce Initiative (HWI) continues to offer Men in Nursing regional workshops, a statewide conference, and local campus chapters with the goal of increasing the number of males in nursing


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Growing an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
An entrepreneurial mindset, with its focus on celebrating and encouraging self-generated ideas and light-bulb ingenuity, empowers both students and workers.


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Skyline College Delivers Education…Literally!
Skyline College’s Center for Sustainable Construction is taking a “mobile classroom” on the road this year to deliver a college-level, “Green” Construction Basics course.


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Mother-Daughter STEM program at Evergreen Valley College
Lena Tran, director of business and workforce development at Evergreen Valley College, describes an innovative approach to encourage high school girls to engage in STEM classes. Invite their moms!


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Health Care Entree to Employment event links students, instructors, industry
A two-hour networking event allowed students to meet and learn from professionals in health care careers -- a success for all involved.


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San Diego City College demonstrates Social Justice
With many homeless students in its population, SDCC faculty and students take action to alleviate hunger and provide clothing.


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New Course Teaches Rural Students to Become Online Independent Contractors
Feather River College partnered with SamaUSA to offer a semester-long, three-unit course to students to give them the tools to work as online independent contractors.


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Norco College Develops Course to Meet Labor Demand for Supply Chain Technicians
Norco College is developing a new program to meet the expected labor demand for supply chain technicians. A new course covers the basic knowledge needed for work in an automated distribution center.


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Pre-College Students Explore Careers, Earn College Credit in Career Academy
Barstow Community College’s Career Academy offers free CTE courses to middle and high school students. The Academy emphasizes the completion of certificates and/or degrees.


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New Web Platform Helps Students Navigate Career Pathways
California Career Café, a new web platform, contains comprehensive career development resources including videos and student activities that can be used by students, counselors, and faculty.


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“Get Focused…Stay Focused” Gets High School Students College & Career Ready!
Together with local schools and partner organizations, Santa Barbara City College developed “Get Focused…Stay Focused!” to help high schools students transition seamlessly from high school to college.


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New Work-Based Learning Partnership Established with Bon Appetit at Google
The Bay Region Retail, Hospitality and Tourism (RHT) sector met with Bon Appetit to explore and design an internship program for high school and community college students at Google’s campus.


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Rio Hondo College Brings STEM Program to Eighth Graders
Rio Hondo offers two weeklong summer academy sessions to peak young student interest in science, technology, engineering and math careers.


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Career Coaches Help High School Students Devise a Career and Education Plan
The Career Coach program at College of the Canyons places college employees in local high schools, where they act as career coaches to high school juniors and seniors with a GPA between 2.0 and 3.0.


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High School Students Design Product, With Help of Sierra College
Sierra College made a 3-D printer accessible to Colfax High School students, allowing them to design, produce, and market a new invention.


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Cuesta College Completes Successful Business & Entrepreneurship Pilot Program
High School Students explore business and entrepreneurship career pathways and earn high school credit with new entrepreneurship curriculum.


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Lessons From Life Sciences/Biotech Sector on Expanding Internship Opportunities
Establishing internships for students can be labor and personnel intensive. Nevertheless, such experiences can be invaluable for students. Here are two examples of successful programs.


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Middle, High School Students Develop Career Awareness at Summer Institute
College of the Canyons’ Summer Institute program provides middle and high school students with opportunities to explore career paths in a summer camp format.


Regional Collaboration

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Community Colleges Collaborate to Meet the Clean Energy Training Needs
A long-term, successful partnership leverages each college’s contract education, career technical education, and academic programs


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OC Pathways Showcase Builds Regional Collaboration
The major challenge for all CA Career Pathway Grant recipients centers on building a sustainable regional infrastructure that builds new avenues for regional collaborations.


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ICT Training for the 21st Century
Bay Area Community College Consortium colleges joined forces to establish a remotely shared ICT Lab Facility (Netlab) to serve ICT students who need hands-on skills demanded by ICT employers.


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Healthcare Information Technology
Skilled workers in health care with skill in information technology are urgently needed by health care providers state and nationwide.


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7 Colleges, 2 County Regional Consortia on Global Trade & Logistics
Pro-GTL (Global Trade & Logistics) Regional Consortia is a partnership with industry and educators across 7 colleges in LA and OC to promote career opportunities in global trade and entrepreneurship.


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CIOs Meet DSNs
Los Angeles and Orange County CIOs wanted to gain a better understanding of and engagement with Deputy Sector Navigators. Regional Consortia Co-Chairs readily answered the call.


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Super-Regional Collaborative Closes Skills Gaps
A new paradigm views the pipeline of students moving through two regions' colleges as a whole, closely aligning student learning outcomes with regional labor market needs.


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Inland Empire / Desert Regional Consortium DSN Road Show
This is a model for collaboration among key talent and college leadership/faculty. It enables college to understand how to use DWM networks and key talent to understand needs of each campus.


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“It’s Raining Jobs” Counselor Summit
Conference equipped high school and community college counselors with the necessary information and tools to advise students in the Central Valley/Mother Lode region about CTE opportunities.


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Industrial Electrical Apprenticeships and Training Meet Local Workforce Needs
Electrical intensive apprenticeships for students in the Inland Empire/Desert Region increase the confidence of employers in the community colleges' abilities to supply capable employees.


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Napa, Solano, and Sonoma Counties: Entrepreneurship Training
Napa Valley College partnered with the Offices of Education and the College Business Classes to train the trainers and hold a regional business plan competition for high school students.


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Bay Area Consortium Helps Identify Regional CTE Priorities
The Bay Area Community College Consortium, one of seven regional CTE consortia in California, has instigated many multi-college and industry partnerships that are transforming CTE offerings.


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Community Colleges Partner to Meet Regional Industry Need
Norco College partnered with Mt. San Jacinto College to bring the classroom to the workplace at International Rectifier Corporation


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Three-Day Hybrid/EV Maintenance and Repair Class Provided to Incumbent Workers
Recognizing a need for the up-skilling of auto technicians to provide maintenance on hybrid/electric vehicles, a training was piloted to serve incumbent auto technicians at a public agency.


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DSNs Lead Training for High School Faculty on Global Trade & Entrepreneurship
Deputy Sector Navigators (DSNs) representing Global Trade & Logistics and Small Business led a two-day training for high school faculty to raise their awareness about employment in these sectors.


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Regional Collaboration Leads to Student Success at New High School
College of the Sequoias expanded its Tech Prep Consortium to include multiple industry sectors in the Central Valley. The collaboration helped to establish a new charter school focused on CTE.


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Pilot Program Allows Veterans to Leverage Logistics Background & Find a Job
A pilot program was introduced through regional collaboration to train returning veterans for jobs in the logistics field.



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