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SB-1070 Regional Newsletter

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Get Focused Stay Focused (GFSF)

15 regional high schools have implemented the GFSF program this semester.  Over 2,000 freshman students are enrolled in this pilot.  The 1 semester course culminates with individual 10 year plans, creating pathways from secondary to post secondary education to careers.  To learn more about this program, click here.

Extra, extra, read all about it!
Our GFSF high schools are getting local press attention! Check it out.   
Your school could be next!  If you have a great story to tell, contact our PR consultant, Chris Bertelli.


"Shifting the College Decision Making Paradigm"
a published article by
Dr. Diane Hollems

Go ahead, try it.
Ask any adult, regardless of their education level, to recount how they approached the three choices - Major, College, Career -  Ask them to describe, in order, which they choose first, then second and finally last.  To continue reading the article, click here.

CTE Events

Share your upcoming Greater Sacramento/Northern Inland CTE events.  Please email with event information.

November 6:  Lake Tahoe and South Tahoe High School.  All 9th graders at South Tahoe High School are earning college credit for the Get Focused Stay Focused courseTo reinforce the connection between high school and college, students spent the day at the college acquired their Lake Tahoe Community College student I.D.  see story below.

November 13:  Speaker Series: Conversations with the Pros. 
Folsom Lake College offers students a chance to meet with professionals.  Coming up is Darrell O'Sullivan, Clinical Laboratory Scientist, (retired Chief Admin Officer, Dept. of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine)  UCD Medical Center.  Location:  FLC  Peregrine Room (upper level of Roost cafeteria).
November 13:  Pathways to Paychecks. w 90 high school students were selected to attend a regional "Pathways to Paychecks" event hosted at American River College.  Students learned about three CTE pathways:  Welding, Electronic Technology, and Apprenticeships.  Faculty provided hands-on activities from highlighted pathways and employers.  The event was a collaborative effort with CRANE (Career Pathways Trust Grant), industry deputy sector navigators from Doing What Matters at the Chancellor's office, and the SB-1070 Consortium promoting CTE pathways. 

November 18:  Siemens Career Day.  Welding students from community colleges are invited to a Siemens Career Day hosted at American River College from 10:00 - 2:00 pm.  Students will learn about Siemens, how to apply for a job with them, and have an opportunity to interview with Superior Group, the hiring agent for Siemens.  For more information, contact

December 10:  Student Today, Career Tomorrow Counselor Event. High School and counselors in the region are invited to an all day industry sector event hosted at American River College from 8:00 - 3:00 pm.  Attendees will learn about five industry sectors:  small business, agriculture, advanced manufacturing, health, and information computer technology.  Registration is limited to 150 people.  Register here

Lake Tahoe Community College welcomed South Tahoe
High School to campus November 6th.

South Tahoe High School GFSF 9th graders visited Lake Tahoe Community College for a general college orientation, including a presentation from counselors on the various academic and vocational offerings at the college.  Students were treated to an SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) demonstration by cadets in Class 10 of the Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Academy (LTBFA).  The LTBFA is a regionally accredited fire program through the California State Fire Marshal's Office Division of Training and is the most popular CTE program at LTCC.  About 1/3 of the students are STHS graduates.

Collective Impact in the Region

Our region is working collaboratively to braid funding in ways that help students become college and career ready. This includes the Career Pathways Grants (CRANE, CAP, John Muir, and SB-1070) and the Foundation for California Community Colleges.  We are bringing high schools, colleges, and employers together to develop a skilled workforce.  For more information, contact Beth Kay from the Foundation for California Community Colleges at
SB-288: College and Career Access Pathways Act (concurrent enrollment)   

                November 4, 2015
California Community Colleges Celebrates Legislation that Expands
High School Students' Access to College Classes

"Concurrent enrollment" seen as effective strategy to improve transition from high school to college

For the full press release, click here 
Paige Marlatt Dorr
Office: 916.327.5356
Cell: 916.601.8005
Office E-mail:
November 16, 2015
Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges Unanimously
Approves Workforce Task Force Recommendations
Task force on workforce education announced 25 recommendations
 to increase California competitiveness and job creation with goal of closing skills gap and fueling job creation
WALNUT, Calif. -- Today the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges approved the 25 recommendations put forth by the Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation and a Strong Economy to strengthen workforce education throughout the 113-college system. The recommendations are to help ensure a workforce with relevant skills and quality credentials that meet employer needs.

"The approval of the recommendations decided upon by the task force is a huge win for the entire state of California," said Board of Governors President Geoffrey L. Baum. "These important changes will allow community colleges to build on the long-established success of educating the state's workforce, getting students into well-paying jobs and keeping pace with the increasing demand for skilled workers."  To read the full set of recommendations, click here.
Mary Wolf, CTE Grant Coordinator
American River College

Mary Wolf, CTE Grant Coordinator
American River College


"Instruction ends in the school-room, but education ends only with life."

- Frederick W. Robertson

Partners or collaborators
Foundation for California Community Colleges
George Washington University’s Freshman Transition Initiative
California Community College Chancellor's Task Force on Student Success
Academic Innovations LLC
UCSB Graduate School of Education California Dropout Research Project
UC Educational Evaluation Center, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

Eastern Oregon University’s College of Education
California SB1070 Coordinators from select regions
Santa Barbara Foundation
Santa Barbara City College Dual Enrollment Department
Carpinteria and Santa Barbara Unified School Districts
Santa Barbara County Office of Education’s Partners in Education