Friday, March 27, 2015

Top 10 reasons not to miss 3CS Conference in Las Vegas

TOP 10 Reasons why Community College Cybersecurity Educators shouldn’t miss

Gathered from attendees of the 2014 conference,
Here’s the Top 10 LIST why 3CS ROCKS:

#10 - Gain knowledge from workshops that are specific to community colleges.

#9 - Learn from professionals facing similar challenges in cybersecurity education.

#8 - Have access to an abundant amount of resources to implement into the classroom.

#7 - Participate in relevant and hands-on workshops.

#6 - Be a part of an amazing atmosphere to network with peers.

#5 - Engage and brainstorm in stimulating conversations with like-minded cybersecurity practitioners all in one location.

#4 - Receive information on latest classroom technologies and cutting-edge curriculum.

#3 - Connect with helpful individuals providing valuable information to better community college’s existing programs.

#2 - Have the opportunity to communicate with Department of Homeland Security, National Security Agency, National Science Foundations’ ATE Centers and many more.

#1 - Learn from national speakers who live and breathe the importance of cybersecurity.

June 17th-19th 

College of Southern Nevada 

North Las Vegas, Nevada 

Don’t MISS out… REGISTER today! 
(Register prior to April 1st for early bird special of $100)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

8 CCCs Working With Obama’s TechHire Program


WEDNESDAY, 25 MARCH 2015 TechEdge

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Eight California Community Colleges are leading a regional effort to help high school and college students prepare for jobs in high-tech as part of a nationwide program sponsored by the White House.

Known as the Los Angeles High Impact Information Technology, Entertainment-Entrepreneurship, and Communication Hubs(LA HI-TECH), several Los Angeles-area colleges—including six within the Los Angeles Community College District, as well as Pasadena Community College, Santa Monica College and California State University-Dominguez Hills—are working with the newly launched TechHire initiative to provide more workers with the education and skills needed to get higher paying technology-oriented jobs.

TechHire, announced in early March, is an H-1B grant competition by the Department of Labor that provides $100 million in new investments to train and employ low-skill individuals who have barriers to training and employment. These include people with child care responsibilities, people with disabilities, disconnected youth, and limited English proficient workers, among others. The grant supports scaling up of evidence-based strategies, such as accelerated learning, work-based learning, and Registered Apprenticeships.

To kick off TechHire, 20 regional “work communities” across the country—with over 120,000 open technology jobs and more than 300 employer partners with workforce needs—are announcing plans to work together on new ways to recruit and place job applicants based on their actual skills and to create more fast-track tech training opportunities. President Obama is challenging other communities across the country to follow their lead.

LA HI-TECH is one of these work communities. The regional consortium makes it possible for 4,000 high school and community college students to acquire the skills needed for education and employment in these sectors, which are critical to the Los Angeles-area economy. Together they aim to create a more technically skilled workforce and strengthen the local technology ecosystem. LA HI-TECH is funded by the California Career Pathways Trust and includes eight community colleges and 16 high schools, and charters multiple agencies and 100 employers.

Building on the promising work already underway in their communities, they are all committed to three actions:
Using data and innovative hiring practices to expand openness to non-traditional hiring
Expanding models for training that prepare students in months, not years
Active local leadership to connect people to jobs with hiring on-ramp programs

For a fact sheet on TechHire, please visit the White House press office.

George Lorenzo is a TechEDge contributing writer, and editor and publisher of
The SOURCE on Community College Issues, Trends & Strategies.
George is also president of Lorenzo Associates Inc., a content development service for higher education.

Call for Papers: The Role of Community Colleges in Developing the Cybersecurity Workforce

National Cybersecurity Institute Journal
Special Issue:

The Role of Community Colleges in Developing the Cybersecurity Workforce

National Cybersecurity Institute Journal, in collaboration with the National CyberWatch Center, is extending a special issue call for abstracts and papers on the role of community colleges in developing the cybersecurity workforce. This special issue provides an opportunity for researchers, educators and practitioners to advance the national dialogue on how community colleges are developing innovative education and training programs to meet the demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals.


Submissions of all types, including conceptual, empirical and practice-based research reports, that address the special issue theme are encouraged.

The initial 150-250 word abstract submission should state the purpose, results and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper. Abstracts should be submitted in block style, aligned to the left. Author and co-author names, affiliations and email contacts should be included beneath the title. References do not need to be included in the abstract. 

Authors will be invited to submit full article manuscripts based on a favorable abstract review. Manuscripts should be written for a broad audience that will include community college and university faculty and students, practitioners, researchers and policy-makers. Each manuscript must be prepared in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docs) and submitted with necessary graphics, citations, and references in accordance with the APA 6th edition.

Critical Dates
Abstracts due: March 30, 2015
Author notification: April 13, 2015

Final manuscripts due: June 2, 2015

Publication date: September 2015

For questions contact:
  • Dr. Jane LeClair, Editor-in-Chief, National Cybersecurity Institute Journal,
  • Dr. Diana Burley, Research Director, National CyberWatch Center,
  • Dr. Denise Phiels, Associate Editor, National Cybersecurity Institute Journal,
National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College is an academic and research center based in Washington, DC dedicated to increasing the knowledge of the cybersecurity discipline and its workforce demands.

The National CyberWatch Center is a consortium of higher education institutions, public and private schools, businesses, and government agencies focused on collaborative efforts to advance cybersecurity education and strengthen the national cybersecurity workforce.

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Free CCC CTE Leadership Institute, May 8 - 9, 2015 in La Jolla

The Academic Senate is holding a CTE Leadership Institute on May 8 - 9, 2015, at the Sheraton in La Jolla. As many of you know, this year there is an intense focus on career and technical education at the federal, state, and local level. In our CCC system, the Board of Governors has formed a task force on Workforce, Job Creation and a Strong Economy, which has been convening regional college and faculty conversations and industry town hall meetings.

President Obama’s recent national challenge focuses on the dire lack of equity in America by calling for open access to higher education for all Americans though community colleges. “A college degree is the surest ticket to the middle class, it ensures you are always employable.” President Barack Obama, January, 2015

This is FREE FOR ALL CTE FACULTY including your hotel room. Developed to provide CTE faculty with the opportunity to engage in key policy conversations through their interaction with representatives of the task force, by learning about the implications of policy decisions on local programs and courses, and in participating in breakout sessions to better understand the college processes including topics on leadership, curriculum design, course repetition, and effective program advocacy.

You can register here for the event and make a room reservation. Please note that you should register as soon as possible to secure a space as this free event will fill up fast! Rooms at the event hotel will not be available after April 15th.

Julie Adams, Ph.D., MBA, CAE

Executive Director
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
One Capitol Mall, Suite 340, Sacramento, CA 95814
phone: 916.445.4753 fax: 916.323.9867
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