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November 5, 2020 - Vision in Action No. 10

The Next Frontier Conference and Expo, scheduled for November 10-11, will feature college leaders and STEM experts to help better prepare STEM students. (Editor’s note: photo taken prior to COVID-19 pandemic.)

Conference Aims to Help STEM Students Position Themselves for Success After College

Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley next week will participate in the Next Frontier Conference and Expo, a virtual conference aimed at empowering STEM students and putting them on a path to success. The conference is being sponsored by Base 11, a mission-based nonprofit that aims to grow the STEM talent pipeline, especially for traditionally underrepresented students, and help prepare them for careers in fast-growing tech industries.

The conference will feature presentations and webinars from industry leaders who will explain the steps students and young adults can take now to break into and accelerate their pathway to the highest paying and fastest-growing careers in their respective industry segments. In addition to Chancellor Oakley, featured presenters include:

  • Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO at SpaceX
  • Leland Melvin, Astronaut, and Venture Partner at Pier 70 Ventures
  • Fred Lowery, Senior Vice President and President, Life Sciences Solutions and Laboratory Products at Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Olabisi Boyle, Vice President of Product Planning and Mobility Strategy at Hyundai Motor America
  • Chancellor Joseph Castro, Chancellor of the California State University
  • President Michael Drake, President of the University of California

A full agenda can be found here

The conference will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 10-11 and will be simulcast on the California Community Colleges YouTube channel.

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System Guidance/News

Vice Chancellor for Digital Innovation and Infrastructure Barney Gomez this week released a memo on ongoing digital systemwide resource support. You can find this information on the Communications to Colleges section of the Chancellor’s Office COVID-19 resource page. We encourage administrators, faculty, staff and students to regularly check and ongoing executive orders, guidance memos and announcements.

The Chancellor’s Office last week hosted a webinar on best practices for advocating for California’s 2.1 million community college students. The webinar reviewed policy decisions affecting community colleges, including 2020-21 budget and legislative actions and how these actions have shaped our advocacy going into 2021. If you were unable to attend, a recording of the webinar is available here.

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Online Instruction/Webinars

The LaunchBoard webinar series continues in November with a look at the Strong Workforce Program and 17% (Rd 5). The webinar is Monday, November 9 from 1:00 – 2:30. Log-in information is to come.

If you have questions or suggestions regarding this communication or the LaunchBoard webinars or dashboard releases, please contact

The California Virtual Campus – Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI) continues its series of webinars focused on the future of online Career Education in California. This webinar series highlights the work of grantee colleges and districts that received funds from the California Community Colleges, through CVC-OEI, to accelerate innovative online learning opportunities leading to increased employability and upward mobility for working Californians. Each webinar provides an opportunity for grantees from different sectors of Career Education to share the approaches and lessons learned that made their online programs successes. The next webinar is Tuesday, November 10 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. with a focus on Professional Development for Faculty. Register and find a full schedule at this link.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (yes, the Oscars® group!), in partnership with the Chancellor’s Office, would like to invite you to our upcoming webinar event to learn more about the Academy Gold Internship and Mentoring Program.

This webinar is for students, faculty and staff who are interested in learning more about Academy Gold’s film production internships in directing, digital technology, digital media, editing, cinematography, costume design and animation. The webinar is also for those who simply have a love for the art of film. The webinar is Thursday, November 12 from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Register at this link.

The California Counseling Network, a community of practice sponsored by the Career Ladders Project, is hosting a series of Counselor Roundtable zoom sessions. Each session is an opportunity to gather with fellow practitioners from colleges and high schools and engage in conversations that matter and support our work with students and colleagues. The next session is Friday, November 13 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. and the focus is Career Education and Equity: Making the most of career education opportunities for students of color. Register at this link.

Student Supports

The California Youth Crisis line runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 800-843-5200. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides confidential assistance to anyone in crisis and their loved ones through a live chat and free 24-hour hotline at 800-273-8255. You can also text COURAGE to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

Items of Interest

United States tops 100,000 new virus cases in a day for first time; nationwide, more than 9,445,000 coronavirus cases and more than 232,500 COVID-19 fatalities have been logged since February.

In California, 5.7 million residents live in counties at risk of closures as public health officials try to stop a surge heading into winter and the holiday season.