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California Community Colleges ICT Collaborative

The California Community College (CCC) ICT Collaborative was formed in 2011 to proactively focus on and improve CCC educational services in one of the stateís most strategic sectors: Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is an umbrella term, widely used outside the U.S. and in the U.N., to encompass all rapidly emerging, evolving and converging computer, software, networking, telecommunications, Internet, programming and information systems technologies.

The CCC ICT Collaborative mission was to:

 

advance ICT education programs at California community colleges and enable a diverse student population to succeed in meeting industry and business ICT workforce needs.

 

One in four community college students in the U.S. attends a California community college. This Perkins Title IB (state leadership) funded collaborative, awarded by the CCC Chancellorís office Career Education Practices Unit, provides a proactive, strategic focus on ICT jobs, which employ 1 in 20 private sector workers in California today, pay twice the median wage, expect strong job growth and for which employers report difficulty finding appropriately skilled workers, even in this period of high unemployment.

The CCC ICT Collaborative built on and leveraged efforts and resources of the Mid-Pacific ICT Center (MPICT), a Regional Center of Excellence funded by the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education program.

CCC ICT Collaborative membership included MPICT team leaders, a CCC Chancellorís office Project Monitor, several at large members, and representatives of each of the CCC Regional Consortia:

 

Region 1-2

North/Far North

Region 3-4

San Francisco Bay Area

Region 5

Central

Region 6

South Coastal

Region 7-8

Los Angeles/Orange County Area

Region 9

Desert

Region 10

San Diego/Imperial

The group collaborated through the CCC ICT Collaborative Community of Practice (CoP) site and met at least quarterly.

 

  • In 2013, the CCC ICT Collaborative is being replaced by a new structure, as part of the CCC Chancellorís office ďDoing What Matters for Jobs and the EconomyĒ reorganization and campaign. That strategic restructuring is intended to braid funding and focus strategic attention and resources on those segments of the economy that have the greatest potential for community colleges to positively impact economic development and employment.

  • As part of that effort, all ten CCC Regional Consortia were asked to vote on top strategic sectors for regional focus. When the votes came in, ICT was the number two overall selection in the State, behind healthcare. (WIB overlay version of the selections)

  • In acknowledgement of those choices, the CCC Chancellorís office is funding a Statewide ICT Sector Navigator and up to 10 Regional ICT Deputy Sector Navigator grant roles (for around $3.5m, with a 100% matched funding requirement). This new structure will be using much more resources than in the past to work on how CCCs can pull together regionally to improve ICT workforce development and education services.

  • This is a very exciting development!

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