REDWOODS COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT Education Master Plan Advisory Committee

College of the Redwoods – Southern Humboldt Instructional Site
Education Master Plan Advisory Committee
Meeting Location: Community Presbyterian Church in Garberville (at 437 Maple Lane)
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Revised Draft 2-28-11
8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.
1. Welcome and Introductions
Geisce Ly
9:30 a.m.
2. Review of Agenda and Process
Roxanne Metz
9:45 a.m.
3. Introduction to Skunk Works Process
Ahn Fielding
10:00 a.m.
4. Targets of Opportunity
Ahn Fielding
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
5. Overview of Southern Humboldt Data/Enrollment Pattern
Zach DeLoach
11:15 a.m.
6. Discussion of Educational Needs
Utpal Goswami
12:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m.
Discussion of Educational Needs (continue)
1:30 p.m.
7. Next Steps
2:00 p.m.
8. Adjournment
2:10 p.m.
Optional Tour of Instructional Site
Utpal Goswami
Utpal Goswami
George Truett
Southern Humboldt Instructional Site Education Master Plan Advisory Committee
Community Presbyterian Church in Garberville (at 437 Maple Lane)
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Members Present: Patty Anderson, Joe Ashenbrucker, Joan Becker, Mark Bryant,
Zach DeLoach, Garry Eagles, Garth Epling, Bob Froehlich, Utpal
Goswami, Christina Huff, Harry Jasper, Julie Hohansen, Barbara
Lindsay, Geisce Ly, Maggie Lynch, Elizabeth Marshall, Michael
McAllister, Roxanne Metz, Stephen Quiggle, Lorenia Salazar,
Catherine Scott, Bill Stewart, Jim Stewart, George Truett, Linda
Turner, Dee Way, Shon Wellborn, Katherine Ziemer
Members Absent: Bea Anderson, Linda Brodersen, Ahn Fielding, Deborah Giraud, Pat
Girczyc, Gabriela LaBonte, Dennis O’Sullivan, Jon Sapper, Susie
Jennings and Margaret Taylor
1. Call to Order: Trustee George Truett called the meeting to order at 9:00 am.
2. Welcome and Introductions: Trustee George Truett welcomed all members and
introduced College of the Redwood’s new Acting President, Dr. Utpal Goswami.
The committee members introduced themselves, briefly describing their backgrounds,
and explaining their interest in serving on this committee.
1. Review of Agenda and Process: Dean Geisce Ly gave a quick overview of the
Committee’s purpose, process, and evolution. The focus will be on planning.
Roxanne Metz, CR Director Special Projects, explained how the Education Master
Plan (EMP), an all-inclusive planning document, is linked with the Strategic Plan
outlining goals and measurable objectives.
a. Themes: Low completion & transfer rates; college-readiness and Basic Skills
challenges; participation rates; high school yield rates
b. Key Issues: Access and Success. Student Access – How to provide
meaningful, relevant education and training in ways which reduce barriers to
attend college. Student Success – How to improve completion rates, transfer,
retention and persistence
c. Review & Discuss: CR’s funding structure, Southern Humboldt population
and student demographics, Targets of Opportunity, Southern Humboldt
Educational Needs
2. Funding Structure: Dean Geisce Ly explained the funding structure of California
Community Colleges which is based on FTES (Full Time Equivalent Student):
1 FTES = 15 units/semester. CR receives $4,565 per each FTES.
3. Overview of Southern Humboldt Data and Enrollment Patterns: Zach DeLoach, CR
Institutional Research Analyst, defined the following indicators and explained how
they are used to detect and project enrollment patterns:
Unduplicated Headcount
Population Participation Rates
Full-Time/Part-Time Ratio
High School Yield
Basic Skills Units and their impact on Financial Aide
Zach also talked about the Data Sources used in his report.
4. Targets of Opportunity: Roxanne Metz addressed the possible educational scenarios
for Southern Humboldt based on the 2007 WIA (Workforce Investment Act) Rapid
Response Special Project Grant: Targets of Opportunity Report. Six industry clusters
of expanding opportunity (job growth, firm growth, higher wages, regional
specialization) were identified:
Diversified Health Care
Building & Systems Construction and Maintenance
Specialty Agriculture Food and Beverage
Investment Support Services
Management and Innovation Services
Niche Manufacturing
There are positions/skills that span all targets: Bookkeeping, Accounting, Public
Speaking, Computer Technology Skills, etc. The WIB (Workforce Investment
Board) looked at industry clusters that provide a living wage – Tourism, for the most
part, encompasses low-paying jobs, and therefore did not make the Targets of
Opportunity list. The following issues were discussed:
a. The Southern Humboldt community needs to determine/identify the areas of
their future growth. Once identified, CR can work to train the workforce.
b. The viability of offering AA degree programs at the Southern Humboldt Site
c. Maggie Lynch, Dean, Information Technology & Distance Education,
reported that CR is leveraging Distance Learning delivery in order to flesh-out
degree programs and broaden availability.
d. Enhancing/increasing the college-going culture might be a goal of the
Southern Humboldt Community
5. Dean Ly explains the three Missions of California Community Colleges:
a. Transfer Education
b. Vocational/Technical Education
c. Remedial/Developmental Education
Classes can also be offered through Community Education, a self-supporting program
designed to pay its own way. Community Education classes complement credit
6. Dean Ly asks the Advisory Committee to answer - identify and discuss - the
following two questions:
a. What are the Community Needs?
b. What are the Educational Needs?
Community Needs List:
a. Transportation: Local transit is needed to get students to the Garberville Site.
(RTA – Redwoods Transit Authority is the local provider. Bus pass?)
b. Child Care: Day care is not available locally. Childcare on site? (The issue
is complicated.) ECE (Early Childhood Education) training/certification is
needed in the community. Many ECE classes are currently available online.
c. Community Interest Survey: What jobs can’t you fill now? Poll local
businesses to determine what jobs are available and what skills are needed.
d. Customer Service Skills – 220 Chamber of Commerce members
e. Computer Skills– both basic and specialized - required for qualified workers.
i. Business Applications – Excel: few know how to navigate it
ii. Desk-top publishing
iii. Promote/Market Businesses Online
f. Basic Skills Education – (Skills needed are very basic: ability to understand a
compound sentence, run a calculator, operate a computer – must have a
fundamental understanding of math and English)
i. Life Skills
ii. Workplace Training
iii. Basic Education: Workforce readiness training
g. Performing Arts – Theater Space
h. Aging (50+) Population – Stimulation for Seniors
i. Spanish / ESL classes
j. Internships
k. Professional Development for teachers
l. Rural Family Service/Support – Special needs, parenting classes, homestead
m. Partnerships are vital – Share resources
Educational Needs List:
a. Solar/Alternative Energy Systems: Garberville Site could be a nation-wide
Teaching Center
b. Environmental Restoration: Garberville Site could be a leader in offering
water classes and wetland restoration
c. Agriculture/Farm Education - Shively Farm – Need RV hook-ups so students
can live on-site and study
d. Hands-on, vocational trade skills are widely needed, across all subject areas
e. Hi-Speed Connectivity a plus – Computer Lab that actually works
f. Water Academy – Grade School through Secondary Education program
7. Recap - Themes we heard:
a. Computer Skills – Basic and Advanced
b. Customer Service
c. Workforce Readiness Training – Skills and Attitude
d. Child Care: Need for Services / Need for Training
e. Transportation Need
f. Solar / Alternative Energy / Environmental Restoration
g. Stimulation for Older Population
h. Provide Spanish and ESL Classes
i. Professional Development
j. Partnerships are Vital
k. Water Academy Program with K-12
l. Theater Arts / Performing Arts
8. Next Steps: Committee will reconvene in late summer or early fall. CR planning for
fall 2011 is already underway, this Committee won’t influence that plan.
9. Final Wisdom: When partnerships find funding, the funders will force commitment
to the project.
10. The Meeting was adjourned at 1:15 pm.
Respectfully submitted by Linda Turner, Administrative Office Manager, College of the
Redwoods, Mendocino Coast
Next Meeting:
Date to Be Determined