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Twenty-Nine Cadets Graduate From Hancock's Fire Academy

Twenty-Nine Cadets Graduate From Hancock's Fire Academy

Article originally posted on Allan Hancock College website.

Several members of Battalion #140 already have jobs lined up at local fire departments

DECEMBER 8, 2017--After more than 620 hours of classroom and field instruction, 29 cadets received their certificates of accomplishment from Allan Hancock College’s Fire Academy on Friday. Battalion #140 participated in a ceremony at the college’s $38 million Public Safety Training Complex in Lompoc that was as extraordinary as the facility where they trained. The academy, which is certified by the California State Fire Marshal, meets all requirements for graduates to become entry-level firefighters.

“The academy is the heart of our community college – training brave men and women to enter careers in the public sector,” said Hancock Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D.

Collaboration Fuels Biomedical Device Manufacturing Program

Collaboration Fuels Biomedical Device Manufacturing Program

Medical device manufacturing is a key part of the economy in Ventura County. It’s an industry that requires knowledge in both biotechnology and manufacturing.

This unique set of skills is difficult to obtain in one program but presented the perfect opportunity for two community colleges in the Ventura County Community College District to collaborate on a certificate that prepares students for careers in this growing industry.

Moorpark College contributes the biotechnology courses, while Ventura College handles the manufacturing side of the curriculum.

Workshop Prepares Teachers to Become Cyber Coaches

Workshop Prepares Teachers to Become Cyber Coaches

 When Allen Stubblefield started the cyber competition team at Fullerton’s Troy High School in 2010, there was little in the way of guidance and he admits that he didn’t know what he was doing.

He now has the largest team in the country and was named CyberPatriot Coach of the Year in 2016. He’s partnering with the California Cyberhub initiative to share what he’s learned to help other teachers at middle schools high schools start their own CyberPatriot teams and for local colleges to support these middle and high school teams.

Digital Media Educators Conference Unites Sectors

Digital Media Educators Conference Unites Sectors

Event Earns Praise from Community College Chancellors, CEOs

Each June, the Digital Media & Business Educators Conference brings together leaders from the business and communications sectors to discuss their increasingly interconnected fields and how to prepare students for careers in digital media.

The conference centers around the notion that mobile devices, virtualization, and an increasing focus on visual media mean that IT, communications, and business professionals need to work together more than ever before. Faculty need to understand those synergies in order to equip their students for success after graduation.

College, aerospace partners assembling future workforce

College, aerospace partners assembling future workforce

By Julie Drake, Antelope Valley Press

6385928PALMDALE - Looking to meet the needs of the local aerospace industry that is estimated to need 2,000 trained airframe mechanics, Antelope Valley College and its aerospace partners developed a rapid training program to get workers ready in eight weeks.

Students in the Aircraft Fabrication and Assembly Rapid Training Program at the Palmdale Regional Airport Terminal earn college credit on their way to a certificate. The entry-level skills they develop in the certificate program prepare them for a career in the aerospace industry. 

Scrubs Camp gives students hands-on healthcare experience

Scrubs Camp gives students hands-on healthcare experience

The healthcare field is all about options, but not all of the relevant career pathways are necessarily on the minds of high school students. A new event piloted this year aims to change that by providing incoming 10th grade students with access to explore a variety of health-related careers through hands-on activities and learning.

The first Scrubs Camp was held July 25 at the Career Education Center in Camarillo. The daylong camp was organized by John Bone Cordova, Deputy Health Sector Navigator and Irene Ornelas, Health Industry Liasion at Ventura County Office Education, VC Innovates.

California Cadets Learn NETLAB+ at Summer Camp

California Cadets Learn NETLAB+ at Summer Camp

A group of students from the California Cadet Corps had a new alternative at summer camp this year — something far different than mountaineering, marksmanship and other activities offered.

NETLAB+ was the backbone of the cyber track at the California Cadet Corps Summer Encampment, which was held June 23-30 at Camp San Luis Obispo. This was the first time community colleges were involved with the cyber track, and making it happen involved a partnership between the South Central Coast Region and the Bay Area Region.

About 15 high school students participated in the cyber track, which was modeled after the CyberPatriot program created by the U.S. Air Force. Chris Akelian, an Engineering and Technology Instructor at Cuesta College, lead the training. 

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