2022 Q3 ICT-DM Newsletter

The start of the new school year is always a time of new beginnings. This year, that’s as true for BACCC as it is for our colleges. We’ve reorganized the BACCC team–I’ll remain in my role as the Regional Director of ICT/DM for the Bay Area. Olivia Herriford will continue to guide the BayICT Partnership and is also leading a project to launch a new Virtual Production program–an emerging career field with great promise.

Our other curricular focus areas this year include Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, and Cybersecurity, and we’ll continue to evolve the Cloud Computing work of the last couple of years. Our overall goal remains the same: Create a diverse and locally-grown tech workforce.

Thanks for helping!


Quarterly Recap

Setting BayICT Partnership priorities for 2022-2023 was the focus of the June 9th 2022, quarterly meeting. The reorganization of the BACCC required that each sector seek advisory input. While attendance was low (21 registrants, 11 participants), the Partnership was well represented by employers, industry, workforce development, and college partners. 

The BACCC’s Regional Priorities were shared, followed by how the ICT-DM sector team framed its priorities to meet the region’s goals to support:
  • Subregional Collaboration and Coordination
  • K-14 to Career Pathways
  • Faster Response through Workforce Development Partnerships & Short-term Training
  • Collaboration & Coordination in Critical Occupations, Skills, Occupational Clusters, and Sectors
  • Career Services, Work-Based Learning, and Apprenticeships
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging


Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (AIDA) – Regional Joint Venture Kickoff
New academic year, new joint ventures!

BayICT/BACCC in partnership with Laney College were excited to host the project kickoff meeting for the Artificial Intelligence / Data Analytics (AIDA) Regional Joint Venture, Round 7 project. 

Attendees learned more about the project, heard from our industry partners, and explored ways to get involved. The recorded streaming of the event can be viewed by clicking here, along with the event agenda and PPT presentation.

For more info, email Dan Montoya, Dan@dan66training-com

Huge Thanks to Wendy Porter

Our team would like to give a huge thank you to Wendy Porter for getting this project started. Wendy has since joined the Far North Regional Consortium as Assistant Director of Employer Partnerships. Connect with Wendy via LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/wendyanneporter and by email at porterwe@butte.edu


RVPA RJV is Underway!

The Regional Virtual Production Academy (RVPA) had its official kickoff at 4:30pm on August 29th 2022 with a hybrid event hosted at Laney College’s very own the Bistro restaurant, where students hone their culinary skills in a realtime environment. The recorded streaming of the event can be viewed by clicking here, along with the event agenda and PPT presentation.

Upcoming Tech Talk

The BayICT Team invites you to attend our September 22nd Tech Talk via zoom at 6pm.

The BayICT Tech Talks are a series of virtual talks and Q&A with ICT & Digital Media industry professionals about their roles, experience, and personal career path. The series is intended for students, faculty, and members of our community to learn from and engage with industry. Tech Talk speakers represent the full range of ICT-DM careers and levels of responsibility in their organizations and come from a variety of disciplines with diverse backgrounds.

The Tech Talk series are intended for students, future students, faculty, and members of the broader community to inform and educate them about careers in IT and related fields. We are looking for champions and messengers to spread the word and engage more students in these unique and highly informative Talks.

There are no events.

Partner Spotlight

In April, BACCC entered into a partnership with Intel to help Bay Area colleges create and deploy artificial intelligence programs. As part of our agreement, we have licensed, at no charge to our colleges or students, their entire portfolio of AI curricular materials. These materials were originally developed by Intel in collaboration with Chandler Community College, in Arizona. They include individual lessons that can be incorporated into existing curriculum, all the way through a complete associates degree in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

There is a modest training requirement for faculty who would like to use the Intel curricular resources. To meet this requirement on an as-needed basis, 5 of our Bay Area faculty members have now completed a week-long train-the-trainer course. In addition to scheduled breakouts at the WASTC winter conference training event, we hope to be able to provide individual training for interested faculty throughout the year. 

As the curriculum is adopted, BACCC will be providing feedback to Intel on our implementation, and on any needed modifications and updates our faculty identify. Our Intel partnership was one of the main topic at the Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics RJV kickoff meeting, at Laney College.

SummerCyber Camp Reflections

The Bay Area Cyber League (BCL), in conjunction with the Bay Area Community College Consortium (BACCC), was so excited to be back and offering IN-PERSON CyberCamps again this summer!
2022 Summer CyberCamps were offered in-person and virtually for our Introductory and Intermediate level camps, and virtually for our Advanced camp.
CyberCampers learned about online hygiene and safety, technology ethics, infrastructure administration, security audits, cryptography, digital and network forensics, and web application exploitation and were rewarded with digital badges for their participation.

While our camps are over, your learning doesn’t have to end!
If you have students who are interested in exploring the wide world of cybersecurity on your own, please visit the Resources available for recommended self-study tracks.



NextGen Cyber Talent is a member of the BayICT Partnership, with an overarching goal to close the cyber talent gap with a more diverse workforce.

Last October 2021, NextGen kicked off its completion-incentive grant programs at CCSF and Merritt. NextGen recognized that many community college students have to work and the cost of staying in college goes beyond books and tuition. The grant program will pay students the equivalent of the cost of tuition and books ($350) for every 3-4 unit course leading to a cyber security certificate or AS degree that they complete with a B or better. 

NextGen is expanding the program to Cabrillo, De Anza, DVC, Foothill, Las Positas, Monterey Peninsula, Ohlone, and SRJC starting with courses completed Spring 2022. Please share this opportunity with your students. Details on how to register and apply for the program are discussed in this recording of last October’s BayICT Tech Talk announcing the program.

the BayICT-DM Roadshow banner


BayICT will be doing a roadshow to reconnect with ICT/DM administrators and faculty at all of our 28 member community colleges. Our objective is to highlight resources and support available via BayICT and also to learn more about how BayICT can better support individual colleges.
Already have a meeting in mind? Share the meeting details via this link and we’ll be sure to join. 

Upcoming Events

September 22 – TechTalk “How To Set Yourself Apart as a Great Entry Level Tech Hire”

October 27 – CyberSecurity TechTalk

November 17 – BayICT Partnership Meeting 4:30pm PST – 5:30pm PST

December 1 – Virtual Production Tech Talk

January 5 and 6 – WASTC ICT Educators’ Conference (virtual)