NIST Standards Services Curricula Development Grant
Steve Linthicum is working with Nancy Jones at Coastline Community College to submit a grant proposal for $75,000 that will provide funding for faculty to develop or update labs in the NETLAB+ environment.
As part of this process, Steve has contacted John Sands at Moraine Valley Community College (Illinois) to discuss his compensation structure. Preliminary estimates for faculty compensation are $1,000 for a course outline and general course content, and $150 for each lab. This would equate to $3,250 for a 15-lab course. Additional investigative work is being done and Steve will distribute the proposal to the group when completed.
Bay Area Shared NETLAB
Installation for the Bay Area shared NETLAB project was completed over the summer, and the system went operational on August 31, 2015. Since a few schools started fall classes before that date, arrangements were made for those schools to use a system in Illinois for the first couple of weeks.
Six Professional Edition (PE) systems were deployed for specific ICT curricula and one PE system for R&D. Two more will be deployed as interest and curricula grow.
Bay Area Shared NETLAB
Nearly $1 million has been approved for the Bay Area shared NETLAB project, which will be hosted by Cabrillo College. Installation is set to take place in July and 25 of 28 Bay Area colleges plan to participate in this project. One requirement of its use is that each partner must offer at least one course that will use NETLAB.
During the year a top priority will be to create a sustainable model. Together the collaborative will be looking for ways to sustain NETLAB funding through additional grants, Perkins funding, and collecting access changes (through a lab manual fee) from students taking the classes and doing the labs.
West Coast Academy Conference (June 15-19)
Registration is now open. Visit www.wastc.org for details.
Update on CTE Enhancement Fund (40%) Bay Area Project
The Bay Area Region Letter of Intent is available to download and can be used as a reference for colleges writing a NETLAB proposal. It includes a project description, highlights, and a list of the 21 participating colleges with contact information.
Microsoft MCSA 410, 411, and 412 Labs
Colleagues at Bellevue College in Washington and Florida State College at Jacksonville have developed labs based on Microsoft Certification exams. Because these BETA labs are being developed under Creative Commons, they will be available for sharing in the fall. Colleges wishing to use these labs must have a Dreamspark Account. Meetings are scheduled with these instructors and more information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.
WASTC Cisco West Coast Academy Conference
June 15-17 NETLAB Related Professional Development
June 18-19 Academy Conference
MPICT Faculty Development Week
June 22-26 Northern CA
Status of Current Projects
Diablo Valley College will be using a professional development stipend to send three instructors to attend the WASTC Cisco West Coast Academy Conference in June. The instructors will participate in NETLAB training and Cisco instructor training during the conference. Visit www.wastc.org for more information. Orange County and West Los Angeles College have funds for professional development and to purchase equipment. Hartnell College will use funds to purchase equipment to upgrade their NETLAB. Plans are also in place for Hartnell to join the bay area regional project and to relocate their NETLAB to the shared facility. Las Positas/Chabot CCD is developing Wireshark labs and a presentation will be made at WASTC in June. The presentation will include examples of the most sought after workplace skills.