Flex Learning Options for Workers

What is "FLOW"?

In the spring of 2017, Governor Jerry Brown asked California Community Colleges (CCC) Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley to establish a community college that exclusively offers fully online degree programs to make college more accessible and affordable.

Since then, the Board of Governors has adopted Vision for Success , a document which calls for the community college system to better serve working adults in order to meet California’s workforce needs.
In order to address these challenges, Chancellor Oakley convened a workgroup to develop a plan to provide 3 to 5 options that enable the community colleges of California to better deliver on student success goals, including online opportunities. With a delivery deadline of November 2017, the work group is co-chaired by CCC Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Digital Futures Van Ton-Quinlivan and Cerritos Colleges President Jose Fierro and has representation from the Academic Senate (ASCCC) and other system representatives.
This endeavor is called "Flex Learning Options for Workers", or FLOW.  Chancellor Oakley has defined the target population for the proposed options as ‘adults with some college and no certification’ as well as ‘working adults with vocational needs’ to enable them to earn certifications that lead to better workforce outcomes. 
See Team Bios

The Working Group

The following individuals have been invited to serve on the workgroup to help develop these options:

Cheryl Aschenbach
Co-chair, OEI Steering Committee, ASCCC Executive Committee member, Professor of English, Lassen College

Carlos O. Turner Cortez
President, San Diego Continuing College

Anthony Culpepper
Chief Business Officer, Glendale Community College

Chris Ferguson
Principal Program Budget Analyst III, California Department of Finance

Jose Fierro (work group co-chair)
President, Cerritos College

Sandy Fried
Executive Director, Success Center, Foundation for California Community Colleges

Jennifer Hernandez
California Department of Labor

Raymond Kaupp
Director of Workforce Development, College of San Mateo

Jory Hadsell
Executive Director, Online Education Initiative (OEI)

Judy Heiman
Principal Analyst, California Legislative Analyst's Office
Paul Jarrell
Executive Vice President, Educational Programs, Santa Barbara City College

Ross Miyashiro
Vice President of Student Services, Coastline Community College
Joe Moreau
Vice Chancellor of Technology & Chief Technology Officer, Foothill-De Anza College District

Lissette Y. Padilla
Academic Advising Specialist II, West Hills Community College District Lemoore Campus

Michelle L. Pilati
Co-Chair, OEI Consortium, Professor of Psychology, Rio Hondo College

Treva Thomas
Member, OEI Consortium, Distance Education Coordinator, Lake Tahoe Community College

Van Ton-Quinlivan (work group co-chair)
Vice Chancellor Workforce & Digital Futures, California Community Colleges
Karen Surratt
Student, Sole Proprietor of Karen's Heritage Day Care

The Project

In order to meet the November deadline established by the Governor, we have engaged the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems ( NCHEMS ) to work with the system stakeholders and online thought leaders to develop these options. The Kresge Foundation is providing funds to underwrite NCHEMS’s participation thanks to the outreach of the Foundation for California Community Colleges and the Success Center.

Draft versions of the options will be posted on the web in late October with an opportunity for public comment.

The scope of work for the group includes the following:

  • Identify those whom the California community colleges are not currently serving well through traditional education delivery models.

  • Identify online education models that will reach these students and best facilitate their completion of useful credentials.

  • Determine how the California context factors into the creation of possible options, including existing models.

  • Identify 3-5 options along with pros, cons, and associated challenges.

External experts offering insights:

Jay Box, President
Kentucky Community and Technical College System

Adrian Sannier, Senior Technology Fellow
Arizona State University

Spencer Stewart, Chancellor
Western Governors University, Nevada

Additional experts will be interviewed and listed in this space as those interviews take place.

Student offering insights: coming soon

For more information, contact CAworkgroup@nchems.org.
We'd like to hear from you.

Whether  you're a prospective, current, or former student; a parent; business leader; stakeholder; or community member, your input is valuable to our process. Use this form to contact the project coordinators.