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A Drive to Do More: NOCE Food Pantries Adapt to Distanced Distribution

Consortium News

December 01, 2020. For the estimated 700,000 California community college students contending with basic needs insecurity, the complications of COVID-19 reach well beyond the classroom. As Californians stockpiled supplies in the early days of the health crisis, the essential operations of food banks and direct human services slowed as volunteers scrambled to balance safety concerns …


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Undocumented Student Action Week Takes Wing in North Orange

Feature Story

December 01, 2020. The monarch butterfly defies the limits of what is possible. The humble insect travels a staggering 3,000 miles across North America as it migrates, its entire journey spanning three or four generations of butterflies. An icon of beauty, strength, and resilience, the monarch has also become an emblem of freedom adopted by …


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New Facilities Expand Opportunities for Adult Learners

Director's Corner

December 01, 2020. This month, it is an honor to share some fantastic news from the NOCRC community. Recently, I had the privilege of visiting the North Orange County Regional Occupational Program’s (NOCROP) newly renovated Trident Education Center. It was an excellent opportunity to see our California Adult Education Program (CAEP) funding at work, ensuring …


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Full Circle: Adult Ed Experience Sets New NOCROP Admin’s Path in Motion

Consortium News

October 29, 2020. When it comes to keeping her promise to pay it forward, there’s no holding Dr. Ligia Hallstrom back. Adult education isn’t just a passion for Hallstrom. For the new Administrator of Instructional Programs at North Orange County Regional Occupational Program (NOCROP), who relied on adult education to gain a financial foothold in …


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Education at Work: Project SEARCH Opens Doors to Employment for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

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October 29, 2020. Cruz Segoviano played it cool when he found out he had landed a job as an environmental service worker at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange. Inside, though, it was like his soul had been set free. “My inspiration is freedom,” says Segoviano, who started work on September 28 after a yearlong internship …


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Rainbows in the Rain: Reflecting on NOCRC Stories of Triumph and Hope

Director's Corner

October 29, 2020. These days, we’ll take silver linings wherever we can find them. As we roll with the pandemic’s punches for the seventh straight month, the NOCRC community is coming together to help students — and each other — weather the storm. Even amid the darkest clouds, we’re finding unexpected rays of resiliency, positivity, …


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Gearing Up for Growth with New Garden Grove Director M’Liss Patterson

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September 25, 2020. For M’Liss Patterson, the new Director at Garden Grove Adult Education, the drive to serve came not just from handing adult learners the keys to success, but from giving them the guts to switch gears. It started with a particular student — a single mom who had tried college and various trades, …


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‘Tremendous Courage’: A High School Grad 39 Years in the Making

Consortium News

September 25, 2020. Working since the age of 14 to help support her family, Kimberly “Kim” Jones was seldom a stranger to tough times. But amid lost jobs, missed opportunities, and even a global pandemic, her biggest barrier to success was less than an eighth-of-an-inch thick, a piece of paper. Jones fought her way to …


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Count Adult Ed in for the U.S. Census

Director's Corner

September 25, 2020. The end of September is quickly approaching, marking the close of the U.S. Census. It might not seem like a big deal… but the 10 minutes you take to answer those nine simple census questions will impact your community for the next 10 years. There’s plenty at stake in those numbers, including …


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Access for Anaheim: Coordinators Taking Streamlined Services to School

Consortium News

September 01, 2020. Pictured above from left to right: Tanya Garcia, Araceli Huerta. It’s hard for young learners to thrive if their families can’t access basic services. Whether it’s medical insurance to receive COVID-19 testing, or transportation to get to the doctor, student success depends more than ever on close connections to essential support. With …


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Overcoming Adversity Together

Director's Corner

September 01, 2020. As we submit our California Adult Education Program’s (CAEP) annual plan detailing the Consortium’s accomplishments, goals, and strategies for the next academic year, we’re relishing the opportunity to see how far we’ve come and to set aspirations for our future. Three seismic events shook the state in these past few months. Yet …


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Dropping Back In: An NOCE Alum’s Journey from High School Dropout to College Freshman

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September 01, 2020. One student drops out of high school every 26 seconds, according to DoSomething.org. Those young adults will earn $200,000 less than a high school graduate over their lifetimes, and about one million less than their college counterparts. For dropouts, who command an average yearly salary of just $20,241, according to the U.S. …


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