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Regional Program Recommendation Process

Regional Resources

 

Introduction

If you are you a CTE faculty member who has been tasked with developing a new CTE certificate or degree (program) for your college, you will need to secure regional consortium recommendation from the Inland Empire/Desert Regional Consortium (IE/DRC) before you submit your program approval documents to the State Chancellor’s Office for formal approval (chaptering).

Your college CTE Dean can advise you on the regional recommendation process and your college’s own curriculum approval process. You should also consult your college’s curriculum committee chair (or designee) early in the development process.

  Chancellor’s Office Program and Course Approval Handbook (PCAH), 6th Edition

The Inland Empire/Desert Regional (CTE) Consortium

The Inland Empire/Desert Regional Consortium is comprised of the 12 community colleges in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The California Community College Chancellor’s Office requires that all requests for new CTE program approvals include a recommendation from the “appropriate CTE Regional Consortium” (PCAH 6th Edition, page 17). This recommendation ensures program offerings meet regional labor market needs and do not unnecessarily duplicate programs.

The IE/DRC vested responsibility for recommending new programs, program revisions, and other program matters with its CTE Deans subcommittee (click here to see IE/DRC Governance).

Regional recommendation should occur at the beginning of new program development. Colleges seeking regional recommendation must submit their request online at RegionalCTE.org. The process is described on the next tab, "Process".

Guiding Principles for IE/DRC Recommendation

  • Format for Submitting a Request: Colleges seeking regional recommendation of new or substantially changed programs must do so by completing the online request form. Before submitting the request form, they must obtain LMI information from the region’s Center of Excellence (COE).
  • Timeline: The region is committed to review and act on all requests for regional recommendation within 30 days, provided the request is complete at the time it is submitted. CTE Deans hold regular monthly meetings between September and May. Meeting dates, meeting format (online or in-person) and agendas can be found on the IE/DRC website under “Meetings”. Requests received after the May meeting and before the September meeting will be reviewed electronically in order to honor the 30-day turn-around.
  • Voting: A vote to recommend a new or substantially changed program will occur at the CTE Deans meeting. Each college present at the meeting will receive one vote. The college’s CTE dean (or their designated representative) will place the vote for their college. A minimum of eight colleges must participate in any meeting where a vote is to be taken. Seven votes are required to pass any action. The college requesting recommendation should be present at the CTE Deans meeting in order to discuss their request. College faculty responsible for the development or revision of the program are also encouraged to attend the meeting.
  • Minutes: Minutes will be reviewed and approved at the conclusion of each meeting and will be posted to the IE/DRC website within five (5) business days. The outcome of the vote, along with any discussion, including any substantive comments or concerns voiced by the CTE Deans, will be recorded in the meeting minutes. The college’s CTE dean is responsible for communicating those comments and/or concerns to their college’s appropriate program personnel.Minutes for the current academic year can be found on the IE/DRC website under “Meetings”. Archived minutes can be found under the Home dropdown menu in the Archive section titled "CTE Deans Meeting".

Submission Process

Step 1: Request Labor Market Information from the Center of Excellence (COE)

The PCAH 6th Edition (page 86) states: “Pursuant to Education Code section 78015 Labor Market Information (LMI) data is specifically required for all new CTE program proposals, where available. Current LMI and analysis, or other comparable information, must show that jobs are available for program completers within the local service area of the individual college and/or that job enhancement or promotion justifies the proposed curriculum.”

The IE/DRC relies on consistent LMI data provided by the region’s COE in order to make a recommendation for program approval. At their discretion, colleges may submit other LMI data in addition to the LMI provided by the COE.

Step 2: Complete the “Request for Regional Recommendation” Online

In addition to general program information, you will provide a narrative response to the topics listed below. These narrative responses should be the SAME responses you will provide to the CCCCO when you are ready to submit your program for formal approval (chaptering).

  • Program Goals and Objectives – must address a valid workforce preparation purpose and may address transfer preparation.
  • Catalog Description – includes program requirements, prerequisite skills or enrollment limitations, student learning outcomes, and information relevant to program goal.
  • Program Requirements – includes course requirements and sequencing that reflect program goals. The GE pattern and the calculations used to reach the degree total must be shown following the program requirements table.
  • Enrollment and Completer Projections – projection of number of students to earn degree annually.

In addition to the narrative responses above, you will also attach the following to your submission:

  • LMI Report – provided by the COE.
  • Advisory Committee Minutes – indicating a recommendation of the program/program changes.

The region is committed to review and act on all requests for regional recommendation within 30 days, provided the request is complete at the time it is submitted. CTE Deans hold regular monthly meetings between September and May. Meeting dates can be found on the IE/DRC website Meeting's page. Requests received after the May and before the September meeting will be reviewed electronically in order to honor the 30-day turn-around.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a program?
An educational program is defined in Title 5, section 55000(g), as “an organized sequence of courses leading to a defined objective, a degree, a certificate, a diploma, a license, or transfer to another institution of higher education.”

When does a new (or substantially changed) certificate or degree program require regional recommendation and state approval?
If it is in a CTE program area AND...

  • The number of semester units a student must complete to receive a program certificate or degree is 16 units or more (or 24 quarter units), OR
  • The certificate is from 8 to 15.5 semester units AND it will appear on a student’s transcript*

*Chancellor’s Office approved Certificates of Achievement are the only credit certificates that may appear by name on a student transcript, diploma, or completion award.

What constitutes a substantial change?

  • The goals and objectives of the program are substantially changed.
  • The TOP code will change to a different TOP code at the discipline-level (e.g.; biological sciences [04] to health [12]).
  • Addition/creation of a new program award (degree or certificate) or major/area of emphasis using an active proposal. For example, a college may decide to create an associate degree for transfer (A.A.-T or A.S.-T) in the same four-digit TOP code as an existing degree or certificate offered by the college.
  • The job categories for which program completers qualify are substantially different from the job categories for which completers previously qualified.
  • The baccalaureate major to which students typically transfer is different from the baccalaureate major students typically transferred to in the past.

Examples of non-substantial changes may include:

  • Title changes
  • The TOP code will change to a TOP code within the same discipline-level (e.g.; a change within the discipline of biological sciences (04) from the field of Biology, General (0401.00) to Microbiology (0403.00)).
  • degree unit changes
  • Addition to or removal of courses from an existing approved program

2018 - 2019 Deadlines

CTE Dean's Meeting Date Last Day to Submit a Program
September 10, 2018 September 6, 2018 11:59pm
October 1, 2018 September 27, 2018 11:59pm
November 5, 2018 November 1, 2018 11:59pm
December 3, 2018 November 27, 2018* 11:59pm
January 7, 2019 January 3, 2019 11:59pm
February 4, 2019 January 31, 2019 11:59pm
March 4, 2019 February 28, 2019 11:59pm
April 8, 2019 April 4, 2019 11:59pm
May 6, 2019 May 2, 2019 11:59pm

Pending Recommendation


If you have a program requiring regional recommendation, please visit RegionalCTE.org.

There are currently no programs pending recommendation.

Recommended Program Proposals as of 9/01/2017


To submit a program for regional recommendation, please visit RegionalCTE.org.

Program NameCollegeDate
Recording Arts TechnicianChaffey CollegeDec 2018
IT Technician Pathway Certificate in IT Systems SpecialistMoreno Valley CollegeDec 2018
Recording Arts TechnicianChaffey CollegeDec 2018
Interior Design Visual CommunicationChaffey CollegeDec 2018
Financial PlanningChaffey CollegeDec 2018
Industrial Electrical Technology Level IChaffey CollegeDec 2018
Child WelfareMoreno Valley CollegeDec 2018
Social Work AdministrationMoreno Valley CollegeDec 2018
Justice System StudiesMoreno Valley CollegeDec 2018
Family StudiesMoreno Valley CollegeDec 2018
Multicultural CounselingMoreno Valley CollegeDec 2018
Military Social WorkMoreno Valley CollegeDec 2018
Behavioral TherapistMoreno Valley CollegeDec 2018
Drug and Alcohol Studies CertificateMoreno Valley CollegeDec 2018
Careers in Social WorkMoreno Valley CollegeDec 2018
Environmental Horticulture and Landscaping Certificate of AchievementVictor Valley CollegeDec 2018
Business Information - Legal Office SpecialistCollege of the DesertNov 2018
Administration of Justice/DispatchMoreno Valley CollegeNov 2018
Firefighter 1 Basic Training AcademyCrafton Hills CollegeNov 2018
Social Media MarketingCollege of the DesertNov 2018
Business Information - Medical Billing SpecialistCollege of the DesertNov 2018
Industrial Electrical Technician Level IIIChaffey CollegeNov 2018
Certificate of Achievement Cisco Networking Certified Network AssociateRiverside City CollegeNov 2018
Certificate of Achievement Emergency Medical TechnicianVictor Valley CollegeNov 2018
MySQL Database DeveloperVictor Valley CollegeNov 2018
Unix Administrator CertificateVictor Valley CollegeNov 2018
Web Authoring CertificateVictor Valley CollegeNov 2018
Network Specialist CertificateVictor Valley CollegeNov 2018
Applications and Information Systems AS DegreeCollege of the DesertNov 2018
ParalegalVictor Valley CollegeNov 2018
Paralegal StudiesVictor Valley CollegeNov 2018
Applied PhotographyCollege of the DesertNov 2018
BI - Market SpecialistCollege of the DesertNov 2018
Information Technology Model CurriculumMoreno Valley CollegeNov 2018
IT Technician Pathway Certificate in IT Systems Support and SalesMoreno Valley CollegeNov 2018
Advanced Certificate of Achievement Commercial MusicCollege of the DesertOct 2018
Basic Certificate of Achievement Commercial MusicCollege of the DesertOct 2018
ENTREPRENEURSHIP CERTIFICATE – REAL ESTATESan Bernardino Valley CollegeOct 2018
ENTREPRENEURSHIP CERTIFICATE - GENERALSan Bernardino Valley CollegeOct 2018
ENTREPRENEURSHIP CERTIFICATE – TAXSan Bernardino Valley CollegeOct 2018
CADD Technician I Certificate of AchievementVictor Valley CollegeOct 2018
Architectural CADD Technician I Certificate of AchievementVictor Valley CollegeOct 2018
Drafting Technician I Certificate of AchievementVictor Valley CollegeOct 2018
Engineering Drafting and Design Associate of ScienceVictor Valley CollegeOct 2018
Architectural Drafting and Design Associate of ScienceVictor Valley CollegeOct 2018
Small Business EntrepreneurshipMt. San Jacinto CollegeOct 2018
Certificate of Achievement in ElectronicsCollege of the DesertOct 2018
Yoga Teacher Training Certificate of AchievementCollege of the DesertOct 2018
Engineering TechnologyCollege of the DesertOct 2018
Certificate of Achievement in RoboticsCollege of the DesertOct 2018
Certificate of Achievement in AutomationCollege of the DesertOct 2018
Basic Certificate of Achievement in Radio ProductionCollege of the DesertSep 2018
Mechatronics/Industrial Automation Technician Level IIChaffey CollegeSep 2018
Mechatronics and Industrial Automation Technician Level IChaffey CollegeSep 2018
Mechatronics/Industrial Automation A.S.Chaffey CollegeSep 2018
Dental Assisting Certificate of AchievementChaffey CollegeSep 2018
Dental Assisting A.S. DegreeChaffey CollegeSep 2018
BusinessVictor Valley CollegeAug 2018
Homeland SecurityMoreno Valley CollegeAug 2018
Administration of Justice/Law EnforcementMoreno Valley CollegeAug 2018
Administration of Justice/CorrectionsMoreno Valley CollegeAug 2018
Composite Aerospace ManufacturingVictor Valley CollegeAug 2018
Nutrition and DieteticsSan Bernardino Valley CollegeJul 2018
Dietetic TechnicianSan Bernardino Valley CollegeJul 2018
Dietetic AideSan Bernardino Valley CollegeJul 2018
Computer support Technician (A+ Certification Preparation)Chaffey CollegeJun 2018
Hospitality ManagementSan Bernardino Valley CollegeJun 2018
Hospitality and Customer ServiceSan Bernardino Valley CollegeJun 2018
Hospitality ManagementSan Bernardino Valley CollegeJun 2018
Hospitality and RestaurantSan Bernardino Valley CollegeJun 2018
Medical AssistingMt. San Jacinto CollegeJun 2018
Medical Assisting ClinicalMt. San Jacinto CollegeJun 2018
Medical Assisting AdministrativeMt. San Jacinto CollegeJun 2018
Technical TheatreChaffey CollegeMay 2018
HEAVY DUTY CLEAN VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATESan Bernardino Valley CollegeMay 2018
Construction TechnologyVictor Valley CollegeMay 2018
Automotive Transmission SpecialistVictor Valley CollegeMay 2018
Smog Inspection TechnicianVictor Valley CollegeMay 2018
Light Duty Diesel TechnologyVictor Valley CollegeMay 2018
Automotive Alternative PropulsionVictor Valley CollegeMay 2018
Automotive Detailer & PorterVictor Valley CollegeMay 2018
Automotive Service Advisor and ManagerVictor Valley CollegeMay 2018
SterileSan Bernardino Valley CollegeMar 2018
Advanced Certificate in Film ProductionCollege of the DesertMar 2018
Event planning Certificate of AchievementChaffey CollegeMar 2018
Aircraft Electrical and Avionics Technician Certificate of AchievementChaffey CollegeMar 2018
Personal Training Certificate of AcheivementCollege of the DesertMar 2018
Android Application Security Support Specialist certificateSan Bernardino Valley CollegeMar 2018
iOS Application Security Support Specialist CertificateSan Bernardino Valley CollegeMar 2018
Web Application Security Support Specialist CertificateSan Bernardino Valley CollegeMar 2018
Social Media TechnicianChaffey CollegeMar 2018
Cosmetology- BarberingBarstow CollegeJan 2018
Industrial Maintenance MechanicChaffey CollegeJan 2018
Culinary Arts A.S.Chaffey CollegeJan 2018
Hybrid, Fuel-Cell, Electric Vehicle Certificate of AchievementCollege of the DesertDec 2017
Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Certificate of AchievementChaffey CollegeDec 2017
Family Child Care Certificate for Employment PreparationCollege of the DesertNov 2017
Leadership CertificateSan Bernardino Valley CollegeNov 2017
Information Assurance Auditing ProgramMoreno Valley CollegeNov 2017
Computer Network SupervisorCopper Mountain CollegeNov 2017
Elementary Teacher Assistant Special EducationCollege of the DesertNov 2017
Bilingual Elementary Teacher Assistant Special Education Certificate of AchievementCollege of the DesertNov 2017
Associate TeacherCollege of the DesertNov 2017
Associates Degree in Film ProductionCollege of the DesertNov 2017
Basic Film ProductionCollege of the DesertNov 2017
Business Information Worker ICollege of the DesertOct 2017
Business Information Worker IICollege of the DesertOct 2017
Welding TechnologyBarstow CollegeOct 2017
Welding TechnologyBarstow CollegeOct 2017
Welding Technology- Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)Barstow CollegeOct 2017
Welding Technology- Semi-Automatic Arc Welding (GMAW/FCAW)Barstow CollegeOct 2017
Welding Technology- Pipe WeldingBarstow CollegeOct 2017
Welding Technology- Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)Barstow CollegeOct 2017
Industrial Maintenance Electrical and Instrumentation Level IVBarstow CollegeOct 2017
Industrial Maintenance Electrical and Instrumentation Level IIIBarstow CollegeOct 2017
Automotive Technology- Steering, Suspension, and BrakesBarstow CollegeOct 2017
Automotive Technology- Hybrid TechnologyBarstow CollegeOct 2017
Automotive Technology- Advanced TechnologyBarstow CollegeOct 2017
Automotive Technology- Air ConditioningBarstow CollegeOct 2017
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)Barstow CollegeOct 2017
Agriculture Technician Certificate of AchievementCollege of the DesertOct 2017
Agriculture Food Safety Certificate of AchievementCollege of the DesertOct 2017
General Business AS DegreeCollege of the DesertNov 2017
Agriculture Office Assistant Certificate of AchievementCollege of the DesertOct 2017
Agriculture Irrigation Technician Certificate of AchievementCollege of the DesertOct 2017
General Agriculture AS DegreeCollege of the DesertOct 2017
Agriculture Pest ManagementCollege of the DesertOct 2017
Agriculture Office ProfessionalCollege of the DesertOct 2017
Agri-Business AS DegreeCollege of the DesertOct 2017
Small Business Certificate of AchievementCollege of the DesertNov 2017
General Business CertificateCollege of the DesertNov 2017
Paralegal A.S.Chaffey CollegeOct 2017
Computer Game DevelopmentChaffey CollegeOct 2017
Teacher CertificateMt. San Jacinto CollegeOct 2017
Infant Toddler Teacher CertificateMt. San Jacinto CollegeOct 2017
Associate Teacher CertificateMt. San Jacinto CollegeOct 2017
Facilities ManagementChaffey CollegeOct 2017
Paralegal StudiesChaffey CollegeOct 2017
Microsoft WordChaffey CollegeOct 2017
Community CaregiverChaffey CollegeOct 2017