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2011 Workshop Descriptions and Handouts



Session A 10:00-11:00 am

Integration of Credit and Non-Credit Programs in Renewable Energy
Macomb has integrated all career related credit and non-credit programs within the Learning Unit. Macomb will present the strategy for integrating credit and non-credit along with the details of how the renewable energy program was developed and how it is being delivered both for credit and non-credit.
Presenters: James Sawyer, Provost and Vice President for the Learning Unit; Holger Ekanger, Director, Workforce and Continuing Education, Macomb Community College, MI

Ensuring Relevancy for the Workforce, Now and In the Future
Accountability mandates, fluctuating funding, workforce needs, and rapid pace of change challenge colleges to gain a greater understanding of the strengths and weakness of their instructional offerings in order to ensure the future relevancy of their workforce programs. Transform your institution's programs by leveraging your program review process.
Presenters: Jim Simpson, Associate Vice President of Degree and Career Programs; Terri Daniels, Director of Program Development, Florida State College at Jacksonville, FL

Oregon's Pathways for Adult Basic Skills at Mt. Hood Community College: A Cohort Approach to Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment
Learn about Oregon's noncredit to credit best practices work. The presentation will include an overview of the Mt. Hood Community College cohort model of the Oregon Pathways for Adult Basic Skills (OPABS) initiative. OPABS has involved a student cohort completing a series of contextualized Adult Basic Skills (ABS) Bridge courses.
Presenters: Donna Lewelling, Education and Workforce Coordinator, Oregon Dept. of Community Colleges and Workforce Development; Donna Ball, Adult Basic Skills Instructor, Mark Goldberg, Dean Adult Basic Skills, Mt. Hood Community College, OR

From Zero to 32 in 20 Weeks!
Learn about Ozarks Technical Community College's success with an innovative, in-depth Master Welding Program along with plans to launch three other programs utilizing the same strategies. This specialized certificate program meets the needs of our community employer's as well as the students' timing, skill, and industry certification objectives.
Presenters: Shirley A. Lawler, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs; Layton Childress, Dean of Technical Education; Brian Brooks, Instructor-Master Welder Program, Ozarks Technical Community College, AR

The Right Education for the Right Skills to Grow the Workforce for a New American Economy
Growing the right jobs requires planning the right educational services to meet the national job growth projections over the next five years. ProTrain will discuss how quality educational services can ensure success in the workforce through the active engagement of direct relationships with educational entities, corporations, non-profits and the military community.
Presenters: Betty Gardner, CEO; Kevin Smith, COO, ProTrain, LLC

Nonprofit-Community College Partnerships Strategies for Funding Support Services
This workshop will draw on findings from the Aspen Institute's Courses to Employment research to discuss how nonprofit-community college partnerships provide and finance academic and non-academic supportive services for adult learners. Programmatic and financing strategies will be shared including how partnerships blend multiple funding streams and develop flexible funding.
Presenters: Maureen Conway, Executive Director, The Aspen Institute, Economic Opportunities Program; Robert Matthews, Executive Dean Workforce and Career Development, Mott Community College, MI
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Innovative Blended Learning "Blends” That Delight Customers and Grow Revenues
With the expanding need for customized training, reduced time availability for classes, and increasing pressure on budgets, dozens of community colleges find that The Quality Group's blended learning platform, OpusWorks®, and wide-ranging e-Learning curriculum gives them the flexibility to deliver innovative and profitable training solutions that leverage technology, meet exact customer needs and align with budget and business realities.
Presenter: Rob Stewart, CEO and APN Director, The Quality Group

Wine Classes and Certifications; A Crash Course in Strategic Program Design
Wine is one of life's simple and most delightful pleasures. Instruction in wine is both an educational and entertaining journey. AACC successfully offers a comprehensive program in wine education that appeal to beginners and self-taught aficionados to industry professionals seeking advanced certification. Classes range from day-long culinary tours through local wine trails, wine tastings with wine & food pairings and now, international certifications. Learn how to coordinate a responsible wine education program that pulls open the cork. Share ideas that add value to your classes with great themes and savvy vintages. Wine sampling not included.
Presenter: Mary Ellen Mason, Director Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute, Anne Arundel Community College, MD

College and Industry Collaboration: AMTEC's Innovative Manufacturing Education
This presentation focuses on AMTEC's (Automotve Manufacturing and Workforce Education) innovative manufacturing maintenance curriculum, instructional delivery methodology, and assessments to measure student learning mastery which have been developed through intense college and industry collaboration to better educate students in the knowledge, skills, and attributes needed in an increasingly complex workplace.
Presenters: Stanley Chase, CEO S/Y Chase Consulting, Senior Management Consultant, AMTEC; Baldomero "Bo" Garcia, Executive Director, Business and Community Institute, Lansing Community College, MI

Adapting Breaking Through to Reservation Environments: A Tribal College Perspective
In this session, two tribal colleges will describe the adaptation of Breaking Through strategies to developing programs within their unique reservation communities. Little Big Horn College's program combines six-weeks of trades and work readiness skills and Salish Kootenai College's program combines developmental education, career counseling, and college-ready skills in a two-week boot camp.
Presenters: Stacey Sherwin, Director, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Salish Kootenai College, MT; Robert G. Stewart, Breaking Through Program Coordinator, Little Big Horn College, MT

Session B 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Goodwill Movement
College workforce development professionals are invited to join a nationwide learning community to combine what community colleges and Goodwills each do best to rapidly accelerate both career and college success outcomes for hundreds of thousands of low-income workers-who-study. At this session, college workforce professionals can identify how they can join this nationwide movement that is led by Goodwill International and AACC, access technical assistance from national experts, and leverage replication toolkits to implement proven Goodwill-Community College partnership models in communities across America.
Presenter: Kathryn Jo Mannes, Director Center for Workforce and Economic Development, AACC

Buried Treasure - Maximizing Continuing Education to Build Capacity and Revenue in Tough Budget Times
Given the current economic climate in 2011, community colleges will see more students and less funding. While the economy recovers, states are cutting back on essential services including support of education. Colleges believe they are acting at peak capacity, but are they? In this session you'll learn how colleges can increase their capacity - and revenue - by applying the disruptive innovation of partnered online learning. Examples of successful colleges will be shared as well as a white paper on the subject.
Presenter: William J. Flynn, Managing Director Emeritus NCCET

Career Academies: Increasing Student Success Through Instructional Integration
Research has indicated "academies” improve motivation and retention. These structured, instructional programs integrate academic and career preparation within common themes. LATTC has implemented academies with demonstrable positive effects on student success including academies in: Utilities & Construction, Clean Energy, Health Care, Transportation, and a Bridge Academy. Design and implementation principles, practices, and guidelines are presented.
Presenters: Marcia Wilson, Director of Workforce Development Programs; Leticia Barajas, Dean of Academic Affairs; Jess Guerra, Instructor Diesel Technology, Los Angeles Trade Technical College , CA

Roadmaps for Green Occupations: The Big Picture Across the Oregon Landscape
Working with career and labor market information systems, Oregon's 17 community colleges, and apprenticeship programs across the state, the Oregon Department of Community Colleges & Workforce Development's Career Pathways Initiative has developed new "career statewide pathways roadmaps". These web-based roadmaps weave multiple levels of career and occupational information linking to both national and statewide education and training resources providing an in-depth perspective in six occupational areas (both emerging occupations and "greening" occupations). Learn how use this Open Source technology so that your college or state can build similar "green" roadmaps.
Presenters: Mimi Maduro, Pathway Initiative Director; Shalee L. Hodgson, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development, OR

One Report to Rule Them All: Leveraging Your Registration System to Build Reports that Work for You
You don't have to be a wizard to create reports that can give you control over your data. While "Lord of All Reports" is a bit pompous, Greg will share how Whatcom Community College has converted nearly 100% of the forms they use in their Continuing Ed operation to reports that their registration system generates. You'll leave this session with a new found respect and sense of awe of what you can do(with just a bit of "elbow grease") with the report writer(s) that your registration software provides.
Presenters: Greg Marshall, Whatcom Community College, WA; Chuck Havlicek, ACEware Systems, Inc.

I-BEST New York Style: Integrated Health Career Training Programs at LaGuardia Community College
Learn how faculty and staff from LaGuardia Community College's adult education and career training departments have taken lessons learned from Washington State's I-BEST model and developed five professional health care certification programs that are effectively helping adult basic education and ELL students earn credentials necessary to begin a new career. The success of LaGuardia's integrated model is a result of the unique instructional environment resulting from the collaboration between occupational and basic skills instructors and a comprehensive program design. Presenters will provide a brief overview of the key elements of the program, the approach to professional and curriculum development, lessons learned, outcomes to date and implications for scale up. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the applicability of this health care career training model in their own workplace and educational setting.
Presenters: Christine Alvarez, Director of Pre-Hospital Care Programs; Amy Dalsimer, Director of Pre-College Academic Programming, LaGuardia Community College; John Hunt, Acting Director of Center for Immigrant Education and Training ; and Beth Godley, Education Coordinator at the NYC Welcome Back Center in the Workforce1 Healthcare Career Center, NY

The Best of Both Worlds: Creating a Blended Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Program
The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) has created a comprehensive pre-apprenticeship curriculum using resources from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and the AFL-CIO/National Labor College. Learn how we met each group's standards and how we continue to rely on our union and non-union partners.
Presenter: Beth Arman, Director Technical Training, Continuing Education and Economic Development, Community College of Baltimore County, MD

Michigan Center for Student Success: An Overview of the Emerging Statewide Strategy to Improve Community College Student Outcomes
The Michigan Community College Association recently established the Center for Student Success to serve as a platform for community colleges to collaborate and focus intently on improving student outcomes. This session will provide an overview of the Center and discussion implications for others states working to align student success initiatives.
Presenters: Jim Jacobs, President, Macomb Community College; Chris Baldwin, Executive Director, Michigan Center for Student Success, MI

Session C 2:15 – 3:15 pm

Allied Health-High Job Demand Programs and Funding for 2012
In 2010, 544,000 new jobs were added in health care, making it the largest and only industry to increase in an economic downturn. In this workshop discover current healthcare labor statistics, new certificate programs (including electronic health records), expected grant funding for 2012, and the financial advantages of partnering to deliver regulated programs.
Presenters: Wendy Flint, Senior Vice President, Boston Reed College, CA; Larry Hill, Kansas City Kansas Community College, KS

Making Learning Count: Credit for Prior Learning
Prior Learning Assessments evaluate non-classroom learning for college credit. CAEL's research found students with PLA credits have higher graduation rates than non-PLA students. Hear about, a new PLA portal, and South Seattle Community College's pilot experience. If you are interested in degree completion innovations, this session is for you.
Presenters: Amy Sherman, Associate Vice President of Policy and Strategic Alliances, CAEL; Holly Moore, Executive Dean, Georgetown Campus South Seattle Community College, WA
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Using Workforce Intelligence to Improve Workforce Responsiveness
Learn how St. Louis Community College took a regional leadership role to uncover and utilize workforce intelligence to develop training programs connected to jobs in high growth industries. The presenters will share how they worked with community and state partners to conduct the annual State of St. Louis Workforce Report.
Presenter: Steve Long, Director Workforce and Community Development, St. Louis Community College, MO

Building Sciences: A New Way of Thinking
Building Science principles teach how the house works as a system using the latest building science technology. A "whole house" performance-based approach addresses a comprehensive range of interrelated building issues, offering homeowners a more comfortable, safe, durable, and energy efficient home.
Presenter: Rick Mayes, Director of Building Sciences, Northwest Arkansas Community College, AR

The Journey and The Joy!
Understand the journey to provide corporate training within a traditional academic environment, the demand for online solutions, the requirement for data collection, the tool that works, and the opportunity to move forward. I will present a tool that is actually designed for what we do, by a company that is actually committed to continuous quality improvement. What a concept!
Presenter: Evelyn Dow-Simpson, Associate Director, Central New Mexico Community College, NM

Engaging Girls in IT and STEM: What Works?
Join the discussion framed by highlights of the NSF ITEST Tri-IT program ($1.5 million, 3-years) research results, curriculum, implementation challenges, and lessons learned. Explore ways to leverage results, sustain positive outcomes and build girls' confidence and skills in IT and STEM.
Presenters: Linda J. Austin, Dean of Career Education; Jim Simpson, Associate Vice President, Degree and Career Programs, Florida State College at Jacksonville, FL

Finding Funding for Training through Community Collaboration
Lake Michigan College, a Breaking Through college, offers innovative non-credit credential-granting skills programs for low-income adults. In this workshop you will learn to explore collaborations with the WIB and other community funders to unlock public and private monies and move academically underprepared adults into postsecondary occupational and technical career programs.
Presenter: Jeannette Holton, Adjunct Faculty, Lake Michigan College, MI

Innovative Partnerships for Restaurant Industry Workforce Development
Learn about partnerships between New York and Detroit community colleges and the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, a national organization that trains thousands of low-wage workers annually in living-wage restaurant job skills in ROC-owned restaurants. ROC seeks new partnerships in New Orleans, Miami, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and Houston.
Presenters: Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United; Jonathan Deutsch, Professor, Kingsborough Community College; Babette Audant, Director, Center for Economic & Workforce Development, CUNY Kingsborough Community College, NY

Education + Career Training = Employment + Higher Lifetime Earnings Making Community Colleges Part of the Equation
In response to a growing need to address dropout reengagement and career training, Education To Go and Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) have formed a strategic alliance for adults seeking to further their education. Learn how adults can return to the education process and earn an 18-credit high school diploma and a career certificate completely online.
Presenters: Jerry Weissberg, Vice President and General Manager; Howard Liebman, CEO and Superintendent of Schools, ED2GO

STLCC Plus 50 Initiative: Re-Inspired, Re-Wired, Re-Hired
The 78 million baby boomers currently reaching retirement age represent a tremendous resource to our communities in terms of experience, skills, and leadership. Baby boomers envision their retirement years as a melding of work, leisure, and self-improvement, but 62 percent wish they were better prepared. Whether offering opportunities to refresh technology skills or removing barriers to successful educational completion, STLCC's Plus 50 Initiative has created innovative programming that serves as a model for other community colleges. STLCC's Plus 50 Initiative focuses on designing programs that meet the needs of the Boomer student in transition planning; acquiring skills to determine employment goals and techniques to get hired; and short-term training in high demand employment fields.
Presenter: Heather Ellison, Manager Continuing Education and Plus 50 Program Coordinator, St Louis Community College, MO

Training 9-1-1: Designing Integrated Health Care Career Pathways Programs
The SAVE EMT and Integrated Medical Office Clinical Technician programs develop basic educational and vocational skills simultaneously in order to move low-skilled adults into promising health care careers. Workshop participants will explore key elements of the integrated program design, participate in classroom activities, and reflect on contextualized teaching strategies.
Presenters: Amy Dalsimer, Director, Pre-College Academic Programming Department, Division of Adult and Continuing Education; Christine Alvarez Director, Pre-Hospital Care Programs, LaGuardia Community College, NY

Session D 3:45 – 4:45 pm

Designing Integrated Basic Skills Instruction: Insights from OPABS
This session presents the data-driven processes used in the Oregon Pathways for Adult Basic Skills Transition to Education and Work Initiative's (OPABS). Discussed are the methods for designing math, reading, writing, and career/college awareness courses that integrate occupational information, the use of data in revising courses, and professional development approaches.
Presenters: Judith A. Alamprese, Principal Scientist, Abt Associates; Mary Jane Bagwell, Director Adult Basic Skills, Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development, OR

Restructuring Continuing Education and Corporate Training to meet Workforce Needs - Lone Star College System Approach
The Lone Star College CE and Corporate Training Divisions centralized the operations of five separate training divisions three years ago into two separate entities. Two years later, a reevaluation, with the collaboration of a consultant who was a former Executive Dean of Continuing Education, shaped the new structure and roles of the continuing education personnel, streamlining the organization and focusing on operations, serving students and program/curriculum development to address workforce needs in a time of tightening budgets.
Presenters: Robin Garrett, Executive Director; Linda Leto Head, Associate Vice Chancellor Workforce Education, Lone Star College System, TX; Sandra Gaskin, Executive Director, NCCET

Building an Employer-led, Credentialed, Career Pathway for Incumbent Workers
Corporate Voices for Working Families will present multiple corporate practices that support working learners and build the talent bench while working with community colleges and others. Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC), will present WAFC's Retail Management Certificate Program created with over 130 community colleges. Cerritos College will discuss partnering with WAFC.
Presenters: Peggy Walton, Senior Director Workforce Readiness, Corporate Voices for Working Families ; Cherie Phipps, Education Director Western Association of Food Chains; Bob Livingston, Chair, Business Department, Cerritos Community College and California co-chair for WAFC Retail Management Certificate, CA

Training a Green Economy's Low Skill Work Force
Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina has an (ARRA) grant for training low skill students in green careers. The two year grant seeks to train and help low-income or unemployed individuals find employment in the new energy economy. The grant covers two program; Green Systems Technology and Green Builder.
Presenter: Keith Ratliff, Director of Workforce Development, Central Piedmont Community College, NC
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Interactive Learning Tools: Your Interactive Resources Accessed Online from Anywhere in the World
Explore the use and development of interactive learning tools and remote laboratories that foster a classroom hands-on experience in an online setting. Come dispel the myth that online education can't be hands-on.
Presenter: Wade Vogel, Program Manager; Lance Geving, Graphics Designer & Developer, National Energy Center of Excellence, Bismarck State College, ND

Breaking Through: Kentucky's Best Practices and Lessons Learned
This session will highlight Kentucky's 1.5 year Breaking Through initiative at three Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges, including best practices, outcomes and next steps. The presentation will focus on the four key strategies used to develop a framework to help low-skilled adults succeed in occupational and technical degree programs.
Presenters: Pam Hatcher, Project Manager; Harmony Little, Project Coordinator, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, KY

What Works: BridgeConnect Stories from the Field
Julian L. Alssid will present findings from Workforce Strategy Center's forthcoming report on promising bridge programs that help low-skilled adults attain postsecondary credentials leading to further education or careers. Julian will be joined by Lindsey Embrey of Central Piedmont Community College and Jean Johnson of City Colleges of Chicago whose programs are featured in the report. The presentation will include concepts practitioners can replicate and use to inform policymakers about what makes good programs work. Participants will walk away with tools and resources they can apply to their own practice.
Presenters: Julian L. Alssid, Executive Director, The Workforce Strategy Center, NY; Lindsey Embrey, Senior Coordinator Pathways to Employment, Central Piedmont Community College, NC; Jean Johnson, Dean of Continuing Education, City Colleges of Chicago, IL

Building Bridges to Success
Many unemployed adult students lack the basic skills required to enter a college program that will earn them recognized credentials and job marketability. Traditional higher education requires students to first complete developmental studies before beginning a college program. This situation postpones technical learning for one or more semesters, a situation many with families find impossible. In this session, a model will be introduced that builds a bridge between (credit) developmental courses and (noncredit) technical programs, enabling students to complete both in an accelerated method and presents the benefits of internal collaboration for both credit and noncredit divisions of the college.
Presenters: Joanne Zukowski, Associate Vice President for Economic and Workforce Development; Kathy Hoellen, Dean of Teaching and Learning, York Technical College, SC

Pathways to Results: Progress Toward Creating Equitable Student Outcomes
Pathways to Results (PTR) is an inquiry- and equity-guided process to improve career pathways, programs of study, and bridge programs. This session highlights the phases of PTR: Engagement, Outcomes and Equity Assessment, Process Assessment, Process Improvement, and Review and Reflection using resource materials, video and practical strategies to engage in PTR.
Presenters: Debra Bragg, Professor and Director Community College Research and Leadership; Brian Durham, Senior Director for Academic Affairs and Career and Technical Education; Cathy Kirby, Assistant Director, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Scaling Up Dual-Language Pathways through Border Alliance of Colleges and WIBs
South Texas College is working with partners in the Lower Rio Grande Valley to adapt the Breaking Through model for English language learners. Learn how these partners are scaling up to reach more students. Explore the systems changes that are occurring at multiple levels and within diverse organizations.
Presenters: Luzelma Canales, Interim Associate Dean, Community Engagement and Workforce Development, South Texas College, TX; Gloria Mwase, Program Director, Jobs for the Future, MA


Richard Baraniuk Keynote Speech: Connexions

Session E 10:00-11:00 am

Workforce Competitiveness: Re-Engineering Corporate Training Departments
KCTCS implemented a Workforce Competitiveness Initiative to re-engineer system and local college workforce training programs to align more closely with the workforce needs of Kentucky's businesses and industries. The project included creating the new state wide and local college level KCTCS Workforce Solutions branding, marketing and communication program to increase corporate and community leader's knowledge of our services and impact. As part of this process, the workforce credit process was improved to align training directly to credit modules and provide a seamless transition for incumbent workers to credential seeking students.
Presenters: Donna Davis, Director, Chancellor's Office of Workforce Solutions, KY Community and Technical College System; Bob LePage, Senior Vice President, The Clements Group; Mary Ann Hyland-Murr, Director Workforce Solutions, Jefferson Community and Technical College; Angie Taylor, Vice President Workforce Solutions, Gateway Community and Technical College, KY

Registered Apprenticeship – Community College Work Group's Framework for Articulating from Apprenticeship to College Degrees
A workgroup sponsored by U.S. Departments of Labor and Education has drafted an articulation framework for a national Registered Apprenticeship-Community College consortium to promote college credit for apprentices. Work group members will present the draft framework, seek feedback, and discuss how your college or registered apprenticeship program can participate.
Presenters: Beth Arman, Director Technical Training, Continuing Education and Economic Development, Community College of Baltimore County, MD; John Ladd, Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship, U.S. Department of Labor, DC

What To Do When Things Go Wrong
Partnerships and Collaborations are great when everything goes well. But how often does that really happen? What happens when things don't go well? Come learn how to deal with some challenges such as: departments that don't work well together, budget cuts, impacts of seniority based systems on staffing, budget cut impact on leverage, recruitment challenges, placement challenges and more.
Presenters: Jackie Sandquist, Director of Workforce Development; Pamela Murray, Dean of Workforce, Economic and Community Development, Portland Community College, OR

Developing and Maintaining the Capacity to Lead Effective Sector Initiatives
The sectoral approach goes beyond conventional education and workforce development approaches. It demands that practitioners get inside industry, address barriers impacting disadvantaged students, and inspire change. This workshop will present some of the capacities needed to engage in sector work and ask participants to apply the principles to their work.
Presenter: Maureen Conway, Executive Director, The Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative, DC

Modern Apprenticeships for Advanced Manufacturing
A registered Apprenticeship program, either at the state or national level, benefits employers by upskilling workers with industry-specific training and hands-on experience. This session will present the collaborative partnership used to develop the program, the process used to align with nationally recognized credentials, competency-based completion points, and the requirements for state and national registration.
Presenters: Eric Roe, Director of the Banner Center for Manufacturing and Applied Technology at Polk State College, FL; Nada Braman, Program Manager Rockwell Automation Training Services

Accelerated Diesel Mechanic Program: A Model for Successful Short-Term Training
Launched in 2010, the Accelerated Diesel Mechanic Training Program, LATTC's first Accelerated Certificate/Degree, prepares students to enter the high growth transportation industry. This ten month, accelerated program (typically a two-year program) focuses on diesel & heavy equipment. This dynamic presentation provides practical tools to maximize success in accelerated and intensive programs.
Presenters: Marcia Wilson, Director of Workforce Development Programs; Leticia Barajas, Dean of Academic Affairs; Jess Guerra, Instructor Diesel Technology, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, CA

Funding Support Services for Career Pathways Students
Career Pathways programs weave together existing education and training services to enable students to advance to higher levels of education and employment over time. This session will highlight federal programs that can be used to fund support services for students in Career Pathways programs – including SNAP Employment & Training, TANF, WIA and others.
Presenters: Heath Prince, Senior Policy Analyst; Abigail Newcomer, Policy Analyst, Center for Law and Social Policy

Contextualizing Instruction: Connecting Students to the 21st Century Workplace
Teaching the skills that students need for the 21st century workplace is an important goal for all adult education programs. This workshop will provide strategies and hands-on activities in reading, math, and workplace skills to assist students in successfully obtaining a stackable credential andthe skills for success in the workplace and beyond. It's all about contextualizing instruction and helping our students succeed!
Presenter: Bonnie Goonen, Trainer, Education and Training Connections

Gateway to Community College-CBO Partnerships
In this session, IAJVS and AACC presenters will give an overview of how CBOs and community colleges have partnered to create online, customizable career exploration and planning tools, and demonstrate how they can be used to meet the career planning needs of job seekers as they transition to the workforce.
Presenters: Jessica Youngman, Jewish Vocational Service San Francisco; Ellen Voyce, Jewish Vocational Service Los Angeles, CA; Stephen Lynch, Senior Project Manager, Jobs for the Future, MA

Growing the Workforce for a New Economy: Role of the Applied Baccalaureate
Higher education as a system must develop programs to provide access, retention and completion of certificates and degrees including to the baccalaureate degree level. The American Graduation Initiative provides incentives for thousands of students enrolled in applied baccalaureate programs in community colleges in 15 states.
Presenters: Beth Hagan, Executive Director, Community College Baccalaureate Association, FL; Malcolm Grothe, Executive Dean Technical and Workforce Education, South Seattle College, WA; Michael G. Hansen, President, Michigan Community College Association, MI

Incubating Credit Classes in Continuing Education
Continuing Education departments can be the "front line" for new program development. CE provides strengths that are required for success: responsiveness; leveraging of resources; and sustainability. In a time when college resources are threatened, collaborations between CE and credit are one way to weather the storm. This session is sponsored by the National Council for Continuing Education & Training, based on a White Paper on this topic that will be distributed during the session.
Presenters: Kirk White, Director Healthcare Professional Development Institute, Houston Community College, TX; Sandra Gaskin, Executive Director, NCCET

Moving Low-skilled Populations to a College Credential
Meeting the needs of special populations in community colleges is one thing. Navigating internal politics to meet these needs is another. During a 1.5 year demonstration project based on Breaking Through strategies, a Steering Team at Gateway Community and Technical College, comprised of leadership from Workforce Solutions, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Adult Education and the WIB, created three pilots which demanded cooperation from multiple departments and also leveraged a variety of resources.
Presenter: Mary Pat Behler, Accelerating Opportunity Project Coordinator, Gateway Community and Technical College

Session F 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Driving a Turnkey, Co-Branded, Blended E-Learning Lean Six Sigma Program Solution Toward a Million Dollar Revenue Goal
Join Cuyahoga Community College and The Quality Group for a fast-paced presentation about blended online, high-quality, Lean Six Sigma project based training.
Presenters: Edward Siurek, Director Quality Programs and Initiatives, Cuyahoga Community College, OH; Rob Stewart, President, The Quality Group

Relationships Matter: An Industry - Community College Partnership
Ivy Tech Community College has forged a partnership with the orthopedic industry that has added value to the industry and to the workforce. Community colleges are the institutions that stand closest to the crossroads of higher education and the industry – we will present lessons learned and outcomes reached.
Presenters: Jean E. Perrin, Executive Director Corporate College; Melissa Denton, Assistant Director Workforce and Economic Development, Ivy Tech Community College, IN

Evidence on Effective Practices Using the I-BEST Model
We will present research on I-BEST program practices across multiple colleges in Washington state in five sectors: education, welding, nursing assistant, health care administration, and business. We examine practices potentially associated with successful student outcomes, including integrated instruction, program structure, and student support services. We also examine the program model's long-term sustainability.
Presenters: Michelle Van Noy, Research Project Manager, Heldrich Center for Workforce Development and Research Affiliate at CCRC; John Wachen, Senior Research Assistant, Community College Research Center, NY

The Public Private Partnership - a Model for Corporate College Success
A success story of how Polk State College Corporate College and Mileo (training provider) partnered to develop and deliver programs that provide skill development to manufacturers and fully utilized the federal and state funding available to assist the cost of the programs by leveraging the public-private relationship.
Presenters: Ernie Helms, Advanced Manufacturing Training Coordinator, Polk State College-Corporate College, FL; Don Gugliuzza, Chief Operating Officer, Mileo and Associates, FL

AACC's Green Community College Genome Project: Decoding the DNA of Successful GreenWorkforce Education Programs
New green jobs and the greening of existing jobs is still a very viable industry. Colleges are seeing success in layering in advanced technologies and green curricula into existing offerings—all tied to specific industry demand. Learn about these stories and a national initiative designed to showcase these best practices and to better coordinate colleges across the country.
Presenters: Todd Cohen, Program Director, AACC SEED Initiative; Judy Jozaitis, Vice President, Workforce Development and Community Education; Julie Rourke, Director Workforce Development; Julie Bates, Green Center Manager, Lincoln Land Community College, IL; Randy Grissom, Dean Economic and Workforce Development, Santa Fe Community College, NM
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Project GRAD: Exploring Many Avenues to Student Success
Project GRAD is an innovative program that seeks to help working adults, displaced workers and second language learners clarify career and education goals. We have implemented some of the nationally recognized best practices to increase retention and college success for students in developmental courses who have identified a career path.
Presenters: Kelly A. Sullivan, Director Project GRAD; Maureen O'Neill, Dean Liberal Studies; Ellen O'Donnell, Dean Human Services; Carlos Diaz, Achievement Coach, North Shore Community College, MA

Tracking Jobs and Skills in Demand: Using Real-Time Labor Market Data to Inform Occupational Program Design and Identify Emerging Opportunities
Burning Glass Technologies and its partner Jobs for the Future will discuss how they – along with several community college partners - are testing new ways to leverage real-time information on jobs, certifications, and skills in demand from online job ads to inform occupational program design, employer outreach, and career services.
Presenters: Susan Goldberger, Director of Education and Career Advancement Services, Burning Glass Technologies; John Dorrer, Program Director, Labor Market and Workforce Research, Jobs for the Future, MA

Marcellus ShaleNET: Linking Talent to Opportunity
Marcellus ShaleNET, a US DOL ETA community-based job training grant, is focused on developing a standardized, community-based, comprehensive recruitment, training, placement and retention program for high priority occupations in the natural gas drilling and production industry within Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.
Presenters: Byron C. Kohut, Director, Marcellus ShaleNET; Patrick E. Gerity, Vice President, Continuing Education and Workforce and Community Development; Doug Jensen, Dean, Workforce Development, Westmoreland County Community College, PA

Becoming the "Leader of the Pack”
In just five years The Rider School, an innovative motorcycle training program at Howard Community College, has established a nationally-recognized leadership position in its segment. Find out how targeting the premium niche, unique branding, continuous improvement, and pushing the envelope led one community college to the front of the pack.
Presenters: Jim Schmidt, Director of Motorcycle Safety Programs; Patty Keeton, Executive Director of Workforce Development, Howard Community College, MD

The Case for Nonprofit-Community College Collaboration: Strong Education and Employment Outcomes from Courses to Employment Partnerships
The Aspen Institute's Courses to Employment research shows strong education and employment outcomes among students served by community college-nonprofit partnerships. At this session two collaborative programs will be highlighted including a business office occupation training program in Northern Virginia and an automotive skills training program in Seattle.
Presenters: Matt Helmer, Research Associate, The Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative; Bill Browning, Special Assistant to the President for Workforce Initiatives, Northern Virginia Community College, VA

Early Enrollment and Late Enrollment in Two-Year Colleges: Student Characteristics and Post-Secondary Experience
This study focuses on high school academic achievement and its impact on enrollment in two-year colleges and workforce education of early and late enrollment students, with special attention to students with a GED diploma.
Presenter: Oscar A. Aliaga, Program Director, National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, University of Louisville, KY

Successful Partnership To Provide Jobs For The Community
Third party vendor partnerships in CE are a great avenue to provide quality educational opportunities to students.
Presenters: Mayur Shah, CEO, MK Education; Leslie Petty, Assistant Dean, Continuing Education and Professional Development; Jenny Bodurka, Program Coordinator, Continuing Education and Professional Development, Schoolcraft College, MI

Career Pathway Savvy: Strategies to Identify "Best Bet” Postsecondary Pathways
This workshop will present a process that helps community colleges and their partners use knowledge of the local labor market in identifying best bet postsecondary programs for youth and adults who are seeking a career-focused credential or degree. The workshop will also feature practical tools for college and community partners.
Presenter: Terry Grobe, Jobs for the Future, MA

Session G 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Workforce Program Development: Fiscally Sound, Data driven, and Industry Approved
To insure student and program success in an every-changing global economy, LSCS and Houston-based global employers identify workforce gaps. Using a unique, industry-focused, data-driven development process, LSCS develops AAS degrees & certificates, CE certifications & seminars, or customized training. Workforce Council conducts environmental scanning, examines current resources, uses program review data to direct revitalizations, and deactivates out-of-date programs. Industry partners identify technical and soft skills, equipment, and industry certification requirements to ensure student success in an ever-changing economy.
Presenters: Linda Leto Head, Associate Vice Chancellor Office for Workforce Development, Lone Star College System; Megan Costanza, Senior Program Manager Workforce Development; Cindy Casparis, Instructional Dean, Lone Star College-Tomball, TX

Preparing 21st Century IT Students
The industry-led Regional Information Technology Engagement (RITE) Board aims to better align IT certificate and degree program outcomes with industry requirements using the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) model. The RITE Board engaged the USO TDN to conduct job profiles and student assessments which will be used to better understand job requirements, define competencies and determine skill gaps.
Presenters: Annette McIver, Director University System of Ohio Talent Development Network Resource Center, Lorain County Community College; Denise Vinton, Manager IT Early Talent Programs, Eaton Corporation; Courtney DeOreo, Project Administrator, Lorain County Community College, RITE Board, OH

Building Sectoral Career Pathways: the P2C Approach
The process of developing career pathways can be complex without an organized plan of attack. Pathways to Competitiveness (P2C) combines online benchmarking and social media tools to promote and spread the best practices in career pathways initiatives. Will introduce P2C and explain how it helps program leaders develop, track, and assess their own career pathways. The workshop will highlight two innovative partnerships that are using P2C.
Presenters: Julian L. Alssid, Executive Director, The Workforce Strategy Center, NY; Marlena Sessions, Chief Executive Officer, Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, WA

Leveraging Partnerships to Create HOPE: Healthcare Oregon Pathways to Employment
Portland Community College, along with six local community colleges and their Workforce Investment Boards, have joined together in the Healthcare Oregon Pathways to Employment (HOPE) Grant to address Oregon's critical need for trained entry-level workers in the healthcare sector. The project leverages partnerships to provide basic skills education, occupational skills training, clinical preparation and job placement assistance to 875 Oregonians.
Presenters: Kelly Williamson, Interim Director Project HOPE, Portland Community College, OR; Debra D. Bragg, Professor and Director, Community College Research and Leadership, University of Illinois, IL

Three Bangs for One Buck
Use a little demography, planning, and understanding of your audience to create a course for multiple audiences. Community and Continuing Education at Cuyahoga has a form that uses a series of questions to assist in the development of one course offered to youth, adults, professionals, and non-professionals. Create multiple variations of a single course which will save development time and money.
Presenter: Sharon M. Styffe, Executive Director II, Community and Continuing Education, Cuyahoga Community College, OH

 Winning the Talent Development Challenge: A National Approach
American employers face a critical skill gap. While the economy lags, well-paying jobs in fields such as manufacturing, energy, defense, and information technology still exist. But finding individuals with the required technical skills to fill these jobs is a challenge. These college corporate training and workforce leaders have worked with employers and industries to create innovative apprenticeships that provide a critical stream of talent. From competency-based models to programs built on industry-recognized standards with national portable credentials, these colleges have designed customized solutions to enable their industry partners to cultivate the skilled workforce needed for global competition.
Panelists: Linda Head, Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development, Corporate College, Lone Star College System, TX; Marjorie Valentin, Associate Dean, Three Rivers Community College, CT; Donna Lawrence, Program Director, Corporate & Continuing Education, Midlands Technical College, SC; Eric Roe, Director of the Banner Center for Manufacturing and Applied Technology at Polk State College, FL; Rand Key, Sr. Vice Chancellor/CEO, Lone Star College System, TX

Expanding Learning Through Work
This session will present the Work-based Learning Toolkit: Resources from Jobs to Careers. JFF created this online toolkit as a step-by-step guide to designing and implementing employee learning and career advancement projects for frontline workers. While the examples here originate in health care, the tools are adaptable to other occupations.
Presenter: Randall Wilson, Senior Project Manager, Jobs for the Future, MA

Data...People...Machines: Delivering a Robust IT Training Program
Those who can successfully manage all three are in demand. Learn how Midlands Technical College has grown its IT Training Program over the years to become the premier choice for individuals and companies in its region - from the unemployed, to computer novices, to graphic artists and systems administrators.
Presenter: Catherine G. Pitts, Director of Computer Technology Program, Midlands Technical College, TX

Career Pathways Through Internship Integration
Internships are an effective way to meet the workforce and employment demands in your community and foster career pathways for your students. Attend this session and learn the benefits of internships to your students, institution and business community; and how to integrate internships into your continuing education programs.
Presenter: Amy Hyams, Director of Program Development, World Instructor Training Schools

Improving Student Outcomes in Programs Serving Underprepared/Diverse Populations
The session will provide techniques used to raise performance outcomes and increase retention in a program serving non-traditional, underprepared, and/or diverse populations. The success of this program is supported with qualitative and quantitative data collected over two years. Best practices will be shared that can easily be replicated.
Presenter: Kendall Wilson, Director Career Pathways, Northwest Arkansas Community College, AR

Profitable Partnerships
Butler Community College in Kansas and the State College of Florida in Sarasota have each had a long history of developing partnerships to enhance student engagement and provide workforce development in ways they could not afford to do by themselves. Successful partnerships will be discussed and a MOU format will be distributed. Partnerships to be discussed are in Fire Science , Entrepreneurship, and opportunities for partnering within one's institution.
Presenters: Daisy Vulovich, State College of Florida – Manatee, FL; Jim Edwards, Director of Program Innovation, Butler Community College, KS

Accelerating Opportunity: A Breaking Through Initiative
This session describes how Accelerating Opportunity: A Breaking Through Initiative employs policy and practice to dramatically improve outcomes for low-skilled adult learners. This groundbreaking initiative builds on innovative educational strategies developed by Breaking Through colleges and by Washington's I-BEST program. This presentation introduces Accelerating Opportunity's policy framework and share how participating states are using policy to support the implementation and sustainability of integrated pathways for ABE students and to achieve scale within and across colleges.
Presenter: Rachel Pleasants, Project Manager, Building Economic Opportunity Group, Jobs for the Future, MA

Session H 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Creating Synergy Through Industry Collaboration and Partnerships
The SMART center is an NSF ATE Center creating synergy among maritime and transportation industry employers and educational professionals to build and sustain a highly skilled and educated workforce. This presentation describes how the SMART Center was developed and how it is expected to change the culture of the maritime and transportation industries workforce.
Presenter: Barbara R. Murray, Director NSF SMART Center and Principal Director, Tidewater Community College, VA

Creating Partnerships that are Game Changers
Pensacola State College, via a CBJTG grant, developed a partnership system that won DOL praise for its partnerships with industry, the university and school districts developing and underwriting activities which supported economic growth. The how and why will be the focus of an interactive discussion focused on developing and sustaining effective partnerships.
Presenter: Carol Sue Halfhill, Assistant Dean Workforce Development, Pensacola State College, FL

Industry Certifications: Non-Credit to Credit Pathways and Customer Value
In the state of Florida, we have built a system that links education and training via industry certifications in which competencies in both the educational and the training programs are aligned with industry certifications. This creates a pathway into higher education for incumbent and displaced workers, providing them with increased opportunities for career progression. The State Board of Education has approved 102 statewide industry certification-based Career and Technical Education Articulation Agreements intended to be a minimum guarantee of articulated credit.
Presenter: Eric Roe, Director of the Banner Center for Manufacturing and Applied Technology at Polk State College, FL
Additional Slides

Service Learning in Higher Education: An Energy Efficiency Case Study
By engaging students in energy efficiency service learning projects, a campus can provide workforce training opportunities for students.This session will showcase best practices of the Alliance to Save Energy's Green Campus Program to infuse energy concepts into academia, achieve measurable energy savings, and train energy efficiency emerging professionals.
Presenter: Renee Lafrenz, Program Manager, Alliance to Save Energy, CA

Industry Certification planning and Filling Each Course Seat
Planning to offer Industry Certification training? Then you will need this plan. During this session, we will share how to choose the right programs for your demographics, program offerings, and budget. We will share how to use the associations' and community efforts to drive students to your programs. We will share the importance of the instructor's role and students outcomes. We will share information about program content and the testing process as important parts of your plan. The last items for discussion will include the keys to staffing, marketing, student enrollment and job placement as part of your plan. Hot Certifications: CNA, Medical Coding, Personal Trainers, IFMA, SHRM, APICS, PMP and A+.
Presenter: Trenton Hightower, Senior Advisor for Workforce Development, Virginia Community College System, VA

"New and Improved"--Rebranding Again!
Keeping marketing strategies focused and successful can be a real challenge! This workshop will focus on the steps taken by Corporate Training Solutions at Austin Community College to renew marketing efforts including renaming methods, changes in marketing materials, and updated marketing tools.
Presenter: Kathy Walton, Executive Director of Corporate Training Solutions, Austin Community College, TX

E-Learning Your Way to a National Certification
The presentation is a joint effort between the American Society of Transportation & Logistics and the Supply Chain Management Institute at the Corporate College at Polk State College featuring the new Global Logistics Association entry level industry certification that features the advatar gaming e-learning program developed by Polk State College.
Presenter: Wayne Kline, Program Director, Polk State College, FL

Path to Progress: Our First Fundraising Campaign
Community and technical colleges often look to grants to obtain resources for specific programs, but the concept of a capital campaign seems daunting. Arkansas Tech University's Ozark Campus will provide a step-by-step process on how to embark on a campaign--no matter how small--and will share our successes and lessons learned.
Presenters: Jo Alice Blondin, Chancellor; Sandra Cheffer, Chief Fiscal Officer; Ken Warden, Chief Business and Industry Outreach Officer; Leigh Whiteside, Chair of Campaign and Board of Trustees' Member, Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus, AR

Weatherization - A Winning Green Jobs Grant
When the Green Jobs Act of 2007 was passed, the legislation required strong community collaboration. In response to that demand, the Green Jobs Alliance was established in Virginia to build the partnerships identified. So when the Department of Energy released an RFP in 2009 for weatherization programs, TNCC was part of the Green Jobs Alliance coalition in place to respond quickly with a winning proposal. Discover the steps needed to develop a cohesive collaborative in your community college area to be positioned for future grants and programs.
Presenter: Carmen Burrows, Associate Vice President of Workforce Training and Continuing Education, Thomas Nelson Community College, VA

Certified Retail Analyst, a Specialized Wal-Mart Retail Certification
NWACC created a unique retail certification to meet the needs of the world's largest retailer and the communities' largest employer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. It provides a new career and economic path for the traditional student, non-traditional student, or unemployed. This retail program is not only beneficial to Wal-Mart, but it is also beneficial to Wal-Mart's Consumer Goods Manufacturing Partners (i.e. Proctor and Gamble, KRAFT, Kellogg, General Mills, etc.) and Northwest Arkansas students, adults, and families. This program provides the training and skill sets needed to achieve a retail analyst career within Wal-Mart or a CPG company located in Northwest Arkansas.
Presenter: Renee Campbell, additional info coming

Concurrent Enrollment Programs and Partnerships
Educators share a goal of accelerating student progress through secondary and post secondary programs. How does concurrent enrollment support this; what are the benefits; how can we make concurrent enrollment available to all students, not only college bound; what shared knowledge should exist between the institutions to make this successful?
Presenter: Suzanne Korey, Director CTE Programs, City College of San Francisco, CA

Leveraging Public and Private Funding to Support Adult Career Pathways
In today's economy, finding resources to support effective programs advancing lower-skilled adults can be challenging. Hear how North Carolina is addressing this issue through the innovative use of federal funds, new state legislation, and private investments. Discuss the strategic framework the state is using to ensure alignment and greater impact.
Presenter: Randy Whitfield, Associate Vice President for College and Career Readiness, and Van Wilson, Associate Vice President for Student Learning and Success, North Carolina Community College System, NC


Federal Workforce Policy – What's Happening, What's Next?
2011 has been a year of change and challenges for the nation's workforce system, and the coming year promises more of the same. This session will provide an overview of the current political landscape in Washington, an analysis of how workforce programs are likely to be impacted in this environment, and a discussion on how NCWE members can influence workforce policy debates at the federal level.
Presenter: Kermit Kaleba, Senior Policy Analyst, National Skills Coalition, DC

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due
Despite the potential parity of many noncredit occupational education and training, students often must repeat coursework when they pursue postsecondary credentials, primarily because the credit hour, and not competency, is the dominant metric for assessing learning. Speakers will discuss findings from their recent report on how to move the postsecondary and employment and training fields toward a qualifications framework for awarding educational credit based on demonstrated competencies and ensuring credentials represent labor market requirements.
Presenters: Rebecca Nickoli, Vice President Workforce and Economic Development, Ivy Tech Community College, IN; Keith Bird, Senior Policy Fellow for Workforce and Postsecondary Education, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce; Heath Prince, Senior Policy Analyst, CLASP, DC

Innovations in Labor Market Information and Their Application To Planning and Program Development
Community Colleges and workforce development programs face extraordinary challenges as the economy struggles to create jobs and put people to back to work. Millions of jobs have been lost and over 14 million workers are unemployed and face an uncertain future. At the same time, some employers are unable to find workers with the skills they need. This session will present an overview of new tools and systems making use of real time labor market information to guide strategic planning and program development. Presenter will share examples of how to gauge the current labor market demand by occupations, skills and certifications. We will demonstrate how to blend traditional forms of LMI with new real time sources to develop a more penetrating understanding of regional labor markets and employer needs.
Presenters: John Dorrer, Program Director; Myriam Milfort, Senior Project Manager; Jeremy Kelley, Project Manager, Jobs for the Future, MA


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