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2014 EXEMPLARY PROGRAM AWARDS

CREDIT WORKFORCE PROGRAM
The Industrial Manufacturing Academy
South Seattle College


NONCREDIT WORKFORCE PROGRAM
Carreras en Salud: A Chicago Bilingual Healthcare Partnership
Instituto del Progreso Latino


 

2013 Workshops

Dr. Laura Dresser - Keynote Presentation

SESSION A
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16
9:45 – 10:45 am

Lakeshore A
Trading Up - Zero to $32,500 in 120 Hours for $659
TRACK: Manufacturing Re-tooled
Mega-demand for skilled tradesmen ignited this collaboration between five colleges and a major industrial manufacturer. Accelerated courses in college labs and a traveling mobile unit replicate industry training. Graduates start jobs at $32,000 with benefits. Completion, hiring, and retention exceed 95%. Learn how this Hampton Roads public-private partnership "welds” together education and economic prosperity. Partners on the Hampton Roads Skilled Trades Collaborative represent business, five Virginia community colleges, an advanced technology center, and state systems office, describe major challenges and ten powerful partnership solutions that transformed low-skilled workers into well-paid, basic marine electricians and painters.
Presenters: Deborah George Wright, Vice President for Workforce Development, Thomas Nelson Community College; Theresa Bryant, Vice President for Workforce Development, Tidewater Community College; Bill Docalovich, Director of Skilled Trades, Newport News Shipbuilding; Randy Betz, Vice President for Workforce Development, Paul D. Camp Community College; Barbara Murray, Director, NSF SMART Center; and John Calver, Director of Advanced Manufacturing, Thomas Nelson Community College, VA

Lakeshore B
Diversified Manufacturing Highway: Not just a Pathway
TRACK: Manufacturing Re-Tooled
This is a pioneering partnership comprised of businesses, labor, educational institutions, government agencies and nonprofit organizations that builds educational highways to middle-wage jobs in the growing areas of diversified manufacturing (maritime, aerospace, biomedical devices, recreational equipment). Aligning the interests and resources of these stakeholders in one project ensures residents will meet the skill demands of a rapidly growing industry. Employers and faculty are engaged from the beginning from across the Seattle College District. Students who apply can qualify for prior learning, which is especially important for veterans and thereby complete their credential within a shorter time frame. English and math are fully integrated within the program.
Presenters: Holly Moore, Executive Dean Georgetown Campus and Dannette Randolph, Program Administrator, South Seattle Community College, WA

Lakeshore C    PLATINUM SPONSOR
Putting Real-Time Labor Market Intelligence to Work for Program Planners, Students, and Employers
TRACK: Best Practices in Workforce and Economic Development
Members of our communities come to us for education and training in a job in the hopes of improving their lives. Employers come to us to fill their talent needs with highly qualified candidates. We have to build our capacity for both exponentially- NOW. Real-time labor market tools can offer powerful insights into what employers need for both students and program planners.Lone Star College will discuss how it is using this information to drive program performance and highlight a new job placement initiative that focuses on employer competencies. Lone Star will show how it has used Focus/Explorer™ and Focus/Talent™, a Web-based application suite developed by its partner, Burning Glass International, that supports students and counselors in making academic and career choices, and employers in filling open positions with the best matched candidates.
Presenters: Cheryl Smith, Director Workforce Education, Lone Star College System, TX and Kelly R.Bailey, Education and Career Advancement Services, Burning Glass Technologies, MA

Crystal    BRONZE SPONSOR
CSM -A Free Comprehensive Foundational Skills Course
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
This session presents Core Skills Mastery (CSM), a free web-based, contextualized career pathways tool directed at the skills most needed for college success. CSM simultaneously addresses math, literacy, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills, while building students who can learn independently (especially through reading) with persistence, carefulness, self-reliance, and confidence.CSM can be used in many ways, including for foundational skills (appropriate for TAACCCT programs), bridge programs, developmental education, or workforce development.
Presenter: David Goldberg, Chief Executive Officer, Apprion/csmlearn.com, CO

Manager’s Suite
Strengthening Partnerships for Programs of Study
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
Partnerships with K-12, community colleges, universities, Learning Exchanges, and workforce development leaders are necessary for pathways to successfully improve student outcomes. This session will focus on the value of partnerships, how to create effective partnerships, and the importance of communication among partners. Partnership models and strategies, as well as steps that can be taken for immediate implementation of partnerships, will be shared.
Presenter: Kathy Tosh, Office of Community College Research and Leadership Consultant, University of Illinois, I

Gilpatrick
Expanding Your Credit and Noncredit Offerings
TRACK: Grant Outcomes, Deliverables and Sustainable Solutions
Expand your credit and noncredit offerings through sector specific partnerships The session will focus on the strategies used by Air Washington, an eleven member college consortium funded by DOL TAACCCT , to engage multiple community colleges, industry partners, veteran outreach organizations, WDC’s and other stakeholders to help shape emerging training opportunities for the aerospace manufacturing workforce in Washington State. The Air Washington team will show how creating meaningful, imaginative, and trusting relationships creates the ability to provide agile training opportunities for all workforce skill levels.
Presenters: Carol Weigand, Air Washington Program Manager, Spokane Community College; Sara Sexton-Johnson, District Director Workforce, Community Colleges of Spokane; Mary Kaye Bredeson, Executive Director, Center of Excellence for Aerospace, Everett Community College; Stephanie Thompson, Air WA Grant Manager, Olympic College; and Amy C. Hatfield, Dean for Workforce Development and Basic Studies, Olympic College, WA


SESSION B
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lakeshore A
Opportunity on Wheels - CIM Mobile Lab
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
Students in Northeast Wisconsin’s high schools can get started on their college education and future careers with the Computer Integrated Manufacturing Mobile (CIM) Lab, a collaborative project from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Bay Area Workforce Development Board, Wisconsin Job Center, Lakeshore Technical College and local school districts. Carrying Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) equipment, the 44 foot-long mobile lab introduces high school students to high tech manufacturing careers. This partnership meets the labor market demands and continues to be recognized as an affordable and innovative educational tool, allowing relevant dual credit opportunities.
Presenters: Mark Weber, Dean of Trades, Engineering and Technology; Brooke Holbrook, Coordinator of K-12 Relations; and Gerald Bronkhorst, Lab Aid, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, WI

Lakeshore B
Building ICT Pathways to Increase Diversity: A California Case Study
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
The Career Ladders Project, in partnership with the Latino Institute for Corporate Inclusion, will share results of recent research on diversity in California ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) occupations. Findings were collected through interviews with industry and key stakeholders and through examination of college and university programs. A panel of presenters will discuss high impact efforts underway in California to address the skills gap for entry and middle-skilled jobs and to diversify the ICT workforce. Presenters will also discuss ICT demand in California, barriers to building a diverse ICT workforce, and career pathways as a promising practice to increase Latino and African American participation in ICT education and careers.
Presenters: Theresa Rowland, Senior Director, Pathway and Sector Development, Career Ladders Project; Donna Maria Blancero, Associate Professor of Management, Bentley University and Latino Institute for Corporate Inclusion; Olivia Herriford, Associate Director, Mid-Pacific ICT Center; Verónica Sánchez-Casián, Senior Program Associate, Career Ladders Project, CA

Lakeshore C      GOLD SPONSOR
Employer Hiring Trends: The Power of Labor Market Data and Other Best Practices in Navigating Today's Job Market
TRACK: Best Practices in Workforce and Economic Development
In 2011, 14 million Americans were unemployed, but 53% of employers faced a significant challenge in recruiting qualified workers. Join Tom Darling, National Director of Workforce Education for Pearson and Laura Labovich, CEO of The Career Strategy Group for a discussion around best practices in navigating today's employer hiring trends. Learn how real-time labor market data can be used to target new educational programs and training opportunities for your institution and students. Examine ways to help students and faculty better navigate today's competitive job market, ensuring career placement post-graduation.
Presenters: Tom Darling, National Director of Workforce Education, Pearson Workforce Education, IN and Laura Labovich, CEO, The Career Strategy Group, DC


Crystal       SILVER SPONSOR
Building the Next Generation Workforce with Rockwell Automation
TRACK: Manufacturing Re-Tooled
Workforce development has taken center stage in America’s return to industry and jobs. Rockwell Automation Training Services is working and partnering with technical colleges, community colleges, and universities to deliver industrial technology-based curriculum solutions for both credit and non-credit academic and continuing education programs. This session will help educators learn about the Rockwell Automation college program, including educational resources and partnership opportunities to develop a future skilled workforce.
Presenter: Nada Braman, Training Services College Program Manager, Rockwell Automation, OH

Manager’s Suite
Early Lessons from TAACCCT Evaluation
TRACK: Grant Outcomes, Deliverables and Sustainable Solutions
As the third party evaluator for two large TAACCCT consortia, this presentation highlights evaluation strategies, promising innovations and preliminary outcomes emerging from 16 colleges in eight states. Strategies include student support services, curricular innovations, career pathways, incumbent worker programs, technology, building partnerships with employers and workforce development agencies, and scaling sustainable practices. With a focus on equity and completion, the presentation also addresses how the evaluation captures continuous improvement and equitable outcomes for target populations.
Presenter: Donna Tonini, Research Specialist, Office of Community College Research and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL

Regency A
Healthcare-Employer Driven Right-Fit Assessment
TRACK: Best Practices in Workforce and Economic Development
In this session Grand Rapids Community College and members of our Healthcare Employers Alliance will demonstrate the successful development strategies for new healthcare programs and the employer validated assessment strategies we used to get the "right" students in the training program. See what the "right” student means. Completion, Placement and Employer retention successes will be explained and participants will have a chance to ask question and learn about how the challenges were overcome.
Presenters: Julie Parks, Director, Workforce Training & Tassell M-TEC; Rachael Jungblut, Senior Program Manager; and Linda Witte, Program Manager/Developer, Health Programs, Grand Rapids Community College, MI

Regency D
Local Partnerships - Global Results!
TRACK: Best Practices in Workforce and Economic Development
Employer partnerships are critical to the success of all Wisconsin Technical System College (WTCS) programs. This session will focus on three unique partnerships within the WTCS. A panel discussion with three key manufacturing leaders and their college counterparts will provide insight into the critical success factors for each partnership. Come find out how Miller Electric Manufacturing Company, Snap-On Tools, and Trace-A-Matic machining use their local technical colleges to help build and sustain their global workforce.
Presenters: Chris Matheny, Vice President for Instruction, Fox Valley Technical College; Zina Haywood, Executive Vice President/Provost, Gateway Technical College; Denine Rood, Vice President for Learning, Waukesha County Technical College; Paul Cleveland, Manager Distributor Training, Miller Electric Manufacturing; Frederick Brookhouse, Education Partnership Lead, Snap-on Tools; and Bryan Obst, Recruitment, Trace-A-Matic, WI

SESSION C
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Lakeshore A
Growing the Transportation Workforce in Wisconsin
TRACK: Best Practices in Workforce and Economic Development
A leading group of Wisconsin Trucking companies convened and partnered with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), and the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) to create a public/private sector collaborative partnership to address significant industry workforce shortages. The WEDC and State agencies developed, in conjunction with the Trucking Consortium, an innovative set of solutions to address the workforce objectives identified by the companies. This session will provide attendees information on the process as well as innovative thinking from the collaborative partnership used to meet this workforce shortage.
Presenters: Sandra Schmit, Education Director, Transportation and Electronics, Wisconsin Technical College System; Kathy Heady, Sector Manager, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation; and Bruce Palzkill, Section Chief, Division of Employment and Training, Job Service Bureau, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, WI

Lakeshore B
Career, College and Credits = Student Success
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
How do we give students real world experience that engages them in relevant learning? One high school has partnered students with experts from the field and technical colleges to earn national certificates and advanced standing in associate degree programs while completing their high school diploma and building workplace experience. A two year immersion in the manufacturing workplace through a recognized youth apprenticeship model develops career readiness skills. Paired with workplace mentors, students are provided opportunities that match the labor market's demand for workers. By utilizing dual enrollment and a personalized learning plan, students align rigorous learning with their interests while creating a resume that opens doors.
Presenters: Patricia Deklotz, Superintendent, Kettle Moraine School District; Denine Rood, Vice President of Learning, Waukesha County Technical College; Andy Hepburn, Program Director, GPS Education Partners, WI

Lakeshore C
Accelerating Opportunity: A Strategy Towards Advancing the Completion Agenda
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
Accelerating Opportunity’s overarching focus is on jobs, the economy, and improving opportunities for adults. Imbedded in this focus is the goal of promoting state and institution policies to dramatically increase the number of individuals who complete credentials of value in the labor market. Consequently, Accelerating Opportunity has proven to be an effective strategy for advancing the American Association of Community College’s Completion Agenda. Now in their second year of implementation, the Accelerating Opportunity states are seeing significant increases in the number of students completing credentials and continuing their post-secondary education. In this panel discussion, representatives from various AO states (Illinois, Kentucky, & Kansas) will come and share their experience in AO and how it complements the Completion Agenda at an institutional and state level. During this session, participants will have an opportunity to further discuss with the panelist through thoughtful Q&A.
Presenters: Jennifer Foster, Associate Vice President for Adult Education and Workforce Development/State GED Administrator, Illinois Community College Board, IL; Jay K. Box, Chancellor, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, KY; Zoe Thompson, Director, Workforce Training and Education, Kansas Board of Regents, KS

Crystal
North Coast Marine Manufacturing Training Center
TRACK: Manufacturing Re-Tooled
In early 2012, the North Coast Marine Manufacturing Training Center was opened to address the specific needs of the Great Lakes shipbuilding industry. This unique facility came about as a result of the strong partnership and vision of the Bay Area Workforce Development Board, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and Marinette Marine Cooperation. With training rooms designed to replicate conditions in a ship, the center has instructed over 5100 new and incumbent workers in subjects such as welding, electrical, blueprint reading and CAD. In this presentation, the president of the technical college, the vice president of human resources from Marinette Marine and the director of the Workforce Development Board will discuss the opportunity and the lessons learned.
Presenters: Dean Stewart, Dean of Corporate Training and Economic Development and Jeff Rafn, President, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College; Steve Baue, VP Human Resources, Fincantieri Marine Group; and James Golembeski, Executive Director, Bay Area Workforce Development Board, WI

Manager’s Suite
Lifelong Learning Policies and Practices
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
We can learn from the educational strategies employed in OECD countries over the past several decades as we work to promote lifelong learning in the U.S. This study examined policies and practices that encourage lifelong learning in the U. S., Australia, Canada, and Europe. The study found that lifelong learning is increasingly encouraged throughout the world, but the implementation of policies, such as Lifelong Learning Accounts, has been slow to develop, especially in the U.S. Alternatives for effective lifelong learning practices and financing structures will be provided.
Presenters: Phyllis Cummins, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University, OH and Amy Sherman, Associate Vice President for Policy and Strategic Alliances, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), IL

Regency A
Innovative Partnerships Meeting Industry Demands
TRACK: Best Practices in Workforce and Economic Development
The current economic climate has forced colleges to collaborate in new and exciting ways. Discover how three Central California colleges partnered with local WIBs to meet Healthcare industry demands. Through the braiding of grant, WIB, and California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation resources, the colleges were able to provide just-in-time Psychiatric Technician training. This unique and replicable instructional model provided Central Valley residents with opportunities in an emerging career pathway. Participants will discover how the colleges 1) leveraged multiple resources to build an effective Psychiatric Technician program, 2) utilized college partnerships to provide training on demand, and 3) contracted with the local WIB to maximize student benefits.
Presenters: Marla Uliana, Director of Workforce Training and Development, Modesto Junior College and Robert Pimentel, Director of C6 Projects, West Hills College, CA


Regency D
Putting Data to Work
TRACK: Best Practices in Workforce and Economic Development
The job market has fundamentally changed in the past few years. Unemployment remains high and the skills-gap is not decreasing. Workforce providers are committed to creating a skilled workforce, but by the time students graduate, the demand for those credentials has shifted. This workshop will show how to use real time labor market data, data from your community, and data from employers to select prospective industries and create meaningful training programs. The presentation will also discuss how to partner with your industry allies/employers.
Presenters: Surabhi Jain, Career Pathways Manager, National Council of La Raza, IL; David Swanson, Manufacturing Bridge Instructor, Erie Neighborhood House; and Oswaldo Alvarez, Program Officer, Employment, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, IL


Executive AB
College2Career, No Wrong Door
TRACK: Grant Outcomes, Deliverables and Sustainable Solutions
The College2Career program was created through the MA Community College and Workforce Development Transformation Agenda and funded by the USDOL. The College2Career program utilizes the best practices of the Breaking Through Initiative, including cohorts, contextualization and intrusive advising. This program has enrolled more than 200 students in noncredit and credit programs creating pathways to careers and continued progression to degrees and certificates. Students enter through many "doors," including, but not limited to Admissions, Advising, CBOs, Community Education and Career Centers. The College2Career program seeks to ensure that students are connected to the best resources from first contact.
Presenters: Kelly A Sullivan, Director, DOL Transformation Agenda; Maureen O’Neill, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs; and Lorin S. Buksa, College and Career Navigator, North Shore Community College, MA


Executive CD
Michigan Pathways to Credentials
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
In 2011, the Michigan Center for Student Success conducted statewide research to identify current practices and emerging priorities for serving lower-skilled adults. The "Michigan Pathways to Credentials" (MP2C) is a two-year, six college grant initiative awarded in 2013 incorporating those priorities, including strengthening connections between non-credit and credit college programs, accelerating academic skill development and engaging employers in developing, delivering and evaluating career pathway programs.
Presenters: Jenny Schanker, Associate Director, Center for Student Success, Michigan Community College Association; Debbie Gillespie, Director of Workforce Training, Lake Michigan College; Robert Matthews, Executive Dean Workforce and Career Development, Mott Community College; and Rachael Jungblut, Senior Program Manager, Health Programs, Grand Rapids Community College, MI


Milwaukee
Pathways for Dislocated Workers
TRACK: Best Practices in Workforce and Economic Development
Arkansas Tech University’s Ozark Campus has created a unique pathway for dislocated workers to achieve a higher education credential at no cost them, featuring an accelerated timeframe from training to career. This presentation will focus on the most important aspect of this partnership: responsiveness to industry and economic development needs.
Presenters: Jo Alice Blondin, President, Clark State Community College, OH; Richard Harris, Chief Student Officer, and Sandra Cheffer, Chief Fiscal Officer, Arkansas Tech University – Ozarks Campus, AR


SESSION D
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Lakeshore A
Increasing the Success of Career Pathway Programs
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
This presentation addresses the challenge of increasing the graduation rates for students in technical workforce programs. We will discuss student success data and how we have implemented multiple strategies to increase the visibility of our Cisco Academy program to our students as well as to area businesses, creating job opportunities for students in the program. Strategies such as open house recruiting sessions and implementing Academy Graduation ceremonies to focus on student achievement will be discussed. Find out how students are getting jobs before they graduate, but are still able to get to the finish line and obtain their college certificate and/or degree.
Presenters: Kimberly Hubbard, Instructional Dean of Arts, Humanities, Media and Technology and Donna Ivey, Director of Cisco Academy, Lone Star College - CyFair, TX

Lakeshore B
Future-Focused Labor Market Research - A "Home Brew" ApproachTRACK: Grant Outcomes, Deliverables and Sustainable Solutions
This presentation will focus on a TAACCCT grant that partners Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) with the California Community College Centers of Excellence to establish a future-focused, labor-market research center at DTCC. The Center for Industry Research & Workforce Alignment (CIRWA) was established in spring 2012 and has already demonstrated significant value. The session will highlight strategies for college and community buy-in, employer engagement, traditional and real-time LMI analysis, sustainability, and examples of success to date.
Presenters: Veronica Buckwalter, Director, Center for Industry Research & Workforce Alignment Delaware Technical Community College, DE; John Carrese, Director, San Francisco Bay Center of Excellence, City College of San Francisco, CA; and Elaine Gaertner, Former Statewide Director, Centers of Excellence, CA

Lakeshore C
The Affordable Care Act: Education and Workforce Implications for Frontline Health Care Workers
TRACK: Best Practices in Workforce and Economic Development
This session will present recent research findings on the implications of the Affordable Care Act for job demand, skill requirements, and workforce development, and offer promising models for training and career advancement in both traditional and emerging health care occupations, such as medical assistants and patient navigators. The ACA calls for new models of patient care and staffing to improve quality and reduce costs, while treating millions of newly insured patients. Presenters will draw on new research undertaken for CareerSTAT, a network of health care employers committed to demonstrating the business value of investing in frontline workers, and from H-CAP (the Healthcare Career Advancement Program), a national labor/management organization
Presenters: Randall Wilson, Senior Project Manager, Jobs for the Future, MA and Laura Chenven, Director, Healthcare Career Advancement Program

Crystal
AMTEC: A Process of Collaboration to Prepare the 21st Century Manufacturing Workforce
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
AMTEC has analyzed success factors of exemplary Career Pathway Programs between secondary, postsecondary institutions, and local industries. As a result of this collaboration, students obtained postsecondary credentials and entered pathways in automotive or advanced manufacturing fields and pursued relevant associates and bachelor's degrees. The partnership between corporations and colleges addresses the impact of a globalized market whereby collaboration is critical to success. This session examines the dynamics of the collaboration and conference attendees will gain data on what made these programs work.
Presenter: Stanley Chase, Senior Management Consultant to the Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative (AMTEC), Kentucky Community and Technical College System, KY

Manager’s Suite
Growing Contract Training in a Shrinking Market
TRACK: Innovative Customized Training Initiatives for Business and Industry
Over a 5-year period, Western Iowa Tech’s (WITCC) non-credit programming grew by nearly 50%. In contrast, only one other Iowa community college had positive growth of 0.5%. All other community colleges showed a decrease during this period. While WITCC’s overall growth was nearly 50%, its contract training increased more than 234%. This growth happened during a time when the workforce actually shrank in WITCC’s service area. The presenter conducted a multi-case study that focused on the success of creating customized programming with area businesses. A business model for long-term, sustainable partnerships emerged. This presentation will show how others can implement and adapt this contract training business model for their institutions.
Presenter: Martin Reimer, Dean of Corporate College, Western Iowa Tech Community College, IA

Regency A
Institutional Holism: Getting Beyond Credit
TRACK: Best Practices in Workforce and Economic Development
Tired of the traditional approach to developing new programs? The San Jacinto College Workforce and Economic Development Council (WEDC) is designed to "tear down the silos” between credit and non-credit offerings and provide solutions to the Workforce Development. This team approach helps the program planning process, thereby allowing institutions to develop programs in the most efficient and effective manner.
Presenters: Sarah Percy Janes, Vice President, Continuing and Professional Development and Jeffrey Parks, Dean of Technical Education, San Jacinto College District, TX

Regency D
Strategies for Expanding Career Pathways Programs
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
This session will present findings from Abt Associates’ research on strategies for expanding career pathways for low-skilled adults through coordination between community college postsecondary faculty and basic skills staff in non-college based settings, such as local education agencies and correctional institutions. Case studies of four basic skills programs’ experiences in working with community colleges to develop bridges between basic skills and postsecondary education will be discussed.
Presenter: Judith A. Alamprese, Principal Scientist, Abt Associates, MD

Executive AB
Disruption: What Does It Mean for Workforce Education?
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
Everyone is talking about "disruption” in higher education, but what does that mean for workforce education? Learn about how innovative approaches to measuring learning outcomes, as opposed to seat time, are transforming workforce education and moving the credential completion agenda. You will hear about thriving competency-based programs at Southern New Hampshire University and South Seattle Community College, as well as important policy changes to adapt to the new education landscape. In this interactive session, you will begin to obtain the tools to view traditional courses from a competency-based perspective. If you have been wondering about what MOOCs and other innovations mean for workforce education, this session is for you.
Presenters: Amy Sherman, Associate Vice President for Policy and Strategic Alliances, Council for Adult and Experiental Learning (CAEL), IL; Julian Alssid, Chief Workforce Strategist,College for Americaat Southern New Hampshire University, NH; and Holly Moore, Executive Dean Georgetown Campus, South Seattle Community College, WA

Executive CD
Defining High-Quality Career Pathway Systems
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
In this session, participants will learn about the ten-state Alliance for Quality Career Pathways and its work to create a framework of criteria, indicators, and metrics that define high-quality career pathway systems at the state and local/regional levels. Alliance partners will share their perspectives on the developing framework and its uses. Participants will be able to provide feedback on the "beta" framework under review. The final "Version 1.0" of the framework and a self-assessment tool will be released in spring 2014.
Presenters: Vickie Choitz, Director, The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways, Center for Law and Social Policy, DC; Donna Davis; System Director Workforce Solutions, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, KY; and Mimi Maduro, Pathways Initiative Statewide Director, Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development, OR

Milwaukee
Blackhawk's Advanced Manufacturing Training Center
TRACK: Manufacturing Re-Tooled
Manufacturers, in order to stay competitive, have modernized using process improvement techniques and advanced automation. As a result, the level of training required of workers has risen. Post-secondary training, as well as appropriate incumbent worker training, is even more critical. Blackhawk Technical College is responding by creating the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center. This presentation will provide an overview of the Center, including a description of the deep-learning-environment pedagogical strategies to be employed in modern manufacturing training, the role of the Center in regional economic development, and the critical nature of partnerships with local manufacturers now and going forward into the future.
Presenter: Tom Eckert, President, Blackhawk Technical College, WI

Gilpatrick BRONZE SPONSOR
Understanding Credentialing and the Importance of the Certifier
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
This presentation will show why credentialing is important to both the students and their training provider. Certification goes way beyond placement, it is actually the beginning step that provides a path toward future growth, understanding and involvement in the student’s newly chosen medical field. How certification exams are different than academic testing, how they are developed, along with the best methods for students to prepare for certification success will also be covered. Last, but not least, the presentation will highlight how training providers can evaluate the different certifiers to ensure that they are working with a quality organization that can meet both their students’ and their organization’s needs.
Presenter: Stan Adams, General Manager, National Center for Competency Testing, KS


SESSION E
THURSDAY OCTOBER 17
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Lakeshore A
Engaging Industry in Uniting in Sector Initiatives
TRACK: Best Practices in Workforce and Economic Development
Engaging industry in partnering in public/private sector initiatives can be difficult. In northeast Wisconsin there are two successful industry/education sector initiatives called, "Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance" (www.newmfgalliance.org) and "North Coast Marine Manufacturing Alliance (www.northcoastmma.org)." The reason for the success of these Alliances is strong buy-in from industry and investment from the workforce development board. Two of the manufacturers that lead these organizations will discuss why they got engaged and why they continue to stay active.
Presenters: Ann Franz, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College; Mark Kaiser, CEO/President, Lindquist Machine; and Pete Bilski, Director Human Resources, Marinette Marine, WI

Lakeshore B
On-line Learning Works! - Successful Strategies to Engage Working Adults in On-line Coursework
TRACK: Innovative Customized Training Initiatives for Business and Industry
Recent, highly publicized research into on-line learning has highlighted its ineffectiveness with low-skilled working adults. Business and industry understand that on-line learning is an effective educational delivery method for their employees. Learn how North Shore Community College has worked with the early childhood education industry, both for-profit and non-profit, to improve student outcomes in on-line courses. The workshop will include various success strategies that increase the number of students who successfully complete an on-line course. This includes an opportunity to preview checklists, on-line modules and agreements that help industry determine students most likely to be successful in an on-line class as well as announcements, webinars and interactions embedded in the class to increase student engagement.
Presenters: Cindy O’Donnell, Career Training Coordinator- Human Service Division; Kathy Gallo, Director R3P Education and Care Partnership; Lance Eaton, Coordinator of Instructional Design; and LeeAnn Soucy, Instructor Early Childhood Education, North Shore Community College, MA

Lakeshore C
Lessons from Year 1 of the Workforce Innovation Fund
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
The Workforce Innovation Fund supports innovative approaches to the design and delivery of employment and training services that generate long-term improvements in the performance of the public workforce system. In this session, Workforce Innovation Fund grantees and the coordinator of the national technical assistance coaching team will discuss projects that support the completion agenda and the strengthening of career pathways. The panel will highlight the data being tracked, as well as the evaluation methodologies in place to assess impact.
Presenters: Stephen J. Lynch, Program Director, Jobs for the Future, MA; Beth Arman, ‎Director of Technical Training; Louise Slezak, Dean of Community Education and Service Continuing Education and Economic Development; and Kent Smedley, ‎Dean of Workforce Development, Community College of Baltimore County, MD

Crystal
Florida’s Credentialed Manufacturing Career Pathways
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
In 2007, the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence (FLATE), along with its college and manufacturing industry partners, developed a new state-endorsed Associate of Science degree in Engineering Technology, which is now offered at 14 Florida colleges. The one-plus-one degree design allows for multiple seamless pathways between school and work and specializations supporting various industry sectors. The pathway includes acceleration, aligned and articulated industry-validated credentials, and 2 plus 2 pathways into 4-year degrees.
Presenter: Marilyn Barger, Executive Director, FLATE at Hillsborough Community College, FL

Gilpatrick 2013 CREDIT EXEMPLARY PROGRAM AWARD
Eating & Shopping—An American Passion Supported by 3.4 Million People Working in the Grocery Industry
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
Academic education of a skilled industry workforce is the target of four community colleges and the Western Association of Food Chains. Tyler Junior College joined Brookshire Grocery Co. and WAFC to implement a regional Retail Management Certification Program in 2012. TJC took the lead in a DOL Grant linking community colleges in California, Oregon, and Alaska. The partnership is establishing competency-based career and education pathways to provide the most relevant courses, accelerate program completion and expand via technology-enabled course delivery methods. By 2016, the RMC program will be scaled and nationally available to colleges to deliver focused education for the growing, strong, and competitive grocery industry.
Presenters: L. Michael Metke, President; Homer (Butch) Hayes, Provost; Clayton Allen, Dean of Professional and Technical Programs; Peggy Meathenia, Project Manager, Tyler Junior College; and Rae Champagne, Director of Corporate Communications, Brookshire Grocery Co., TX

Executive AB BRONZE SPONSOR
Helping Vets Find Jobs with Industry Credentials
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
At 10% as of September 2013, unemployment among post-9/11-era vets is almost three points higher than the rest of the population (7.3%). Many companies have announced veterans hiring initiatives, but often there is still a disconnect between skills learned in the military and civilian employers. MSSC is working with active duty and veterans’ programs to provide bridge training programs and industry certification to help men and women who served their country qualify their skills. With tens of thousands affected by downsizing over the next five years, it is more important than ever to help them find jobs.
Presenters: Rebekah Hutton, Director, Strategic Affairs, Manufacturing Skills Standards Council, DC

Executive CD
Making a Market for Competency-Based Credentials
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
The presenters will discuss findings from a new Surdna Foundation funded report that focuses on how competency-based credentials benefit workers, employers, and educational institutions and what these players can do to create markets that support large-scale adoption of market-relevant credentials. The session will include an overview of the state-of-play in this arena and specific actions institutions can take to engage employers and faculty in aligning policies and programs with labor-market needs.
Presenters: Nancy Laprade, Senior Policy Associate and Keith Bird, Senior Policy Fellow, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, MI

Milwaukee
Blueprint for Creating Successful Statewide Partnerships
TRACK: Best Practices in Workforce and Economic Development
Learn how Kentucky Adult Education, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, and the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet used the Accelerating Opportunity initiative as a focal point for state and local collaboration. The session will highlight successful partnership strategies created around a unified vision of ensuring low-skilled adults earn the skills and credentials needed to become part of Kentucky’s skilled workforce and strategies for scaling and sustaining the initiative.
Presenters: Jay Box, Chancellor, Kentucky Community and Technical College System; Beth Brinly, Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Investment, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet; and Reecie Stagnolia, Vice President, Kentucky Adult Education, KY


SESSION F
THURSDAY OCTOBER 17
11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Lakeshore A
Business Services North: A New Approach to Workforce and Economic Development
TRACK: Best Practices in Workforce and Economic Development
Business Services North is a unique collaboration between a community college, the SBDC, and a local CDFI to provide single point-of-contact assessment and technical assistance to aspiring and current business owners. BSN also maintains a unique website portal, featuring an assessment tool to help entrepreneurs analyze their business’ needs and link them to appropriate resources. A website visitor can access needed resources either virtually or by asking to work directly with a Business Services North advisor.
Presenter: John E. Dyer, Director of Community and Corporate Affairs, White Mountains Community College, NH

Lakeshore B 2013 NONCREDIT EXEMPLARY PROGRAM AWARD
Academy for Nonprofit Excellence: A Resource for Nonprofit Capacity Building
TRACK: Best Practices in Workforce and Economic Development
Tidewater Community College in partnership with the Hampton Roads Community Foundation developed a certificate program to meet the professional development needs of staff and board members in the nonprofit sector. Now in its tenth year, the Academy for Nonprofit Excellence continues to offer high-quality, budget-friendly courses covering all aspects of nonprofit management to a growing audience. Join Academy staff for an overview of this highly successful model and hear how the Academy has evolved from a training resource to a venue for training, networking and the sharing of ideas to enhance nonprofit service. Learn about the funding partnership, the program model evolution, the return on investment, and program replication.
Presenters: Lillian Bailey, Founding Program Director, Academy for Nonprofit Excellence and Lisa Peterson, Program Coordinator, Academy for Nonprofit Excellence, Tidewater Community College, VA

Lakeshore C
Accelerate Texas: Advancing Adult Students into Careers
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
Accelerate Texas, an initiative of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, in collaboration with the Texas Workforce Commission, is engaging Texas community colleges in implementing integrated pathways to advance lower-skilled adult learners into high-demand occupations. Learn more about the progress and success of these colleges, strategies to institutionalize these approaches, and efforts to expand these programs to additional colleges across the state. Hear how Accelerate Texas is connecting with major state policy initiatives, including a new universal state college placement assessment, and new efforts to connect federally funded adult education programs (both within and outside community colleges) to career pathways. Learn from the Texas experience and share your own lessons about advancing lower-skilled adults into family-sustaining careers.
Presenters: Linda Munoz, Senior Program Director, Developmental and Adult Education, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; Anson Green, Director, Adult Education and Literacy, Texas Workforce Commission; Lorraine Romero, Adult Education Staff Developer, Houston Community College Tristyn Davis, Program Manager, Lone Star College System; Nadezhdya Nazarenko, Executive Director, College Preparation Programs, Lone Star College; and Juan Carlos Aguirre, Director, Continuing Education, South Texas College, TX

Crystal
Carreras en Salud and Center for Working Families
TRACK: Best Practices in Workforce and Economic Development
Instituto’s presence in the Latino community for more than 30 years has made the organization a well-known and trusted resource for low-income families to improve their lives. When establishing collaborative models, it is important to clearly determine the factors that may interfere with the learning goals of students, such as case management, family and work counseling, childcare, transportation, healthcare, and placement. To this end, Instituto del Progreso Latino’s Carreras en Salud (CeS) Pathway Model and Center for Working Families (CWF) have designed an operational system of integrating both models into one best practice design. Carreras en Salud: A Chicago Bilingual Healthcare Partnership is a career pathways program established to bridge programs.
Presenters: Guadalupe Martinez, Director of Career Pathways; Tom DuBois, Director, Center of New Initiatives; Ricardo Estrada, Vice President of Education and Programs, Instituto del Progreso Latino, IL

Manager’s Suite
The Pathways Project: Opportunities for Low-Income, Low-Skilled Adults
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
The Pathways Project, a partnership between Mid-State Technical College, Wood County Human Services, and Workforce Central, an arm of Incourage Community Foundation, offers two educational and three training certificates to low income participants. The training certificates provide industry recognized certificates, such as the MSSC certificate, that create entry to employment and/or courses that ladder into identified high labor market demand associate degree programs. Since its inception in 2011, 102 of the 192 participants enrolled in the five certificates have completed. Eighty participants have found employment and 61 participants have chosen to continue their education.
Presenters: Jo-Ellen Fairbanks-Schutz, Associate Dean, General Education and Stephanie Bender, The Pathways Project Coordinator, Mid-State Technical College, WI

Gilpatrick 2013 NONCREDIT EXEMPLARY PROGRAM AWARD
ShaleNet: Linking Talent to Opportunity
TRACK: Best Practices in Workforce and Economic Development
ShaleNET is a job-training program that began in 2010, funded through the U.S. Department of Labor – Education and Training Administration that has helped men and women find jobs within the Natural Gas Industry. ShaleNET has 20 certified training providers throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and New York, and has certified 978 graduates for entry-level positions in the Natural Gas Industry. The ShaleNET Talent Matching System (ShaleNET.org) educated 12,619 individuals on the benefits of entry-level jobs in the Natural Gas Industry and over 3,000 of these individuals found employment from July 1, 2010 through June 2013.
Presenters: Patrick E. Gerity, Vice President, Continuing Education, Workforce and Community Development, Westmoreland County Community College and Tracy L. Brundage, Assistant Vice President for Workforce and Economic Development, Pennsylvania College of Technology, PA

Executive AB
Top Five Strategies to Career Pathway Success
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
Learn how Chippewa Valley Technical College successfully implemented a career pathway program in the healthcare field through the Bridges2Healthcare grant received from the Department of Labor. The following strategies will be highlighted and examined: #1: Proper planning prevents poor performance; #2: Pathways center around student success; #3: Key stakeholders are actively involved; #4: Pathways must fit within the organizational structure; and #5: Data drives effective design and reporting.
Presenters: Brenda Scheurer, Career Pathways Coordinator; Margo Keys, Vice President Student Services, Chippewa Valley Technical College; and Sue Lane, B2HC Program Manager, Workforce Resource, Inc., WI

Executive CD
Building Support for New Workforce Education Practices through Strategic Planning
TRACK: Best Practices in Workforce and Economic Development
Community colleges’ workforce education administrators need support from college presidents, state community college boards, and elected officials to bring about new and more effective workforce education practices. This workshop provides a strategy to build support through development of an innovative strategic plan. Use of this strategy by Deans and Directors of workforce education and the Mississippi Community College Board resulted in universal support from Community College Presidents. Its workforce leadership, partnerships, and demonstrated outcomes were instrumental in the Governor and legislature’s approval of an additional $8 million for workforce education, a call for multi-community college consortia, and implementation teams.
Presenters: Jack Mills, Director, National Network of Sector Partners, Insight Center for Community Economic Development, CA; and Shawn Mackey, Associate Executive Director for Workforce, Career and Technical Education, Mississippi Community College Board, MS

Milwaukee
Plugged-In to Advanced Energy Storage System
TRACK: Grant Outcomes, Deliverables and Sustainable Solution
Macomb Community College is recognized as a leader in developing educational programming around the evolving alternative fuel and energy technologies utilized by the auto industry. As a national leader in integrating credit and non-credit offerings, the college has utilized federal grants and established extensive regional and national partnerships to provide educational offerings supporting the region's heritage as the hub of the global auto industry. The session will focus on the innovative approach to establishing career pathways to meet the emerging employment needs of the industry.
Presenter: Holger Ekanger, WCE Director - Engineering & Advanced Technology, Macomb Community College, MI


Dr. Keith Bird and Kathryn Jo Manners Keynote Presentation 


SESSION G
THURSDAY OCTOBER 17
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Lakeshore A
A Community Effort: KPACE
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
Kirkwood Community College, in partnership with the United Way of East Central Iowa, community-based organizations, and area employers, is developing a career pathway program focusing on student success. Pathway programming has been developed to meet local workforce needs and to assist in Kirkwood’s goal of increasing college completion rates from 29 to 38 percent. A key component of KPACE is the role of a pathway navigator, who works with students on connecting community and academic resources. In this session, discover the role of the navigator, as well as how multiple entities collaborate on program aspects, including program design, instruction, and providing student support services.
Presenters: Marcel Kielkucki, Director of High School Completion Programs; Carla Andorf, Director Skills to Employment; and Bethany Parker, Program Director Workforce Programs, Kirkwood Community College, IA

Lakeshore C
Sustainability Skills Matter
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
The Greenforce Initiative, a partnership of National Wildlife Federation and Jobs for the Future, coalesced national thought leaders to discuss advancing sustainability skills in community college career and technical education in ways that are aligned with employer demand. As the clean economy grows, employers seek workers with the sustainability skills that can contribute to their profitability; worker health, safety, and productivity; and environmental stewardship goals. These sustainability skills – encompassing both environmentally conscious technical skills and systems thinking -- are making workers more competitive in their regional labor markets. Come learn more about what college leaders had to say about the value of sustainability skills and add your own perspective and experience to the development of a national "Greenprint” to expand these skills.
Presenter: Gloria Mwase, Program Director, Jobs for the Future, MA

Crystal
Madison College Pathway to Health Careers
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
The Patient Care Pathway is participating in a federally funded study which proves that students are significantly more successful and persist towards their degree completion in health careers. The program aligns with the college’s strategic goals to increase success, completion and retention of academically underprepared students. Due to the high admissions standards for health programs, many students must work through several semesters of remedial and pre-requisite coursework before they are eligible to apply. The goal of the Patient Care Pathway is to allow these academically underprepared students to enter immediately into degree credit career and technical programming that is integrated with basic skills curriculum thereby reducing their remediation time by one to three semesters.
Presenters: Shawna Carter, Associate Dean; Kevin Piper, Faculty Advisor, Patient Care Pathway; and Meghan Conlin, Advisor, Patient Care Pathway, Madison College, WI

Manager’s Suite
Using Customized Technology to Manage Outcomes
TRACK: Grant Outcomes, Deliverables and Sustainable Solution
Managing a consortium is a formidable undertaking. Kingsborough Community College developed technology tools to help manage our Round 1 TAACCCT recognized by the USDOL as best practices: Ning, a social networking tool, provides a secure location for key documents and builds community across the consortium; a database designed and managed in-house allows us to refine reporting functions as needed; a Quality Assurance system assures data is entered properly, and produces real-time reports informing program delivery.
Presenters: Babette Audant, Executive Director Center for Economic and Workforce Development; Alissa Levine, Director of Programs; and Ashley Dallman, CareerPATH Project Director, Kingsborough Community College - CUNY, NY

Gilpatrick
CLASP's Updated Career Pathways Funding Toolkit
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
CLASP released the original funding toolkit for career pathways in 2010. Since then, there have been many important changes in federal law that affect several primary funding streams used to support career pathways. In this session, participants will learn about these changes, receive a copy of the updated toolkit, hear how other states and regions are using federal funds to support career pathways, and get some hands-on experience using this tool. In addition to important updates, CLASP also has added an appendix dedicated to information on federal funding resources for support service functions in career pathways.
Presenter: Vickie Choitz, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), DC; Beth M. Arman, Director, Technical Training Continuing Education and Economic Development, Community College of Baltimore County, MD; and Arturo Martinez, Associate Dean Pre-College and Bilingual Education, Milwaukee Area Technical College, WI

Executive AB
Greetings from the OK Corral: A Federal Legislative Update
As Congress engages in another of a series of gunfights over government funding and the debt ceiling, many important workforce development policy issues remain on the agenda. Join two seasoned Washington professionals to learn more about what is happening with federal funding for key programs; reauthorizations of the Workforce Investment Act, Higher Education Act and others; another attempt at the gainful employment regulations; and more.
Presenters: Jim Hermes, Associate Vice President of Government Relations, AACC and Mary Gardner Clagett, Director Workforce Policy, Jobs for the Future

Executive CD
What Does Completion Have To Do With It?
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
Many students enter our institutions and successfully leverage coursework to learn new work skills and attain better jobs without ever completing a formal certificate or credential. Significant strides have been made in identifying and understand this group of skills builders. Taken together Peter Bahr's study of the course taking patterns of hundreds of thousands of California community college students and a separate survey of completers and leavers from over 30 community colleges help us identify and quantify the achievement of this sub-group. Current definitions of success classify skill builders as failures. The session will discuss the findings and implications of these research efforts.
Presenters: Kathy Booth, Senior Research Associate, West Ed; KC Greaney, Director of Institutional Research, Santa Rosa Junior College; and Nick Kremer, Chair Vocational Research and Accountability Committee, California Community Colleges, CA

Milwaukee
Discovering the Demand for IT Talent the RITE Way
TRACK: Best Practices in Workforce and Economic Development
This session will allow attendees to learn about an industry-led partnership, the Regional Information Technology Engagement Board. The vision for this partnership is to reduce talent shortage by graduating more students with two- and four-year degrees. The goal is to improve college IT programs through curricular innovations and experiential learning that meets demand for IT talent, while the challenge is to identify what is in-demand. Learn about an RITE way to measure demand that integrates real time labor market data from Burning Glass, in-depth job analysis done with RITE employers as a group, and the use of Skills Framework for an Information Age (SFIA) as a common language for employers and educators to use to arrive at priority programs and ideas for curricular change that focus on student recruitment.
Presenters: James Shanahan, President, Shanahan Resources Inc./ Lorain County Community College; Annette McIver, Program Director, Lorain County Community College, OH; Kelly Bailey, Burning Glass Technologies, MA; and Denise Vinton, Manager of IT Talent, Eaton Corporation, OH


SESSION H
THURSDAY OCTOBER 17
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

Lakeshore A
Training Post-Prison Health Workers Online: a National Partnership
TRACK: Best Practices in Workforce and Economic Development
City College of San Francisco and Transitions Clinic Network were awarded a federal innovation grant to train and employ formerly incarcerated community health workers (CHWs) in health clinics serving recently released prisoners with chronic conditions. The collaborative aims to improve access to quality care for this population, and promote the formerly incarcerated CHW workforce. Opportunities and challenges to teaching practice-based courses online will be shared, including strategies for community building, assessment, and student success.
Presenters: Alma Avila, CHW Certificate Program Director and Amie Fishman, Collaborative Project Director, City College of San Francisco, CA

Lakeshore B
Mechatronics: a Public Certificate-Level Program and an On-Boarding Corporate Training Example
TRACK: Manufacturing Re-Tooled
Explore mechatronics and robotics education from two perspectives: one, a grant-funded certificate in mechatronics, and the other, a customized workforce training solution. A USDOL grant funded the development of a certificate-level program in mechatronics. We will discuss the outcomes of the mechatronics certificate and the flexible delivery format. We will also compare and contrast that program with a corporate case study on advancing newly hired technicians to full performance status in high-speed robotic packaging. Topics will include working with rapidly changing requirements, hiring process, position analysis, instructional design, off-the-floor vs. on-the-floor training, and lessons learned
Presenters: Gary L. Morgan, Dean Emeritus, College of Lake County; Ted Stefaniak, STEM Bridge, College of Lake County, IL; and Jay Bouis, Coordinator of Technical Training, Community College of Baltimore County, MD

Lakeshore C
Driving a Partnership with Alternative Fuels
TRACK: Best Practices in Workforce and Economic Development
Alternative Fuel vehicles are growing in popularity among energy conscious consumers and commercial fleet managers. These vehicles require special skills at many levels from lube and oil changers to ASE-certified Compressed Natural Gas and Hybrid Electric Technicians. The cost to upgrade shop equipment and train faculty can be prohibitive, and there is a growing concern about skills shortages in many labor markets. Milwaukee Area Technical College, Wisconsin Auto and Truck Dealers Association, Milwaukee Area Workforce Funders Alliance partnered with JFF on a Green Jobs Innovation Fund grant to build college capacity for new courses at the AA level, train fleet technicians and build a pipeline for new entrants into Auto Tech careers.
Presenters: Geri Scott, Program Director, Jobs for the Future; Becky Alsup-Kingery, Associate Dean of Applied Technology, Milwaukee Area Technical College; Gary Beier, Executive Director, WADTA Foundation, WI; and Karen Gotzler, Chief Operations Officer, Urban Strategies, WI

Crystal
Re-Aligning Education to Support Manufacturing Growth
TRACK: Manufacturing Re-Tooled
Developing a strategy to educate the workforce in a way that supports economic growth is a challenge for any community technical college. The main challenge is to align the education program with the growing future workforce needs of the local manufacturers. This workshop will offer two perspectives: one that develops an Advanced Manufacturing Certificate and Customized Apprenticeship program through a partnership with a 71 member CEO lead group in an urban community and another that creates an associate degree program for an Industrial Mechanical Technician in a more rural community by collaborating with a Regional Economic Development organization.
Presenters: Julie Parks, Director, Workforce Training, Grand Rapids Community College, MI; Richard Johnson, Industrial Mechanical Technician Program Instructor, Nicolet College, WI; and Mary Hofstra,Senior Program Manager Manufacturing, Grand Rapids Community College, MI

Manager’s Suite
Pros and Cons of Team Teaching
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
Team Teaching at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is an effective approach in Regional Industry Skills Education (RISE). This strategy positively impacts transitioning English Language Learners and Basic Education students into credit level courses in healthcare, business and trades programs. Learn about the importance of the support from administration and explore the benefits and challenges of team teaching while learning how to work together to overcome those obstacles and arrive at student success in earning career-ready credentials.
Presenters: Pamela J. Gerstner, Associate Dean, General Studies; Shawn Jensen, ELL Instructor; Karla Sampselle, Medical Assistant Instructor; and Cindy Theys , Associate Dean Health Sciences, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, WI

Gilpatrick
Pathways to Results: Equity, Inclusion, and Rising to the Challenge
TRACK: Career Pathways, Integrated Career Pathways and the Completion Agenda
Pathways to Results (PTR) is an equity-guided, outcome-focused model used to continuously improve Programs of Study. PTR is aimed at improving student transitions to college and careers. It empowers stakeholders to use institutional data to improve programs of study and produce equitable student outcomes bridging research, policy, and practice. PTR has grown from 6 to 57 teams that include partnerships of secondary and post-secondary educators, adult educators, employers and workforce development professionals, and state and community leaders. Based on past PTR partnerships, this presentation focuses on: a) the nature of inequities identified by PTR teams; and b) PTR team solutions that address secondary-post-secondary gaps in transition.
Presenters: Randi Congleton, Graduate Research Assistant and Edmund Graham, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Illinois - Office of Community College Research and Leadership, IL

Executive AB
A System's Approach to Curriculum and Assessment
TRACK: Best Practices in Workforce and Economic Development
Today’s globally competitive companies foster the cross-functional knowledge skills of their employees and identify system-level problems early. The key to the success for these companies is to adopt a systems approach to instruction and training. The systems approach is a design philosophy that requires student to learn the parts of the system through an examination of the "big picture”. This session will explain how AMTEC uses the systems approach to develop curriculum and assessments and will provide examples of how to implement this process in all content areas.
Presenter: Katherine Manley, Director of Assessment and Evaluation, AMTEC - Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative, KY

Executive CD
Hybrid Training Programs for Direct Care Workers: Learning from the Oregon Training Initiative
TRACK: Grant Outcomes, Deliverables and Sustainable Solutions
The Oregon Online Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Training Initiative, funded via a three-year federal grant awarded to Southwestern Oregon Community College, brought together several community colleges, a statewide long-term care association and a private online training company to create statewide hybrid (online plus instructor-led skills) training programs for nursing assistants, home health aides, and community health workers. This unique partnership has trained hundreds of individuals for the direct care workforce, effectively utilizing limited instructors, while providing access and flexibility to individuals already employed. Learn how this program was created and how it can be replicated in your state to meet the needs of one of the fastest growing occupations in the nation.
Presenter: Sharon Brothers, CEO, Institute for Professional Care Education, OR

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