The Future of Workforce Education
Leading ~ Engaging ~ Transforming
October 25-26, 2017
Hilton Hotel - Salt Lake City, UT
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2017 CONFERENCE STRANDS
The Impact of Federal Grants on Community Colleges
Four rounds of TAACCCT awards are coming to a close. Like TAACCCT, TechHire and America's Promise grants will enable major investments in new training pipelines and infrastructure. Federal funds are a game-changer at many community colleges but when the money dries up, how are institutions sustaining these much-needed initiatives? This strand invites participants to share strategies for sustaining new programs, and for planning for sustainability as part of the proposal and implementation process.
Strategic Workforce Stakeholders and Partnerships
Forging partnerships is an effective way to develop diverse solutions, leverage resources, and increase program impact. Accordingly, AACC has proposed to the new administration an annual $500 million Community College and Industry Partnerships program that engages key players, particularly business and industry, in expanding, modernizing, and otherwise improving community colleges’ ability to educate the workforce of today and tomorrow. Presenters will share innovative employer engagement and partnership strategies resulting in meeting industry needs and bridging skill gaps. Sessions will focus on the role of partnerships among industry, local stakeholders and community colleges in conducting needs assessment, program development and training delivery in order to create a pipeline of skilled workers.
The Shifting Landscape of Workforce Education
The landscape of workforce education is changing to adapt to new technologies and evolving employer needs. Workforce Education now encompasses more elements including different strategies, partnerships and opportunities. Colleges are offering new/more certificates and national certifications, apprenticeships, prior learning assessment, and increasingly cross-walking noncredit training to credit programs. Sessions in this strand will illustrate how innovative colleges have become in accommodating the shifting landscape and local workforce needs.
Connecting Policy and Practice for Program Design
There are many policy initiatives designed to address barriers to employment and educational opportunities which align workforce, education and economic development systems. These initiatives are designed to improve the quality of employment, education, training, and support services needed to succeed in the labor market. Sessions for this strand will showcase how local, state and federal initiatives are being met. For example, sessions will address what changes have been made to faculty professional development based on Perkins requirements or how resources have been leveraged to meet the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program performance measures to ensure alignment between Adult Education and Literacy programs and workforce education to ensure postsecondary and career success.
Equity and Diversity in Workforce Development
Closing education, employment, wage, and skill gaps for low-income populations who have been historically underrepresented and under-engaged in an increasingly diverse workforce is critical to fostering robust economic growth and preparing for the skilled jobs employers need to fill. As the workforce becomes interconnected through globalization and technology, successful organizations will utilize the knowledge and talent of a diverse workforce. How can we assure that workforce development initiatives address the demands of the diverse workforce? Presenters in this strand will focus on strategies and partnerships that engage such traditionally underrepresented groups.