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Wednesday October 14
8:00 am - Pavillion

The Challenges of Workforce Education for All in a Diverse Society


  Irene Trowell-Harris, RN, Ed.D.
  Major General USAF, Retired


Dr. Irene Trowell-Harris will focus her keynote remarks on challenges in developing and educating a diverse workforce for all facets of the American society; discuss how to be more inclusive of military servicemembers and veterans, tips on translating military skills to the civilian workforce, increasing collaboration with Departments of Defense, Labor, Veterans Affairs and Veterans Service Organizations, dealing with different populations related to culture, language and customs, and some strategies that NCWE workforce professionals can employ to ensure a diverse and trained workforce.

Wednesday October 14
12:30 pm - Pavilion

Legislative Update

  Kermit Kaleba
  Senior Policy Director
  National Skills Coalition

This session will provide participants with updates on key developments in federal workforce education policy in Washington, including where things stand with the Fiscal Year 2016 budget and appropriations process as well as key legislation that impacts the workforce education field such the Higher Education Act and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Also covered will be a status update on WIOA implementation from a federal perspective with a discussion on how workforce professionals can communicate effectively with policymakers in Washington.

Thursday October 15
12:30 pm - Pavilion

Workforce Education for All - Business Leaders Panel Discussion


   John Colborn, Director Skills for America's Future
   The Aspen Institute




  Michael Schutzler, CEO
  Washington Technology Industry Association


  Stacey James
  Administrator, IAM/Boeing Joint Programs
The Boeing Company, OR



  Nexus Nichols
  Outside In, OR

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