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Wednesday Oct 25 - Session A
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9:15 am – 10:15 am

Canyon A
Outreach and Marketing Plan for Registered Apprenticeship Programs
TRACK: Strategic Workforce Stakeholders and Partnerships

Community colleges across the country are seeing results from sponsoring a Registered Apprenticeship program. Benefits for colleges include increased enrollment, retention, graduations, and student satisfaction. But how can colleges reach out to businesses to hire the apprentice? Many small- to mid-size companies have the same needs. Colleges can leverage this to aggregate apprentices from several companies into one class. This presentation focuses on an outreach plan that works to bring in employers to hire apprentices.

Presenters: Melissa MacGregor, Grant Manager and Rebecca Lake, Dean, Workforce and Economic Development, Harper College, IL


Alpine East                                         PLATINUM SPONSOR
How to Use Data to Foster Strategic Partnerships
TRACK: Strategic Workforce Stakeholders and Partnerships

To form strategic partnerships, colleges need to be able to use data — data about the labor market, employers, student outcomes, and programs — to speak to the community. Colleges also need to be able to talk about how their operations and programs impact the economic and workforce development of the region. In this workshop, we will discuss how to use data to engage businesses, students, the workforce community, and the college to be leaders and drive the economic development of their communities.

Presenters: Rob Sentz, Chief Innovation Officer, Emsi, ID and Todd Oldham, Vice President of Economic Development and Innovative Workforce Services, Monroe Community College, NY


Alpine West                                       SILVER SPONSOR
Employers Perspective of What Constitutes a High-Quality College Education
TRACK: Strategic Workforce Stakeholders and Partnerships

In 2015 Dr. Henrich conducted a quantitative study on how employers view the quality of higher education degrees. This presentation will provide insight into the employer’s perspective on many topics critical to workforce readiness. Anyone who is involved in program design, development, and delivery or looking for perspective on how their educational programs align with employer expectations will find value in this presentation.

Presenters: Joy Henrich; Regional Academic Dean, Rasmussen College and Advisory Board Member, Focus EduSolutions and Vik Aurora, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Focus EduVation, MA


Canyon B                                             SILVER SPONSOR
Connecting the Dots to Close the Skills Gap and Strengthen your Regional Economy
TRACK: Strategic Workforce Stakeholders and Partnerships

In this session, you will go on a journey with a chancellor and his peers to discover opportunities to expand instructional programs that boost educational achievement, combat poverty, and respond to the needs of regional businesses. Learn how to identify and map specific places that are struggling with these challenges, develop an inventory of jobs that are well-suited for upskilling local workers and begin the process of strategically planning the development of new training programs. Gain key insights on how to leverage conditions in your labor market to design and implement programs with real potential to advance your regional economy for all persons.

Presenter: David Altmann, Account Manager, Chmura Economics and Analytics, VA


Salon 1
Path to Pathways - Preparing for the Hike
TRACK: Connecting Policy and Practice for Program Design

The pathway journey requires planning and preparation and those already on the journey can help. This session focuses on Pierce's pathway project (hike) and how it evolved from professional technical mapping to the AACC Pathways Project, onto a College Spark grant, through statewide work in pathway tools and alignment. Bring your empty (or partially filled) backpacks and hike along as we share our learning about navigation, hydration, mapping, stamina, and reaching ever higher end goals.

Presenters: Jo Ann W Baria, Vice President Workforce, Economic and Professional Development and Christina DuWors, Washington Career Pathways Project Manager, Pierce College, WA

Salon 2
Adding Banking Access and Financial Education to Summer Youth Employment Programs
TRACK: Equity and Diversity in Workforce Development

Summer Jobs Connect, spearheaded by the Citi Foundation and the CFE Fund, is a 13-city, four-year program that provides real world lessons on how youth employment programs can seamlessly integrate banking access and targeted financial education into multiple programmatic touchpoints. By partnering with existing workforce programming and building behavioral “nudges” into standard program processes, city programs have seen dramatic increases in positive uses of financial services like direct deposit enrollment and savings.

Presenters: I-Hsing Sun, Chief Program Officer, Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund; Julia Breitman, Senior Director Youth Employment, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development; Marsha Armstrong, SYEP Manager, Newark Youth One-Stop Career Center; and Margaret Libby, Executive Director, MyPath, NY

Salon 3
Advisory Committees-Authentic Employer Partnership
TRACK: Strategic Workforce Stakeholders and Partnerships

Each of our professional technical programs works with a technical advisory committee to maintain our connection to employers. The presenter recently completed a master’s thesis on employer engagement and will share findings on her research. Come and learn about best practices to work with advisory committees, ways to further engage your industry advisors, and a model to move employer partners from advisors to trusted collaborators. This session will include a presentation, review of advisory committee best practices, and a facilitated discussion to share participants’ experiences with advisory committees.

Presenter: Lauren Hadley, Director Manufacturing Programs, Shoreline Community College, WA


Seminar Theater              SILVER SPONSOR
Taking Technical College Credits on the Road
TRACK: The Shifting Landscape of Workforce Education

The presentation explores the way NWTC developed a program to deliver dual credit courses at the high school level.  NWTC faculty designed a 53-foot mobile laboratory and developed trainers used in the lab.  Located in an area that serves both urban and rural areas, the challenge was meeting the needs of learners in outlying areas. This innovative delivery exposes high school students to careers in the electromechanical area, and awards college credits while still in high school.

Presenters: Pam Orem-Mazur, Associate Dean of Trades and Engineering, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, and Andy Herson, Sales Executive, Mobile Modular Training Systems, WI


Canyon C
Life after TAACCCT: Scaling and Sustaining Reform
TRACK: The Impact of Federal Grants on Community Colleges

TAACCCT promoted numerous reforms to community college’s policy and practice. Rutgers University’s Education and Employment Research Center served as the evaluator for seven TAACCCT grants in 12 states. These grants involved reforms on topics including: developmental education, prior learning assessment, hands-on learning, employer engagement, and career pathways. This session examines how colleges have integrated these activities with larger institutional reforms efforts like guided pathways and the challenges and successes they have encountered in efforts to sustain and scale TAACCCT.

Presenters: Michelle Van Noy, Associate Director and Heather McKay, Director Education and Employment Research Center, Rutgers —The State University of New Jersey, NJ

The AACC Plus-50 Initiative: The Ohio Story
TRACK: Equity and Diversity in Workforce Development

Middle-aged and older workers represent a substantial segment of the labor force, accounting for nearly half of all workers. Recognizing the importance of older workers to the labor force, AACC established the “Plus-50 Initiative” to provide resources to community colleges to engage the plus-50 student population. Seven of Ohio’s 23 community colleges participated in the initiative. This workshop will discuss variations in how the program was implemented at Ohio’s colleges, keys to successful program implementation, and student feedback.

Presenters: Phyllis Cummins, Senior Research Scholar, Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University and Jo Alice Blondin, President, Clark State Community College, OH




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