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Wednesday Oct 25 - Session B
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11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Canyon A                                             PLATINUM SPONSOR
Workforce Automation: The Looming Threat of Evil Robots and Intelligent Computers
TRACK: The Shifting Landscape of Workforce Education

The workforce industry has spent decades training individuals in many job classifications that will simply disappear in the coming years. This thought-provoking and interactive session presented by technologist and futurist Derrick Edwards explains the imminent wave of worker displacement caused by robotic automation and artificial intelligence (AI), the myriad of industries and jobs that will be affected, the speed of displacement, and resources for preparing for the workforce’s transformation.

Presenter: Derrick Edwards, President, AGS Data Systems/G*STARS


Alpine East                                         GOLD SPONSOR
Launching Cyber Careers: How IT Certifications=Jobs
TRACK: The Shifting Landscape of Workforce Education

With more than 550,000 open IT jobs, there is a huge need for qualified workers. More importantly, median IT job salaries are twice that of non-IT jobs!  Learn why employers are looking more than ever at certifications to validate the skills needed to be successful in these high-demand cyber jobs.

Presenters: Kirk Smallwood, Vice President Business Development and Alan Rowland, Director Business Development, CompTIA, IL


Alpine West                                       NONCREDIT EXEMPLARY PROGRAM AWARD
Caution –Student Driver!: HCC’s Student-Centered Road to Excellence
TRACK: Strategic Workforce Stakeholders and Partnerships

HCC’s Florida Regional Transportation Training Hub began with a single program guided by a student-centered success philosophy: adopt a multigenerational approach to literacy, academic and non-academic student support services, and engage aggressively in partnerships and community engagement. This student-driven programmatic model resulted in exponential growth for HCCC’s transportation workforce programs, not just in offerings, enrollment, and completion rates, but also in employer engagement and community partnerships. Join us to discuss implementation successes and challenges on the road to program development, training delivery and workforce readiness.

Presenters: Dove Wimbish, Literacy Director/Student Success Coordinator and John Meeks, Director of Workforce Education, Hillsborough Community College, FL


Canyon B
Forging Employer Partnerships: Lessons from cᶟbc
TRACK: The Impact of Federal Grants on Community Colleges

This session addresses approaches for community colleges’ strategic engagement of business and industry partners in improving the alignment between postsecondary education and employer needs, developing postsecondary courses and credentials, and placing students in industry jobs. Results from the evaluation of the Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials (cᶟbc) TAAACCCT project will be presented. Salt Lake Community College’s work in implementing the Medical Device Manufacturing Processes and Practices Certificate will be featured.

Presenters: Judith Alamprese, Principal Scientist, Abt Associates, MD and Craig Caldwell, Dean School of Science, Mathematics and Engineering, Salt Lake Community College, UT


Salon 1
Collaborations for Learner Success: Adult Ed & CTE
TRACK: Connecting Policy and Practice for Program Design

Transitions and pathways work is about alignment between Perkins CTE and Adult Education (AEFL). California’s re-investment in adult education is happening within the context of a major CTE investment and WIOA alignment effort as adult educators now plan together around the Adult Education Block Grant consortia table. Investigate California’s implementation and create your own strategy for using an Integrated Education and Training (IET) model to drive alignment and investment across CTE and AEFL.

Presenters: Judy Mortrude, Senior Policy Analyst and Anna Cielinski, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Law and Social Policy, DC


Salon 2                                 SILVER SPONSOR
Give Employers What They Want: Work Ethic
TRACK: The Shifting Landscape of Workforce Education

Work ethic — sometimes call soft skills, workplace readiness, or foundational behaviors — is the most in-demand skill for employers. Nearly 9 out of 10 hiring managers nationwide say work ethic is their most important factor in hiring. The challenge is that fewer than 1 in 5 candidates have these basic skills, and almost all job-readiness training is focused on academic and technical skills. However, new strategies in developing work ethic are making a huge difference in employability and retention across every population. Discover the secrets that The Center for Work Ethic Development is using to help organizations around the world build the seven behaviors of work ethic.

Presenter: Josh Davies, Chief Executive Officer, The Center for Work Ethic Development, CO

Salon 3
10 Essential Elements...Do your Pathways Stack Up?
TRACK: The Shifting Landscape of Workforce Education

The “Career Pathway Assessment Tool” was developed within Wisconsin’s Technical College System to help colleges build new pathways as well as evaluate their current pathways. The 10 elements, each with sub-elements, are used to examine and assess the current state of a program pathway, and then identify next steps for enhancement. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice using the tool. Learn collaborative strategies to engage your cross-functional team in Career Pathway development and assessment.

Presenters: Bonnie Osness, Director of Career Pathways, Northcentral Technical College and Annette Kornell, Career Pathways Liaison, Madison College, WI


Seminar Theater
Innovations in Military-Workforce Translation
TRACK: Strategic Workforce Stakeholders and Partnerships

The College Credit for Heroes (CCH) program is administered by the Texas Workforce Commission to award credit to veterans and service members for their military experience.  Over the past six years, TWC has focused on three areas for increasing the number of credits awarded: an online web portal in which veterans and service members can receive an official evaluation of credit at; a network of CCH Partner Schools which has grown from seven to 52; and the creation of acceleration curricula for veterans, in which more than 84 projects have been developed.

Presenters: Apurva Naik, Program Director College Credit for Heroes Program, Texas Workforce Commission; Philip Hoy, Senior Manager of Grant Projects, College Credit for Heroes Workforce and Community Initiatives; and Todd Sherron, Principal Investigator — Accelerate Texas State, Texas State University, TX


Canyon C
STEM Pathways for Veterans: A Collective Approach
TRACK: Strategic Workforce Stakeholders and Partnerships

South Seattle College, the University of Maryland University College, and CAEL have partnered in an initiative to promote STEM education and career pathways for military veterans. In collaboration with IVMF, we gathered and analyzed data to determine which military-to-civilian pathways would best meet regional labor market needs and leverage prior learning. Focusing on sustainable building sciences and cybersecurity, the partners are working together to establish a systems approach to STEM pathways for veterans. This includes developing strategies that drive veteran academic enrollment and completion, recognize appropriate military learning for college credit, encourage employer engagement, and promote veteran recruitment and retention.

Presenters: Jennifer Brandon, Director of Grants and Special Initiatives, South Seattle College Georgetown Campus, WA and Amy Sherman, Associate Vice President for Innovation and Policy, CAEL, IL


Bringing Diversity to the Tech Sector
TRACK: Equity and Diversity in Workforce Development

Located in the tech-dominant Seattle area, Bellevue College and Year Up have been able to align their missions to provide career pathways in to the tech sector for diverse student populations. Year Up (YU) empowers underrepresented young adults to go from poverty to careers in one year. Bellevue College (BC) offers IT certificates, vetted by employers as workforce-ready. YU has engaged employers to provide internships and hire graduates. BC has paired IT certificates that meet YU's national objectives - that YU graduates leave the program employed with competitive salaries and as college graduates who can roll their certificate in to one of BC’s five technology-focused Bachelor’s degrees.

Presenters: Jody Laflen, Dean Institute for Business and Information Technology; Albert Lewis, Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development; and Robert Ortiz, Program Manager, Bellevue College, WA


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