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Wednesday Oct 25 - Session C
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1:30 pm – 2:30 pm


Canyon A                                             SILVER SPONSOR
Closing the Skills Gap Through Creating an Environment for Lifelong Goal Attainment
TRACK: The Shifting Landscape of Workforce Education

It is critical community colleges create an environment for life goal attainment that will connect your community with opportunities for educational attainment that lead directly to careers in the industries that are in need of more skilled laborers. Successful execution will increase the economic outlook and help spur economic growth in your communities by making it even more attractive to business looking for talented labor pools across the country.

Presenters: Chuck Brodsky, Executive Vice President, Full Measure Education, DC and Jo Alice Blondin, President, Clark State Community College, OH


Alpine East                                         GOLD SPONSOR
Elevate your Workforce Development through Innovation and Technology
TRACK: The Shifting Landscape of Workforce Education

A review of Workforce Development in two-year colleges and how technology allows colleges to rapidly meet community and industry demands.

Presenters: Daragh Scaife, Vice President Product Management, and Marcia A. Daniel, Associate Vice President, Executive Engagement, Ellucian, VA


Alpine West                                       CREDIT EXEMPLARY PROGRAM AWARD
An Automation/Robotics Workforce Education that Fosters a Competitive Edge
TRACK: The Shifting Landscape of Workforce Education

Ivy Tech Northeast’s Advance Automation and Robotics progressive pedagogy to prepare a workforce that’s needed today and as the industry grows will be elucidated.  The pedagogy provides horizontal (basic subject matter) skills as well as vertical (workforce) skills (including discovery-based collaborative project learning).  Students take advantage of the program’s block scheduling, internships, and nationally recognized certifications embedded in the courses.  It will be compared to the alternative—(education) traditionalism—that will not foster the U.S. economy to competitively move forward.

Presenters: Robert D. Parker, Program Chair and Assistant Professor, Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology (AART) and Industrial Technology and Darrel J. Kesler, Professor and Dean Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Technology, Ivy Tech Community College, IN


Canyon B
Pre-Apprenticeship 101
TRACK: The Shifting Landscape of Workforce Education

Pre-apprenticeship programs are designed to be linked to employers who need skilled workers for entry-level positions or to apprenticeship training. Participants receive hands-on training from industry professionals, tour and interview with local employers/apprenticeship programs, receive multiple certifications, and can earn college credit. Learn what it takes to develop a pre-apprenticeship program, the benefits to students, the college, employers and the economy, and how to partner with nonprofits and the workforce development system.

Presenters: Judy Reed, Director American Apprenticeship Initiative Grant and Melinda Nichols, AAI Grant Specialist, South Seattle College – Georgetown Campus, WA


Salon 1
Better Choices-Better Health: A Community Based Program for Older Adults
TRACK: Equity and Diversity in Workforce Development

In this workshop you will learn about how CCAC has partnered with a large health care organization, a large regional foundation, the local United Way and a large community-based senior service center to offer an evidence based training program to help individuals, 60 years of age and older, to manage living with chronic health issues, to learn how to advocate for themselves with medical providers, and navigate the healthcare system.

Presenter: Mary Jo Guercio, Director of Community Training and Development, Community College of Allegheny County, PA


Salon 2
Working Together on Apprenticeships: WIOAs and Community Colleges
TRACK: Connecting Policy and Practice for Program Design

New WIOA administrative rules include Registered Apprenticeships. Community colleges are now becoming Registered Apprenticeship (RA) program sponsors and/or providing Related Training Instruction.  But how and in what ways do WIBs and community colleges work effectively to grow the number of registered apprentices? This presentation shares lessons learned in the efforts of a local Worknet Center (WIOA) and Harper College.  Included are examples on the process and results developed to successfully undertake this collaborative initiative.

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

Salon 3
Changing Landscapes: Building Programs by Braiding Partners, Resources and Funding
TRACK: The Shifting Landscape of Workforce Education

An interactive workshop designed to look at how the Community College of Baltimore County built innovative programming through the creative use of partnerships, resources, and funding that resulted in successful completion and employment outcomes for hard to serve populations.  The session will look at best practices to build regional partnerships, how data driven results can redefine success by aligning college outcomes to partner goals, and how holistic education can drive completion and employment rates, thereby attracting partners and funders.

Presenters: Matthew Bernardy, Director Connections to Employment; Jay Bouis, Director Technical Training; and Lauren Rice, Coordinator Student Support Services, Community College of Baltimore County, MD


Seminar Theater
Engagement for Professional Development: Connecting Workforce Advisors to Employers
TRACK: Strategic Workforce Stakeholders and Partnerships

Inquiring minds want to know about the workforce.  Students typically encounter student services colleagues first, asking questions about the jobs related to each program offering.  Student services colleagues are hungry for workforce information, so Lone Star College creates opportunities for them to hear directly from industry partners.  This session will include these LSC professional development strategies and other industry engagement methods for workforce advisor roles.

Presenters: Christina Todd, Executive Director Workforce Program Development, and Laurie Boyd, Advisor II, Lone Star College, TX


Canyon C
Institutional Strengthening through Federal Grants
TRACK: The Impact of Federal Grants on Community Colleges

Clark State Community College uses federal grant funds to strengthen institutional effectiveness and build capacity through designing and implementing new programs, revising programs, acquiring training equipment, creating work-based modules, implementing I-BEST model introductory courses in technical career pathways, and establishing new recruitment, retention and completion strategies. These institutional improvements came about based on a grant funded program that led to other programs and has been the catalyst for institutional change even without grant funds.

Presenters: Robert J. Visdos, President, Workforce Institute, Inc., OR and Amit Singh, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Clark State Community College, OH

Serving Internationally-Trained Immigrants
TRACK: Equity and Diversity in Workforce Development

One in five college educated immigrants is either unemployed or under-employed. This workshop will provide guidance on how to address the needs of the skilled immigrant population. In this session, the presenters will provide a national, state, and local perspective on how workforce educators are pioneering innovative program models through integrated education and training, contextualized ESL and career pathways planning. Participants will learn about best practices and resources to help further support this unique population.

Presenters: Katherine Gebremedhin, Director Partnerships and Program Development, WES Global Talent Bridge, NY and John Hunt, Executive Director for Adult Community Learning, Division of Adult and Continuing Education, LaGuardia Community College, NY


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