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Wednesday Oct 25 - Session D
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3:15 pm – 4:15 pm


Canyon A
Virginia's New Economy Workforce Credential Grant
TRACK: The Shifting Landscape of Workforce Education

In July 2016, Virginia implemented the first in the nation pay-for-performance workforce program that incentivizes colleges, and lowers student costs for noncredit credentialing in high demand fields. The program cuts costs to students by 2/3, pays only for completions, provides financial aid, matches students with full time career coaches, and supports outreach and recruitment efforts to bust myths about middle skills careers. Presenters will highlight the legislation, policy, practice, and first-year outcomes of this innovative approach to 21st century workforce development.

Presenters: Randall Stamper, Assistant Vice Chancellor Workforce Programs and Lori Dwyer, Assistant Vice Chancellor Workforce Policy, Virginia's Community Colleges, VA


Alpine East
Strategic Partnerships in Bioeconomy Education
TRACK: Strategic Workforce Stakeholders and Partnerships

Presenters will discuss “Grow Your Future” project, launched within TAACCCT Round 4 consortia, recognized with What’s Right With the Region award, and taking integrated approach including educating low-income K-12 students and their families about bio-based industries and providing education and career pathways. Presenters will address regional collaboration making this project a success, including higher education, employers, workforce/economic development, and communities, and will showcase how this strategic partnership helps break the inter-generational cycle of poverty.

Presenters: Courtney Breckenridge, Project Manager and Diana Nastasia, Program Management Specialist, Building Illinois Bioeconomy Consortium, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, IL


Alpine West
Facilitating ABE Learners' Postsecondary Success
TRACK: Connecting Policy and Practice for Program Design

This session addresses strategies for facilitating adult education learners’ success in postsecondary education. Results from our evaluation of the Oregon Pathways for Adult Basic Skills initiative concerning adult learners’ enrollment in postsecondary courses and earning of postsecondary credentials will be discussed. Highlighted will be coordination between adult education and career and technical education in supporting career and college awareness instruction, considerations in guiding learners’ selection of college courses, and advising to ensure postsecondary completion.

Presenter: Judith A. Alamprese, Principal Scientist, Abt Associates, MD


Canyon B
Innovations in Human Services Counseling Careers
TRACK: The Shifting Landscape of Workforce Education

The presenters will share a case study of two similar academic programs that were combined to create one program with several stackable credentials, prior learning assessments, synchronous and asynchronous learning, alignment of degrees and certificates with workforce certifications, and a partnership between credit and noncredit programs. We will share our strengths and our challenges, provide examples on how we have maximized enrollment and ensured quality training for our students, and describe how we have re-engaged program completers to return for additional workforce training.

Presenters: Ted McCadden, Associate Professor and Lisa Boone, Associate Professor, Community College of Baltimore County, MD


Salon 1
Student Success Through Resiliency and Support
TRACK: Connecting Policy and Practice for Program Design

The Northeast Resiliency Consortium (NRC) has defined resiliency as “an individual’s persistent development and application of knowledge, skills and resources that effectively help one adapt to change and overcome adversity.” Kingsborough Community College, an NRC college partner, uses Resiliency Modules to teach skills which students can draw upon during crises of various scales. Learn about how our model incorporates resiliency competencies throughout the entirety of training to prepare students with skills they can engage whenever and wherever crisis situations arise.

Presenters: Alissa Levine, Director of Programs and Jessica Cinelli, Grants Coordinator, Center for Economic and Workforce Development, Kingsborough Community College, NY


Salon 2
Enhancing Immigrant Workforce Opportunities
TRACK: Equity and Diversity in Workforce Development

Building One Community and Norwalk Community College will present an overview of the Home Health Aide Skills Development program. This partnership is an Immigrant Workforce Education initiative that prepares students to work in the home healthcare sector. The presenters will discuss the design and implementation process, the program components and early success indicators. This work has provided a new way to deliver education to our immigrant community and meet key workforce needs.

Presenters: Anka Badurina, Skills Development Senior Director, Building One Community and Kristina Testa-Buzzee, Associate Dean of Extended Studies and Workforce Education, Norwalk Community College, CT

Salon 3
Community Health Center and Community College Partnerships for Health Workforce Benefit
TRACK: Strategic Workforce Stakeholders and Partnerships

From the frame of collective impact, participants will: consider a model of collaboration between community colleges and community health centers (CHCs); learn and share examples of innovative, successful partnerships between community colleges and CHCs; identify possible primary care partnership opportunities; and explore the intersections between community colleges and CHCs with regards to meeting the current and future demands of the primary care workforce. The session will offer tools and suggestions to maximize relationships.

Presenters: Jennifer Johnston, Program Manager Healthcare Workforce Transitions, Highline College; Dan Ferguson, Director, Washington State Allied Health Center of Excellence; and Naveen Kanithi, Workforce Program Manager, Northwest Regional Primary Care Association, WA


Seminar Theater
The Role of Partnerships to Meet Workforce Needs
TRACK: Strategic Workforce Stakeholders and Partnerships

Clark State Community College engages with industry partners to meet workforce needs. We partner with job centers, economic development, chambers, and career technical centers to create a talent pipeline. Business leaders serve as advisers assuring program curriculum is aligned with workforce demands. The college credit and noncredit divisions work together to meet employer needs; producing qualified graduates and creating pathways for continued employee development. This active engagement allows us to efficiently and effectively support our businesses.

Presenters: Aimee Belanger-Haas, Dean Business and Applied Technology; Amit Singh, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs; and Toni Overholser, Director Workforce and Business Solutions, Clark State Community College, OH; and Robert Visdos, President, Workforce Institute, Inc., OR


Canyon C
Leveraging Data to Enhance Healthcare Programs
TRACK: The Impact of Federal Grants on Community Colleges

The University of the District of Columbia Community College offers stackable and marketable credentials to ultimately move students into high wage jobs. A TAACCCT grant enhanced the Healthcare Administration program using contextualized learning designed to improve literacy, numeracy, and soft skills alongside traditional technical training. To make improvements, programmatic and administrative data are used to inform decision-making. These data provide better performance and outcome measures to expand and sustain the pathway.

Presenter: Emmanuelle St. Jean, Project Director Healthcare Administration, University of the District of Columbia Community College, DC

Ok, We Have Support. Now What?
TRACK: Strategic Workforce Stakeholders and Partnerships

HCC has progressed exponentially from one garage to a multi-disciplined program in a relatively short-period of time – but not alone. By forging and multiplying key industry, community and business partnerships, HCC has expanded, modernized, and improved the quality and focus of its programming and funding sources. This workshop discusses employer engagement and partnership strategies and focuses on how reciprocity guides these partnerships in refinement of needs assessment, 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


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