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Thursday Oct 26 - Session E
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9:15 am – 10:15 am


Canyon A
Engaged for Lift-Off: Utah Workforce Partnerships
TRACK: Strategic Workforce Stakeholders and Partnerships

Stakeholders in Utah have launched several significant strategic workforce partnerships. Collaborations involving business and industry, legislators, the Governor’s office, economic and workforce development, community and technical colleges, higher education, and K-12 education have ignited broad efforts launching workforce initiatives to new levels. Local initiatives have inspired statewide models, and state-level efforts have seeded local partnerships. A panel of stakeholders will describe approaches, challenges, and triumphs in developing tangible industry workforce acceleration partnerships, education-industry pathways, stackable credentials, strategic workforce investments, and a new statewide “TalentReady Utah” umbrella.

Presenters: Dave R. Woolstenhulme, Commissioner of Technical Education, Utah System of Technical Colleges; Ann Millner, Utah State Senator; Tami Pyfer, Education Advisor, Office of the Utah Governor; Deneece Huftalin, President, Salt Lake Community Collegeand Jared Haines, Associate Commissioner, Utah System of Technical Colleges, UT


Alpine East                                         SILVER SPONSOR
The Economic Value of Effective Workforce Development
TRACK: Strategic Workforce Stakeholders and Partnerships

Today, having a skilled workforce is the key to employer recruitment, retention and expansion. But research shows there is still a persistent skills gap. We cannot continue to use the same thinking to solve the skills gap and expect different outcomes. See what the National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board sponsored by ACT is proposing: a robust eco-system that lends itself to continuous process improvement to enables a common language adapted at the speed of business to ensure the workforce has the skills industry needs today and tomorrow.  Attendees will learn about upcoming national best practices launching this year including field study outcomes conducted by ACT that build upon the call to action outlined in the NWSAB paper, “Understanding and Closing the Skills Gap.”

Presenters: Karla Leach, President, Western Wyoming Community College, WY; Debra Lyons, Principal Strategist Workforce Engagement and Julie Gibson, Director Workforce Partnerships, ACT, IA


Alpine West                                       GOLD SPONSOR
The New Virtual Career Center: Engaging Students through Targeted Service Delivery Systems
TRACK: The Shifting Landscape of Workforce Education

The New Virtual Career Center is an interactive career and labor market exploration tool designed specifically for students. See how the New Virtual Career Center guides students in their career exploration, job search, internships, entrepreneurs etc. Using labor market data to connect and inform people, education, and business.

Presenters: Deane Toler, Director of Sales and Marketing and Dan Cobus, Sales Manager, Geographic Solutions, FL


Canyon B
Career Pathways for Adult Learners in Chicago, Houston, and Miami
TRACK: The Shifting Landscape of Workforce Education

This session will present findings from a two-year researcher-practitioner partnership that investigated how adult education agencies are providing career pathways programming in Chicago, Houston, and Miami. This session will focus on what we can learn about career pathways design and implementation from the six agencies selected for our in-depth case studies. Relevant findings from a survey of 106 adult education agencies and focus groups with 6-8 providers in each city will also be shared.

Presenters: Esther Prins, Associate Professor, Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Program, Penn State University, PA and Sheri Foreman, President and CEO, Houston Literacy, TX


Salon 1
Emerging Healthcare Careers
TRACK: Connecting Policy and Practice for Program Design

New York State is undergoing an epochal transformation of its healthcare delivery system, as part of an $8 billion reform. As a result, the healthcare workforce is rapidly changing. CUNY is working with employers to develop new programs to meet the needs of the industry. CUNY has developed: community health worker apprenticeship, certified peer advocate, health coach, coding apprenticeship, and more. Join us as we learn more about the intersection between policy reform, emerging occupations, and program development.

Presenter: Curtis Dann-Messier, Assistant Director for Continuing Education, City University of New York, NY


Salon 2
Transforming the Language of Workforce
TRACK: Equity and Diversity in Workforce Development

Over 500 Spanish and Somali speaking early learning providers in King County are impacted by the Department of Early Learning’s new quality standards. Obtaining a 12-credit certification from a community college will fulfill these requirements. How did Highline College respond to this major shift in the Early Childhood industry? The Workforce Education Department has taken the lead by utilizing the Working Students Success Network pillars and an innovative language-based cohort model (Somali, Spanish, and Arabic).

Presenters: Mariela Barriga, Student Success Coordinator and Loyal Allen Jr., Director Workforce Education Services, Highline College, WA

Salon 3
Story Telling as a Strategy for Sustainability
TRACK: The Impact of Federal Grants on Community Colleges

While many colleges and organizations have stories to tell about their innovations, successes and responses to challenges, so often those stories get buried in reports that are neither disseminated nor digested. By utilizing storytelling as a strategy for sharing and scaling, you can learn how to effectively communicate your efforts in a way that engages audiences and offers easy-to-digest insights. Learn about the processes and resources to scale and sustain workforce innovations.

Presenters: Helene Mancuso, Project Manager of the TAACCCT Grant, Luzerne County Community College, PA and Alexandra Shinert, Communications Program Manager, Northeast Resiliency Consortium, Passaic County Community College, NJ


Seminar Theater
Hope in Healthcare:  Pathways Changing Lives
TRACK: Equity and Diversity in Workforce Development

Trinity Health System, West Michigan Works, and Grand Rapids Community College are working together to build futures in healthcare for historically underrepresented populations in west Michigan by creating dynamic pathways from poverty to prosperity. Learn how the development of Medical Assistant and Sterile Processing Technician apprenticeships, along with concentrated efforts and training are moving individuals in entry-level healthcare positions to middle and high skill jobs, positively impacting lives.

Presenters: Linda Witte, Program Manager Noncredit Health Programs and Director, Medical Assistant Program; Julie MacFarland, Interim Manager of Talent Acquisition, Mercy Health; and Amy Lebednick, Business Solutions Manager, West Michigan Works, MI


Canyon C                                             GOLD SPONSOR
Cloud Based Video Solutions in Practice
TRACK: The Impact of Federal Grants on Community Colleges

Industry experts will discuss how the Acano/ CMS cloud based video solution has benefitted both the TAACCCT grant deployment and MnAMP.  We will discuss the applied use of this video solution in distance learning and training.  Specifically, we will discuss how these cloud-based video solutions are used today with students, for work force development, as well as advanced continuing training for current and under employed workers in manufacturing.  In addition, the group will discuss the financial sustainability of this solution after federal grant dollars have been depleted.

Presenters: Heidi Braun, Director of Work Force Development, Pine Technical and Community College; Anne Willaert, Director MnAMP Minnesota Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, South Central College; and Mike Nelson, Senior Account Manager, Pinnaca, MN


Using SNAP E&T to Help Address Barriers to Success
TRACK: Equity and Diversity in Workforce Development

Research continues to highlight the fact that many college students struggle to meet their basic needs, including stable housing and food. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment & Training (E&T) program can help address these needs. This presentation will discuss how SNAP E&T can help community college students access SNAP nutrition benefits, tuition assistance, and how the program can help provide other critical supportive services such as transportation and child care assistance.

Presenter: Kaila Wilson, Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Agriculture, DC


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