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Thursday Oct 26 - Session F
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11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Canyon A
Powerful Partnerships via Summer Career Academies
TRACK: Strategic Workforce Stakeholders and Partnerships

Energized by the California Pathways Trust Grant, College of Marin and the Marin County Office of Education are partnering on more projects than ever to expand pathway opportunities for students of Marin County. One of the most successful endeavors is the creation of Summer Career Academies, which provide up to two college units to high school students while they are experiencing various careers. Learn how to develop and nurture crucial educational/business partnerships and create pathway academies that are cool for students, great for schools, and essential for the world of work.

Presenters: Katheryn Horton, Workforce Development Grants Administrator and Beth Pratt, Dean of Career and Technical Education, College of Marin; and Ken Lippi, Assistant Superintendent, Marin County Office of Education, CA


Alpine East                                         SILVER SPONSOR
Embracing Millennials: Closing the Manufacturing Skills Gap and Gaining a Competitive Edge
TRACK: The Shifting Landscape of Workforce Education

It’s no secret that the future of manufacturing will be in jeopardy if the industry does not face the growing skills gap. The baby boomers are retiring and manufacturers are falling short with skilled succession plans behind them.  The solution to this critical challenge is right in front of us. Millennials represent our greatest opportunity to meet the workforce needs!  ToolingU-SME will discuss how Millennials, with their curiosity and desire to push boundaries, offer a unique perspective for the workplace: one that can lead to loyal employees and strong business results.  In addition, ToolingU-SME will discuss how they are collaborating with community colleges nationwide to develop best practices for building worker qualification programs which include tools and techniques for the delivery of successful on-the-job training sessions.

Presenter: Denise Ball, Workforce Development, Business and Industry, ToolingU-SME, OH


Alpine West                                       GOLD SPONSOR
Top 8 Soft Skills for Workplace Readiness
TRACK: The Shifting Landscape of Workforce Education

Research shows that only 15% of success is determined by hard skills. The other 85% is determined by soft skills. Employers are tired of costly turnover. They want employees to have a positive attitude, show up on time, work well in teams, etc. In this session, I will show you the top eight soft skills employers are looking for, how to improve productivity and decrease turnover, prepare individuals for the world of work and best practices for using evidence-based tools.

Presenter: Art Janowiak III, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Conover Company, WI


Canyon B
TAACCCT and Tech College as Registered Apprentice Sponsor
TRACK: The Shifting Landscape of Workforce Education

Since 2011, the US DOL TAACCCT grant program has facilitated new strategies and developments in workforce education. A grantee in four rounds of TAACCCT, Mitchell Technical Institute experienced the benefits of federal funding and challenges of sustaining programs when grants end. We’ll discuss these challenges and changes in workforce education with the creation of a college sponsored LineWorker Registered Apprenticeship. Topics include development of Registered Apprenticeship, funding model, and experiences since start-up.

Presenter: John Heemstra, Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Mitchell Technical Institute, SD


Salon 1
Your Construction Safety Program: Safe Students, Safe Workers
TRACK: The Shifting Landscape of Workforce Education

Learn what other programs are doing, and how to support development of students’ skills for safe work in the classroom and on the job.  What administrative systems, instructor support, curriculum content and teaching activities are needed? We will share concrete examples and results from site visits, interviews, and a national survey of instructors and administrators in construction CTE programs in 2-year colleges, as well as action steps and resources for administrators and instructors.

Presenters: Diane Bush, Program Coordinator Labor Occupational Health Program, University of California, Berkeley, CA and Darlene G. Miller, Executive Director, National Council for Workforce Education, FL


Salon 2
Navigation Best Practices for Student Success
TRACK: The Impact of Federal Grants on Community Colleges

The WISE TAACCCT Consortium developed a career navigator guidebook to establish best practices for student support in professional technical programs. The guidebook outlines the roles of a navigator in outreach/recruitment, student retention, and transition to employment as well as student training topics for job readiness, student portfolios, working with veterans, and other resources. This session will include before and after TAACCCT funding impact at three colleges, an overview of the guidebook, and facilitated discussion on student success.

Presenters: Lauren Hadley, Director Manufacturing Programs, Shoreline Community College; Mike Brandstetter, DOL Grant Project Manager, Bates Technical College; Anna Bennett, WISE Grant Manager and Olivia Cookson, WISE Grant Student Navigator, Renton Technical College, WA

Salon 3
Immigrants Learning to Save Lives in Maine
TRACK: Equity and Diversity in Workforce Development

Maine is turning to immigrants to help save lives! Learn how this training program was designed, funded, and replicated to train immigrants with medical backgrounds become emergency medical technicians. Students are trained to be language interpreters as well as state-certified EMTs. Using a model of contextual-based language and occupational training, see how this is transforming delivery of workforce training in Maine. Join the conversation about integrating highly-skilled immigrants into our work communities.

Presenters: Julie Chase, Dean Business and Community Partnerships and David Zahn, Department Chair ESOL and Global Languages, Southern Maine Community College, ME


Seminar Theater
Develop and Leverage Industry Partnerships
TRACK: Strategic Workforce Stakeholders and Partnerships

Davis Technical College has developed partnerships with industry stakeholders to acquire new funding streams, leverage resources, and ensure alignment of instructional programs. Partnerships have improved quality, student engagement, and outcomes. Industry professionals connect through social media, job fairs, and other events while sponsoring externships, posting jobs, hiring students, and serving as program advisors. This has increased donations, participation in college fundraising events, and program sponsorship. Partners work beside instructors and students on a regular basis.

Presenters: Michael J. Bouwhuis, President and Kim Ziebarth, Vice President of Instruction, Davis Technical College, UT


Canyon C
Competency-Based Education and Workforce Training
TRACK: The Shifting Landscape of Workforce Education

This session will focus on Salt Lake Community College's transition of its School of Applied Technology (SAT) from a clock-hour, seat-time based modality, to a competency-based education model. The SAT is responsible for short-term, workforce training programs in areas that lead to high-wage and high-demand jobs. The SAT enrolls students on an open-term with new students starting each Monday.  This session will focus on the lessons learned, positive impact, and industry partnerships developed through the process.

Presenters: Eric Heiser, Dean; Franz Feierbach, Director of Operations; Carrie Riley, Assistant Registrar; and Steven Fogg, Associate Dean, Salt Lake Community College, UT

Promoting Diverse Hiring with Local Community Partners
TRACK: Equity and Diversity in Workforce Development

This session will explore strategies that community colleges can implement to build strong partnerships with local government agencies to promote minority hiring where there has been discriminatory treatment and inequities in hiring practices. Florida State College at Jacksonville was able to help their local Fire and Rescue Department address the shortage of minority applicants through the development of the Fire Science Cadet Academy.

Presenter: Tameiko Allen Grant, Academic Director of Professional Studies and Public Safety, Florida State College at Jacksonville, FL

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