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2017 General Sessions and Keynotes

Wednesday October 25, 2017 - 8:00am
Business and Industry Panel Discussion - Commitment to Education and Upskilling


Mark E. Scott
Manager of Resource Development for Training
Ingalls Shipbuilding, MS

Shari Conaway
Director of People
Southwest Airlines, TX

Scot McLemore
Talent Acquisition and Deployment, HR and Admin Division
Honda North America, Inc., OH

Earl Bailey
Senior Segment Support Manager
Snap-On Tools, WI

Please join us for an engaging conversation with four industry executives who will share best practices in collaborating with higher education, providing educational opportunities to their employees, and focusing on upskilling employees at all levels. Each panelist will have a chance to share how his/her employer recognizes industry certifications, provides employee training benefits, and partners with community colleges for workforce development. Don’t miss this lively discussion focused on each company’s unique vision and its innovative partnerships that work in tandem to ensure successful employee development—and employees. Moderated by Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, NCWE President, you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

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Thursday October 26, 2017 - 8:00 am
The New Administration - Impact on Workforce Education Policy at the State and Federal Levels


Kermit Kaleba
Senior Policy Director
National Skills Coalition

Jim Hermes
Associate Vice President of Government Relations
American Association of Community Colleges

Dr. Morna K. Foy
Wisconsin Technical College System

The first year of the Trump Administration has brought new leadership and new ideas to key federal agencies with responsibility for our nation’s education and workforce systems, but has also presented unique challenges for the field. In this session, we’ll discuss how the political landscape in Washington has changed over the past year, and learn how states are adapting to a rapidly shifting policy and fiscal environment. The session will also provide a preview of what we can expect for 2018 in education and workforce policy, and how community colleges and their partners can ensure their voices are heard by policymakers in DC. Moreover, it is imperative that we respond to the changing needs and expectations of our students and employers. They, in turn, will become our most effective advocates with policymakers regardless of who occupies the White House or the state house.

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