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2018 General Sessions and Keynotes

Wednesday September 26, 2018 - 8:00am
From Competing to Creating



Katrina Ling
Senior Global Practitioner
Blue Ocean Strategy Network

Community college educators often find themselves competing head-to-head with other education and workforce improvement offerings. Yet, many may find themselves unable to out-market or out-perform other suppliers of the education industry due to resource constraints. The fundamental concept and shift in strategic thinking that was first introduced in Blue Ocean Strategy, now in Blue Ocean Shift, demonstrates the power of creative value innovation – change the rules of the industry so you can offer unprecedented value at lower costs.

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Thursday September 27, 2018 - 8:00 am
Building 21st Century Skills: Preparing Students for Jobs of the Future



Kelli Jordan
Talent Leader
IBM New Collar Initiative

Industries everywhere are facing a skills challenge, and the collaboration between industry and academia will be critical in helping to solve it. What can you do to help ensure your students are ready to succeed? We'll explore innovative partnerships and ideas, such as jointly designed curricula, the use of digital credentials, and work-based learning programs, and evaluate the impact of these programs in helping to build a highly skilled workforce of the future.

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Thursday September 27, 2018 - 12:15pm
Workforce Development Boards – Partnerships that Build a Strong Workforce


Jacob Maas
West Michigan Works

Linda Nguyen
WorkForce Central
Tacoma, WA

Mitzi Woods
South Delta Planning and Development District
Greenwood, MS

Dr. Bill Pink, Moderator
President, Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Rapids, MI

Community and technical colleges play a central role in our nation’s workforce development system, but no college can respond to ever-changing workforce demands in a vacuum. Strong and sustained relationships between colleges and their regional workforce development boards are essential if we are to expand the pipeline of a well-trained and qualified workforce. How can community and technical colleges create and maintain these partnerships? What are the elements of successful collaborations? Join us as we hear from Workforce Development Board directors about what they believe to be critical elements that lead to multiple and ongoing opportunities to build a stronger workforce and support regional employer needs.

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