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Thursday September 27
8:00 am – Grand Ballroom

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.

SESSION E
9:15 am – 10:15 am

Waters Edge A
An Entrepreneurial Approach to Work-Based Learning and Industry Partnerships
TRACK: Navigating the Complexity of Work-Based Learning
This session covers partnerships benefiting business and industry, student groups, and your budget. You will have the opportunity to design your own innovative work-based program resulting in the trifecta of effectual learning groups, engaged business partnerships, and additional revenue generation for the college. Hear from national strategists and partnership experts.
Presenters: Alicia R. Hooks, Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship and Workforce Center; Kansas City Kansas Community College; Tiffany Stovall, President, MidAmerica Manufacturing and Technology Center; Mike Grigsby, Vice President Information Technology Division, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority; and Wesley Stith, Vice President of Purchasing, Clark Construction, KS

Waters Edge B PLATINUM SPONSOR
HARBORS - Heroes Are Building Our Ships Program
TRACK: All Hands On Deck: Partnerships that Improve Program Design
Ingalls’ strategic imperative is to develop a workforce by partnering with local community colleges and K-12 schools. The craft, Ship/Structural Fitting, remains an occupation that is vital to shipyards given that shipyards of all size need Ship Fitters. Ingalls has initiated a process to build a world-class system for the development of Ship Fitters with integrated curriculum, standards and processes, utilizing existing infrastructure, facilities and other local assets. This program moves people from little to no skills, into a life sustaining career!
Presenters: Garry Mercer, Manager Workforce Development, Ingalls Shipbuilding and Scott Alsobrooks, Vice President Workforce and Economic Development, Pearl River Community College, MS

Waters Edge C SILVER SPONSOR
The New Virtual Career Center: Connecting College and Careers
TRACK: Seeking the Perfect Wave for Job Success: When Training is Not Enough
The new Virtual Career Center boasts interactive career development tools designed specifically for students. These tools are made more dynamic and informative by our proprietary labor market information and matching technology, removing the guesswork common in exploration. See firsthand how the new Virtual Career Center connects college and careers, guiding students to make good college and career decisions that will enable them to lead fulfilling lives and careers.
Presenters: Dan Cobus, Business Development Manager and Cynthia Portugal, Inside Sales Specialist, Geographic Solutions, FL

Grand Salon A PLATINUM SPONSOR
Work-Based Learning: Design for Success with SkillsCommons
TRACK: Navigating the Complexity of Work-Based Learning
Developed by California State University, Apprenticeships: Design for Success with SkillsCommons showcases free and open access to apprenticeship-related curriculum as well as exemplary practices for the design and implementation of apprenticeship programs. Discover how you can freely use and reuse materials on SkillsCommon.org that are readily available for you.
Presenters: Rick Lumadue, Senior Program Manager; Maria Fieth, Program Manager; Christian Lagarde, IMPACTcommunity Ambassador; and Bruce Rankin, SkillsCommons Ambassador, California State University – Merlot, SkillsCommons, CA

Grand Salon B
The Future of Financial Aid: State Innovation, Federal Opportunity
TRACK: Turning the Tide: The Future of Work and "New Collar Jobs"
Throughout the country, there is growing interest in whether expanding access to high-quality, short-term programs via dedicated financial aid can help students get the in-demand credentials they need to be successful in an evolving labor market. Join a conversation on how policymakers are stepping up to close the student “opportunity gap" while also addressing the shifting needs of industry.
Presenters: Rachel Unruh, Chief of Staff, National Skills Coalition, DC; Girard Melancon, Executive Director for Workforce Education, Baton Rouge Community College, LA; Katie Brown, Senior Federal Policy Analyst, National Skills Coalition; and Randall Stamper, Assistant Vice Chancellor Career Pathways and Workforce Programs, Virginia Community College System, VA

Grand Salon C PRESIDENT'S RECEPTION SPONSOR
Innovative Community Engagement: The Key to Bolstering Enrollment!
TRACK: All Hands On Deck: Partnerships that Improve Program Design
Community Engagement is one of St. Petersburg College’s three pillars of commitment. Come and discover SPC’s Top 5 Techniques for Community Engagement, guaranteed to elevate partnerships, enrollment and talent supply solutions in your community. Experience SPC’s innovative Collaborative Labs’ approach and walk out with “Community Engagement Tools” that will transform the way you respond with solutions to meet priority needs of the communities you serve…and watch enrollments soar!
Presenter: Andrea Henning, Executive Director, Collaborative Labs and Workforce Institute, St. Petersburg College, FL

Grand Salon G
Peer-2-Peer Learning: Maximize Your Skills in Workforce Education
TRACK: Seeking the Perfect Wave for Job Success: When Training is Not Enough
The National Council for Workforce Education launched its inaugural New Workforce Professionals Academy in October 2017. The Academy was created to advance knowledge and skill development for community college workforce education professionals who are relatively new to the field of workforce education. The curriculum was designed by, and delivered by, workforce education professionals who have extensive leadership experience in higher education and with community-based organizations. The presenters of this workshop were all participants in the 2017 Academy. They will discuss their experiences and explain why you should consider the Academy for you or one of your staff.
Presenters: Stacia Thompson, Program Director, Gateway Technical College, WI; Chuck Parker, Director Workforce Training and Education, Salt Lake Community College, UT; Amanda Abens, Dean Workforce Education, Pima Community College, AZ; and Stephanie Howze, Project Director/Business Engagement Specialist, Pearl River Community College, MS

Starfish
Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in Workforce Education
TRACK: Harnessing the Power of a Diverse Crew: Why Diversity and Equity Matter
Washington State Centers of Excellence for Construction, Marine and Education have teamed with Dr. Rita Cameron-Wedding, an international expert, to develop training on impacts of implicit bias and lack of diversity in the workforce; creating a model that can be replicated by two-year institutions and apprenticeship programs nationally.
Presenters: Ann Avary, Director Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing and Technology, Skagit Valley College; Shana Peschek, Director Construction Center of Excellence, Renton Technical College; Rita Cameron-Wedding, Retired Professor of Women Studies, Sacramento State University; and Jamie Wells, Director Careers in Education Center of Excellence, Green River Community College, WA

Marlin
Career Pathway...Guided Pathway... Huh?
TRACK: All Hands On Deck: Partnerships that Improve Program Design
For over 10 years, workforce educators have built comprehensive career pathway models now codified in WIOA and HEA. A new reform effort, guided pathways, is sweeping post-secondary education systems across the US. How can the two pathway efforts leverage each other? How do we move past the confusion to build a complementary relationship between the workforce and academic sides of the college?
Presenter: Anna Cielinski, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Law and Social Policy, DC

Coral
Innovative Partnership Models for Skilled Immigrant Integration
TRACK: Harnessing the Power of a Diverse Crew: Why Diversity and Equity Matter
The integration of immigrant skills into academic and professional pathways is a challenge for many immigrant-serving institutions. This session will explore innovative multi-sector partnerships taking place across the country through a new pilot program aimed at helping address systemic barriers to skilled immigrant integration.
Presenters: Katherine Gebremedhin, Director Partnerships and Program Development, WES Global Talent Bridge; Jill Casner-Lotto, Director Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education, Westchester Community College; and Tiffany Jaramillo, Pathway Navigator, Emily Griffith Technical College, NY

Dolphin
Intrusive Advising and Employment Partnership Linkages for Student Success
TRACK: All Hands On Deck: Partnerships that Improve Program Design
Selingo (2014) suggests that early intervention by a faculty advisor is a strong indicator of student success and retention. In this session, we will describe our intrusive and embedded faculty advising model, and its relationship with program-wide internship and employment partnerships.
Presenters: Ted McCadden, Associate Professor and Lisa Boone, Associate Professor, Community College of Baltimore County, MD

SESSION F
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Waters Edge A
Equity and the Federal Policy Landscape
TRACK: Harnessing the Power of a Diverse Crew: Why Diversity and Equity Matter
Congress and the Administration have been addressing education and workforce policies where equity should be central. We will cover issues well-known to participants, like Perkins Career and Technical Education and WIOA performance, along with some less familiar: Ability-to-Benefit provision for Pell, “work requirements” for public benefits recipients, and career pathways from an equity perspective.
Presenter: Anna Cielinski, Senior Policy Analyst Center for Law and Social Policy, DC

Waters Edge B GOLD SPONSOR
Success in the Tech Economy
TRACK: Seeking the Perfect Wave for Job Success: When Training is Not Enough
In this session, learn what is causing the huge demand for qualified IT workers and why this won’t slow down anytime soon. Also, learn what businesses are looking for in qualified tech workers and how you can help make them job-ready. Finally, learn about some fantastic free resources from CompTIA that your organization can utilize.
Presenter: Kirk Smallwood, Vice President Business Development, CompTIA, IL

Waters Edge C SILVER SPONSOR
Choosing Where to Thrive in a Hot Labor Market
TRACK: Seeking the Perfect Wave for Job Success: When Training is Not Enough
In today’s tight labor market, soon-to-be graduating students and workers have more options to consider when deciding where to locate to launch their careers! Discover how to balance growth forecasts, hiring activity, industry mix, wages, cost of living, and demographics across different regions to increase workers’ chances to thrive.
Presenter: Wilson Cox, Account Manager, Chmura Economics and Analytics

Grand Salon A
Work-Based Learning Strategies and Employer Needs
TRACK: Navigating the Complexity of Work-Based Learning
The world of work-based learning has evolved dramatically in the last several years and the rapidity of change is increasing in complexity. Presenters will cover career pathways based on stackable certificate programs; applied baccalaureate degrees; new apprenticeship models based on industry certifications; and strategies to assist employers as they address the opioid crisis in their workforce.
Presenters: Robert J. Visdos, President, Workforce Institute, Inc., OR; Jo Alice Blondin, President and Brian Edwards; Dean of Health, Human, and Public Services, Clark State Community College, OH

Grand Salon B
Innovative Strategies: Three College Perspectives on the Intricacies of Apprenticeship
TRACK: Navigating the Complexity of Work-Based Learning
Although work-based learning offers tremendous opportunities for students, community college/employer partnerships for work-based learning and apprenticeships remain limited. Three college representatives will share their models, tackle myths and impart their strategies to expand apprenticeships and increase opportunities for a diverse group of students.
Presenters: Rebecca Lake, Dean, Workforce and Economic Development, Harper College, IL; Anne Willaert, MnAMP TAA Grant Director, South Central College, MN; and Holly Moore, Retired - Executive Dean Georgetown Campus, South Seattle College, WA

Grand Salon C
The Skills Gap ̶ How Baseline Competency Assessments Can Improve Your Workforce
TRACK: Seeking the Perfect Wave for Job Success: When Training is Not Enough
Polk State Corporate College provides assessments, training, and certification resources to develop and sustain Florida's manufacturing workforce. We help organizations understand their skills gaps and align them with specific training and certification pathways to close those gaps.
Presenters: Matthew Lenihan, CAAM Program Coordinator and Sam Hale, Advanced Manufacturing Coordinator, Polk State Corporate College, FL

Grand Salon G
Transformational Partnerships to Meet Manufacturing
TRACK: All Hands On Deck: Partnerships that Improve Program Design
The key to meaningful community impact is a local platform designed to execute that includes industry, government, educators, and students. In the Central Valley such a partnership has emerged within the high-growth Manufacturing Sector. Presenters will highlight how the relationship among stakeholders is a partnership aimed at transformation through incremental change over a several year period.
Presenters: Ka Xiong, Special Projects Program Coordinator, Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board and Kris Costa, Dean Career Technical Education, West Hills Community College, CA

Marlin
Mental Health First Aid: An Essential for Developing Health Professionals
TRACK: Turning the Tide: The Future of Work and "New Collar Jobs"
This session will explore the possibilities and challenges of embedding a Mental Health First Aid certification in community college health professions programs. We will discuss two college's experiences embedding MHFA in programs and explore how it can potentially contribute to student employment as well as 21st century healthcare skills.
Presenters: Renee Edwards, Senior Researcher and Sara Haviland, Senior Researcher, Education and Employment Research Center Rutgers University and Patrick Enright, Associate Vice President Workforce Development and Dean Professional Studies and Applied Sciences, County College of Morris, NJ

Coral
Leveraging External Partnerships - Using Pre-Hire Assessments
TRACK: All Hands On Deck: Partnerships that Improve Program Design
This session will seek to demonstrate how strategic sector-based partnerships can support both local employers’ and institutions of higher learning. Modeled by Forsyth Technical Community College, this session will identify how the use of ACT’s WorkKeys assessments support R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company’s candidate recruitment and screening processes and how this partnership benefits both the business and community college while meeting the needs of the workforce. It will show how partnerships work to understand complementary goals and how to achieve those goals. The collaboration opens the lines of communication for additional partnership opportunities.
Presenters: Juanita Murphy, Director of Career Support and Advancement, Forsyth Tech Community College and Barbara R. Carter, Talent Acquisition Partner-Regulatory, RJReynolds, Inc., NC

Dolphin
Giving Students Voice: Advancing Public Policies that Work for Working Learners
TRACK: Harnessing the Power of a Diverse Crew: Why Diversity and Equity Matter
Every year, state and federal policymakers discuss education policy, all the while missing a key voice at the table: students. Join in a conversation on how community colleges and national advocacy organizations are creating platforms for students to shape education policies that affect them directly: including policies around college access, student supports, and outcomes data.
Presenters: Jessie Leslie, National Network Director, National Skills Coalition; David Bathe, Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College – Lafayette; Marissa Martin, Northeast Director, Young Invincibles; Jessica Cardott, National Network Manager, National Skills Coalition, DC

SESSION G
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Waters Edge A
Statewide Transformation: Aligning Industry Sector Partnerships with Regional Training Programs
TRACK: All Hands On Deck: Partnerships that Improve Program Design
Manufacturing is the top private sector in Ohio, employing nearly 700,000. Ohio TechNet, a consortium with 15 colleges, plays a central role in supporting workforce strategies spearheaded by industry leaders within the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association. Learn how sector partnerships are leveraged to impact statewide policy addressing Ohio’s manufacturing skills gap.
Presenters: Bernie Gosky, Project Manager, Ohio TechNet, Lorain County Community College; Robert A. Brundrett, Director Public Policy Services, Ohio Manufacturers' Association; and Eileen Pickett, LIFT Education and Workforce Manager, OH

Waters Edge B SILVER SPONSOR
Instructor Leadership and Resources
TRACK: All Hands On Deck: Partnerships that Improve Program Design
The session will focus on sharing ideas about instructor leadership, qualifying adjunct instructors and building resources with them, managing both part-time and full-time staff, managing resources that support instructors, and knowing that they are ready to teach adult education courses. We will share ideas about how to find, build, and evaluate instructors. We can share the concept of certification and validation of your instructors. Please bring your best ideas to share as well.
Presenters: Girard Melancon, Executive Director Continuing Education, Economic Development and Workforce Solutions, Baton Rouge Community College, LA and Trenton Hightower, Vice President Strategic Partnerships and Business Development, ProTrain, NC

Waters Edge C SILVER SPONSOR
Aligning Training to Meet Industry Demands
TRACK: All Hands On Deck: Partnerships that Improve Program Design
Training programs which lead to careers – whether it is career and technical education training (CTE), apprenticeship training, or college training – all benefit from efforts to align with employer demands and needs. With record numbers of skilled jobs remaining unfilled contrasted with record low unemployment, it is more critical now than ever that training programs effectively prepare the workforce for the needs of the future. In this session, we will feature tools and processes used to align training with industry needs highlighting examples of how community colleges have worked to align curriculum to industry requirements. The session will also provide an overview for how to determine skill levels needed for entry into training programs.
Presenters: Carol Ogletree, Senior Industrial/Organizational Psychologist and Julie Gibson, Director Workforce Development ACT Client Relations, ACT, IA

Grand Salon A
Career Pathways and SNAP 50/50 Integration Increases Economic Mobility
TRACK: All Hands On Deck: Partnerships that Improve Program Design
Find out how Oregon’s community colleges are using the successful Career Pathways framework and SNAP 50/50 to build partnerships and services that can increase student success, college completions, and career opportunities offering economic mobility. Learn how SNAP 50/50 can expand and improve what colleges are already doing well to better support SNAP recipients to build skills and enter careers.
Presenters: Kate Kinder, Career Pathways and Skills Training Director and Marc Goldberg, Associate Vice President of Workforce Development and Continuing Education, Portland Community College, OR

Grand Salon B
Out with the Old, Now What to Do? Pre-Apprentice Partnerships
TRACK: Navigating the Complexity of Work-Based Learning
A Pre-Apprentice partnership program was established with grant funding from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education to assist high school students in filling the growing skills gap in the plumbing and electrical trades nationwide. The program has been developed with input from a community college, local school districts, a traditional apprenticeship program, and industry partners.
Presenters: Matthew Cummings, Pre-Apprenticeship Coordinator and Pat Simms, Vice President of Academic Affairs, College of the Ouachitas; Kathy Fulks, Executive Director and Donnie King, Director of Workforce Development, Arkansas Construction Education Foundation, AR

Grand Salon C
Lessons on 21st Century Skill-Building from Siemens-Aspen STEM Award Winners
TRACK: Seeking the Perfect Wave for Job Success: When Training is Not Enough
This session will provide an overview of Aspen CEP’s latest research based on hundreds of interviews with employers, K-12 professionals, and college leaders on how to enhance students’ “21st Century” skillsets and explore specific case studies from this cycle’s Siemens-Aspen Community College STEM Award winners.
Presenters: Brittney Davidson, Senior Program Manager and Karthik Ilakkuvan, Program Associate, Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, DC

Marlin
Iowa’s Statewide Approach to Building and Supporting Collaborative Sector Partnerships
TRACK: All Hands On Deck: Partnerships that Improve Program Design
The Iowa Department of Education collaborates with Iowa’s 15 community colleges to build, connect, and empower employer-led, community-based sector partnerships to combat a shortage of skilled labor. Learn more about newly developed statewide materials, strategies, and initiatives to continue to support the development and growth of collaborative sector partnerships in Iowa.
Presenter: Joe Collins, Sector Partnership and Career Pathways Consultant, Iowa Department of Education, IA

Dolphin
Behavioral Health and Equity: Culturally Responsive Campus and Workforce
TRACK: Harnessing the Power of a Diverse Crew: Why Diversity and Equity Matter
Are your allied health programs preparing students for behavioral health-primary care integration? Behavioral Health Organizations and Community Colleges collaborate to promote equity on campus and in the workplace. Strategies for recognizing and responding to the diverse needs of students and patients will be examined. In this workshop we will: discuss the prevalence of mental illness in college communities; identify key concepts for college and workforce mental health equity; and examine strategies for meeting these needs.
Presenters: Jennifer Johnston, Program Manager Healthcare Workforce and Transition Projects, Highline College and Melissa Glenn, Director of Education and Training, Northwest Regional Primary Care Association, WA

SESSION H
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Waters Edge A
Flipping the Script on Soft Skills
TRACK: Seeking the Perfect Wave for Job Success: When Training is Not Enough
Many people are eager to learn new skills, but sustaining long-term employment requires more. Participants in this session will learn about the innovative Leadership By Design curriculum created to uncover the power and attributes of one’s lived experience, and how community curation, power skills, and social capital contributes to career success.
Presenter: Jamon Alexander, Adult Program Director, West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology, MI

Waters Edge B
Intersection Connection Combines 50 million in Private, Public, and Educational Support
TRACK: All Hands On Deck: Partnerships that Improve Program Design
Community colleges don’t typically have state-of-the-art sports facilities, inpatient care, or financial classes for K-12, but by partnering with key institutions looking to expand their footprint, we can offer university style services while decreasing the budget and improving student career readiness through practical internships in health care, childhood education, and financial literacy.
Presenters: Andrew L. Antonio, Executive Director of Engagement; David Bathe, Chancellor; and Geoff Knowles, Executive Director of Sites and Institutional Research, Ivy Tech Community College, IN

Waters Edge C
Creating Innovative Partnership for Today's Workforce
TRACK: All Hands On Deck: Partnerships that Improve Program Design
The need to establish employer partnerships for today's workforce is imperative. This session will provide tools that build viable relationships with potential employer partners that produce results. This session will identify methods in getting the employer partner to say YES to the partnership, identify goals and work through difficult conversations as needed.
Presenter: Janell Hills, American Apprenticeship Initiative Program Director, Houston Community College, TX

Grand Salon A
Sunny Days and White Sandy Pathways: Living the Credit-Worthiness Dream
TRACK: All Hands On Deck: Partnerships that Improve Program Design
Under the leadership of a Dean whose responsibilities include credit and non-credit career programs, learn how a community college in New Jersey has successfully aligned non-credit career programs, such as Medical Assistant, Hotel Guest Services, Real Estate and more to create a "smooth sailing" pathway towards college credit.
Presenter: Donna Vassallo, Dean Career Education and Workforce Development, Atlantic Cape Community College, NJ

Grand Salon B
Workforce Education and WIOA: A Successful and Sustainable Partnership
TRACK: All Hands On Deck: Partnerships that Improve Program Design
Nashville State Community College is a partner with all Economic and Community Development organizations within Middle Tennessee. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 facilitates employment services, workforce development, adult education, and rehabilitation activities. This workshop will share practices of a successful partnership that fosters economic prosperity
. Presenter: Reginald Gardner, Executive Director Workforce Community Development, Nashville State Community College, TN

Grand Salon C
Career Pathways: Why Partner on Integrated Education and Training Programs
TRACK: All Hands On Deck: Partnerships that Improve Program Design
Adult learners are getting a jump start on their careers through Integrated Education and Training (IET) programs that integrate adult basic education and postsecondary training. This session will provide an opportunity to hear from a panel of leaders who have collaborated on the implementation of IET programs.
Presenters: Amanda Abens, Dean of Workforce Development and Laurie Kierstead-Joseph, Pima Community College, AZ

Grand Salon G
Impactful Faculty Advising as Front-Line Advisors
TRACK: All Hands On Deck: Partnerships that Improve Program Design
In a time of tight budgets and advising staffs that are left short-handed, faculty advisors can lead the way in creating meaningful relationships with students pursuing a program certificate or degree. Declaring a meaningful advising role for adjunct faculty to increase the student experience and engagement is a paradigm shift for institutions.
Presenters: Ronald J Gordon, Dean Enrollment Services, Clark State Community College and Phyllis Cummins, Senior Research Scholar, Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University of Ohio, OH


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