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The Future of Work - How Changes in Technology Will Impact Community College Programs

Wednesday October 9, 8:00am


F. Derrick Edwards
President and Chief Technology Officer
AGS Data Systems, WI

Derrick Edwards is currently President and Chief Data Scientist for AGS Data Systems, a recognized leader of commercial cloud-based information management and analysis systems for the employment and training, education, and social services sectors. As a consultant he has managed projects for organizations including 3M, IBM, Alerus, Cargill, Target, State Workforce Systems, Local Workforce Boards, non-profits, City Governments and Higher Educational Institutions. Edwards served as a UN Election Observer during Nigeria’s 2007 election.

Mr. Edwards is the originator and a Co-Principal Investigator for the State of Wisconsin University System "Bridgeway Scholars" Program, a cooperative education program between the University system and industry partners to provide curated industry-sponsored paid employment for students. He is an active member of the University of Wisconsin System "Applied Computing Advisory Board", that provides support and advice to academic programs, assists in the development of new programs, and identifies best practice standards.

Dr. James Jacobs
President Emeritus
Macomb Community College, MI

James Jacobs assumed the presidency of Macomb Community College on July 1, 2008. Prior to his appointment, he concurrently served as director for the Center for Workforce Development and Policy at the college, and as associate director, Community College Research Center (CCRC), Teachers College, Columbia University.

Jacobs earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University and has more than 40 years experience at Macomb. He has taught social science, political science and economics. He specializes in the areas of workforce skills and technology, economic development, worker retraining and community college workforce development, and is widely published in these areas of expertise. In addition, Jacobs has conducted research, developed programs and consulted on workforce development and community college issues at the national, state and local levels.

Jacobs serves on several local boards, including the Center for Automotive Research, Detroit Institute of Arts, and United Way for Southeastern Michigan. Currently Dr. Jacobs is a research affiliate of the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University and a lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Education.

Josh Davies
Chief Executive Officer
The Center for Work Ethic Development, CO

Josh Davies is passionate about helping others make a difference in their lives, jobs, and community. Through his work as a speaker and trainer, he has engaged and encouraged professionals across North America, the Middle East, and Asia. His engaging and connecting speaking style combined with relevant content make him an in-demand speaker, giving more than 75 keynote presentations and workshops to education, workforce, and corporate events annually. Training Magazine named him as one of the top 10 trainers under 40 in America and the Denver Business Journal tapped him as one of Denver’s 40 Under 40.

Davies is currently the CEO of The Center for Work Ethic Development, an organization committed to developing workplace skills in the global workforce. Partnering with organizations in 49 states and 6 countries, they equip trainers and teachers to build the workforce of the 21st Century. A graduate of American University, Josh has been awarded the Mile High Energy Award by Visit Denver, and an honorary Doctorate of Foodservice by the North American Food Equipment Manufacturers Association for his contributions to the industry. In addition to his work in the public sector, Josh also served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, was President of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART) and co-chaired the Colorado State Youth Council.

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