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2019 General Sessions and Keynotes

Tuesday October 8, 2019 - 8:00am
Implicit Bias and the Future of Work

Dr. Rita Cameron Wedding
Professor of Women's Studies and Ethic Studies
Sacramento State University, CA

Many occupations in the trades and other technical area have historically had difficulty attracting and retaining women and people of color. A diverse workforce is key to the future of work! This keynote address on implicit bias will explore strategies that can help decision-makers improve recruitment and develop education and training programs to achieve a diverse workforce.

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Wednesday October 9, 2019 - 8:00am
The Future of Work - Impact on Community College Programs

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

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

Dr. James Jacobs
President Emeritus and former NCWE Board President
Macomb Community College, MI

Moderator TBD
As automation and artificial intelligence reshape industries and redefine jobs, it is critical to look at the skills that will be in high demand in the future. Concomitantly, the workforce industry has spent decades training individuals in many job types that will simply disappear in the coming years, with automation threatening 47% of U.S. jobs. This panel of experts will explore the technologies of the future, discuss how various jobs and industries will be affected, analyze the most in demand skillsets, and examine how all these changes will impact community college programs.

Technologist and futurist Derrick Edwards will discuss the waves of worker displacement and creation of new job opportunities caused by automation and artificial intelligence (AI). Josh Davies will reflect on how many of the most in-demand skills of the future will be those that can’t be replicated by technology placing more emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, communication, and empathy. As a former community college president and a researcher, Dr. Jacobs will talk about what all of this means for community college workforce programs.

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Wednesday October 9, 2019 - 12:15pm
The (Present and) Future of Workforce Education Policy

Kermit Kaleba
Managing Director, Policy
National Skills Coalition, DC

Dr. Darlene G. Miller
Executive Director
The National Council for Workforce Education
Community colleges play a critical role at the intersection of workforce, education, and economic development within their communities, and policymakers at the federal and state levels are paying greater attention to how community colleges can be effective leaders - and partners - in meeting a range of economic and equity goals.

Join Kermit and Darlene as they have a lively conversation exploring some of key federal and state policy conversations where community colleges are playing a leading role (or should be!). They will also discuss how the future of the workforce policy conversation is likely to change in response to technological and demographic trends, building on findings from National Skills Coalition’s 2019 Future of Work discussion series.

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