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SESSION A
TUESDAY OCTOBER 8
9:30 am – 10:30 am


Sequin A
Innovative Collaborations: Strategic Employer Engagement
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
When you partner with strategic employers, you develop programs that lead to in-demand jobs, give your students skills desired by businesses, and help graduates succeed in their careers. But who to target? What skills to teach? Come learn how Columbus State Community College collaborated with the local Honda manufacturing plant to develop the Modern Manufacturing Work-Study program. This hugely successful program was hand-crafted to equip students with the high-paying skills Honda needed and has turned CSCC into a talent pipeline.
Presenters: Lucas Dickson, Account Executive, Emsi, ID and Scott Wegeng, Director Employer Engagement and Experiential Learning, Columbus State Community College, OH

Sequin B
Apprenticeship to Employment: Models for Success
TRACK: Riverwalk to Success: Pathways to Training
Implementing successful apprenticeship programs is hard work and can be challenging! Omaha’s Metropolitan Community College’s (MCC) has integrated their proven model of workforce success into their pre-apprenticeship programs. Learn how MCC works with their business partners to identify workforce needs, evaluate and align the required skills to develop their training programs. MCC’s pre-apprenticeship training provides a pathway - rooted in foundational and essential skills - that leads to successful employment for students, and retention rates that exceeds industry standards.
Presenters: Tammy J. Green, Director of Workforce Innovation Division - Career Skills and Adult Education, Metropolitan Community College, NE and Julie Gibson, Director of Workforce Development Partnerships, ACT, Inc., IA

Crockett C
Deepening WIOA Partnerships and Alignment under the New Perkins Act
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
The recent reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (CTE) creates new opportunities for states to align CTE systems with WIOA-funded adult education and workforce services. In this session, learn how advocates can take advantage of these changes to spark deeper partnerships through broader system alignment for longer term sustainability.
Presenters: Anson Green, Texas State Director of Adult Education and Literacy, Texas Workforce Commission, TX; George Thomas, Career and Technical Education District Director, Socorro Independent School District, TX; Mary Jo Ochoa-Hernandez, Career Pathways Lead Coordinator, Far West AEL Consortium- Socorro Independent School District, TX; and Kermit Kaleba, Managing Director Policy, National Skills Coalition, DC

Presidio A
Soft Skills for A Stronger Workforce
TRACK: Riverwalk to Success: Pathways to Training
In this session, we will address the growing soft skills gap between the expectations of employers and how talent is showing up to the workplace. There is a connection between soft skills and emotional intelligence that can be identified to improve the status quo. You will learn about online tools to use with the clients you serve to meet these employer demands. Thousands of organizations have used Conover’s research-based assessment & training tools to maximize their client’s personal and professional success.
Presenter: Art Janowiak III, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Conover Company, WI

Presidio B
Cultivating Workforce Pipeline Partnerships: Education, Government, and Industry
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
The lack of a skilled and dedicated local workforce is severe in many communities, especially in rural areas where recruiting and retaining skilled talent is difficult. Obstacles in bringing partners together and collaborating on a sustainable long-term commitment will be discussed. This session will illustrate potential solutions through collaborations of K-12 education, local government, community college, industry, and the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network, to provide pathways and financial incentives for training the local workforce.
Presenters: J. Geoff Knowles, Executive Director of Sites, Engagement, and Institutional Research and David Bathe, Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College - Lafayette, IN

Texas C
A Modernized Higher Education Act: The Future is Near
TRACK: How the West Was Won: Strategies for the Future
What do modernized Pell, industry partnerships, transparent data, and student-responsive supports have in common? Aside from each making for riveting cocktail party conversation, they are key to higher education policy priorities of community colleges throughout the country. Join National Skills Coalition and NCWE college leaders in a conversation on how these Higher Education Act policy proposals can create a framework for success – even within a shifting workplace landscape – for the students and businesses we serve.
Presenters: Jessica Cardott, National Network Manager and Katie Brown, Senior Federal Policy Analyst, National Skills Coalition, DC; William H. Gary, Sr., Senior Executive Vice President, Cuyahoga Community College, OH; and Amy Hatfield, Dean of Workforce Development and Basic Studies, Olympic College, WA

Texas F
Developing Workforce Pipelines through Partnerships in the Mississippi Delta
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
In order to meet the workforce demands of existing industry and the recruitment of new industry, the Washington County Economic Alliance (WCEA) has focused its efforts to create a future trained workforce. The session will focus on how the WCEA developed a work ready pipeline of high school level individuals and young adults by overcoming limited funding hurdles and engaging community partners. Learn how through collaboration, community partners in Washington County have worked to dispel negative opinions and create a true work ready Washington County.
Presenters: Cary Karlson, Executive Director Ex Officio, Will Coppage, Executive Director, and Angelica Richards, AmeriCorps Workforce Training Coordinator, Washington County Economic Alliance; and Tarrinasha Jones, Career and Technical Education Director, Greenville Career and Technical Center, MS

Travis A/B
Data for the Future: Building the Future of Workforce Programs Using Data Today
TRACK: Riverwalk to Success: Pathways to Training
The division of Career and Applied Technology at Lone Star College-North Harris is piloting a program to maximize the efficiency of current and future programs as measured by the completion of certificates and degrees. This program will collect, synthesize and forecast using multiple hard data sources related to student’s success. In this session you will learn the data points used and the ways the data will promote student success, program evaluation and program innovation.
Presenters: Michael Burns, Dean Division of Career and Applied Technology and Jim Nutt, Director Division of Career and Applied Technology, Lone Star College-North Harris, TX

Travis C
Identifying the Stream of Skilled Workers - Noncredit CTE Employment Outcomes
TRACK: Riverwalk to Success: Pathways to Training
Noncredit program completion often goes undocumented and swirls around in the backwaters. Data had historically not been collected; therefore, no outcomes could be proven. The Iowa Department of Education, in partnership with Iowa Workforce Development, has developed a way to analyze this important stream of workers through data collected from all 15 Iowa community college areas. Employment rates, industries, and wages are analyzed to illustrate the important impact that noncredit education/training has on the state’s economy. A portion of the session will concentrate on how the data is used to inform students and improve programs.
Presenters: Paula Nissen, Lead Analysis and Reporting Consultant, Iowa Department of Education, Kiyo Matsuyama, Labor Market Research Economist, Iowa Workforce Development; and Gena Gesing, Director of Career Services, Northeast Iowa Community College, IA

Travis D
How Do Commercial Drivers Remain Relevant in the Future of Work?
TRACK: How the West Was Won: Strategies for the Future
How do we keep current job titles relevant for the future workforce? This session will provide an interesting case study detailing experience on working with external and internal partners to develop a program for a job/position that doesn’t yet exist. Participants will reflect how they may be able to apply the experience in their area’s emerging technologies.
Presenters: Amanda Abens, Dean of Workforce and Continuing Education and Missy Blair, Program Manager, Pima Community College; and Robert Brown, Director of Public Affairs, TuSimple, AZ

SESSION B
TUESDAY OCTOBER 8
11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Sequin A
Student Success in the Tech Economy
TRACK: Riverwalk to Success: Pathways to Training
There are routinely more than 800,000 open Information Technology jobs in the US alone each quarter. What are employers looking for in prospective tech employees? Learn what’s driving this growth and demand and how you can help prepare your students for high-paying, high-growth jobs in the tech industry. Also, learn about several free resources that you can utilize for student success.
Presenter: Kirk Smallwood, Vice President Business Development, CompTIA

Sequin B
Partnerships that Work: The Trio Electric Pre-Apprenticeship Program
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
Learn how Houston Community College, Spring Branch ISD, and Trio Electric developed a three way partnership to offer a dual credit, level 1 certificate program in an apprenticeship model in which students receive hands-on training from a master electrician, paid on-the-job training, and the offer of employment after high school.
Presenters: Michael Webster, Associate Vice Chancellor Workforce Instruction, Houston Community College; Joe Kolenda, Principal, Guthrie Center for Career and Technical Education, Spring Branch ISD; and Beau Pollock, President and CEO, Trio Electric, TX

Crockett C
Cost of Turnover: Can You Afford the Brain Drain
TRACK: Riverwalk to Success: Pathways to Training
Nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled. After putting substantial effort and cost into recruiting, the industry needs to make sure employees stay. How can we come together to build awareness about manufacturing and the knowledge and skills needed to build a successful career? Using industry data and research by SME we will explore ways to increase retention by looking at the Cost of Turnover equation and how education and employers can collaborate.
Presenter: Sue Mueller, Workforce Development Specialist, Tooling U-SME, OH

Republic A
Corralling the Herd: Revolutionize your Construction Industry Partnerships
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
With 1.5 million craft professionals needed in the construction industry by 2023 and only 33% of the future jobs in America requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher, there has never been a better time for an industry/education revolution. Two-year colleges have the opportunity to build partnerships with industry that lead to higher enrollment in their programs and employers waiting to hire their graduates. Join us for this discussion on unique success stories and the resources you need to get started revolutionizing your programs.
Presenters: Jennifer Wilkerson, Director of Marketing and Build Your Future, NCCER, FL; Girard Melancon, Vice Chancellor Workforce and Economic Development, Baton Rouge Community College, LA; James Busch, Director of Skilled Trades and Workforce Development, Central Arizona College, AZ; and Sean Ray, Director of Craft Workforce Development, Sundt Construction, AZ

Presidio A
Changing Employer Engagement Models in Higher Education
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
Micro-credentials, stackable credentials, and degree apprenticeships are all ways in which higher education institutions globally are innovating the way that they engage with an audience of employers and their employees who are increasingly focused on skills through life- long learning and workforce development. This session will explore the underlying drivers for these trends and the impact they have on institutions and will review existing and planned support for new and emerging models through Ellucian Elevate when integrated with Ellucian Student systems including Colleague and Banner. This open dialogue session is intended to be a learning session for attendees based upon the rapid changes in this area, nationally and internationally.
Presenter: Daragh Scaife, Vice President Product Management and Marcia Daniel, Senior Director Digital Transformation, Ellucian, VA

Presidio B
Increase Access to Education and Training Using Ability to Benefit
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
Did you know? HS Dropouts = 17% of Washington's residents but 55% of our prison population. Ability to Benefit (AtB) can help. Designed with the practitioner in mind, hear the journeys and learn the nuts and bolts, along with the challenges. With assistance from the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC), these colleges are trying to close the equity gap and truly become open access institutions using the Department of Education approved alternative pathway to federal financial aid, AtB for individuals without a HS Diploma or GED®.
Presenters: Amy Hatfield, Dean of Workforce Development and Basic Studies and Teresa McDermott, Associate Dean of Basic Studies, Olympic College; Sarah Stiffler, Assistant Dean of Adult Basic Education, Spokane Community College; Rebecca Jayasundara, Director Basic Skills, Tacoma Community College; and Jon Kerr, Director, Basic Education for Adults, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, WA

Texas C
Supporting ABE Student Success in Transitioning to Postsecondary Education
TRACK: How the West Was Won: Strategies for the Future
This session discussed findings from Abt Associates’ research on two innovations that Oregon’s Adult Basic Skills (ABS) programs have carried out to assist students attain a GED® and enroll in postsecondary education. Highlighted are strategies used in the Oregon Pathways for Adult Basic Skills (OPABS) initiative and the Transition Planning Process’s (TPP) text messaging project and results about students' outcomes from participating in these projects.
Presenters: Judith Alamprese, Principal Scientist, Abt Associates, MD and Nick Bender, Adult Basic Skills Specialist, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission

Texas F
Going through the “BIG D” and Don’t Mean Dallas….
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
Pearl River Community College's Workforce division understands the importance (and power) of industry-driven educational partnerships—especially between community colleges, economic developers and employers. Sometimes those relationships become strained and ineffective. This workshop focuses on how to revive, repair, and refocus a good relationship gone bad!
Presenters: Terri Clark, Dean of Workforce and Community Development, and Rebecca Brown, Community and Economic Development Coordinator, Pearl River Community College; and Todd Jackson, Executive Vice President, Hattiesburg Area Development Partnership, MS

Travis A/B
How to Attract and Recruit Diverse Students: Lessons from Aspen and Advance CTE
TRACK: Viva Fiesta: Celebrating Diversity and Equity
Although community colleges offer many high-wage, high-demand Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, it can be challenging to attract and recruit students most in need of economic mobility. Through two national surveys and focus groups with prospective and current/former CTE populations, Advance CTE and the Aspen Institute explored the barriers and motivations for under/unemployed youth and adults and K-12 populations. This session will help participants understand diverse student perspectives, craft outreach strategies that resonate with varying populations, and explore questions around access and equity.
Presenters: Katie Fitzgerald, Communications Manager, Advance CTE; Brittney Davidson, Senior Program Manager College Excellence Program, and Tess Henthorne, Program Associate College Excellence Program, The Aspen Institute, DC

Travis C
Identifying Job Opportunities and Career pathways: Tools, Models and Resources
TRACK: Riverwalk to Success: Pathways to Training
The U.S. workforce is as varied in its demographic makeup as it is multifaceted in the expanse and breadth of its expertise – from seasoned professionals to first-time jobseekers and from native-born and educated to internationally-trained newcomers - seeking opportunities in their professions. This session will present specific web-based tools and state and local implementation models, that assist this diverse workforce to identify job opportunities and career pathways, and thus reach their full potential. The speakers introduce their organizations’ practical and interactive tools and models that can benefits workers and employers.
Presenters: Dan Kosten, Assistant Director for Skills and Workforce Development, National Immigration Forum, DC; Anson Green, State Director, Texas Workforce Commission Adult Education and Literacy, TX; and Debra Means-West, Director of Knowledge Management and Network Development, World Education Services Global Talent Bridge, NY

Travis D
Where You Stand Depends on Where You Sit: Working Jointly in Service of Others
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
This session will describe five distinct partners, each with its own culture, internal barriers, staff personalities, decision making processes, communication methods, IT systems, and budget constraints. The presenters will review the five stages of team development along with a detailed discussion regarding how the five partners have navigated through each stage. Successful strategies will be shared, along with examples of a few “fails”.
Presenters: Tamara Arnott, Dean of Workforce Development, Lake Superior College and Elena Foshay, City of Duluth Workforce Development Director, MN

SESSION C
TUESDAY OCTOBER 8
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Sequin A
Enabling Education-to-Employment Transition: Promoting Students’ Higher-Order Skills
TRACK: How the West Was Won: Strategies for the Future
Finding a good first job is a primary motivator for students pursuing higher education. With the economy increasingly shaped by advancements in automation and artificial intelligence, there is a growing expectation for the college-educated workforce to master certain competencies including disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge, professional competencies, and foundational and transferrable skills. Through audience participation, this workshop details the findings of ETS’ Skills for a New Economy initiative and seeks to further understand and address the education-to-work skills gap.
Presenter: David Schor, Assessment Leader Skills for a New Economy, Educational Testing Service, NJ
Sequin B
Driving Economic Growth through Workforce Partnerships
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
Through strong partnerships, Clark State Community College identified the need for affordable ISO 9001 Quality Management Certification and cultivated those partnerships to promote and fund training for 50 companies, resulting in significant job retention, growth and economic impact. We will discuss the importance of strong partnerships, flexible solutions and how to ensure your college is considered an important workforce partner. We will include a walk-through of implementation and discuss how our solution broke barriers businesses had previously faced in attempting certification.
Presenters: Jo Alice Blondin, President and Lesli Beavers, Director of Workforce and Business Solutions, Clark State Community College, OH

Crockett C
Career Placement Innovation: Connecting Workforce, Colleges, and Industry
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
How do you connect workforce, community colleges, and industry to fast track people into tech careers? Learn how Colorado created a consortium bringing together workforce programs, businesses and community colleges. In this session, you will learn how this innovative partnership was created, what strategies were used to ensure effectiveness, and how you can replicate this approach in your own community.
Presenters: Michael Simpson, Co-Founder and CEO, PAIRIN; Michael Macklin, Associate Vice Chancellor of Workforce Partnerships, Colorado Community College System; Cordelia Randle, Director of Community Partnerships, CrossPurpose, CO

Presidio A
Enhancing Apprenticeship Supports for Low-Income Populations
TRACK: Viva Fiesta: Celebrating Diversity and Equity
A presentation of lessons learned and recommendations from Washington State's investigation of resources and barriers within construction apprenticeship pathways for low-income populations.
Presenter: Erin Frasier, Policy Associate Workforce Education, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and Shana Peschek, Director Construction Center of Excellence, Renton Technical College, WA

Presidio B
Its Going To Take More Than Duck Tape and A Monkey Wrench
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
Start or improve your Apprenticeship Program using the lessons learned at Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City. For the past three years MCC has maintained an average retention rate of 81% (way above the national average). This presentation will focus on identifying, building and maintaining relationships to help your Apprenticeship Program become successful. Come learn how we put the APP in APPrentice!
Presenters: Shonda Atwater, Apprenticeship Director, and Jeanna Caldwell, Apprenticeship Manager, Metropolitan Community College, MO

Texas C
Best Practices in Career Training and Transferability for Process Technology
TRACK: How the West Was Won: Strategies for the Future
This session will give an overview of active learning strategies and transfer services implemented in Alvin Community College’s Process Technology department. The workshop will also explore how faculty are integrating more hands-on and digital components in the classroom. The presenters will demonstrate active learning strategies as part of their presentation. We will share curriculum pilots, survey results including subsequent modifications and adjustments, along with lessons learned.
Presenters: Lilly Garcia, HSI STEM Grant Project Manager and Dave Westmoreland, HSI STEM Grant Process Technology Specialist, Alvin Community College, TX

Texas F
Jails to Jobs: Workforce Ready Felons
TRACK: Viva Fiesta: Celebrating Diversity and Equity
This session will focus on how educating and training prisoners can address several issues in today’s economy. Presenters will share how a new program in Mississippi is equipping inmates to be ready to enter the workforce upon release, helping hurdle barriers to reentry and develop partnerships with industries and communities. Additionally, discussion will cover the unique challenges faced in prison instruction and how stable employment for inmates improves local and regional quality of life.
Presenters: R. Brent Johnson, Jail to Jobs - Navigator, and Pam Meeks, Grant Writer, Northeast Mississippi Community College, MS

Travis A/B
Integrated Education and Training: Findings from BCO and PACE
TRACK: Riverwalk to Success: Pathways to Training
This session features findings from Abt Associates’ studies of integrated education and training (IET) approaches in career pathways programs. Highlighted are the IET models delivered in the LISC Bridge to Career Opportunities (BCO) and the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) studies. Discussed are key features of the implementation of BCO and PACE, as well as PACE's impact results.
Presenters: Judith Alamprese, Principal Scientist, and Karen Gardiner, Principal Associate, Abt Associates, MD

Travis C
The Role of Navigators and Course-Embedded Coaches in Student Success
TRACK: Viva Fiesta: Celebrating Diversity and Equity
Older students returning to school face many challenges and barriers, especially understanding how to navigate the college system. Navigators funded by TAAACT grants played an important role in student success, but now that the program has ended, are there lessons learned to implement a scalable program that offers similar types of support? In addition to navigators, we will discuss course-embedded AmeriCorps College Completion Coaches that serve 16 of Ohio’s community colleges.
Presenters: Phyllis Cummins, Senior Research Scholar, Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University of Ohio, and Aimee Belanger-Haas, Dean Business and Applied Technologies, Clark State Community College, OH

SESSION D
TUESDAY OCTOBER 8
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Sequin A
"Bucking" the System: Lessons Learned from Non-Intrusive CTE Coaching
TRACK: How the West Was Won: Strategies for the Future
Learn how a "partner" in New Jersey was "all-too-fired-up" to purposely NOT provide intrusive coaching as part of their new, Perkins-funded CTE Coaches position....only to have it "back-fire" when CTE students shared their wish to be further "in cahoots" with their Coaches. Who would have guessed that students yearned for more "buck up" time and attention? Come prepared as the speaker shares her "yannigan bag" full of lessons learned through "gitty-up" one-on-one discussions and survey responses. Be prepared to "dicker" and trade ideas and suggestions to "fit one's flint," too!
Presenter: Donna Vassallo, Dean Career Education and Workforce Development, Atlantic Cape Community College, NJ

Sequin B
How Lone Star College-North Harris Combats Success Barriers and Wins
TRACK: Riverwalk to Success: Pathways to Training
This session will discuss the factors that impede the growth of Lone Star College-North Harris workforce students that also block their pathways to obtaining credentials beyond the respective field certifications. We will discuss how Lone Star College-North Harris is working to combat our students’ defeating bouts of imposter syndrome, out-of-balance, cluttered lives, poor employability skills, and overall unreadiness by offering integrated education and training and contextualized instruction.
Presenters: Michael Burns, Dean of Instruction and L. R. Griffin, Professor of Communications, Lone Star College North Harris, TX

Crockett C
Who's at the Table and How Did We Get Here?
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
How can we turn partnerships into authentic and productive Smartnerships? Community colleges and other workforce agencies are critical to workforce development and economic growth, and no agency can do everything alone. Based on lessons learned in Maine, we will discuss how adult education can complement your work by lending its expertise in supporting learners in need of basic skills development. In this interactive workshop we’ll explore the challenges, benefits, methodologies and successes regarding adult education and community college Smartnerships.
Presenters: Gail Senese, State Director of Adult Education, Maine Department of Education; Allen Lampert, Director, Sanford Community Adult Education; and Charles Collins, Deputy Executive Director of Workforce Training, Maine Community College System

Presidio A
Do You Play to Win, or Simply Not to Lose?
TRACK: Riverwalk to Success: Pathways to Training
We are in a time when there is not enough money, not enough human capital, not enough... well enough!!! We will show how we have created an engaging and innovative partnership between the community college, counties, grants, industry, and, most importantly, students to develop meaningful, achievable, and sustainable career pathways toward financially sustainable healthcare careers for individuals who have typically not had the opportunity. We are working together to overcome barriers and change mindsets on both sides of employment!
Presenter: Marcy Lynch, Director Health Care Programs, Monroe Community College, NY

Presidio B
Breaking Down Barriers on a College Campus
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
How well cross trained is a college campus? Do we all understand how our role fits? Part of what arises are barriers that prevent us from working together as a team/unit. Through the Foundation for the MidSouth Incentives to Success initiative along with the Mississippi Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (MIBEST) initiative, one college learned how to break through barriers to improve student success! Our team will share best practices for braiding resources to bridge the gap among the various departments on a college campus.
Presenters: Lucy Lamberth, Director of Workforce Grants and Development and Lynne Carey, Workforce Project Manager, Meridian Community College, MS

Texas C
Census 2020 - Get You, Your Program, and Your Community Ready!
TRACK: How the West Was Won: Strategies for the Future
Census 2020 is critical! An undercount of your community will mean a loss of resources and representation for the next decade. Education and workforce development programs like yours can make a difference. Come discuss the threats and opportunities, including the 'internet first' strategy, an adult education Enumerator Prep course, and Get Out the Count efforts.
Presenter: Judy Mortrude, Senior Technical Advisor, National College Transition Network - World Education, Inc., MA

Texas F
Improving the Internship Experience for Students and Employers
TRACK: Round 'Em Up: Best Practices for Workbased Learning
Internships are a win-win form of work-based learning for students, employers, educators and government alike. Yet student access to high-quality, paid internships is unequal, with demand far outpacing supply, and many employers (particularly small employers) struggle with the intern recruitment and the management process. This session will explore recent research on the internship challenges employers face, provide insight on students’ motivation for seeking out internships, and set forth examples.
Presenter: Kevin Fudge, Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement, American Student Assistance, MA

Travis A/B
High-Leveraged Strategies to Speed Development of College and Career Pathways
TRACK: Riverwalk to Success: Pathways to Training
Pathways in colleges, whether career, guided, or pathways to prosperity, are routine discussions in college reform efforts. Yet, development and deployment lacks urgency, even though over the last two decades, integrated education and training models demonstrate that learning can be accelerated for the low-skilled. Students are missing out. Come learn how community colleges, workforce, adult education providers and other stakeholders can speed the deployment of pathways by utilizing a few high impact, evidence-based strategies. Insights and deployment models from small rural and large urban community colleges will be presented.
Presenters: Anson Green, Texas State Director of Adult Education and Literacy, Texas Workforce Commission; Ashley Trevino Adult Education Director, Grayson College; Gloria Smith, Director Adult Education and Literacy, Dallas County Community College, TX

Travis C
Meeting the Challenge of Achieving Educational Attainment Goals
TRACK: Viva Fiesta: Celebrating Diversity and Equity
Based on Anthony P. Carnevale’s research and educational attainment goals recommended by the Lumina Foundation, 42 states have established attainment goals. To achieve these goals, new policies and practices are required to recruit and support underserved populations. Indiana and Ohio received grants from Lumina to support adults in their efforts to earn a high-quality credential. The state of states’ attainment goals and Indiana’s and Ohio’s efforts to achieve their goals will be discussed.
Presenters: Phyllis Cummins, Senior Research Scholar, Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University of Ohio; James Dean Ward, Researcher, ITHAKA S+R; Patricia Plantenga, Site Manager and Academic Advisor, Ivy Tech Community College – Lafayette, IN

Travis D
Partnerships and Tools for Addressing Behavioral Health in the Workplace
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
As awareness of the impact of mental health grows, there is a need to equip employees and students across disciplines to respond to mental illness as a means of promoting safety and equity. A collaboration among colleges, clinical experts, and community agencies has resulted in innovative and effective training in Behavioral Health Basics. This session will utilize discussion and activities to introduce concepts related to mental health, provide training recommendations, and highlight partnership opportunities.
Presenters: Melissa Glenn, Social Worker, King County Library System and Jennifer Johnston, Program Manager for Healthcare Workforce Transitions, Highline College, WA

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