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SESSION E
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 9
9:30 am – 10:30 am

Sequin A
The Impact of AI and Automation on Curriculum Development
TRACK: How the West Was Won: Strategies for the Future
Continue the conversation with technologist and futurist Derrick Edwards as he furthers the discussion on the waves of worker displacement and creation of new job opportunities caused by automation and artificial intelligence (AI). This session will feature new and updated content from last year's workshop on how various industries and jobs will be affected, the speed of displacement, and criteria and guidelines for evaluating curriculum.
Presenter: Derrick Edwards, President and Chief Technology Officer, AGS Data Systems/G*STARS, WI

Sequin B
Making the 60 Year Curriculum Relevant to Community Colleges
TRACK: How the West Was Won: Strategies for the Future
The 60 Year Curriculum (60YC) concept—which places the college at the center of an individual’s lifelong learning pathway—has been gaining a lot of steam in the University sector. But among community colleges—where this idea could gain some real traction—it’s been quiet. During this workshop, we will discuss why the 60YC is well-suited to work in this space and engage roundtable discussions on what it would take to make this environment a reality.
Presenter: Amrit Ahluwalia, Managing Editor, The EvoLLLution

Crockett C
Non-Degree Credentials—How to Define and Measure Quality
TRACK: How the West Was Won: Strategies for the Future
Non-degree credentials, including industry certifications, licensure, and certificates, have the potential to be important markers of competency with a significant role in the changing labor market. However, there are currently no standards for ensure their quality. We will share findings on how to define and measure their quality, and discuss recommendations for key stakeholders, including educators, employers, and policymakers.
Presenters: Michelle Van Noy, Associate Director, Rutgers, Education and Employment Research Center; Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, Senior Fellow, National Skills Coalition; and Emily Passias, Director, Education Strategy Group

Republic A
Fueling the Future Through Grant Funded Partnerships
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
There’s no shortage of money in the world: Why not get it for training? Did you know there are billions of dollars in training grants available in the US? Learn how to enhance partnerships using grant funding. Many companies struggle to meet training needs and seek partnerships to ensure continuation. Also, the need for qualified staff often outweighs the available workforce; therefore, Brazosport College will share the challenges and successes of utilizing grants to supplement and support training partnerships.
Presenters: Madonna Adams, Director Center for Business and Industry Training and Deborah Ewing, Director Continuing Education, Brazosport College, TX

Republic B
Advisory Board Best Practices: Employer Engagement for Program Success
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
Advisory boards can make or break a program. Do you have challenges meeting a quorum? Have a long-time advisory board member that can be disruptive? These are some of the common issues we hear from across the system. This presentation will give you tools and strategies for effective employer engagement to create robust advisory boards. Hear from the Construction Center of Excellence, Center of Excellence for Careers in Education and the Washington State Labor Council on proven practices, innovative strategies and more. In this presentation you will gain access to templates, resources and guides to ensure your program advisory boards are robust and effective.
Presenter: Shana Peschek, Director Construction Center of Excellence, Renton Technical College; Jamie Wells, Director Center of Excellence for Careers in Education, Green River Community College; and Kairie Pierce, Workforce Development Director, Washington State Labor Council

Republic C
Making Connections: The Constant Calling of Re-Design
TRACK: How the West Was Won: Strategies for the Future
Learn the results and next steps from the 2019 Texas regional summits of community college leaders responsible for career and technical education, adult education provider grantees, and local workforce board representatives. These summits included leaders from Texas’ 50 community college districts and were led by Amarillo College with the Texas Success Center and Texas Workforce Commission advanced policy and operational plans for integrating basic education classes with workforce training programs to streamline services for underprepared students into high-demand jobs.
Presenters: Anson Green, Texas State Director Adult Education and Literacy, Texas Workforce Commission; Tamara Clunis, Vice President Academic Affairs, Amarillo College; and Cynthia Ferrell, Vice President, Texas Association of Community Colleges

Presidio A
Developing Yourself as a Workforce Professional
TRACK: How the West Was Won: Strategies for the Future
What do karaoke, cheese castles, and king cake have to do with professional development? As workforce professionals, we often know how to advise others towards their professional goals, but what does development look like for our own career paths? To stay at the top of our game we need to find the right balance of introspection and external resources or activities such as peer learning, mentorships, professional development, and networking. NCWE has created the New Workforce Professionals Academy to provide just that and, more! In this session, a diverse group of participants from the 2018 class will provide a panel discussion about how they were impacted by the Academy and the positive outcomes they have already experienced and look forward to in the future. Come to this session to learn more and, more importantly, how to get involved!
Presenters: Joe Collins, Consultant Sector Partnerships and Career Pathways, Iowa Department of Education; Patricia Plantenga, Site Manager and Academic Advisor, Ivy Tech Community College – Lafayette, IN; Lesli Beavers, Director of Workforce and Business Solutions, Clark State Community College, OH; Ana Greif, Employer Engagement and Business Development Program Manager, Pima Community College, AZ; John Oliver, Director Workforce Development, Richland Community College, IL; Vince Thomas, Academic Dean, Minneapolis Community and Technical College; and Shonda Atwater, Apprenticeship Director, Metropolitan Community College, MO

Presidio B
Strategic Partnering for Student Success: For Today and For the Future
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
This session will highlight the dual levels of advisory councils that Lone Star College employs to ensure a comprehensive understanding of community needs. From local hiring managers, to K-12 Superintendents, to CEOs of major employers, this session will discuss how we create, nurture, and capitalize on these partnerships to create successful students and communities.
Presenters: Laura Yannuzzi, Vice President of Instruction, Lone Star College - North Harris and Linda Head, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor Department of Employer and External Relations, Lone Star College System, TX

Texas C
Addressing Graying America's Hidden Technology Crisis
TRACK: How the West Was Won: Strategies for the Future
A BACK TO WORK 50+ grant from the AARP Foundation uncovered a troubling issue for participants aged 50 years or older. Over 75% not only feared technology but lacked the basic skills needed for today's competitive workforce. The workshop will address the complexities of educating a 50+ student with limited technology skills seeking employment. To address this challenge, an innovative competency-based education model is being created at Austin Community College to meet the unique needs of this demographic.
Presenter: Linda Smarzik, Dean Computer Science and Information Technology, Austin Community College District, TX

Texas F
Increasing Student Success through a Trauma Informed Systems Approach
TRACK: Viva Fiesta: Celebrating Diversity and Equity
Addressing how trauma impacts classroom and on-the-job performance is critical to student success for Opportunity Youth (16-24), veterans, older workers, dislocated workers, public assistance recipients and others who have experienced trauma first-hand. Clark State is attacking this issue head-on to increase classroom performance, progression, retention, completion, and employment success. Attendees will learn about CSCC's effort to establish a collegewide Trauma Informed System approach.
Presenters: Robert Visdos, President, Workforce Institute, Inc., OR and Jo Alice Blondin, President, Clark State Community College, OH

Travis C
Increasing Economic Mobility in the Immigrant and Refugee Community
TRACK: Viva Fiesta: Celebrating Diversity and Equity
Community colleges face significant challenges and opportunities in adopting and sustaining programs that successfully align immigrant workforce development initiatives into the college system. How do we ensure that the goals for immigrants and refugees are woven into the strategic goals of the college organization? National and local perspectives of senior administrators who lead successful institution-wide strategies as well as the front-line practitioners that make those strategies work will be examined in this moderated panel discussion.
Presenters: Jill Casner-Lotto, Director Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education and Teresita B. Wisell, Vice President Workforce Development and Community Education and Executive Director CCCIE, Westchester Community College, NY; Donna Kinerney, Dean of Instruction Adult ESOL and Basic Skills for College and Careers, Montgomery College, MD; and Adam Hostetter, Director El Pueblo Liberty Learning Center, Pima Community College, AZ

Travis D
Creating Pathways Between ESL Instruction and Workforce Credentials
TRACK: Riverwalk to Success: Pathways to Training
New funding sources have changed the type of student seeking to undertake Workforce training in Virginia’s community college system. This presentation will explore the NOVA Workforce’s data-driven response to develop bi-directional pathways, through a part-time ESL curricular redesign, into their Workforce Credential Programs, thereby providing English language learners with a greater chance at securing living wage careers.
Presenter: Cynthia Hatch, Manager of ESL and TESOL, Northern Virginia Community College, VA

SESSION F
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 9
11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Sequin A
The Future of Work-Skills are the DNA of a Job
TRACK: How the West Was Won: Strategies for the Future
Across sectors and industries, from entry-level roles to senior positions, employers require workers with specific foundational skills. Students and workers who develop these skills will have more employment opportunities, higher earnings, and more mobility options than workers who do not share their skill sets. Further, in an age when worker retention is threatened by automation, these skills can mean the difference between advancement and displacement. In short, foundational, transportable and disruptive skills are crucial for workforce success.
Presenters: Sandra Ryan, Director of Higher Education Partnerships, Burning Glass, MA; Patricia Erjavec, President, Pueblo Community College, CO; and Jim Shanahan, Shanahan Resources Inc., FL

Sequin B
The Virtual Career Center: Powerful Career Pathway Tools to Drive Student Success
TRACK: Riverwalk to Success: Pathways to Training
Virtual Career Center boasts interactive career development and planning tools designed specifically for students. These tools are made more dynamic and informative by our proprietary labor market information and job matching technology, removing the guesswork that can be common in exploration. See firsthand how our latest online solution connects education and careers, guiding students to pursue college programs and experiences that align with living wages and current career demand.
Presenter: Dan Cobus, Business Development Manager, Geographic Solutions, FL

Crockett C
Math Attack: Best Practices in Helping Bridge the Gap in Career and Technical Education
TRACK: Round 'Em Up: Best Practices for Workbased Learning
The purpose of this workshop is to share best practices in supporting career and technical education students by applying math concepts in a contextualized way.
Presenters: Christopher Beardsall, Dean for Academic Success and Jessica Cooper, Dean for Academic Success, St. Philip's College, TX

Republic A
Perkins V: Career and Guided Pathways and Programs of Study - Working Together!
TRACK: Riverwalk to Success: Pathways to Training
Perkins V introduces new definitions for program of study and career pathway at the same time many institutions are also working on guided pathway reforms. Federal and state investments in career technical programs of study and adult education career pathways are now followed by an intense focus on guided-pathway reform.
Presenter: Judy Mortrude, Senior Technical Advisor, World Education International, MA

Republic B
Celebrating Veterans: Lone Star College’s Strategies for Increasing Educational Attainment
TRACK: Viva Fiesta: Celebrating Diversity and Equity
Everyone agrees that military-affiliated students (current/former military and their families) deserve specialized outreach and resources to help them find their best workforce education opportunities, but how do we make that happen? Come to hear a variety of strategies and join a discussion about lessons learned and fruitful practices. Lone Star College is working on curriculum alignments, prior learning assessment, engaging industry and veteran-serving partners, and creating a team.
Presenters: Linda Head, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor External and Employer Relations; Christina Todd, Chief of Staff; and Connor O'Sullivan, Executive Director Veteran Outreach, Lone Star College, TX

Republic C
Increasing Associate Degree Graduates Using Learning Communities in a CTE Program
TRACK: How the West Was Won: Strategies for the Future
This session will examine how an automotive program went from graduating 1-2 students a year to a 100% learning community program with 85%-90% graduation rate. The presenter will discuss the learning community development and implementation, analyze the hurdles and pitfalls, and describe how it changed the program landscape. The presenter will also discuss faculty interaction and how to bring two classes together into a true learning community.
Presenter: Kevin Giles, Faculty and Automotive Program Coordinator, Eastfield College, TX

Presidio A
Laying the Groundwork for Industry Input Through Advisory Committees
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
As community colleges strive to become responsive to the needs of business and ensuring their needs are addressed both in credit curricula and training programs, creating the mechanisms to collect this input can be a challenge. In this session learn how Pima Community College set out to redesign the College’s Industry Advisory Committee regimen to ensure industry input in every CTE program.
Presenters: Ana Greif, Employer Engagement and Business Development Program Manager and Amanda Abens, Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education, Pima Community College, AZ

Presidio B
Men of Color in Community Colleges: Aligning Workforce Development
TRACK: How the West Was Won: Strategies for the Future
Most men of color persisting towards a post-secondary degree are doing so at community colleges. Too often, men of color have very little opportunity to be exposed to various career paths, gain valuable work experience, and build employment history. In this interactive session, Dr. Kevin Christian will interview male students from St. Philip's College in San Antonio, TX, who are successfully navigating the workforce development pathway. These students will also discuss their journey and the factors that they feel have led to their success.
Presenters: Kevin A. Christian, Director Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, American Association of Community Colleges and Workforce Development Students, St. Philip's College, TX

Texas C
Industry 4.0 and Beyond
TRACK: How the West Was Won: Strategies for the Future
The fourth industrial revolution involves companies becoming integrated production systems. Ivy Tech Community College partnered with national employers and the Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA) to develop a new certification. Learn to embed the Industry 4.0 certification into programs and create flexible curriculum and delivery models to be ready for the future. The next revolution will require adaptable programs delivered in different modalities.
Presenters: Sue G. Smith, Vice President Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science and Glen Roberson, Assistant Vice President, Dean of Ivy Institute, Ivy Tech Community College, IN

Texas F
Work Ethic: The Building Blocks for the 21st Century Workforce
TRACK: How the West Was Won: Strategies for the Future
With the rapid change in every sector of the workforce, certain skills have emerged as the building blocks for the future. Sometimes called soft skills or career readiness, employers simply call them Work Ethic. Nearly nine out of 10 hiring managers nationwide say work ethic is their most important factor in hiring. The challenge is that fewer than 1 in 5 people have these skills, and almost all education is instead focused on academic and technical skills.
Presenter: Josh Davies, Chief Executive Officer, The Center for Work Ethic Development

Travis C
Round 'Em Up: State/College Partnership Creates Successful Training for Industry
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
State, industry, and college relationships can sometimes seem like a “Showdown at the OK Corral,” but when partnerships are formed that benefit students and the workforce, everyone comes out alive! Faced with a statewide workforce shortage, the Office of Skills Development was created to help align workforce education programs with the skills needed by industry. The agency rounded up a posse community college partners to deliver critical training around the state.
Presenters: Kelli Embry, Vice President for Workforce and Strategic Initiatives, National Park College and Stephanie Isaacs, Associate Director Office of Skills Development, Arkansas Department of Career Education

Travis D
Rural America - Connecting Rural Communities with Remote Work
TRACK: Riverwalk to Success: Pathways to Training
While the appeal to “go rural” is influenced by ample recreation, an easy-going lifestyle, and a stress-free commute, the lack of broad-based employment opportunities results in higher unemployment and lower job growth. Come learn about the Rural Online Initiative, a groundbreaking program that combines a Master Remote Work Professional course, mentorships, skill-based scholarships, and tax incentives to equip workers with the emerging tools, knowledge, and skills needed to transition into a virtual career.
Presenters: Russell Goodrich, Senior Program Coordinator, Rural Online Initiative and Trenton Willson, Program Coordinator, Rural Online Initiative, Utah State University Extension

SESSION G
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 9
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Sequin A
Developing Talent through Employer Engagement – Creating Win-Win Partnerships
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
Participants will learn how public private partnership resulted in the development of a Hospitality Training Academy and talent pipeline for a growing restaurant and catering industry. Strategies for successfully engaging employers, understanding their talent needs and lessons learned from the pilot Training Academy will be explored.
Presenters: Judy Teart, Career Development Manager, Department of Workforce Development Government of Bermuda, Bermuda

Sequin B
Building Career Pathways in Advanced Manufacturing through Innovative Partnerships
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
Advanced manufacturing is a rapidly growing industry providing career growth, sustainable wages, and exciting employment possibilities. Learn how to build a pipeline of students with the requisite entry-level employment skills to satisfy demand. RVCC is developing innovative partnerships to close the skills gap by working collaboratively with employers, high schools, Workforce Investment Boards, Department of Labor, private foundations, faculty, and national educational associations, RVCC provides customized and sustainable educational programs in advanced manufacturing. Students graduate with a recognized industry credential and a pathway for success. Graduates are prepared to enter the industry or continue with their education.
Presenters: Conrad Mercurius, Coordinator Advanced Manufacturing, Joananne Coffaro, Director Workforce Training, and Jacki Belin, Vice President Student Affairs and Outreach, Raritan Valley Community College, NJ

Crockett C
Circle the Wagons: Collaborative Career Pathways and Work-Based Learning in Iowa
TRACK: Round 'Em Up: Best Practices for Workbased Learning
The wagons are being circled in Iowa to develop statewide career pathway and work-based learning resources for both short-term workforce needs and long-term talent pipelines. Join to learn about these exciting resources, including steps for successful planning, development, and release. Special attention paid to the collaborative nature of these projects, the role of the Iowa Work-Based Learning Intermediary Network, important public/private partnerships, and lessons learned on the trail. Learn more at SectorPartnerships.EducateIowa.gov and www.IowaIN.org.
Presenters: Joe Collins, Consultant Sector Partnerships and Career Pathways, Iowa Department of Education and Gena Gesing, Director of Career Services, Northeast Iowa Community College

Republic A
Integrated Career and Academic Prep System: A Guided Program to Career Pathways
TRACK: Riverwalk to Success: Pathways to Training
The DOE/Title III grant, Integrated Career and Academic Prep System (ICAPS), provides equitable opportunities for entrance and completion of the ICAPS supported CTE programs. This program provides support services and resources for academic, personal, and sustained employment success. Since the ICAPS program began at Elgin Community College in 2011, the program has evolved to deliver resources and services through a 3-part collaborative structure: Student Support Specialist, Support Class, and Thriving in the Workplace Seminars. The presentation will highlight the delivery of integrated services in this successful cohort program model.
Presenters: Elizabeth Soderquist, ICAPS Student Support Specialist, Health Professions and Andrea Kuzniar, ICAPS Student Support Specialist, Manufacturing, Elgin Community College, IL

Republic B
Unlocking A Talent Pipeline: Creating Corrections Training and Hiring Programs
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
Want to learn how to partner with local workforce, corrections, and business partners to offer training and work programs to those currently incarcerated? In this workshop we will identify who should be your key points of contact, review logistical considerations, how to connect employers, and how to incorporate essential skills.
Presenters: Stacia Thompson, Vice Chancellor Economic and Workforce Innovations, City Colleges of Chicago, IL, and Robin Widmar, Customized Training Coordinator, Gateway Technical College, WI

Republic C
Supporting Single Mothers' Career Readiness and Success
TRACK: Viva Fiesta: Celebrating Diversity and Equity
Single mothers are a growing segment of the postsecondary student population in the U.S. and 42 percent of student parents enroll in community colleges. Although similar in many ways to other nontraditional students, single mothers enroll with a unique set of strengths, life experiences, and barriers to completion. National College Transition Network will share the results from interviews with faculty, staff, and students at 17 community college programs that provide specialized support to single mothers.
Presenter: Judy Mortrude, Senior Technical Advisor, National College Transition Network - World Education, Inc., MA

Presidio A
Think Big! Beyond Traditional Pathways
TRACK: Riverwalk to Success: Pathways to Training
This workshop will explore Clark State's pathways which include articulation between noncredit and credit programming. We will explore innovative strategies to break down organizational silos and ensure student and community success.
Presenters: Lesli Beavers, Director Workforce and Business Solutions and Aimee Belanger-Haas, Dean of Business and Applied Technologies, Clark State Community College, OH

Presidio B
Team-Based and Interprofessional Practice and Education in Health Workforce Ed
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
Changes in health care delivery and health reform have increased the need for Team-Based and Interprofessional Practice and Education to be essential ingredients in health workforce education programs. The purpose of this session is to highlight the rational for embracing and expanding interprofessional practice and education.
Presenters: Dan Ferguson, Director Washington State Allied Health Center of Excellence, Yakima Valley College and Cori Garcia Hansen, Director Area Health Education Center, Whatcom Community College, WA

Texas C
Connecting Skilled Immigrants to an Education and Employment Pipeline
TRACK: Viva Fiesta: Celebrating Diversity and Equity
Programs around the country are working to improve the chances that skilled individuals from another country can integrate into the U.S. and articulate their knowledge into the workforce. Leveraging partnerships among workforce boards, community colleges, employers, and adult education programs through WIOA funding provides opportunities to accelerate the language and occupational learning of a skilled professional and allow employers to tap hidden talent. Within the discussion will be a Fortune 500 company’s perspective of integrating a robust pathway credential model that will recognize skilled immigrants within the company.
Presenters: Anson Green, State Director Adult Education and Literacy, Texas Workforce Commission; Angela M. Johnson, Program Manager, Harris County Department of Education, Workforce and Digital Education; Kelli Rhodes, Executive Director, Restore Education Inc.; Kevin Scherer, Senior Manager Employee Social Responsibility, Tyson Foods; and Claudette Session, Career Navigator, Region 5 Educational Service Center, TX

Texas F
Training in the Tower of Babel: Unity through Collaborative Education
TRACK: Viva Fiesta: Celebrating Diversity and Equity
El Sol, JNRC has grown since 2006 to become much more than a labor hall, now offering a variety of vocational training opportunities. El Sol serves day laborers - the majority hailing from Central America - living and working in Jupiter, FL. Many primarily speak a Mayan language with varying levels of literacy. Other sections of the local population served include long-term unemployed, seniors, previously incarcerated, and others. Creating vocational training programs for such a diverse population poses unique challenges, explored here.
Presenter: Kate Layton, Worker Development Coordinator, El Sol Jupiter's Neighborhood Resource Center, FL

Travis C
High School Equivalency Students in Workforce Education: A Two-Year Study
TRACK: Viva Fiesta: Celebrating Diversity and Equity
High school graduates represent the largest educational attainment group of the overall U.S. population and its workforce. However, research examining high school equivalency (HSE) earners (GED, HiSET, TASC) is scarce, even though they may possess unique needs, demographics, and skill sets relative to traditional high school graduates. Facilitated by audience participation, this workshop describes the postsecondary workforce education experiences of HSE earners over a two-year study, supporting actionable recommendations for recruiting and supporting HSE holders in workforce education.
Presenter: Kevin Williams, Managing Research Scientist, Educational Testing Service, NJ

Travis D
Discovery Academies: A New Approach
TRACK: Riverwalk to Success: Pathways to Training
Several major issues were facing the Career and Workforce Education programs at our college: we have capacity in our CTE first year courses, high school students “don’t know” what the possibilities are in our academic programs, and employers are continually telling us they don’t have enough people to fill their skilled jobs. By integrating high school students into on-campus foundational courses, we believe the pathway to finding solutions to all these issues can begin to be resolved.
Presenter: Jill Budde, Executive Dean Career and Workforce Education, Indian Hills Community College, IA

SESSION H
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 9
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Sequin A
Mental Health First Aid—Mental Health Culture in the Workplace
TRACK: Riverwalk to Success: Pathways to Training This session will explore the Mental Health First Aid certification and discuss the impact it can have on workplace culture. We will discuss data results from a training presented to first responders in the workplace, as well as how to imbed Mental Health First Aid in workplaces, colleges, and communities.
Presenters: Renee Edwards, Senior Researcher, Education and Employment Research Center Rutgers University; Bryan Gibb, Public Education Director, National Council for Behavioral Health; and Michael Allora, Deputy Fire Chief (Ret.), National Trainer Mental Health First Aid, NJ

Sequin B
Successful and Sustainable Partnerships
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
This presentation highlights collaboration between academic institutions, workforce development organizations, and local employers that result in career pathways, work-based learning, and long-term career opportunities for State of Tennessee residents. The presenter explains how initiatives such as dual enrollment, dual credit, early college, workforce training, industry certification prep, and career fairs have contributed to increased academic credentials and a decreased unemployment rate in the state. The presenter also discusses economic impact as companies across industries relocate to the region.
Presenter: Reginald Gardner, Executive Director Workforce and Community Development, Nashville State Community College, TN

Crockett C
Training for SNAP E&T Clients Leading to Sustained Employment
TRACK: Viva Fiesta: Celebrating Diversity and Equity
NOVA Workforce Counselors will discuss how grant funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia was utilized over a 3-year period. NOVA, in partnership with SNAP-ET case managers, assisted their clients with getting workforce credential training, most of which led to state or national certification, or to jobs in the local economy. Around $900,000 was allocated and used for this effort.
Presenters: Jennifer Merrill, Student Success Counselor/Career Coach and Michael Frasnelli, Student Success Counselor/Career Coach; Northern Virginia Community College, VA

Republic A
Building Employer Capacity for IET and IELCE
TRACK: Riverwalk to Success: Pathways to Training
This session will provide an overview of ways to find and engage adult basic education employer partners for Integrated Education and Training (IET) and Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) programs. Criteria for selecting good partners, including tapping into your current student skill potentials and community involvement, is essential as you build a workplace education partnership. Partners include students, employers, workforce agencies, community colleges, nonprofit, and other community-based organizations in order to create a viable pipeline to meet and compliment employer needs.
Presenter: Mike Williams, Education Consultant, Iowa Department of Education

Republic B
Blazing the Trail: Engaging Employers for Educational Success
TRACK: Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) partnered with leaders from business and industry, adult education and literacy (AEL) subject matter experts and researchers to contextualize and align AEL content standards to specific industry clusters in-demand in Texas. During this session, presenters will provide an overview of the Texas Adult Education and Literacy Content Standards 2.0 project and share with participants both the process working with business on curriculum and standards alignment as well as the professional development model for rolling out the standards across the state.
Presenters: Anne Marie Molinari Sanders, Professional Development Content Specialist and Beth Ponder, Director of Professional Development, TRAIN PD@TCALL, Texas A&M University; and Diana Contreras, Senior Director of Distribution, Dollar General Corporation, TX

Republic C
Viva Ability to Benefit: Supporting Low-Income Populations into Career Pathways
TRACK: Viva Fiesta: Celebrating Diversity and Equity
With the robust U.S. economy remaining stable, job opportunities for those seeking employment are continuing to increase, but the fear of student debt is chilling enrollment rates. Moving into a living wage job that supports a family, takes a high school credential and some type of postsecondary completion. How can colleges connect high demand with low/no dept? In this session, hear from colleges that are building Ability to Benefit pathways with their adult education partners for multiple credentials that further career advancement and higher education. The session will include best practices.
Presenters: Ann Savino, Adult Education and Literacy Program Specialist Career Pathways, Texas Workforce Commission; Olivia de la Rosa, Director of Continuing and Workforce Education, South Texas College; and Oddett Weatherspoon-Garza, Level Up Coordinator, Austin Community College, TX

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