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Mission Possible:
Preparing a Future-Ready Workforce

October 8-9, 2019
Grand Hyatt - San Antonio, Texas


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♦ Conference Strands


The Programs Committee knows that not every proposal will fit nicely into one of the strands. Proposals that focus on employer engagement, partnerships, program development, integrated basic skills, and the impact of state and federal policy and legislation are always welcome as they are important for the conference.

Viva Fiesta: Celebrating Diversity and Equity
Celebrating successes and identifying the barriers to education, employment, wage, and skill gaps for minority and low-income populations in an increasingly diverse workforce is critical to fostering robust economic growth. Sessions in this strand focus on successful strategies and partnerships that engage such traditionally underrepresented groups as minorities, including men of color; women; those in STEM careers; first-generation college youth; long-term unemployed; immigrants and refugees; Native Americans; veterans; adults over 50; incarcerated and re-entry populations; and people with disabilities.


Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
Forming successful and sustainable partnerships requires significant collaboration and is critical to ensuring that local, state and national employment needs are met. Strong engagement with community partners and business and industry is key to successfully creating a strong workforce - whether it is prior to hire or on the job training via customized training. Those who are willing to partner long-term will ensure local employment needs and sustain economic development. Sessions in this strand focus on overcoming challenges and strategies that have worked in developing and nurturing partnerships with K-12 schools, universities, community-based organizations, adult education, and business and industry.


How the West Was Won: Strategies for the Future
Community colleges are at the forefront of workforce preparation, but how will they stay current in the midst of increasing uncertainty and disruption in the workplace? As the Artificial Intelligence (AI) revolution transforms what work will look like in the future, what new job opportunities will be created? What jobs will disappear? As the life cycle of educational programs is getting shorter, community colleges must constantly redesign their programs and reskill the workforce to ensure training leads to real-world employment opportunities. Sessions in this strand focus on competency-based learning; instructional models, such as I-BEST; transition from ABE/ELA into career training programs; stackable credentials, and digital badges. In addition, this strand will include sessions on the changing role of CTE and workforce administrators; strategies/decision-making using data and the need for on-going assessment; and the impact of AI and automation on curriculum development, training, and job opportunities.


Riverwalk to Success: Pathways to Training
According to some projections, emerging technologies will displace 30% of workers over the next decade. Redefined 21st century skills, artificial intelligence and automation are fracturing the notion of traditional career pathways. Accordingly, there are roughly 650,000 credentials, including traditional degrees, certifications, and other types of training programs, currently offered in the U.S. As such, colleges are offering new/more certificates and national certifications, short-term "upskilling" opportunities, apprenticeship programs, prior learning assessment, and are increasingly cross-walking non-credit training to credit programs. Others are partnering directly with industry to design career-specific programming for their students, while employers engage colleges to provide customized training to upskill incumbent workers. To serve low-skilled adults, new instructional models such as integrated education and training and contextualized instruction have become part of adult education programs across the country. Sessions in this strand will illustrate how innovative colleges have become in accommodating the rapidly-changing labor market, meeting local labor market demands, and ensuring students are aware of all of their options while creating pathways to future careers.


Round 'Em Up: Best Practices for Work-Based Learning
Many community colleges and employers have embraced the concept of work-based learning to help provide authentic learning experiences to students that link academic, technical, and professional skills to develop their employability. Having experience in the workplace is an essential step along career pathways for students to see careers first-hand as they make decisions about their futures. Work-based learning takes many forms: internships, job shadowing, co-ops, preceptorships, apprenticeships, and service learning. High-quality work-based learning experiences demand a new level of collaboration between K-12, colleges, employers, and community-based organizations. Sessions in this strand focus on strategies that provide insight and development strategies for implementing work-based learning.


Git R' Done: Creating a Workforce for a Sustainable Future
The triple bottom line of sustainability results in a future with a vibrant economy, healthier ecosystems and less pollution, and social well-being. There is a robust national trend underway, as evidenced by NCWE’s Sustainability Education and Economic Development Initiative. Workforce development has a unique and important role to play in preparing all workers and businesses to understand and create more sustainable practices, products, and processes. Sessions in this strand focus on integrating sustainability into current programs and developing new curricula in solar, wind, energy efficiency, green building, transportation, agriculture, and fuels.

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