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Oh, Say Can You Succeed:
Keys To A New Age in Workforce Development



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The Programs Committee knows that not every proposal will fit nicely into one of the strands. Proposals that focus on partnerships, program development, program review, bridge programs from basic skills to credit programs, noncredit industry-based certification programs, microcredentials, and customized training are always welcome as they are important for the conference. The Programs Committee is also interested in proposals regarding the impact of state and federal policy and legislation on workforce education. As more and more research is conducted on workforce programs, the Programs Committee is also interested in adding more research-based presentations.

Responding to COVID-19
COVID-19 has impacted college delivery systems, curriculum, and operations. AACC has stated that "to maintain the high quality of America’s community college system, it is not possible and, in some cases, irresponsible to encourage member colleges to adopt 100% online coursework for all CTE programs." Moving forward, colleges will face numerous challenges. Sessions in this strand will focus on best practices in responding to the pandemic and in redesigning curriculum and program delivery. Participants will learn: how to use simulation to replace or enhance hands-on learning; how to support low-income and disenfranchised students who may not have access to technology to learn from a distance; how to embed occupational health and safety into all professional-technical programs; ways to build capacity in response to potential student demand in first responder and healthcare programs; changes to curriculum as a response to social distancing norms in programs heavy in customer service such as hospitality and tourism, retail, business administration, marketing, finance, and others; and ways to ensure student safety during work-based learning experiences.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity
Community, technical, and tribal colleges have long been recognized for serving diverse student populations, but how do we ensure that the mission-centric values of equity, diversity, and inclusivity (EDI) are embedded in the colleges' practices and policies? Are college practices promoted in ways that respond to the entire college community including those students who feel increasingly marginalized in our society? The solutions to eliminating the barriers to academic success often go beyond the classroom. Many colleges are developing practices to increase student access, retention, and completion, as well as tackle such growing problems as food/home insecurity and homelessness among at-risk student populations. Sessions in this strand examine how colleges build an on-campus culture focused on EDI, as well as develop academic and non-academic holistic support services that foster student success and help all students realize their goals.


Expanding Pathways
Expanded pathways include new and emerging educational models that comprise competency-based education; integrated instructional models such as I-BEST; bridge programs to transition from ABE/ELA into career training programs; and stackable credentials, micro-credentials and hybrid online programs. Many of these new pathway models include retention and completion strategies that are specifically designed to better serve under-represented populations such as disengaged youth, 50+ learners, women in nontraditional fields, learners from marginalized communities, and others. Sessions in this strand offer productive conversations and knowledgeable peer contacts to help you develop and implement expanded pathways that begin in K-12 and potentially end in a baccalaureate degree.


Employer Engagement and Partnerships
Strong engagement with community partners and business and industry are key to creating a strong workforce. Whether it is in the development of prior to hire training/educational programs or on-the-job training via customized contract training, those who are willing to partner long-term will ensure local employment needs and sustain economic development. Through effective partnerships, CTE curricula are improved and short-term noncredit programs are industry-based, leading employers to turn to their local community college to develop customized training programs that will improve their productivity. Sessions in this strand will focus on successful strategies to improve partnerships throughout the community (K-12, CBOs, WIBs, etc.) and enhance employer engagement.


Emerging and Future Technologies
The workforce of the future will look very different than what exists today thanks to the fast pace of evolving technologies. It will take a creative college culture and quick response to demand to harness the power that comes with new and better solutions to address our nation’s workforce training needs. Robotics and artificial intelligence promise to increase productivity but what do they mean in terms of disruption to the labor market and will they be a part of the green agenda? How do we prepare for careers that have not yet been invented? Many futurists are predicting that general education skills and workplace readiness skills may be more important than technical skills in ensuring future workers are life-long learners. Participants in this session will learn about sustainable technologies, and current and emerging technologies and their impact on the community college curriculum. Sessions in this strand will also focus on college practices that implement curricular changes quickly and timely to adapt to these rapid advances in technology.


Work-based Learning (WBL)
WBL is a strategy which enables participants to apply formal academic training in a hands-on job training environment. The combination of experiential on-the-job training and formal related technical instruction may also lead to college academic credentials, industry recognized certification, and greater employee productivity. Sessions in this strand will equip attendees with innovative strategies for implementing the various types of WBL including pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, intern- and externships, and job shadowing. Workshops will also emphasize the critical role of partners in developing and delivering WBL.


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