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



Keynote Presentations 62 Recorded Workshop Sessions
Responding to COVID Roundtable Discussions Group Chat/Discussion Space
Sponsor Gallery Exhibitor Gallery

Dip a toe in, step back, come back…..spend as much time as you can, but don’t worry if you can’t make every session.
The recorded sessions will be available to Full Conference attendees until October 15, 2020.

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Wednesday October 7 – KEYNOTE SESSION
Ensuring Equity in Non-degree Credentials During Precarious Economic Times

Dr. Michelle Van Noy
Associate Director
Education and Employment Research Center, Rutgers University, NJ

Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield
Senior Fellow
National Skills Coalition, DC

Dr. William M Rodgers, III
Professor and Chief Economist
Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
Rutgers University, NJ

In this keynote, the presenters will address the equity implications of non-degree credentials in the economic context of the pandemic, particularly for low-income workers. Bill Rodgers will discuss the state of the current economy with a focus on the status of asset limited, income constrained, employed (ALICE) families. Given those realities, Michelle Van Noy and Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield will discuss the role of non-degree credentials and efforts to ensure they are high quality and promote the interests of low-income workers.

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Daily Schedule
10:30 – 10:45 am EDT CONFERENCE WELCOME Suzette Murray, NCWE Board President
Dr. Darlene G. Miller, NCWE Executive Director
10:45 – 11:45 am EDT KEYNOTE PRESENTATION Ensuring Equity in Non-degree Credentials During Precarious Economic Times
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Thursday October 8 – KEYNOTE SESSION
Workforce Development for a Better Future: Creating Employment, a Green Economy and Social Well-Being

Moderator: Dr. Debra Rowe
Director Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium
and Faculty Sustainable Energies and Social Sciences
Oakland Community College, MI

Dr. Kenneth A. Walz
Science, Engineering and Renewable Energy Instructor
Madison Area Technical College, WI

Andrea Lueke
President and Executive Director
The Solar Foundation, DC

Larry Zarker
Chief Executive Officer
Building Performance Institute, NY

Dr. Jerry Weber
Director SEED Center
The National Council for Workforce Education

This plenary session celebrates good news about employment potentials and workforce needs. Green jobs have grown at twice the rate of other industries. The panel will discuss job growth areas, success stories you can replicate, and national science foundation supported resources you can use to get your programs up and running! In this time of pandemic, let’s explore the good news re: opportunities for economic and workforce development.

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Daily Schedule
10:30 – 11:30 am EDT KEYNOTE PRESENTATION Workforce Development for a Better Future: Creating Employment, a Green Economy and Social Well-Being
11:45 – 12:45 pm EDT SESSION E WORKSHOPS
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No masks, no social distancing needed here! Come share ideas and network with colleagues and friends. This space is not 'live' but rather a string of messages for you to respond to or a space for you to start a conversation.

NCWE and the Programs Committee takes the pandemic crisis very seriously. We know that many communities and families have been devastated by the virus. We apologize if anyone is offended by our chat topics. Our 'play on words' is an attempt to get you to giggle for just one moment and to pique your interest enough so that you engage and network with friends and colleagues.

You will be required to login to the conference site and create a profile prior to participating in the group chat discussions. We will provide more information the week prior to the conference with additional details.

♦ BYOB Networking – It Is 5pm Somewhere ♦ Recovery Room – Managing Stress and Developing Recovery Plans
♦ Cultivating COVID Courtesy ♦ Emerging and Future Technologies – My Love/Hate Robot Relationship
♦ True Social Distancing – Creating Work-based Learning Opportunities ♦ Post Pandemic Proliferation – Expanding New Workforce Pathways
♦ Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategies ♦ No More Fighting for Parking Spots - Exploring Simulation/Remote Learning Tools
♦ It Takes a Village – Business and Industry Partnerships ♦ New Workforce Professionals Reunion Room
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Emsi provides colleges and universities with labor market data to build a better workforce and nurture strong economies, businesses, and graduates. Hundreds of institutions use Emsi to align programs with regional needs, drive enrollment, connect students with in-demand careers, track their alumni’s employment outcomes, and demonstrate their institution’s economic impact on their region. On the Web:

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AGS Prime™, a newly released product from AGS Data Systems, provides a no-code interface to create unlimited, web-based applications for data collection, validation, management, and analysis. Designed for organizations big and small with an ongoing need to create simple to sophisticated applications for their business processes. With over 20 years of experience, AGS trains community colleges to build their own applications or to use pre-built, grant-specific systems for projects including TAACCCT, H-1B TechHire, Strengthening Working Families Initiative, America’s Promise Grant, Scaling Apprenticeship, Closing the Skills Gap, and Work Based Learning. AGS helps to tell stories of success through intuitive data tracking and insightful analytics, furthering the advancement of workforce education. On the Web:

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Bring Your ‘A’ Game is an engaging curriculum for building the seven foundational workplace skills of Work Ethic. Our curriculum features both an instructor-led, interactive, paper version and a new engaging, online, eLearning version. Both were developed with the needs of educators in mind, and it can be customized to meet the changing demands of serving unique populations. On the Web:
Mobius Knowledge Services is a data and technology company that provides software development, data analysis, content collection, website, product and platform development services. Mobius provide state-of-the-art solutions empowered by technology and innovation. Mobius has been transforming the way people and organizations work with data so that they can achieve their greatest ambitions for over 20 years. As a data and technology platform provider specially managed to suit the needs of the Digital Age, we provide cutting-edge platforms, products, and software and web solutions to some of the leading Fortune 2000 companies, leading corporates and government agencies. On the Web:
NCCER is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation created by the construction industry to develop standardized curriculum and assessments with portable credentials to help develop skilled craft professionals. NCCER is recognized by the industry as the training, assessment, certification and career development standard for the construction and maintenance industries. On the Web:

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Grant Associates is one of the largest workforce development organizations in North America with more than 400 employees. Our mission is to raise the economic security of the people, businesses, and communities we serve through workforce development, business insight, and bold ideas. Since opening our doors in 1997, our innovative programs and solutions have advanced the goals of the workforce, businesses, and local economies in communities across the United States. At Grant Associates, we recognize that every community’s needs are unique. Working under contract with federal, state, and local agencies, Grant Associates has provided workforce services to more than 50,000 companies and helped more than 1 million people achieve their career goals. On the Web:

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Geographic Solutions is the leading provider of online employment software for state and local workforce agencies in over 30 states and U.S. territories. The company’s Virtual Career Center solution is a career exploration tool that guides students to success through assessments, education and training, internships, job search, and more. On the Web:

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Aperture Content Marketing originated in 1998 as CareerFocus Consortium for community colleges to share content. Our services have since broadened to encompass more content delivery methods and potential audiences. Where advertisements rely on punchy slogans to win over consumers, content marketing focuses on informing readers about the benefits of a product or service and winning their trust. At Aperture, we research, write, and provide the means for distribution. All content is customizable to suit unique brands and different audiences. This strategy has helped community colleges build trust, save programs, and increase enrollment. On the Web:

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The National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) is celebrating 31 years as an allied health certifying agency that works in partnership with quality academic programs, employers, and workforce organizations. Our certifications provide industry-recognized credentials that meet state certification requirements, leading to relevant licensure and overall job placement. Academic institutes often implement certification scores as outcome measures for accreditation purposes. We offer 7 NCCA-accredited allied health certifications in medical assisting, medical office, billing and coding, patient care technology, ECG technology, phlebotomy, and surgical technology. Check out our Certified Postsecondary Instructor certification if you need a third party indicator of educator expertise. On the Web:
The Conover Company provides online assessments and training for career readiness. They are the leaders in equipping the workforce with the soft skills needed for success. Their tools are easy to understand and use for both clients and administrators. Everything is research-based and uses the most up-to-date technology which allows access anytime, anywhere. On the Web:

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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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