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Ensuring Equity in Non-degree Credentials During Precarious Economic Times

Wednesday October 7, 10:45am


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

Dr. Van Noy is Associate Director at the EERC at Rutgers, where she is responsible for directing research and evaluation projects on community college workforce education. She has over 20 years of experience conducting research on education and workforce. Her research includes studies of technician education, community college noncredit education, student decision making about majors and careers, quality in non-degree credentials, and labor market alignment in education. Before joining EERC, Dr. Van Noy conducted research at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, and the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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

Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield serves as NSC’s organizational expert on state postsecondary policy development and implementation including as it intersects with public benefits policy; leverages expertise to inform strategy of NSC policy campaigns; leads special projects that support campaign strategies; and provides technical assistance to NSC’s State Policy and Advocacy Network coalitions and other state partners including state and institutional leaders. Prior to joining NSC, Amy Ellen was a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy. She holds an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College and a master’s degree in divinity from Emory University where she focused on social and economic ethics.

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

Dr. Rodgers is Professor of Public Policy and chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. He is a member of the graduate faculty of Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations, and a senior research affiliate of the National Poverty Center, University of Michigan. In 2006, he was elected to the membership of the National Academy of Social Insurance. He is Co-Chair of the Academy’s 2010 Conference, “Lessons from a Bad Economy for Jobs, Retirement, and Health Security.” From November 2009 to January 2010, Rodgers served on President Obama’s Department of Labor Transition Team. Prior to coming to Rutgers, Rodgers served as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor from 2000-2001, appointed to that position by Alexis Herman, U.S. Secretary of Labor. At the time of his appointment, he was the Frances L. and Edwin L. Professor Cummings of Economics at the College of William and Mary.

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