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2020 Session A

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

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Implicit Bias Training for the Workforce System: Innovation and Community
STRAND: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity
Implicit Bias impacts workforce education and training at every level, from student recruitment and retention to faculty hiring practices. This session focuses on an innovative professional development training model developed by three Washington State Centers of Excellence, delivering an intensive and adaptive cohort-based in-person and virtual training pathway for workforce and apprenticeship faculty, leadership, and others. The model has developed working tools and processes to identify and reduce the unconscious biases impacting program success. This session also explores bias resulting from crises and potential impacts via online instructional delivery. Attendees will receive resources and tools to support similar work in their campus or training communities.
Ann Avary, Director, NW Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing and Technology, Skagit Valley College, WA
Jamie Wells, Director, Center of Excellence for Careers in Education, Green River College, WA
Kristi Grassman, Director, Construction Center of Excellence, Renton Technical College, WA
Shana Peschek, Executive Director, Machinists Institute, WA
Lindsey Williams, Director, Agriculture and Natural Resource Center of Excellence, Walla Walla Community College, WA

Statewide Navigation Model for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents
STRAND: Work-Based Learning
Washington State has developed a statewide navigation model connecting ABAWDs to activities and resources to support skills attainment and pathways to employment. Learn about this partnership between the community and technical college system, Department of Social and Health Services, and Employment Security Department that is enhancing community collaboration and expanding resources across systems to address food insecurity and workforce development. In addition to supporting ABAWDs, navigators on college campuses connect individuals experiencing food insecurity, regardless of student status, to resources and assist with applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Erin Frasier, Policy Associate Workforce Education, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, WA
Corinna Adams, ABAWD Food Program Manager, Washington Department of Social and Health Services, WA
Kathi Medcalf, ABAWD Navigation Program Administrator, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, WA

Live Online Collaborative Model: Virtual Training for the Modern Workforce
STRAND: Emerging and Future Technologies
Live Online is a collaborative training model that uses virtual technology to provide convenient and affordable industry-driven workforce trainings across the state of Minnesota. The Live Online model combines video conferencing technology with online learning platforms and simulations to provide high-quality training to adult learners and incumbent workers with the affordability of an online class, the convenience of attending from any location (including the job site), and the interaction and engagement of face-to-face training. Learn how this model was established as a collaborative partnership between MN State colleges, discover the benefits to employers and colleges, learn how the model can align with apprenticeships and certifications, and get a blueprint you can use to implement a similar model.
Emma Baumann, Professional Continuing Education Representative, South Central College, MN
Matt Leaf, Dean of Workforce Education and Law Enforcement (Interim), Hennepin Technical College, MN

Apprenticeship: National Trends and Best Practices in Surprising New Career Paths
STRAND: Work-Based Learning
Join Arkansas State Director Dr. Dawn Hamby and Program Advisor Rocky Mantooth as they take you through a fun-filled/interactive presentation on Apprenticeship - one of Today's hottest topics in Business Engagement and Workforce Development. Monitoring 146 schools, serving 6,541 apprentices, and working with 632 employers, come hear their tricks of the trade as they help schools meet the highest of industry demands, so students can continue to "earn while they learn" in surprising new career paths!
Dawn Hamby, Director of the State Office of Apprenticeship, Arkansas Department of Commerce
Rocky Mantooth, Apprenticeship Program Advisor, Arkansas Department of Commerce

What Works?: Career Pathways Evidence from What Works ClearinghouseTM Reviews
STRAND: Expanding Pathways
The What Works ClearinghouseTM (WWC) conducts systematic reviews to assess research evidence on the effectiveness of educational interventions and maintains an online repository of products to help educators make evidence-based decisions. This session features findings from the WWC’s Intervention Report on Integrated Basic Education Skills and Training (I-BEST), based on a review and synthesis of evidence from 12 I-BEST studies. This session also provides an overview of the process the WWC and an expert panel used to develop a Practice Guide on Designing and Delivering Career Pathways at Community Colleges, based on a review of 122 studies.
Sarah Costelloe, Principal Associate, Abt Associates, MD
Allan Porowski, Principal Associate, Abt Associates, MD

Using Data to Create and Maintain Community Partners in a Changing Economy
STRAND: Employer Engagement and Partnerships
Join the Iowa Department of Education's Paula Nissen and Emsi's Rob Sentz to talk about how Iowa's Higher Ed institutions have worked to form partnerships with local employers using data. Learn what they were doing before COVID and how they’ve adjusted to help understand the needs of employers and match programs to fit those needs.
Rob Sentz, Chief Innovation Officer, Emsi, ID
Paula Nissen, Lead Education Program Consultant and Acting Bureau Chief, Iowa Department of Education, IA

Colleges as Economic/Workforce Development Partners: Collaboration v. Isolation
STRAND: Employer Engagement and Partnerships
Community colleges are a hub for preparing and advancing a workforce with the skills needed for employment and advancement, addressing skills gap and employer needs, and strengthening economic development. Learn compelling illustrations and best practices led by the Economic Development and Workforce Solutions division at Central Ohio Technical College as they demonstrate how to create a community win while generating economic growth and individual development while shrinking skills gaps.
Vicki Maple, Vice President Economic Development and Workforce Solutions, Central Ohio Technical College

Working Together to Maintain Trust in the Time of COVID
STRAND: Response to COVID
Community colleges across the country found themselves in a crisis at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools have had to work out a hybrid of in-person and online classes, assist their student bodies with remote learning and all the challenges that come with it, and still try to keep enrollment up. This workshop will review how South Texas College rolled with the punches and maintained their community’s trust throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. South Texas College’s strategy, focused on educating the community at large, allowed them to respond to the rapidly changing situation and win advocates both internally and externally. Our panel, featuring an industry thought leader and a content marketing expert, will focus on the necessity and importance of collaborating across departments to deliver your institution’s message and maintain trust, even in times of crisis.
Daniel Ramirez, Director of Public Relations and Marketing at South Texas College, TX
Kathleen Carr, Director of Outreach at Aperture Content Marketing, MI

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