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2020 Session C

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

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Pathways to Opportunity: Closing Opportunity Gaps Across Oregon
STRAND: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity
Pathways to Opportunity is a statewide initiative focused on closing opportunity gaps and increasing economic mobility by expanding the federal, state, and local resources available to low-income students. Unmet financial needs are a key barrier to attending and completing college, disproportionately impacting students of color, single parents, and other underserved populations. Find out how a coalition of 17 community colleges, state agencies like the Department of Human Services and Oregon Employment Department, community-based organizations, employers, and anti-poverty groups are generating innovative solutions and addressing education and economic inequities in the state.
Kate Kinder, Director, Portland Community College, OR
Melissa Johnson, Director State Strategies, National Skills Coalition, DC
Marc Goldberg, Principal, Skills Strategy Consulting, Portland, OR

Steady As She Goes!: One NCWE Exemplary Award Program's Solution + Discussion
STRAND: Responding to COVID-19
When COVID-19 forced most workforce training programs in the Tampa Bay area to close down, Hillsborough Community College's Non-Credit Exemplary Award winning Workforce Training Center moved online instead, maintaining instructional continuity through the redesign not just of curriculum and program delivery, but also its student support services, wrap-around support, hands on learning models, recruiting and financial aid systems. This session talks about the innovative solutions put into play and how college administration, state, federal and local accreditation organizations, staff, faculty, industry partners and the community partners all rallied to keep HCC's high nontraditional student population in school, regardless of income, access to technology, and resources, not just for their education but for weathering the pandemic in their personal lives. Not everything worked! What did or didn't work? What strategies were implemented? What did we learn? What can we do better? How can we prepare for tomorrow?
Dove Wimbish, Doctoral Candidate, University of South Florida
John Meeks, Dean of Career Programs, Hillsborough Community College, FL
Steve Crudup, Assistant Dean Post-Secondary Adult and Vocational Workforce Programs, Hillsborough Community College, FL

Mutually Beneficial Research: How You Can Help Ensure a Healthy Dynamic
STRAND: Expanding Pathways
Policymakers and practitioners want to make sure their work is high-quality and informed by research, and researchers want to make sure their work is relevant and timely. Yet there is often a disconnect between those who need the research and those who conduct it. How can you help build and maintain a constructive research dialog? What are some common misunderstandings and tools to help overcome them? This workshop will explore ways that all parties can engage in building and maintain a research agenda that ultimately serves the interests of our students.
Meredith Larson, Research Analyst and Program Officer, National Center for Education Research, DC

Providing ACCESS to Students with Differing Abilities
STRAND: Work-Based Learning
Harford Community College is excited to announce the development of a new program called ACCESS: A College and Career Experience for Self-Sufficiency. Students in The ACCESS Program will choose a career pathway and will take fully included classes in that pathway. Students will also have an internship in the community to practice the skills they learn in class. This presentation will explain lessons learned so far, discuss types of community partners to consider when developing a new program, and review the requirements of becoming a Comprehensive Transition Program. This session will benefit anyone interested in the process of becoming a more inclusive campus for students with Intellectual Disabilities.
Danielle Anderson, ACCESS Project Planning Lead, Harford Community College, MD
Neill Christopher, Training Center Program Manager, Arc Northern Chesapeake Region

Maximize on Educational Pathways - Several Ideas to Share
STRAND: Expanding Pathways
Clark State Community College has fully embraced different strategies to help students succeed. Our engineering programs have implemented numerous strategies to create alternative pathways that span from 9th grade all the way to our bachelor’s degree. The program is crafted from stackable certificates which align to industry credentials and that roll into the both our associate degrees and applied bachelor’s degree. Courses at the associate degree level utilizes the standard IBEST program. For the bachelor’s degree program, the IBEST model incorporates management and manufacturing principles. In addition, credit and non-credit departments work collaboratively to create customized training plans that include defined pathways for employees, starting from pre-hire screening to accelerated advancement opportunities.
Aimee Belanger-Haas, Dean Business and Applied Technologies, Clark State Community College, OH
Lesli Beavers, Director of Workforce Solutions, Clark State Community College, OH

Research-Based Tools to Assess and Teach Soft Skills
STRAND: Expanding Pathways
It does not matter if you are delivering services at a distance or face-to-face. In this session, you will learn how to assess and teach the soft skills necessary to prepare the workforce for your local employers. You can incorporate the Workplace Readiness program into your current contracts or the non-credit side of your college. Thousands of colleges and workforce development boards have used Conover’s research-based assessment and training tools to maximize their participant’s personal and professional success.
Art Janowiak III, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Conover Company, WI

Mapping the Wild West: Understanding Noncredit Community College Programs
STRAND: Expanding Pathways
This session discusses a growing role for community colleges: labor market intermediaries. It begins with an overview of the challenges and possibilities for community colleges in this role, and introduces the Non-credit Program Mapping Project (NCMP), which documents a representative sample of non-credit programs to provide state-of-the-industry assessment and identify promising practices. Largely unregulated, these community college programs are ideal tools to stimulate the economy, particularly important in the post-pandemic world; understanding how they align to the labor market is critical.
Sara Haviland, Research Scientist, Educational Testing Service, NJ
Steve Robbins, Principal Research Scientist, Educational Testing Services, WA
Michelle Van Noy, Associate Director, Education and Employment Research Center, Rutgers University, NJ
Heather McKay, Director of the Education and Employment Research Center, Rutgers University, NJ

Powering Education with AI Led Automation and Digital Solutions
STRAND: The Future
The session will focus on how Mobius as a solution provider would help community colleges leverage automation and adoption of AI-powered platforms. This will enable the community colleges to provide better student onboarding, and interaction experiences, extract analytical insights to manage student academic performance, curriculum, and to discover real-time opportunities to build careers with excellence.
Parthasarathy Thirumalai, Director Software Practice and Delivery, Mobius Knowledge Services
Rajesh Krishnaswamy, Head Software and Product Sales, Mobius Knowledge Services

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