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2020 Session D

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm EDT

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Closing the Equity Gap: The Ohio Story
STRAND: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity
In the U.S., there are substantial educational attainment gaps based on race and ethnicity. That combined with attainment goals that have been established in over 40 states and enrollment challenges faced by many colleges requires educational institutions to reconsider how they can better serve racial and ethnic minorities. The Adult Learner Worker Group’s Closing the Equity Gap Subgroup addressed five specific topics: connection and recruitment; entry and enrollment; progress and persistence; credential completion; and transition and workforce. Presenters will discuss each of these topics and offer examples and recommendations that resulted from the group’s efforts. We will discuss programs implemented at Ohio’s colleges to facilitate closing the equity gap and offer recommendations for additional actions.
Phyllis Cummins, Senior Research Scholar, Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University of Ohio
Tiffany Hunter, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Clark State Community College, OH
Abigail Helsinger, Senior Research Associate, Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University of Ohio

How Tuition Reimbursement is a Game-Changer
STRAND: Employer Engagement and Partnerships
Tuition reimbursement programs provide benefits to the employer, that receives a tax break and a more skilled workforce, and the employee who gets their education paid for. Although many companies, especially large corporations, offer this benefit, fewer than 5% of eligible employees use it. Pima Community College looked into why there is such a low usage and developed a program to help boost these numbers. In this presentation, participants will learn what are the factors that keep usage of this benefit low, and what community colleges can do to improve on it, increasing enrollment and deepening relationships with industry partners.
Ana Greif, Business Development Program Manager, Pima Community College, AZ
Jessica Normoyle, Business Solutions Program Manager, Pima Community College, AZ

Cultivating Readiness for the Transportation Workforce of Tomorrow
STRAND: Employer Engagement and Partnerships
New transportation innovations, policies and programs will quite literally change the world as we know it. The changing landscape and new challenges that present themselves will inevitably give way to new job opportunities. But these opportunities will not fill themselves. Educating, recruiting, and training new workers will be critical to managing our country’s infrastructure safely and efficiently. Academic institutions strive to help develop a transportation workforce capable of designing and maintaining the complex transportation systems of tomorrow. Attend this session to learn about partnerships that demonstrate how industry, workforce developers, and academic partners are working together to prepare workers for this evolving future.
Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager Traffic21 Institute and Mobility21 University Transportation Center, Carnegie Mellon University, PA
Bob Koch, Professor Automotive Technology Program, Community College of Allegheny County, PA
Missy Blair, Program Manager/Certified MSF RiderCoach and Traffic Survival School Instructor, Pima County Community College, Center for Transportation Training, AZ
Robert Brown, Head of Public Affairs and Government Relations, TuSimple

Connecting Education to the Workforce Through Apprenticeships
STRAND: Work-Based Learning
As part of broad workforce development initiatives, states rely on apprenticeships as one way to meet workforce demand. According to a 50-state comparison conducted by Education Commission of the States, only nine states and the District of Columbia require, at the state level, training to take place within postsecondary education institutions. This session explores key state examples of how postsecondary institutions create on-ramps to employment through apprenticeships.
Lexi Anderson, Assistant Director, Education Commission of the States, CO
Tom Keily, Policy Analyst, Education Commission of the States, CO

An Innovative and Replicable Competency-Based Pathway to Student Success
STRAND: Expanding Pathways
This session will share our innovative and replicable pathway to increase the number of students who complete a certificate or higher credential in information technology (IT) and related workforce disciplines, based on competency-based courses and a registered apprenticeship model. In particular, we will describe how students benefit from three mutually reinforcing aspects of this program: on-the-job training and compensation; CBE course work that is accessible, accelerated, and affordable; and fully dedicated counseling and advisement personnel. Please join us to learn more about this dynamic and exciting program and how you can implement it on your campus.
Kevin Peek, TAB CBE Grants Director and Professor of Economics, South Texas College

Breaking Pandora's Box: Taking A Chance On You!
STRAND: Work-Based Learning
We often tailor our education, careers and most importantly ourselves to outside influences. Factors influencing our behavior, what to wear, and how to think, result in a lifestyle built by the standards of others. But what we took a chance on ourselves and ignited our own fire? Unleashing Pandora’s Box means to understand your natural born gifts to empower yourself and others through, creativity, risk taking and determination. Coined by Dethra Giles, Employeepreneurs build their careers based upon their unique talents by capitalizing in four areas to create their own paths and opportunities. This workshop will help attendees develop self-awareness, discovery of talents and create a euphoric workspace.
Crystal Waye, Program Director Human Resource Management Degree, Columbus Technical College, SC

A Perfect Marriage: Integrated Education and Workforce Training for ELL Populations
STRAND: Expanding Pathways
Part of Metropolitan Community College’s Adult Basic Education best practices has been to build relationships with students right from the beginning of their educational journey. Learn how embedding career skill coaches into our program has increased student engagement and program completion.
Lyndsie Gibbs, Manager of Career Placement, Metropolitan Community College, NE
Tammy Green, Director of Workforce and IT Innovation Career Skills and Adult Education, Metropolitan Community College, NE
Sarah Larsen, Manager of Adult Basic Education, Metropolitan Community College, NE

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