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2020 Session E

THURSDAY OCTOBER 8
SESSION E
11:45 am – 12:45 pm EDT

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TRACK 1
Richland Community College: Technical + Essential Skills=Changed Lives
STRAND: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity
Focusing on underserved populations, the EnRich program at RCC combines technical skill and trauma informed essential skill training in a short-term program to launch careers for those who are under and unemployed. Come sail with us and learn how the SS Industrial Job Skills Training program has placed 89% while at the same time serving a population that some would rather throw to sea. To date in this voyage, 90% have retained employment and changed their trajectory in life.
Presenters
John Oliver, Director Workforce Development, Richland Community College, IL
Cristobal Valdez, President, Richland Community College, IL
Courtney Carson, Executive Director of External Affairs, Richland Community College, IL

TRACK 2
What Next? Challenging Tradition with Innovative Multimedia Instruction
STRAND: Responding to COVID-19
The workshop is designed to share the innovative multimedia content and instructional materials created and offered through the Pima Workforce Division. Specifically, using the Pima Paramedic YouTube channel and reality education videos to offer access and educational opportunities on a global scale, to students, anytime, anywhere.
Presenters
Amanda Abens, Dean Workforce Development and Continuing Education, Pima Community College, AZ
Devin Marble, Advanced Program Coordinator for Multimedia Instruction, Pima Community College, AZ

TRACK 3
Utilizing Credit, Non-Credit and State Funding Sources for Employer Success
STRAND: Employer Engagement and Partnerships
The State of Ohio has implemented the innovative TechCred funding program, charging community colleges to partner with industry to utilize the program. We will highlight one success story, where credit and non-credit collaborated, to create and deploy a training that was highly successful, receiving outstanding feedback from the company. We will explore how collaboration, customer service, and external funding sources can work together to create successful programs and strong partnerships.
Presenters
Lesli Beavers, Director of Workforce Solutions, Clark State Community College, OH
Aimee Belanger-Haas, Dean Business and Applied Technologies, Clark State Community College, OH

TRACK 4
Keeping the Job: Integrating Critical Skills into Applied Learning Pathways
STRAND: Employer Engagement and Partnerships
Our students have what it takes to get hired. Now what can we do to help them stay employed? Join us to talk about the need for infusion of critical skills throughout our curricula and our new framework to explicitly teach nine skills including accountability, teamwork, and professionalism. We will describe how we developed our curriculum through employer partnerships and telling stories from the field. You will have the opportunity to experience our case-based reasoning approach as we share one of our weekly lessons and discuss techniques to teach behavioral change. Recognition of demonstrated skills by digital badging will also be discussed.
Presenters
Alexis Guethler, Curriculum Specialist, Anne Arundel Community College, MD
MaryLou McQuaide, Director Workforce Training, Anne Arundel Community College, MD

TRACK 5
Student Decision Making About Programs and Careers: Pathways into IT Careers
STRAND: Expanding Pathways
How do students decide among many community college pathways? This session will share insights on how students make decisions about programs and careers. Rutgers researchers in partnership with faculty from Ivy Tech Community College will report on findings from a research project focused on Information Technology academic and career pathways, including what drives students’ decisions and how institutional policies and practices impact these decisions.
Presenters
Michelle Van Noy, Associate Director, Rutgers, Education and Employment Research Center, NJ
Matthew Cloud, Department Chair of the School of Information Technology and Assistant Professor, Ivy Tech Community College, IN

TRACK 6
2020 = Foresight, not Hindsight (Education)
STRAND: Emerging and Future Technologies
We all know there is only one constant in this world – change, and nothing exemplified that better than 2020. This year has accelerated systemic shifts in the workforce, educational system, and in society. In addition, the growth of new technology, specifically in automation and artificial intelligence, will cause further disruption. Research shows that these forces will continue to gain speed and come together to cause a massive decoupling by the year 2030. Rather than sit back and hope, now is the time to prepare for the coming reality. 2020 has given us insight on the coming changes, and we have a decade to work with. We need to be developing the changes to build a resilient and inclusive workforce with the skills need to be successful today and into the future. Learn how we can develop the skills that will make you and your students relevant today and in the future. Now is the opportunity for us to evolve our practices and ensure that we develop solutions that ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity for success in 2030 and beyond. While it is often said that hindsight is 2020, great leaders are realizing it is actually foresight.
Presenter
Josh Davies, Chief Executive Officer, The Center for Work Ethic Development, CO

TRACK 7
Community College and Adult Education Collaborations to Support IET
STRAND: Expanding Pathways
Come to this session to learn about collaborations between community colleges and adult education programs in providing integrated education and training (IET) services. Featured are Abt Associates’ projects in which three community colleges have partnered with adult education programs within and outside of community colleges to deliver IETs that lead to participants’ earning of occupational certificates and placement in employment. Highlighted are strategies used to develop and carry out successful IETs, lessons learned, and challenges that were addressed.
Presenter
Judith Alamprese, Principal Scientist, Abt Associates, MD

TRACK 8
Virtual Career Center (VCC): Establishing Sustainable Career Pathways to Create Strong Talent Pipelines
STRAND: Employer Engagement and Partnerships
Virtual Career Center provides career development tools designed specifically for students. These tools leverage labor market information and skill matching technology — removing the guesswork from common career exploration. See how VCC connects students with opportunities to gain experience and the resources to amplify their career-readiness. The VCC platform supports a collaborative effort between higher education, workforce development boards, and regional employers to better align institutional offerings with employer demand and to enhance student employability outcomes.
Presenters
Brent Fredenrich, Programmer/Analyst VI Team Lead - Education Services, Geographic Solutions Inc., FL
Dan Cobus, Business Development Manager – Education, Geographic Solutions, Inc., FL
Cynthia Portugal, Product Marketing Specialist – Education, Geographic Solutions, Inc., FL
Chuck Johnson, Business Development Manager – Education, Geographic Solutions, Inc., FL


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