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2020 Session G

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm EDT

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Maximize Ability to Benefit to Achieve Dual Enrollment for Adult Learners
STRAND: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity
Ability to Benefit (ATB) is a provision in the Higher Education Act that allows individuals without a high school diploma to access federal financial aid. ATB is the key to dual enrollment for adult learners in adult education and postsecondary career technical education. Come learn how states and institutions are promoting ATB through online apps, ATB toolkits, and a focus on racial equity. Learn how to grow a pipeline of adult students into postsecondary CTE and maximize ATB to achieve dual enrollment for adult learners.
Judy Mortrude, Senior Technical Advisor, World Education, Inc., MA

Using Coaching to Impact Organizational Culture: A Roadmap
STRAND: Responding to COVID-19
Coaching in all forms - executive, leadership, life, health/wellness, etc. - is a hot topic and welcomed trend in corporate, government, small business and workforce development. Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) is the first community college in the nation to have an International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited coach training program since 2017. Presenters for this session will share a roadmap of AACC’s accredited coach training program and how that program pivoted quickly to accommodate the needs of stakeholders and COVID-19. Come learn about coach training and see what nuggets you can take back to your programs.
Jen Lara, Coach and Professor, Anne Arundel Community College, MD

Voices from the Field - Engaging Employers to Connect Young Adults to Employment
STRAND: Employer Engagement and Partnerships
Having conversations about management practices, workplace culture and employee experiences can be mutually beneficial for workforce professionals and employers. We will share results from a survey of 210 workforce professionals about the types of conversations they have with business representatives. During the session, participants will be engaged in discussion about the types of questions they can ask employers that guide conversations about hiring, wages and benefits, scheduling, onboarding and performance feedback, training and development, career advancement, and diversity and equity.
Ranita Jain, Senior Evaluation Manager, Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program, DC
Amy Blair, Research Director, Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program, DC

United We Stand: Collaborative Career Pathways and Work-Based Learning in Iowa
STRAND: Work-Based Learning
Public and private partners are uniting in Iowa to develop statewide career pathways and work-based learning resources for both short-term workforce needs and long-term talent pipelines. Join to learn about these exciting resources, including virtual and project-based learning strategies and steps for successful planning, development, and release. Special attention paid to the collaborative nature of these projects, the role of the Iowa Work-Based Learning Intermediary Network, and lessons learned along the way. Learn more at and
Joe Collins, Consultant Sector Partnerships, Career Pathways, and Work-Based Learning, Iowa Department of Education
Kristy Volesky, Consultant Work-Based Learning and Iowa Intermediary Network, Iowa Department of Education

From the Field: Strategies for Bringing Equity to Community College CTE
STRAND: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity
To ensure that community colleges and workforce partners are able to weather the COVID-19 storm – equitably – this presentation pairs sound research with high quality practice to identify promising strategies for breaking down inequities in community college CTE programs. Attendees will be invited to examine existing inequities in education systems, and will identify strategies for ensuring equitable access, persistence, and outcomes in community college CTE programs.
Hannah Dalporto, Research Associate, MDRC, NY

Promoting Equity and Inclusivity through Trauma-Responsive Practices
STRAND: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity
Trauma is a common but often overlooked obstacle to education and employment success affecting how individuals relate to others, process information, and their ability to successfully pursue pathways to promising careers. To improve equity and inclusion, this workshop will share lessons from victim-centered programs to build awareness among practitioners, implement trauma-responsive policies and practices, and create a culture of safety and support for all students.
Sarah Gonzalez, Program Manager Economic Justice and Workforce Initiatives, Futures Without Violence, DC

Job Training for Adults without Credentials: Models that Work
STRAND: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity
Substantial variations exist in literacy skills correlated with race and ethnicity. Using PIAAC data, we will present data on literacy skills by race and ethnicity. We will discuss community-based approaches implemented by Goodwill Industries International, including partnerships with community colleges, that have been used by marginalized populations to build skills. We will discuss key aspects of effective programming to mitigate skill disparities based on PIAAC data and Goodwill approaches.
Phyllis Cummins, Senior Research Scholar, Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University of Ohio
Abigail Helsinger, Senior Research Associate, Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University of Ohio
Takashi Yamashita, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland Baltimore County, MD
Wendi Copeland, Chief Mission and Partnership Officer, Goodwill Industries International

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