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2020 Session H

THURSDAY OCTOBER 8
SESSION H
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm EDT

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TRACK 1
It’s Not What You Think - Tools to Increase Gender Diversity in IT Training
STRAND: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity
Increased global competition requires innovative technological solutions and products to meet the need of an increasingly diverse population of users. Women are an under-tapped resource! A significant amount of research has been dedicated to the small numbers of women who decide to begin down the information technology career path, focusing mostly on university computer science programs. Community and technical colleges are an essential training ground for middle skilled information technology careers. In this presentation of an exploratory study, four women who are current or recent students in two year colleges in the upper mid-west, who vary in age, socio-economic status, and racial/ ethnic identity are interviewed to better understand their lived experiences and perceptions that have helped them envision themselves in careers in information technology. Surprising themes emerge including life experiences that have equipped these women to navigate a man’s world, the role of pop-cultural and social media influencers and non-stereotypical views of the fields.
Presenter
Tonya Wagner, Dean of Workforce Education, Whatcom Community College

TRACK 2
Collaborative Innovation in Response to COVID-19 in Washington State
STRAND: Responding to COVID-19
This interactive session details how one community college ecosystem system uses collaborative, active, reciprocal partnerships to address healthcare provider shortages and build a diverse field of health professionals through redesigning programs in response to the pandemic. With equity at the heart of their mission, college communities and agency partners outline needs and priorities, influence, advocate, and directly impact policies and practices to drive the agenda for responsive change. Presenters highlight community of practice structures and techniques borrowed from empowerment evaluation to involve stakeholders in leveraging the capacity of colleges to respond to emergent issues, develop, and share new approaches.
Presenters
Dan Ferguson, Director, Washington State Allied Health Center of Excellence, WA
Nicki Bly, Respiratory Care Program Director, Highline College, WA
Jo Munroe, Community of Practice Coordinator, Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, WA
Jennifer Johnston, Program Manager, Healthcare Workforce Transitions, Highline College, WA
Julie Samms, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, Bellingham Technical College, WA

TRACK 3
Equity by Design: A Workforce Partnership Focused on Equity and the Bottom Line
STRAND: Employer Engagement and Partnerships
When Huntington Bank approached Columbus State and Franklin University about partnering on an educational program its challenge was clear—get current employees the credentials needed to allow the bank to promote from within. The solution, however, required all three institutions to break the mold to offer an innovative curriculum designed especially for full-time employees juggling work and families with limited resources.
Presenters
Nancy Case, Dean Partnerships and Programs, Columbus State Community College, OH
Michell Ward, Project Manager Employer Engagement and Experiential Learning, Columbus State Community College, OH
Donald Dennis, Senior Vice President Learning and Leader Development, Huntington Bank, OH
Nichole Kneedler, Senior Vice President Learning Solutions Director, Huntington Bancshares Inc., OH
Bill Chan, Vice President Strategic Alliances, Franklin University, OH

TRACK 4
Structuring Internships to Create Value for Students and Employers
STRAND: Work-Based Learning
While internships are a time-tested work-based learning approach, too often internship programs are not designed to meet the real needs of students and employers. This session will share best practices strategies from two Florida community colleges on how to structure internship programs that work better for students and employers. The session will also help participants avoid pitfalls and leverage lessons learned for designing internships to meet the demands of the 21st century labor market.
Presenters
Tara Smith, Senior Program Manager, Jobs for the Future, MA
Fortin Jean-Pierre, District Director of Career Services, Broward College, FL
Richard Smith, Employment and Internship Coordinator, St. Petersburg College, FL
Adrienne Quinn Washington, Research Associate, WestEd, CA

TRACK 5
Insights on How Colleges can Build and Maintain Strong Employer Connections
STRAND: Employer Engagement and Partnerships
The Employer Perspectives Study: Insights on How to Build and Maintain Strong Employer-College Partnerships. Employment and mobility in the labor market depends on making sure that there is alignment with employer needs and local job opportunities. Consequently, implementing effective career pathways depends on education and training institutions being able to build strong relationships with employers.
Presenter
Karen Gardiner, Principal Associate, Abt Associates, MD

TRACK 6
Skills Partnership Initiative Now (SPIN)
STRAND: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity
The Skills Partnership Initiative Now (SPIN) is an innovative educational model combining skilled trades training and work-based education. Opportunity for high school students traditionally ignored by concurrent enrollment and PSEO programs is created. The SPIN program offers secondary partners an option without the high cost of traditional PSEO. This program leads to an associate degree, gainful employment, and provides skilled employees for industry partners. This innovative approach reduces barriers to collaboration and provides a pathway to more effective partnerships.
Presenter
Tamara Arnott, Dean of Educational Services, Alexandria Technical and Community College

TRACK 7
It Takes All Hands-On Deck to Navigate the Treacherous Waters of WIOA/IELCE
STRAND: Expanding Pathways
Since the implementation of WIOA funding, IELCE has been a debatable topic. NWTC has developed a pilot that addresses the needs of our low‐level ELL students. Through team teaching, 10 low-level ELL students navigate through 3 courses, Keyboarding, Windows, and Word. They will complete a Microsoft Office Certificate and be College/Career Ready. Come learn how to develop your own program and listen to student and instructor testimonials.
Presenter
Shawn M Jensen, ELL/Career Pathways Bridge Instructor, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College


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