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Best Practices in Workforce Education:
  Stackable Credentials, Completion Agenda and Prior Learning Assessment Strategies
Presenters will share innovative approaches to stackable credentials, completion, or successful uses of Prior Learning Assessment. Sessions should provide the audience examples of the process to develop and implement stackable credentials in their institution and the impact on meeting the needs of the institutions completion agenda. Additional sessions should provide the audience examples on effective practices of how their institution is addressing the completion agenda or in the implementation of successful uses of Prior Learning Assessment in working with diverse student populations.

Grant Outcomes, Deliverables and Sustainable Solutions
Project managers of successful federally-funded workforce education projects will have the opportunity to share strategies, program models and lessons learned. Emphasis will be placed on networking partnerships that facilitate the dissemination of resources, such as curricula and technology platforms, and the pursuit of expanded funding. Projects must have an assessed track record; presentations will be geared toward institutions looking for innovative practices to expand their credit and non-credit offerings.

Employer Engagement Strategies and Innovative Partnerships
Forging partnerships is an effective way to develop diverse solutions, leverage resources, and increase program impact. Presenters will share innovative employer engagement and partnership strategies resulting in meeting industry needs and bridging skill gaps. Sessions will focus on the role of partnerships among industry, local stakeholders and community colleges in conducting needs assessment, program development and training delivery in order to create a pipeline of skilled workers.

Community Colleges' Role in Economic Development and Community Revitalization
Community colleges can play an important role in economic development, sometimes even in job creation. This strand will highlight what some forward-thinking community colleges are doing to ensure they are "at the table” when the chamber, economic developers, and local government officials come together to create strategies to attract new business and industry and to keep those already in the community from leaving.

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