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The NCWE Newsletter

Winter 2015

In This Issue

♦ New Ford Foundation Grant
♦ 2014 Conference Highlights
♦ Other NCWE Partnership Projects
♦ NCWE - WDI Workshop
♦ NCWE Board Member named
    to CA Task Force
♦ 2015 Annual Conference


Annual Conference

Workforce Education for All!
In Partnership with the Community College Coalition for Immigrant Education
October 14-15, 2015
Hilton Hotel - Portland, OR

♦ Completion Agenda and Credential Attainment

♦ Veterans in the Workforce

♦ Increasing the College and Career Success of Immigrant Students

♦ Strategies for an Inclusive Workforce

♦ TAAACCCT: Lessons Learned

♦ Succession Planning in Workforce Education: Recruiting and Retaining Administrators and Faculty




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NCWE Awarded Ford Foundation Grant

This $141,000 grant funded initiative, “Building Community Partnerships to Serve Immigrant Workers (BCPIW)” is designed to replicate and expand effective community college/worker center/community-based organization partnerships to address the workforce development needs of immigrants and immigrant workers. Through a 1.5 day learning lab, eight community teams with obtain the tools necessary to achieve successful partnerships that improve access to education and training opportunities to help immigrants and immigrant workers achieve family-wage careers. The teams will be selected based on their commitment and ability to partner with one another to increase workforce training services to immigrant workers, which result in postsecondary credential attainment. The eight teams will come together at the NCWE Annual Conference in October 2015 to create an even larger community of practice.

An RFP will be developed and distributed to NCWE members and their potential partners. An Advisory Board will choose the teams to participate. Travel expenses will be covered. The teams will also receive monthly technical assistance designed to maintain their momentum and provide resources and strategies to implement their action plan.

2014 Conference Highlights

The 2014 NCWE Conference: Casting Relations, Forging Partnerships, received raved reviews from the over 275 attendees. Attendees came from community colleges, Tribal Colleges, community-based organizations, workforce investment boards, and other government agencies. The fifty eight workshops included topics in the following categories: PLA, Stackable Credentials, Manufacturing, Health Care, Partnerships with High Schools, Partnerships with Employers, Economic Development, Student Supports, ABE/ESL/Developmental Education, and Data Collection/Labor Market Information. All of the workshop slides can be find at

Click Here to watch the video of the Super Session: You Say WIA, I Say WIOA

The highlight of the conference was the Awards Luncheon. Exemplary Program Awards went to South Seattle College for The Industrial Manufacturing Academy and to Instituto del Progreso Latino, for Carreras en Salud: A Chicago Bilingual Healthcare Partnership. The James Jacobs Scholarship was awarded to Martin Reimer, Dean of Student Success at Western Iowa Tech Community College for his dissertation titled: Sustainable Contract Training: A Grounded Theory for a Successful Business Model.

Many thanks to our Platinum Sponsors: EMSI and Burning Glass Technologies; to our Gold Sponsors: North Dakota State College of Science and GradCast; to our Silver Sponsors: Augusoft, CSMLearn, ACT, MSSC, The Center for Work Ethics Development and ToolingU SME; to our Compendium Sponsors: Clark State Community College and Alvin Community College; and to the President’s Reception Sponsor, Community College of Alleghany County. Thank you to the thirteen other vendors and exhibitors who also participated.

Other NCWE Partnership Activities

NCWE is engaged in a number of partnership activities that support the mission of the Council. The Council’s involvement in partnership activities serve four purposes: ensure financial stability, create opportunities for members to participate in national initiatives, cultivate peer learning opportunities for members, and recruit new members.

Occupational Safety and Health Education in Post-secondary Career Technical Education Construction Programs
NCWE will serve as a national partner on this three year project conducted by the University of California Berkeley's Labor Occupational Health Program, and West Virginia University, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences. The purpose of this study is to help improve the quality of health and safety education provided in post-secondary Career Technical Education construction programs with the long term goal of helping to reduce the burden of injury and illness in the construction industry. This study is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health/Center for Construction Research and Training.

CLASP Post-secondary Workforce Policy Analysis
NCWE will facilitate generating feedback from NCWE members on lessons learned regarding the collection and use of employment outcomes data in workforce development to inform the development of CLASP’s postsecondary policy recommendations.

Prior Learning Assessment Training for the West Central Job Partnership
NCWE will provide consultation and support to WCJP in the area of PLA including initial consultation, the facilitation of an on-site workshop with local workforce, community college and employer stakeholders and a memo outlining strategies/next steps for WCJP consideration.

Promoting the Success of Adult Students
The Urban Institute, the College Board, and CLASP have been funded by the Gates Foundation to collaborate, refine and advance proposals developed in previous rounds of the Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery (RADD) project and explore new policy options with the central goals of simplifying the student aid system and promoting the success of adult students. The goal of this initiative is to improve educational opportunities for low- and moderate-income students, particularly adults who are returning to school after time in the labor force. The study will elucidate the barriers faced by these students in financing postsecondary education and develop ideas for diminishing those barriers. NCWE will engage members in our role as a national advisory partners to solicit and incorporate institutional perspectives on the policy concepts developed.

Career Pathways Exchange
The Career Pathways Exchange (the Exchange) is a component of the Moving Pathways Forward: Supporting Career Pathways Integration initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE). This effort is designed to assist states and local programs in advancing career pathways systems to transition low-skilled adults to postsecondary education and employment. The Exchange is a free information service that consolidates and distributes career pathways-related resources, events, and information from federal and state agencies and partner organizations. The Exchange streamlines information from multiple outlets to facilitate a deeper national dialogue on career pathways systems development and implementation.

NCWE Workshop at WDI
Taking Culinary and Business Skills on the Road

Community colleges are jumping on the food truck bandwagon and helping their students blend culinary arts and business skills with entrepreneurship. The public's appetite for high-quality food trucks continues to grow around the country and colleges are responding to this craze, by offering their students training that leads to certificates and degrees. These future food-oriented business owners are exploring mobile food service as a viable career path, as they are provided real-world experiences and patrons delectable dishes. Mabel Edmonds, President of the National Council for Workforce Education, will facilitate a panel discussion on January 30, at the AACC Workforce Education Institute in Long Beach, California. Bates Technical College, in Tacoma, Washington, and Central New Mexico Community College, will present their innovative food truck programs; discussing why food truck entrepreneurship is an opportunity for community college workforce and economic development, sharing their successes, and identifying challenges and lessons learned.

NCWE Board Member Named to Statewide Task Force in CA

Congratulations to Mollie Smith, NCWE Board Member, and Director, Occupational and Noncredit Programs at Palomar College! The Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation and a Strong Economy includes representatives from the California Community Colleges, business community, labor groups, public agencies involved in workforce training, K-12 policy, and community-based organizations. Mollie was named to the Task Force by California Community College’s Chancellor Brice W. Harris.

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