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The National Council for Workforce Education

Winter 2017

Annual Conference Update
Planning for the 2017 Annual Conference is underway - “The Future of Workforce: Leading >> Engaging>> Transforming” The conference will be held October 25-26, 2017 at the Hilton Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. Workshop strands include: The Impact of Federal Grants on Community Colleges; Strategic Workforce Stakeholders and Partnerships; The Shifting Landscape of Workforce Education; Connecting Policy and Practice for Program Design; and Equity and Diversity in Workforce Development.

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2017 Credit Exemplary Workforce Program Award - Tulsa Community College
The Nate Waters Physical Therapy Clinic at Tulsa Community College was designed to increase the space needed for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program and provide students an more opportunity to work with patients in the community who could not afford to receive physical therapy due to their lack of insurance. This project took 8 years from design to completion and it was a capital outlay of $1.96 million dollars; with 60% of the cost being paid by private donations from the Tulsa community.

The Nate Waters Physical Therapy Clinic opened in August 2014. The space for the program increased from 2400 square feet to 8500 square feet. By the end of July, 2016 it is projected that 1600 patient visits will have occurred and $216,000 billable therapy time will have been provided to our patients since the clinic opened; this has increase by 30% during the second year of operations.

Read more about the Nate Waters Physical Therapy Clinic

2017 Noncredit Exemplary Workforce Program Award - Community College of Allegheny County
The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is excited to open its doors to individuals who have significant and persistent learning disabilities by creating a supportive environment as students develop and master skills required for the world of work. The college's Vocational and Career Training for Learning Support Students project offers five (5) vocational training programs to students who need learning supports, with a small teacher to student ratio (1:6). CCAC recruits, assesses, trains, and places students in competitive employment, and provides follow up services to employers and students alike.

CCAC provides these vocational training programs to approximately seventy-two (72) students per year in the areas of Nursing Assistant, Health Care Technician, Food Service, Environmental/Janitorial, and Indoor/Outdoor Building Maintenance. Each program consists of two academic semesters, using state of the art, industry specific equipment and supplies, which provide students with theoretical and hands-on training.

Read more about the Vocational and Career Training for Learning Support Students program.

2017 Noncredit Exemplary Workforce Program Award - Delaware Technical Community College
The Advanced Manufacturing Pathways Program is a two-year program for Delaware high school juniors and seniors that provides skills and certifications needed to start a career immediately upon graduation. The program was created and funded with major support from Governor Jack Markell. It was the first career and technical education pathway aligned with the Governor’s Pathways to Prosperity Initiative, which is focused on ensuring that more young people in Delaware complete high school and attain postsecondary credentials that lead to jobs. Furthermore, the program supported a need expressed by the Delaware Manufacturing Association for a pipeline of skilled workers to meet the needs of the re-emerging manufacturing industry in Delaware that now requires an increased level of technology. In collaboration with the Delaware Department of Education, the Delaware Department of Labor and the Delaware Manufacturing Association, Delaware Tech designed a unique dual enrollment program that allows for students to split their time between their home high school and Delaware Tech’s Innovation Technology Centers on campus.

Read more about the Advanced Manufacturing Pathways Program.

2017 James Jacobs Scholarship Award - Anne M Kamps, Dean Learning Solutions, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
      Credit for Prior Learning: Exploring Faculty Perceptions on Assessment, Training and Implementation in CTE
Credentialing of the adult learner population is crucial for the U.S. to reach post-secondary education attainment goals. In President Obama’s first address to Congress, he called on all Americans to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training in recognition of the fact that in today’s economy, the majority of jobs that pay a family-sustaining wage require some post-secondary education. One of the promising practices for adult learners, gathering evidence and based upon strong theory, is credit for prior learning (CPL), sometimes also referred to as prior learning assessment (PLA). Providing adult learners options to obtain credit for prior learning (CPL) has been identified as a method to save students time and money in the pursuit of higher education credentials. The mixed method study, utilizing survey data from career and technical education faculty and semi-structured, face-to-face interviews, will afford opportunities to explore specific concepts, thoughts, and expressions through personal discussion.

2017 John F. Grede Board Service Award - Kay Moormann
In 1999, the National Council for Workforce Education established the John F. Grede Board Service Award, named for the first NCWE President, our founding father who served with distinction from 1975 to 1976. Dr. Grede conceived the idea to establish the Council for Occupational Education during the mid-1970's when the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges Board of Directors adopted the concept of affiliated councils. His dedication and leadership to the Council serves as the inspiration and standard of service for all who receive this award. This award is not given annually. It is only awarded when the NCWE Board of Directors believe that a past or current member of the NCWE Board has given outstanding and extraordinary service to the National Council for Workforce Education. Comments from nominations included:
She did a stellar job of setting the bar for exemplary conference programming that created a foundation for the stability and growth of the National Council for Workforce Education.
Kay was always the consummate professional as a member of the NCWE Executive Board. Her dedication and hard work as the VP of Programs was exceptional, and I will always consider her a mentor and role model.

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