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Pre-Conference Session 1: Building a Green Pipeline of Talent in the Clean Economy: The Evolving Community College Role

Wednesday, January 28, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Cost: $175 (includes breakfast and lunch)

The clean economy—from renewable energies to water and energy efficiency—is in desperate need of educated middle-skill workers. Learn about the latest skill standards and best practices being discussed nationally and how your college can adapt these to build and refine sustainability-related programs that make sense for your region. Colleges will take a pre-session self-assessment and receive customized technical assistance from national leaders on site.

Target Audience: Workforce professionals with programs or an interest in clean technology and, more broadly, in environmental sustainability

Pre-Conference Session 2: Effective Models for Using Labor Market Intelligence

Wednesday, January 28, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Cost: $100 (includes breakfast)

Jobs for the Future will highlight how Labor Market Information (LMI) is being used by colleges to meet their needs around program planning, curriculum development, employer engagement, and/or career placement.  Attendees will learn about real-time LMI tools, play out real-life scenarios, answer specific questions, and explore how a change management strategy framework can make implementation of LMI more successful.  

Target Audience: Economic development and college professionals who need LMI data to be more responsive to industry and their communities

Pre-Conference Session 3: Turn Your College into a Corporate Solutions Center: Assessment and Learning Tools that Resonate with Industry

Wednesday, January 28, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Cost: $100 (includes breakfast)

ACT, corporate college professionals, and employers will present current thinking, best practices, and tools to help employers select, train, develop and retain the high-performance workforce needed to compete successfully in today's global economy. Learn how to engage employers by responding to their needs with specific, proven solutions.

Target Audience: State and regional workforce developers, CTE and postsecondary education administrators, and postsecondary and workforce policymakers

Pre-Conference Session 4: Learning Directions and Disruptions: Technology, Data, and Perspectives

Wednesday, January 28, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Cost: $100 (includes breakfast)

Participants will take an in-depth, evidence-based look from the corporate learning perspective at how workplace learning is changing or not changing. Topics will include how to personalize learning and make it mobile, thinking beyond e-learning, and applying "big" learning data. Using a blended model, participants will explore how major organizations are (or are not) evolving workplace learning in key areas, and what learning designs and strategies can make college classrooms more connected and cutting edge.

Target Audience: Learning and workforce development college and company professionals interested in new techniques and learning strategies

Pre-Conference Session 5:  Connecting the Dots with National Networks: Building Capacity to Serve All Students    

Wednesday, January 28, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Cost: $100 (includes light refreshments)

Learn how community colleges partner with national community organizations to build capacity and meet mutual goals.  This session will demonstrate collective impact strategies to increase college access, skill and credential attainment, and job opportunities. Models will include the Community College Career Collaboration (C4) program with Goodwill Industries International, as well as other partnerships with workforce boards and community-based organizations.

Target Audience: College and community organizations interested in partnering to build capacity and leverage resources and services

Pre-Conference Session 6: Industry Connections

Wednesday, January 28, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Cost: $100 (includes light refreshments)

Attendees will have group and individual meetings with at least three industry partners to discuss the future of technical training programs and partnership opportunities.

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