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Preconference Session 1: Community Colleges Educating for and Building a Clean Economy (4th Annual)

Wednesday, January 28, 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Cost: $175 (includes breakfast and lunch)

Did you know that commercial buildings account for 19% (and growing) of the energy consumed in the United States? As energy efficiency demands increase, there is also an increase in demand for workers with advanced competencies in operations, maintenance, and energy-related technologies who can address energy efficiency in new construction, building retrofits and automation and controls equipment. A large portion of these workers will be trained at community colleges. Learn from the U.S. Dept. of Energy and leading colleges on what this industry is, where it is going, and what two-year colleges need to be doing to prepare qualified workers. This workshop is designed for deans and leaders of college workforce development programs who are interested in learning how to begin programming in this area. View the session agenda.

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

Speakers:
-Todd Cohen, Director of Workforce and Sustainability Strategies, AACC, DC
-Roger Ebbage, Faculty, Lane Community College, OR
-Benjamin Goldstein, Energy Efficiency Workforce Development Coordinator, U.S. Department of Energy, DC
-Brian Lovell, Co-PI, Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Center, an NSF ATE site, GA
-Jane Weisman, President & CEO, Interstate Renewable Energy Council, MA
-Peter Crabtree, Dean, Career & Technical Education, Laney College, CA

Preconference 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

Speakers:
-Mary Wright, Program Director, Jobs for the Future, MA
-Jeremy Kelley, Senior Program Manager, Jobs for the Future, MA
-Lori Sanchez, Director, Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research, CA

Preconference 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

Speakers:
-Chris Guidry, Director – Workforce Partnerships, ACT, IA
-Patrick Hayes, Founder, Fabric Images, IL
-Marco Alvarez, CEO, Fabric Images, IL
-Shawn Gilson, AVP-Client Relations, ACT, IA
-Jim Duane, WorkKeys Center Manager, St. Louis Community College, MO
-Judy Gowin, Human Resources Manager, Berner Food & Beverage, IL

Preconference 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

Speaker:
-Elliott Masie, Chair, The Learning Consortium, NY

Preconference 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

Speakers:
-Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor, Workforce and Economic Development, California Community Colleges, PA
-Anthony, Ross, President & CEO, OIC of America, PA
-Newton B. Sanon, President/CEO, OIC of South Florida, FL
-Lori Friedman, Senior Vice President, Goodwill Industries of Greater NY and Northern NJ Inc., NJ
-Jonah Cooper, Director Business Development, Rutgers University, NJ
-Genie Cohen, CEO, IAJVS, PA
-Claudia Finkel. COO, JVS Los Angeles, CA
-Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez, Vice President, Workforce Development, National Urban League, NY
-Nolan Rollins, President & CEO, Los Angeles Urban League, CA

Preconference 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 Lincoln Electric, Snap-on, and Trane to discuss the future of technical training programs and specific partnership opportunities with each of these companies for their campuses.

Speakers:
-Jason Scales, Welding Education Specialist, Lincoln Electric, OH
-Frederick Brookhouse, Education Business Development Manager, Snap-on Industrial, WI
-Patrick Archambault, Director of Strategic Programs, Trane, North America, Ingersoll Rand, NC

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