2018 Conference

Preconference Workshops and Tours

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10

Preconference events require registration and a fee (not covered by the main conference registration). Attendees can attend the full-day CPL workshop OR two half-day workshops (morning and afternoon) or a half-day workshop and a tour. Lunch is provided for attendees of the full-day workshop, two half-day events, or the Employer Engagement workshop.


MORNING WORKSHOPS AND TOUR, 9:00–Noon

Effective Employer Engagement
Audience: Career Pathways administrators and practitioners, program coordinators, academic deans, employers, and policymakers
Attendees will interact with employers and community college practitioners as they examine working models of education and industry partnerships. Representatives of community and technical colleges will present their models, providing time for both an employer panel and the attendees to interact with the presenters with observations, questions, and clarifications. Attendees will identify effective employer engagement practices and consider how they can be adopted or adapted in their home communities. Richard Hinckley, CORD, Waco, TX

Off to the Races with Work-Based Learning
Audience: Education, workforce, and industry
Work-based learning (WBL) is not a single experience but a continuum of experiences that impact a person’s career path. To be sustainable, that continuum must stand on a foundation built and supported by many entities. This preconference session will provide an overview of the WBL continuum and the systems and processes that keep it balanced and running efficiently. The focus will be on firmly establishing a local or statewide system that supports meaningful WBL opportunities. The session will provide an opportunity for state or local teams to review their current strategies and processes or develop new ones. Examples of effective practices will be shared along with tools for developing strategies for implementation. Attendees will take away tools and resources and a better understanding of their current status and steps for moving forward. Maria Brady, Region 4 Office of Apprenticeship, U.S. Department of Labor, Dallas, TX; Fred Franko, Jennifer Jirous-Rapp, Colorado Dept. of Labor and Employment, Denver, CO; Thomas Hartman, Renise Walker, Colorado Workforce Development Council, Denver, CO; Pam Hatcher, Bluegrass Community Technical College, Lexington, KY; Melissa Martin, Colorado Community College System, Denver, CO

Infusing Vital Employability Skills into Technical Programs
Audience: CTE faculty and administrators
Members of the NSF ATE Necessary Skills Now project team will share instructional modules in advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity that integrate employability topics into technical instruction. Attendees will receive a template for developing their own integrated projects that embed employability skills into technical disciplines, along with strategies for partnering with employers to develop student activities that model the workplace. The presenters will also share strategies and resources for teaching and assessing employability skills. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with colleagues on these important topics. Hope Cotner, John Chamberlain, CORD, Waco, TX

TOUR: GE First Build
Attendees will tour GE First Build facilities and learn about this exciting program. FirstBuild is GE Appliance’s global co-creation community—a physical state-of-the-art microfactory in Louisville, Kentucky, and an online forum that harnesses the global brain power of the maker movement. FirstBuild engineers, working in tandem with makers, will speed the next generation of home appliance innovation and enable customization through small-batch production without the cost and risk of traditional mass manufacturing.


FULL-DAY WORKSHOP, 9:00-4:30

Career Pathways Leadership Certification
Certification requires attending this workshop and at least six sessions on Thursday and Friday. If you are involved in CTE, adult education, counseling, corrections, or workforce development and your duties have expanded to include Career Pathways, join us for an introduction to Career Pathways and an evaluation of where you are and what your next steps should be. Sandra Harwell, CORD, Lakeland, FL


AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS AND TOUR, 1:30-4:30

Adult Education's Role in Career Pathways
Audience: Adult educators
From partnership building to employer engagement to implementing contextualized instruction, adult educators play important roles in advancing states’ Career Pathways efforts. In this workshop, we’ll explore some of the most critical aspects of local Career Pathways development, such as identifying effective communication strategies; supporting partnerships; and designing intake, instruction, and transition services. Hope Cotner, CORD, Waco, TX

Apprenticeships: A “Favored” Contender in the Field of Work-Based Learning
Audience: Education, workforce, and industry
This session will focus on apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships within the work-based learning continuum. Topics will include clarification of terminology, strategies for business engagement, partnership building, braided funding, intermediaries, and the roles of partners. Attendees will hear about effective practices and lessons learned from states that are making progress in this area. Attendees will be given an opportunity to develop action steps for integrating these into their own state and local plans. Attendees will come away with documented strategies for building a foundation that supports apprenticeships at both the state and local levels. Maria Brady, Region 4 Office of Apprenticeship, U.S. Department of Labor, Dallas, TX; Fred Franko, Jennifer Jirous-Rapp, Colorado Dept. of Labor and Employment, Denver, CO; Thomas Hartman, Renise Walker, Colorado Workforce Development Council, Denver, CO; Pam Hatcher, Bluegrass Community Technical College, Lexington, KY; Melissa Martin, Colorado Community College System, Denver, CO

People, Purpose, Passion, and Performance: Shaping Futures Through Leadership
Audience: Secondary, postsecondary, and adult education
This preconference session will focus on leadership and innovative strategies for building both personal and professional leadership among Career Pathways leaders. Attendees will leave with renewed energy, effective practices for learning and improving leadership skills, and new approaches that can be applied at their educational institutions. Topics will include: accountability, change, coaching, communication, conflict resolution, organizational culture, professionalism, motivation, relationship building, strategic planning, and teamwork. Come sharpen your saw and join a professional network of other leaders from across the country who are dedicated to leading Career Pathways initiatives that will ensure students and adults are prepared for both college and careers. Jeraline Johnson, School District of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, FL

Reentry Adult Career Pathways: From Incarceration to the Workplace
Audience: Career Pathways administrators and practitioners, program coordinators, academic deans, employers, and policymakers
The pathway from incarceration to the workplace is fraught with misinformation, displaced guidance, and distrust. Yet if we are to reduce recidivism and the impact of recidivism on families, communities, and the justice system, we need solid plans and successful examples of programming that works. This preconference session will investigate promising practices and provide action steps. Peter Moote, Dick Hinckley, CORD, Waco, TX

(Bus boards at 1:00.)
TOUR: AMT Live! Tour the FAME Award-Winning Career Pathway Program
Audience: Educators and administrators (postsecondary, secondary, adult), employers, workforce/economic development, human resource personnel, and CTE coordinators
Visit a chapter of the 2013 Kuder/NCPN national 1st-place Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award winning program. When the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) Program, part of the Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME), won the award, only eighteen employers were involved. Today it has grown to more than 300 employers in nine states. Representatives from all pathway steps will be present (employers; K-12; two-year, four-year, and master’s level postsecondary; supporting organizations). Learn about the program’s unique work-emulation learning environment; trendsetting embedded educational practices (such as soft skill development); cooperation and coordination at all levels; and engagement with economic development. The KY FAME – Greater Louisville Chapter will host the event at Jefferson Community and Technical College.

 

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