2019 Preconference Workshops

2019 Conference

Concurrent Sessions

Saturday, October 12, 10:00-10:45

OCTAE Presents: Rethink CTE Through Perkins V

As an opportunity to rethink our nation’s CTE programs, staff from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE), will share the Department’s vision for the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). An opportunity for state and local practitioners to ask questions about any aspect of their CTE programs will also be provided. Scott Stump, Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE)

Building Successful Industry Partnerships

Partnerships between education and industry are critical for the success of today’s economy. They can support issues companies are currently facing and can better prepare students and faculty to tackle real-world challenges. For schools, partnerships with industry can provide a wide range of unique opportunities beyond just recruiting and raising funds. For industry, partnering with education can provide the opportunity to raise awareness about their brand, recruit the best minds and offer opportunities to engage their employees and stakeholders. This session will discuss key steps to developing stronger, mutually beneficial partnerships and share success stories. Roger Tadajewski, National Coalition of Certification Centers, Pleasant Prairie, WI

1st Place Winner: LATTC Design and Media Arts Pathway: An Innovative Approach to Guided Pathways to Success

This presentation will focus on how the Design and Media Arts Pathway has implemented Los Angeles Trade-Technical College’s Pathways to Academic, Career and Transfer Success (PACTS). The college’s transformative initiative that was launched in 2012. As components of one of the flagship pathways, innovative curricular and student services approaches were developed, piloted, and institutionalized to ensure students achieved foundational, readiness, certificate, degree and transfer competencies that prepare them for careers in the related design occupations. The presentation will describe how the program embedded student services within the pathway, developed guided choices, and integrated shared thematic content each semester, working closely with general education and DMA faculty. The presenter will also describe how industry was intricately involved in the development of the curriculum and provided work-based learning and internship opportunities for students. Armine Javadyan, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC), Los Angeles, CA

Development of a State-Endorsed Regional Career Pathway in Health
Looking to build a health pathway that can easily be replicated in other clusters? Then this session is for you! Under a national J.P. Morgan Chase New Skills for Youth grant, Wisconsin has piloted building collaborative regional career pathways with a focus on high-skill, high-demand occupational areas. Join Wisconsin's regional career pathway directors as they share the state-endorsed regional career pathway in health. This session will provide an in-depth overview of the process and tools for replication. This approach is regional but can also be implemented locally. Jennifer Wagner, Dan Miller, Pathways Wisconsin | Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison, WI

Emerging Pathways: Multi-Track Hybrid Curriculum for Robotics in Advanced Manufacturing

CUCWD is leading the collaborative development of an industry-aligned four-track curriculum designed to enable educational pathways from high school to master’s degrees with concentrations in robotics and advanced manufacturing. This session will discuss project details on partnerships and curriculum and how participants can “pilot” the courseware prior to launch in 2020. John Williams, Rachel Turner, Clemson University Center for Workforce Development (CUCWD), Clemson, SC

Lessons Learned: How Breaking Down Silos Has Led to Innovative Programming
This session will focus on one mid-sized community college’s journey to significant changes in the way students are prepared to enter the workforce in high-demand careers. Topics will include program planning, articulated credit, and the value of stackable credentials. Camille Reese, Amanda Rhea, Carol Johnson, Mitchell Community College, Statesville, NC

Achievement in Career Engagement Is an Online Student Engagement Platform
Achievement in Career Engagement (ACE) is a process for developing work-based learning skills through an endorsement program, based on levels of accomplishment, personalized by students, and confirmed through KEDC. Students in high school are confirmed Transition Ready in Careers and Academics. The ACE process includes a career counselor info-guide designed to engage attendees in career awareness, exploration, and development. Attendees will benefit by taking home career road maps for advising students. Carla Kersey, Clabe Slone, Jennie Sloan, Kentucky Educational Development Corporation (KEDC), Lexington, KY

Strengthening America’s Future Through Curriculum Design
This transformational session will address Tyler’s model of curriculum design—a proven model for best practice in career technical education. The presentation’s content is driven by best practices and real-world experiences that support industry-driven curriculum. LaToya Rembert-Sterling, Valeria Williams, Mississippi Community College Board, Jackson, MS

The Convergence of Career and Guided Pathways: How to Implement Both
Learn how one technical college leveraged its existing Career Pathways work to integrate career and guided pathways and helped college stakeholders understand the similarities and differences between the two. Attendees will take away advice on how to structure conversations, processes, and work teams to strategically align both initiatives. Jaime Spaciel, Gateway Technical College, Kenosha, WI

Career Pathways in Reverse: Do You Know the Alternative Routes?
Join members of the Workforce Board Lehigh Valley team as they showcase evidence-based career pathways leading to real-time college and career readiness. The presenters are eager to share their partnership and alignment models with attendees from business and industry, economic development, and education. This will be a fast-paced and interactive session. Nancy Dischinat, Cindy Evans, Workforce Board Lehigh Valley, Allentown, PA

Connecting Classrooms to Careers (of the Future)
This session will explore national and local labor market data and projections about the skills needed for “the future of work.” Participating classroom teachers, administrators, and counselors will learn how to connect their classrooms to students’ future careers, and will walk away with an implementation roadmap for “remixing” the student experience in the age of automation. Lindsey Dixon, Urban Assembly, New York, NY

Creating Trade Skills Exploration Opportunities Through a High-Engagement Pre-Apprenticeship Program
During this session, attendees will learn about the partnerships, programming, coursework, and activities Brevard Adult Education employed to create a pre-apprenticeship program approved by the state of Florida to address the shortage of skilled trade workers. Attendees will learn about AVID for Higher Education’s strategic instructional practices. Tonya Holder, Jeffery Arnott, Brevard Adult Education, Cocoa, FL; Betty Krohn, AVID for Higher Education, Dallas, TX

Saturday, October 12, 11:00-11:45

Career Counseling, Career Development, and Career Advising

Participants will learn introductory information about Perkins V, the federal investment in career technical education (CTE). The presenter will provide an overview of the law and its major tenets, the implementation timeline in states, and the alignment of CTE programs of study with Career Pathways systems. The session is designed for an audience with little to no familiarity with CTE, so participants will leave the session with a greater understanding of the CTE system and the importance of CTE for learners and employers. Meghan Wills, Advance CTE, Silver Spring, MD

Seven Secrets to Becoming the Leader You Never Thought You Could Be

With constant change increasing the pressure placed on all of us, how can you adapt to meet the needs of your customers and yourself? How do you deal with the difficulty of doing more with fewer resources? How do you stop spending your days putting out fires? Simple: Stop letting your title or organizational structure keep you from being a leader. In this spirited and interactive session, you will learn seven secrets that empower great leaders to make things happen. Find out how you can apply these same secrets to your job—no matter what you do. The presenter will share strategies, tactics, and case studies to help develop the secret behaviors that drive leadership. Discover how to awaken the leader within you! Josh Davies, The Center for Work Ethic Development, Denver, CO

Choose Your Own Adventure: Exploring All Paths to Develop Career Literacy
Informed career planning just got easier. The ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP) gives students an all-access pass to explore paths to all careers—college, vocational school, certifications, apprenticeships, licensure programs, and the military—all in one place. Participants will take away no-cost, ready-to-use tools they can use with their students. Shannon Salyer, Department of Defense Office of People Analytics, Seaside, CA; Shernada Allen, Department of Defense Office of People Analytics, Washington DC; Janet Bayer, Written, LLC, Chantilly, VA; Jeraline Johnson, School District of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, FL; Ted Hagert, Written, LLC, Starbuck, MN

Expand and Diversify Your Sustainable Revenue Sources for Career Pathways
Learn how Goodwill of North Georgia has gone from provider to intermediary, helping programs and college and nonprofit partners through public/private partnerships with USDA-FNS and SNAP E&T programs. Our revenue from SNAP E&T went from under $100k to a $2.4 million contract in three years. Jenny Taylor, Goodwill of North Georgia, Decatur, GA

Workforce Readiness Incentive Grant: A Teacher Bonus Plan Connected to Industry Needs
As more and more states are linking secondary teacher bonuses to industry certifications, Idaho has taken a unique approach that departs from that model and focuses its efforts on rewarding teachers according to the number of students who demonstrate workforce readiness through a variety of assessments and competency awards. Attendees will learn about the tools Idaho has chosen to use, why we aren’t relying on industry certifications at the secondary level, and our long-term strategies for keeping teachers connected to the needs of industry. Steve Rayborn, Amy Lorenzo, Idaho Division of Career and Technical Education, Boise, ID

Florida’s Manufacturing Ecosystem Expands to Include Manufacturing Education

This presentation will share the strategies and impacts of a growing number of partnership projects and activities involving FLATE (Florida Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence, an NSF ATE funded center) and FloridaMakes, a NIST MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership). Marilyn Barger, FLATE, Tampa, FL

Breaking the Mold: MAGNET's Early College, Early Career Program
What does it take to build a CTE program from the ground up? What are the fifteen elements necessary to ensure success? How do we make manufacturing cool again? Hear lessons learned from MAGNET's groundbreaking youth apprenticeship program in advanced manufacturing, and best practices for breaking the mold in your CTE programs. (MAGNET is the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network in Cleveland, OH.) Autumn Russell, Executive Director, MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, Cleveland, OH

Why Economics Matters: Labor Market Dynamics
The presenter will break down the complex (and often scary) concepts of economics to make sense of the changing labor market. He will guide participants through innovations that created today's labor market and offer predictions for the future by linking the dynamics of economics, education, and workforce development. Terry Gilleland, Jr., Maryland Department of Labor, Baltimore, MD

DACUM 2.0: Using Compression Planning for Industry-Aligned Curriculum

Educators and employers know the importance of aligning curriculum to workforce needs. However, few have the requisite two days for a DACUM. Columbus State helps solve this issue by pairing key strategies from the DACUM process with compression planning to conduct a jobs skills analysis in 75 percent less time. Tara Sheffer, Shane Kirby, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, OH

ABCs of Tech Express: Articulating, Building, and Collaborating
Get to know Tech Express! We are more than articulation agreements. Tech Express Technical College graduates build on the credentials they have already earned. Tech Express is a partnership between Valencia College and Orange Technical College that provides pathways to stackable credentials through articulation agreements, collaboration, and advisement. Vicki Fine, Lisa Bliss, Anita Gentz, Gwen Murrell, Valencia College, Orlando, FL; Cynthia Mariani Gonzalez, Orange Technical College, Orlando, FL

From ESL and ABE to Community College: Moving Students Forward Using Integrated Services Delivery
Learn how a community-based organization and a community college, both part of the Dallas County AEL Consortium, collaborated to provide case management to Integrated El Civics and IET participants in three career tracks. Attendees will receive copies of program flowcharts that can be adapted to their programs. Rachael Berhe, Miguel Brambila, Wilkinson Center, Dallas, TX

Saturday, October 12, 12:45-1:30

Update on National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs

The Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) within the U.S. Department of Education is responsible for administering funding and program support provided under the Carl D. Perkins program. Hear about current projects and resources that available to support you and your career and technical education (CTE) programs (http://cte.ed.gov). Scott Stump, Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE)

Constuye DC Plus, Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Program, Adult ELL

Attendees will learn how to design an ELL workforce development program for an industry that has high demand but also ample workforce supply. Topics will include: Designing with the end-game in mind (program exit points), industry stakeholders, subject matter experts, advisory committees, and contextualized curriculum development. Raul Medrano, Sandra Gonzalez, Carlos Rosario Intl Public Charter School, Washington, DC

Soft Skills: A Critical Component of the Pathway to Success
This session will explore WHAT soft skills are, WHY they are important, and HOW to develop and integrate them into your curriculum. The presenters will lead an interactive discussion focused on designing activities that promote the development of soft skills to unleash the full potential of graduates. Erik Christensen, Michele Heston, South Florida State College, Avon Park, FL

Strengthening Your Pathways: Best Practices to Creating Exceptional CTE Programs
When schools endeavor to develop more meaningful pathways, students are better equipped to attain a deep understanding of course content. In this session, participants will delve into best practices for selecting CTE programs that embrace the rigor and relevance of Career Pathways. Mur Feldman, Denise Bodart, Realityworks Inc, Eau Claire, WI

Career Boost Is Making a Difference: New Skills, New Job, New Life
Come hear about Career Boost, a partnership involving adult education, a local workforce center, and a community college. This session will focus on creating pathways from adult education to postsecondary to employment using an integrated education and training model. The presenters will also discuss effective partner collaboration. Melissa Burkhardt-Shields, Lisa Davey, Colorado School District 11, Colorado Springs, CO; Joy Zincone, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, CO; Traci Marques, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, Colorado Springs, CO

Differentiated Instruction in a Career Technical Classroom
Participants will learn the fundamentals of differentiated instruction in the career technical classroom. The presentation will address how product, process, and content influence learning outcomes. Participants will reflect on their own classrooms and address how to apply the principles of differentiated instruction to help students meet standards and prepare for certifications. Christopher Simmons, Goodheart-Willcox, Boynton Beach, FL

Preparing Students for College and Careers with Innovative Work-Based Learning
Southwest Marketing has been nationally recognized as an innovative model in work-based learning. This student-led marketing agency works with the business community to develop comprehensive marketing solutions in exchange for experiential, work-based learning opportunities. Learn how the program's founder and instructor has built a model that immerses students in the business world as consultants who provide valuable services through a school-based enterprise. Southwest Marketing involves multiple programs such as video, graphic design, business management, statistics, Spanish, English, and more to make real-world connections and develop trans-curricular learning opportunities for students. The possibilities are endless. Eloy Garza, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, Pharr, TX

Making Career Connections for Core Academic, Gen Ed, and Adult Ed Teachers
Career Pathways work best when the entire teaching staff and faculty are engaged in career-connected activities. Attendees will discover resources and classroom strategies designed to help academic, gen ed, and adult education teachers make stronger career connections for their students. Hans Meeder, NC3T, Columbia, MD

Strong, Talented, Empowered Women: Experiences of Women in STEM Postsecondary CTE Programs
This session will address inclusion and retention through a proven methodology that will enable attendees to increase the persistence of women in male-dominated STEM programs of study. Using an interactive approach, attendees will use self-reflection and create recruitment and marketing strategies to strengthen their STEM diversity. Valeria Williams, Mississippi Community College Board, Jackson, MS; Heather Annulis, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

Addressing the Need for Manufacturing Technology Instructors

To address the growing need for instructors in advanced manufacturing, educators, employers, and industry associations came together to develop a recruitment campaign. An initial survey administered to retired manufacturing employees resulted in recommendations that will be shared during this session, along with the results of instructor recruitment initiatives that have been implemented. Karen Wosczyna-Birch, Wendy Robicheau, College of Technology/Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (RCNGM), Farmington, CT

Career Pathway Portfolios and Action Plans for Middle and High School Students
Whether you work with highly motivated students or with students who are undecided about the future, this session will provide a useful action plan for implementing Career Pathways portfolios. Attendees will receive instructions on how to empower students to critique and evaluate their own work and academic progress while following action plans that they will develop themselves. Mali Souksavath, Heather Flute, Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe Tribal Education Department/Wiyukcan Ka Ecunpi, Agency Village, SD

Saturday, October 12, 1:45-2:30

Using Partnerships and Technology to Create Actionable Career and Education Journeys
Attendees will learn how to create effective, self-funded CTE partnerships that provide the resources necessary to open doors for job placement for students and adults from underserved populations. Michael Simpson, PAIRIN, Denver, CO; Julia Pirnack, College in Colorado, a Division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Denver, CO; Matt Gee, Brighthive, Chicago, IL; Carrie Yeats, Maher & Maher, Washington, DC

i-TECH: An Innovative Approach to Engaging High School Students in Technical Pathways
Learn how Isothermal Community College has partnered with public schools and industry to develop the i-TECH Academy, an innovative program that engages high school students in technical pathways, fosters early college completion, and positions itself as a leader in preparing the next generation workforce for 21st-century jobs. Joe Looney, Isothermal Community College, Spindale, NC

Preparation for Tomorrow: Partnerships, Pathways, and Credentials
We want every student to graduate from high school career and/or college ready. Providing at-risk students with adequate support is one of the nation’s biggest challenges. Learn how a rural community college and high school collaborate is helping this population receive high school diplomas and industry-recognized credentials. Katrina Madden, Piedmont Community College, Yanceyville, NC; Lisa Lassiter, Caswell County Schools, Yanceyville, NC

Results-Oriented Collaboration: Deconstructing Silos and Bringing All Stakeholders to One Table
Learn how Rowan College at Burlington County’s Workforce Development Institute developed a model of system integration, combining the workforce development resources of county agencies and educational institutions into one hub. Supported by input from local employers, the model provides the training and education needed to prepare the workforce of today and tomorrow. Anna Payanzo Cotton, Zahirah Sabir, Rowan College at Burlington County, Mount Laurel, NJ

Career and Technical Education Academy: Building the Future
Are you looking to increase partnerships with local employers, get practical experience for students, and elevate student relationships? Learn how a rural district in Wisconsin team teaches two courses that provide students job shadow experiences, internships, financial awareness, work-readiness skills, and more. Stephen Hadfield, Alyssa Anderson, Lindsay Meissner, Jordan Rayburn, Emily Krystowiak, Pittsville School District, Pittsville, WI

Linking High School, College, and Work: Accelerating Careers and Education
The way young people move through education and work is changing. In this session, you will learn how a technical high school, a technical college, and Harley Davidson partnered in Milwaukee to change how students learn about and start careers and college while still in high school. Jonathan Feld, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, WI; Aaron Shapiro, Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee, WI; Erica Case, Harley Davidson, Milwaukee, WI

Moving at the Speed of Business: Jump-Starting Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeship Programs
This will be an engaging and interactive session recapping how a rural community college learned to move at the “speed of business” to address an urgent need for advanced manufacturing production and maintenance technicians. Attendees will leave with examples of promotional materials used for education and recruitment of students, parents, educators, and employers. Leslie Tomlinson, Tara Branscome, Northwest-Shoals Community College, Muscle Shoals, AL

Where Do We Start? Building a Career-Readiness Program from Scratch
Learn how to create a grassroots program in your community that will provide career-readiness training and opportunities for students. The presenters will share success stories about their development of a business advisory council and their collaboration with schools, higher education, parents, and businesses and community organizations. Brian Howard, Hannah Kilbride, Athens-Meigs ESC, Chauncey, OH; Tasha Werry, Building Bridges to Careers, Marietta, OH; Allison Ricket, Athens High School, The Plains, OH

Best Administrative Strategies: CTE Systemic Change Across Large School Districts
Creating change is hard work. Creating change that works across a large school district comprising twenty-two high schools is even harder. Attendees will learn cutting-edge strategies for creating systemic change, even in large metropolitan school districts. Scott Burke, Jefferson County Public Schools, Lakewood, CO

Development of the Cybersecurity Workforce: The Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy

To help meet the unprecedented demand for cybersecurity trained and certified individuals, this session will provide attendees with information on the benefits of becoming a Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy. JB Groves III, Wharton County Junior College, Richmond, TX

Developing 3-D Spatial Skills for STEM Success
Three-dimensional spatial skills are essential to success in most STEM fields. The presenter has developed curriculum and strategies shown to improve spatial skills. In this session, participants will learn about research findings in spatial cognition and will experience a portion of the curriculum. Sheryl Sorby, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Saturday, October 12, 3:00-3:45

Teaching Employability Skills: Methods That Work
In a survey by Quintessential Careers, more than 1,000 employers stated that their greatest need when seeking new hires is to have access to job candidates who possess strong employability skills. Informed by this research, the SkillsUSA Framework was created in 2014 because SkillsUSA realized the need for students — future employees — to be able to intentionally develop and communicate their abilities with respect to employability skills demanded by business and industry. But how do we teach employability skills effectively and measure the growth and development of these skills? When students choose an industry of interest to them and are provided with experiential learning activities, the learning is more meaningful, specific, and applicable, and their ability to articulate learning becomes more natural. Explore the advantages of project-based learning, scenario driven e-modules, and authentic assessment via the constructs of portfolio development as we contextualize learning around career readiness skills and lead students to success in personal, workplace, and technical skills grounded in academics. Sylvia Phillips, SkillsUSA, Leesburg, VA

North Carolina Youth Apprenticeship: A Pathway to Success
Conference attendees will learn about the youth apprenticeship screening and recruiting tool developed and replicated by North Carolina's industry sponsors to attract and retain youth apprentices in high-skill, high-demand occupations. Participants will engage in small groups to utilize the North Caroli-na Youth Apprenticeship Guide developed by ApprenticeshipNC and its partners to determine best practices for implementing and scaling a youth apprenticeship program in their state. Elizabeth Standafer, ApprenticeshipNC, North Carolina Community College System, Raleigh, NC

Rigorous High School Math Lessons Contextualized into Construction, Manufacturing, and Business
Running a real business in high school algebra 1 and manufacturing classes. Building real houses in high school geometry for a nonprofit. Both are happening at our high school. Attendees will experience two activities they can use in their classrooms and will learn how to create their own activities. Tom Moore, Thompson Schools, Loveland, CO

Creating Stackable Certificates Aligned to Industry Standards and Job Opportunities
Imagine a CTE stackable certificate teaching to industry standards, created by educators, industry professionals, and professional organizations. Make this available to 114 community colleges and 2.1 million students. This is the California Horticulture Stackable Certificate. Learn how you can create your own career certificate for a college, region, or state. Both faculty and industry will present. Moderator: Laura Aron, Social Policy Research Associates, Oakland, CA. Panelists: Lindsay Ono, Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, CA; Sandra Giarde, California Landscape Contractors Association, Sacramento, CA; Claire Ehrlinger, Mira Costa College, Carlsbad, CA; Megan Allison, Miracosta College, Oceanside, CA; Leimone Waite, Shasta College, Redding, CA

Are You Ready for a Local Needs Assessment Required by Perkins V?
The presenter will share tools designed to help prepare for rigorous local needs assessments. SREB is committed to helping state, district, and center leaders meet this challenge. The recently redesigned Making Schools Work Career Pathway and Curriculum/Instruction Reviews focus on five areas: instruction, curriculum, Career Pathways, student support, and leadership. Linda Floyd Smith, Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), London, KY

Helping Today's Students Find Their Place

What does a person in a technology/engineering job actually do? Until students are able to answer that question, they are not well equipped to choose careers. This session will share strategies for helping students learn about careers they have never even considered, along with strategies for engaging ALL students. Attendees will also gain ideas and materials for increasing female enrollment in technical programs. Pamela Silvers, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech), Asheville, NC

Dallas County Parent Promise: A Promise to Access and Equity in Education
Dallas County Promise bridges student experiences, employers, and education. Attendees will see how Dallas is creating a stronger workforce and economy through gap funding, Career Pathways, success coaching, citywide collaboration, and stackable credentials. Monica Stansberry, Sheridan Nixon, Dallas County Community College District, Dallas, TX

Entrepreneurship: The Innovative Vehicle for Workforce Readiness
Education's focus across the globe is rapidly changing from an emphasis on test-based accountability in math and English skills to an emphasis on developing mindsets that create productive, engaged citizens who are equipped for the future of work. Entrepreneurship is an engaging project-based learning model that is critical to fostering business creation and the development of a stronger, more engaged workforce in every career pathway. Jeannine Schloss, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Miramar, FL; Ted Thompson, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), New York, NY

Building Industry-Driven Career Pathway Systems: A Step-By-Step Guide
Learn how to build career pathway systems that align education and training programs with local industries. The presenter will share a step-by-step guide, provide examples of fully developed career pathways, and have an interactive discussion on how attendees can build their own career pathway systems. Thomas Hartman, Colorado Workforce Development Council, Denver, CO

Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work

Advances in technology are changing industries at an unprecedented pace, transforming not only tasks and occupations but entire fields. Demand for positions involving tasks that can be automated will decline and, in some cases, disappear, while entirely new occupations will emerge. What implications will these changes have for technician education? In this session, attendees will engage in a dialogue about how the NSF ATE community can prepare technicians for the evolving realities of the future of work. Marilyn Barger, Richard Gilbert, Florida Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence (FLATE), Tampa, FL; Ann Claire Anderson, CORD, Waco, TX; Michael Lesiecki, Luka Partners, Phoenix, AZ

A "Motown" Take on a Multidisciplinary Project-Based Learning Design
This session will showcase a process used by a cohort of Detroit teachers to plan and implement a multidisciplinary, project-based learning design. Participants will leave with the tools needed to integrate technical learning with academic achievement across multiple disciplines. The end result is a real-world focus on standards-based learning that is both interesting and engaging for students. Karen Lee, Data Driven Systems, Farmington Hills, MI

Sunday, October 13, 8:30-9:15

Engaging with Employers and Getting Students Workforce Ready

The National Convergence Technology Center’s “BILT model” energizes business relationships to get the support programs need and align curriculum with workforce needs. Learn key strategies, hear how other schools adapted and adopted this approach, and receive free tools so your graduates have the skills they need to get hired. Mark Dempsey, National Convergence Technology Center (CTC), Frisco, TX

Creative Pathway Partnerships: Dual Credit Academies in High Schools
In this session, attendees will learn how Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College planned, developed, and implemented dual-credit academies that lead to industry-recognized credentials for high school students and CTE Incentive Grant funds for their school districts. Jeanne Germain, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, New Richmond, WI

Generating Interest in Emerging Career Fields

Attendees will gain ideas for encouraging K-12 educators to expose students to career fields they may not have previously considered. These activities can be modified to develop a pipeline that applies to any career field. Mary Ann Nickloy, Kelly Fahrenkopf, Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center (NEATEC), Albany, NY

Career Pathways: Moving Beyond Awareness Campaigns
Learn how a rural K-12 district and technical college partnered with community leaders and employers to develop and implement a robust strategic plan for engaging the entire community with career pathways. The session will highlight components of the plan, including a 6-12 staff in-service focused on manufacturing. Attendees will walk away with the tools necessary to replicate this work locally. Sarah Dillon, Northcentral Technical College, Wausau, WI; Kelly Fassbender, Bree Kratz, Unified School District of Antigo, Antigo, WI

Employability Skills: Being Career Ready
The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) has joined forces with Aztec Software to provide resources for job centers and adult education service providers through the Life Skills Education curriculum. This workshop will provide an overview of the U.S. Department of Education's Employability Skills Framework and offer materials for starting a program that delivers instruction in employability skills. Mitch Rosin, Aztec Software, New York, NY

Integrating Mathematics into the Career and Technical Education World
By the end of this session, participants will be able to implement pedagogical reforms for integrating mathematics into CTE that will move teachers away from didactic techniques such as lecturing and toward more facilitative techniques such as coaching, modeling, and project-based learning. Evonski Bulgar, Gadsden County School District/Gadsden Technical Institute, Quincy, FL

Leveraging Agile Methodologies in Managing Career Journeys
CTE educators must be able to respond to changing times—especially how technology is disrupting the future of work—and help our students do the same. In this workshop, participants can expect to use concepts in agile methodologies in reframing career journeys and develop strategies that emphasize the learner’s mindset. Maria Dione Rivera, UC Berkeley Coleman Fung Institute, Berkeley, CA

"Ten Years of Success" Hotel Internship Program
A hotel internship program can provide multiple work-based learning opportunities. Discover how to develop strong relationships within the hotel industry as well as curriculum that can provide students with the skills necessary to succeed not only in the workplace but in their lives as a whole. Bobbie Weir, Richardson Independent School District, Dallas, TX

Tackling Misperceptions Among Youth Looking at College and Careers
Leveraging the 2019 State of Students Report, the presenter will focus on students’ perceptions of college and careers. Attendees will tackle complex conversations about what students are seeing as their biggest barriers to employment and will explore what communities can do to help prepare students for the workforce. The presenter will connect the conversation to educational preparation and provide insights on how to serve students across the socioeconomic landscape. Chris Laney, CareerSource Suncoast, Bradenton, FL

Sunday, October 13, 9:30-10:15

Engaging Manufacturing’s Next Generation Through Full Contact Innovation
Manufacturers need to inspire a new generation of skilled workers to fill high-tech, high-paying jobs. The solution: full contact innovation. Learn proven strategies from workforce development professionals on how to engage, recruit, train, and employ manufacturing’s next generation from nontraditional sources. Bill Padnos, National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA), Cleveland, OH; Linda Wood, Oberg Industries, Freeport, PA

Evaluating and Addressing Needs: Supporting Special Populations Through Proactive Coaching
Certified coach trainers will demonstrate and discuss a structure that enables coaches to evaluate the needs of individual students and partner with them in addressing those needs. Trainers will focus on several special populations, including first-generation college students, minorities in STEM, students with criminal records, and military-connected students. Rebekah Sanchez, Sheryl Givings, Colleen Moore, North Central Texas College, Corinth, TX

Better the Planet Through Building Energy Efficiency

Learn about Florida's first Energy Management and Controls Technology AS degree. Developed by Valencia College, the program prepares students to become highly trained technicians operating and maintaining technologically complex, "high performance" buildings. Topics will include industry partner development; K-12, female, and veteran student outreach; and student experiences both in the lab and in industry. Deb Hall, Arin Partington, Valencia College, Orlando, FL

Family and Consumer Sciences: Career-Specific Training for Many, Employability Skills for All
The Framework for Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) in CTE utilizes career trends and research to align CTE pathways into career fields that share foundational knowledge and skills. In addition to showcasing how FCS supports career-specific training, this session will demonstrate the unique resources FCS brings to CTE to equip students with employability skills. Reno Palombit, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Raleigh, NC; Alyson L. McIntyre-Reiger, Advancing Connections, Fountaintown, IN

Your Perfect Pairing: Education and Industry Working Together
Attendees will learn about a perfect pairing between a California Partnership Academy and industry. Results include not just advisory committee meetings but a monthly industry-led mentoring program for over seventy juniors, mock panel interviews for seniors, and internships for both faculty and stu-dents. Rebecca Bettencourt, E. & J. Gallo Winery, Modesto, CA; Ed Pelfrey, Ceres Unified School District, Ceres, CA

Necessary Skills Now

Attendees will engage in a dialogue about how the Necessary Skills Now (NSN) Coordination Network (an NSF ATE project) can grow its emerging community of practice around employability skills for technicians. Packed with expertise, experience, and enthusiasm, the NSN-Network is a one-stop shop that gives educators and employers access to resources and tools for the classroom. Funded by NSF ATE, the NSN-Network is dedicated to ensuring that the rising STEM technician workforce is truly "ready for work" in the 21st century. Marilyn Barger, Florida Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence (FLATE), Tampa, FL; Hope Cotner, John Chamberlain, CORD, Waco, TX

Developing and Sustaining a Career Pathway System Using a Career Pathway Review
Participants will explore a career pathway review by examining five guiding elements: (1) labor market alignment; (2) student supports in achieving college and career readiness benchmarks; (3) non-duplicative content spanning a variety of learning settings; (4) ensuring that every student attains concentrator status; and (5) ensuring that every student completes intellectually demanding, authentic assignments. Debra LaMothe, Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), Atlanta, GA

An Innovative Approach to Earning College Credit in High School
Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) will share innovative programming options for high school partners, student and workforce success stories, and a blueprint for creating college credit opportunities in high school. Learn how the nursing prep academy created through CVTC’s partnership with regional high schools helps high school students get on the wait list for the nursing program and start in nursing courses in as little as one semester. The presenters will also share CVTC’s Business Management Associate Degree Program as the first in the state to enable high school students to graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate degree in business management. Kristel Tavare, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, WI; Laura Volbrecht, Fall Creek School District, Fall Creek, WI

Adult Literacy XPRIZE Communities Competition: App Impact and Distribution
Representatives from the Adult Literacy XPRIZE will provide an update on the Communities Competition, app distribution, and the impact the competition can have on adult education and workforce development. Monica Groves, XPRIZE, Culver City, CA

Sunday, October 13, 10:45-11:30

The Game Changer: An introduction to the Self-Coaching Model
Adult education life coaches will share teachings from the book Self-Coaching 101. The teachings suggest that we can change the results we get in our lives by changing our thoughts. Attendees will walk away with tools that can assist in changing their lives and the lives of those they serve. DeAnn Beretta Day, Hannah Wannemuehler, The Excel Center, Indianapolis, IN

Using High-Engagement Strategies When Contextualizing Instruction
How do instructors engage students to learn content? Successful teaching and learning builds community, explores prior knowledge, assesses understanding, is relevant, and provides application of knowledge. This session will highlight what research says about student engagement, share best practices, and provide time to examine how employability skills can be taught using instructional strategies such as writing to learn, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading to learn. Betty Krohn, AVID for Higher Education, Dallas, TX

Trauma-Informed Practices for Supporting Special Populations in Career Pathways
The students who walk through our doors are fighting battles we know nothing about, so we must be prepared. This session will explore trauma-informed practices for supporting special populations. Before students can find success in Career Pathways, we should create environments designed to support students through their transitions to adulthood. Amal Amanda Issa, Career Ladders Project, Oakland, CA; Debra DiBiase, SIATech, Oceanside, CA

Academies 101: Establish Your School As Elite Through Flexibility
What sets Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) apart from other schools? Answer: Both have “programs.” Frustrated with the amount of funding and support rival schools were receiving for “programs,” we united as a staff to create the Academies at Green Mountain High School. Attend this session to learn how. Colleen Owens, Green Mountain High School, Lakewood, CO; Scott Burke, Jefferson County Public Schools, Lakewood, CO

Idaho's Program Quality Initiative: Infusing Resources to Strengthen Programs
Idaho’s recently launched Program Quality Initiative was designed not only to reward high-performing CTE programs but to infuse resources into programs that are struggling to meet key performance measures. The presenters will share lessons learned and promising practices, as well as strategies for states that are considering a similar approach to improving their program performance. Amy Lorenzo, Steve Rayborn, Idaho Division of Career and Technical Education, Boise, ID

TX FAME: Holistic Approaches to Workforce Innovation
This session will provide an introduction to the Texas Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (TX FAME) initiative and its efforts to prepare participants for a transforming vocational paradigm. Attendees will see how TX FAME works to ensure a bright workforce future through projected career pathways, firsthand skills-based training, and collaborative partnership building. Pooja Tripathi, Bexar County Economic and Community Development, San Antonio, TX; Leslie Cantu, Toyotetsu Texas, Inc. (TTTX), San Antonio, TX


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