Sessions (2022)

Breakout Sessions


AAdult Education
WWorkforce Development



FORUM 1 • Friday 8:15–9:00

S W B / F C A S E

Building a CTE Student Pipeline: Actions for Elementary and Middle Schools

In this session participants will learn tips for building a CTE pipeline in elementary schools and middle schools by focusing on schoolwide career awareness/exploration and emphasizing STEM thinking in all classrooms. Participants will also review curriculum materials that provide students an opportunity to “try on” various careers. When awareness and understanding of aptitudes and interests are built in, a pipeline for future CTE students emerges. Linda Floyd, TCTW Director, SREB, London, KY; Scott Warren, MSW Director, SREB, Atlanta, GA

P A W / C A S

Utilizing Technology to Empower Adult Learning with Career and Education Planning

Adult workforce programs require a unique approach to adult learning that combines empathy with professionalism and personalized education paths. Learn how a program in California is leveraging technology and personalized coaching to understand each individual’s desired career, and then chart their course to help them achieve it. Frank Gerdeman, Director of Adult Education, ADVANCE: Lake Tahoe Adult Education Consortium, South Lake Tahoe, CA; Allison Grenney, VP of Customer Success, PAIRIN

S W / F C A S E

Revitalizing STEM Education Through Manufacturing Apprenticeships

Hear about an innovative, exciting new approach to preparing high school students to love STEM and join the advanced manufacturing workforce of the future! Learn about the evolution of the ECEC program. The session will include quantitative data and engaging stories showing the success of the students as well as lessons learned. Valen Willis, Recruitment Manager, MAGNET, Cleveland, OH; Rahim Nichols, Internship Manager, MAGNET, Cleveland, OH

S P A W / F C S

Launch Your Career and Training with Indiana Career Explorer and Career Coaching

Meet the new Indiana Career Explorer, a free tool supporting students and job seekers of all ages with a customized experience designed to meet their specific needs. Indiana Career Coaching programs offer the latest in resources and best practices. Pam Warner, Director Career Exploration and Coaching, Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Indianapolis, IN; Jose Torres, Career Exploration and Coaching Coordinator, Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Indianapolis, IN


Use Employer-Vetted IT Job Skills to Give Students a Hiring Advantage

Supplement your state-approved curriculum and boost your students’ career options in IT. Led by 250+ IT/Cybersecurity employers nationally, the “IT Skills Standards” NSF grant recently produced a future-facing package of skill standards, SLOs, and employability skills for the most in-demand IT occupations. Ann Beheler, Principal Investigator, Collin College, Frisco, TX; Mark Dempsey, Assistant Director, Collin College, Frisco, TX

S P W B / F C A S E

My Students Changed Themselves: A Soft Skills Revolution

This interactive session will focus on three game-changing tips to encourage students to re-imagine how they use social media and communicate with others. Attendees will participate in easily replicable hands-on activities that build employability skills vital to communication for team projects, positive relationships, and preparing students for the workplace. Kelli Lancaster, Work Based Learning Coordinator, Anderson Districts 1 and 2 Career and Technology Center, Williamston, SC; Ann Brown, Chief Operating Officer, Microburst Learning, Columbia, SC


National Science Foundation ATE Grant Funding and Mentoring Opportunities

The National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE) program has grant funding opportunities available to support technical program development, professional development, career pathways, curriculum development, and outreach activities in support of technician education. The new NSF ATE solicitation will be shared, along with helpful resources and information about mentoring opportunities. Greg Kepner, Principal Investigator, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FL; Mel Cossette, Executive Director and Principal Investigator, Edmonds College, Lynnwood, WA

P W / F E

Improving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity via an Equity Gap Analysis

This presentation will focus on River Parishes Community College’s use of the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity’s (NAPE) 5-step Program Improvement Process (PIPE) as a means of increasing access for and the success of underrepresented groups in its CTE programs. Esperanza Zenon, Associate Professor, River Parishes Community College, Gonzales, LA

CLINIC 1 • Friday 11:00–Noon

P A W B / F C A S E

JUST ADDED  Foggy Headlights: A Renewed Perspective for Seeing and Understanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Career Pathways

In this one-hour session, participants will get an accelerated understanding of what diversity, equity, and inclusion is as it pertains to their respective workplaces. By tackling unconscious bias and examining best hiring practices through imagery, participants will leave energized and ready to press forward with Career Pathways. John N. Harper, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, South Central College

P A W B / F C A S E

Work-Based Learning: A Broad Scan of the Literature and Promising Ecosystem Practices

Work-based learning (WBL) is gaining notable momentum, and publications regarding this work are increasing steadily. This session will provide a broad scan of the WBL literature, dialogue with WBL stakeholders, and an opportunity to participate in inquiry-based engagement. Presenters: Jenny Lambert, United States Department of Education, Education Program Specialist; Jim Means, United States Department of Education, Education Program Specialist. Panelists: Richard W. Kincaid, Government of the District of Columbia, Career and Technical Education State Director; Tim Hemans, Gwinnett County Public Schools (Georgia), Academies, Career and Technical Education, Executive Director

S P A / F C A S

JUST ADDED  Supporting High School to Community College Pathways with High Employer Engagement

The Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) model formalizes co-leadership between business and educators to align curriculum with workforce needs while developing a highly-engaged employer team. This model can be used to support high school to community college (and beyond) pathways. A panel of experienced educators will share how the BILT model can be adapted for career pathways in any sector. Douglas Hamm, Lakeshore Technical College, WI; Nathan Fent, Crowder College, MO; Ann Beheler, CTC; Debbie Davidson, CORD

S P A / F C A S

Teaching Generation G: Using Gamification to Drive Learner Engagement

Why are video games like Fortnite and Roblox so addicting? Educators often fail to understand why students are so disengaged, even when billions have been spent. This session will examine gamers’ minds and motivations and how games use achievements and peer engagement to keep their attention, building empathy and understanding. Nai Wang, Founder, KP Education Systems, Phoenix, AZ

S P A W / F C A E

Future-Proofing Technicians by Teaching the Cross-Disciplinary STEM Core

What are the new skill sets that future STEM technicians need, and how do we integrate them into our existing courses? Come learn about the Framework for a Cross-Disciplinary STEM Core and how to use short, scenario-based instructional cards with student activities and instructor content to begin implementing the Framework. Ann-Claire Anderson, SVP, Center for Occupational Research and Development, Waco, TX; Marilyn Barger, Educational Advisor, Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE), Orlando, Florida; Hope Cotner, CEO, Center for Occupational Research and Development, Waco, TX

P A W / F A E

Re-Visioning the “I” in IET Career Pathway Programming: Creating Digitally Powered Career Pathways

Leveraging digital platforms and industry relationships, The Learning Source and its program partners have re-visioned innovative, digitally powered IET career pathways. Aimee Callahan, Chief Learning Officer, The Learning Source, Denver, CO; Josh Evans, CEO, The Learning Source, Denver, CO; Keith Thode, CEO and Chief Scientist, AdvanceNet Labs, Grapevine, TX

S P / F C A S E

Innovative Approach Provides High Schools Equitable Access to College Programming

CVTC’s High School Academy model provides students with early access to college programs and enables students to earn college credit, industry-recognized certifications, and college degrees. The presenters will share how CVTC’s educational partnerships have enhanced area high schools’ academic and career planning and the school district’s strategic goals. Students and administrators will explain how these programs affect student achievement and fill curriculum gaps. CVTC personnel will share their approach to providing equitable access to all students, both urban and rural, including historically underrepresented minorities and students with disabilities. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, review dual-credit academy blueprints, explore best practices, and identify strategies that can be adopted and replicated. CVTC’s Equity Playbook will be shared. Kristel Tavare, Director of PK 12 Relations, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, WI; Thomas Sauve, Principal Elmwood High School, Elmwood School District, Elmwood, WI; Ken Parker, High School Academy Specialist, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, WI; Dawn Johnson, Business Management Program Director and High School Academy Program Ambassador, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, WI

P A W B / F C A S E

Building an Inclusive Micro-Credential Ecosystem

Savannah Technical College, as a part of the Technical College System of Georgia, is implementing a micro-credentialing system that unites credit, non-credit, and adult education—linked to a K-12 implementation that will portend a true lifelong learning ecosystem in Georgia. Attendees will learn the story behind the system, the challenges of getting started, and the potential for it to transform the way adult learners engage higher education in Georgia. Brent Stubbs, VP for Economic Development, Savannah Technical College, Savannah, GA; Steven Ferguson, Chief Information Officer, Technical College System of Georgia

P A W B / F C A S E

Inspiring, Training, and Equipping Next-Generation Leaders

Leadership Growth That’s Game Changing! In this session learn about customized solutions for your state or local program’s unique needs including Leadership Matters: Eight to Great, Pathways to Leadership, and Career Pathways Leadership. Reecie Stagnolia, CEO, Stagnolia Strategic Solutions, Lexington, KY; Kaye Sharbono, NCPN Consultant, NCPN, Delhi, LA

S B / F C A

Integrating Your Career Development and Work-Based Learning Strategies

Students benefit when schools integrate career development and work-based learning, instead of having them operate independently. In this session, attendees will learn about the key elements of both disciplines and will review tools that counselors, CTE administrators, and school leaders can use to create an integrated system. Hans Meeder, President, National Center for College and Career Transitions (NC3T), Columbia, MD; Tamarah Fields, Pathways Services Director, NC3T, Columbia, MD

P A W B / F C A S E

Learn and Earn Apprenticeship Program @ForsythTech: College Sponsored, Employer Driven

LEAP@ForsythTech is a nationally registered apprenticeship program. In this unique model, Forsyth Tech builds, registers, and tracks all aspects of the apprenticeship experience. Employer partners hire and train apprentices to meet their needs. This session will discuss the flexibility of this model, its benefits to all parties, and lessons learned in our first three years. Danielle Rose, Director, Experiential Learning, Forsyth Technical Community College, Winston Salem, NC; David Dinkins, Department Chair, Advanced Manufacturing, Forsyth Tech Community College, Winston Salem, NC

FORUM 2 • Friday 1:15–2:00

P A W B / F C A S E

Funding Opportunities: A Closer Look at Discretionary Grants and Prize Competitions/Challenges

You might be familiar with the grant application process, but do you know about prize competitions/challenges? This session explores how the U.S. Department of Education has joined with America’s innovators through a series of prize competitions (collectively referred to as “Ed Prizes”) to develop new standards, products, and services to both increase access to and expand CTE’s capacity. Presenters: Jenny Lambert, United States Department of Education, Education Program Specialist; Jim Means, United States Department of Education, Education Program Specialist. Panelist: Daniel Lee, Montgomery Township High School (New Jersey), Physics Teacher

P W B / F C E

Intertwining Activities: Cyber Up! Digital Forensics and Incident Response and GenCyber Girls

Coastline College collaborated with Fullerton College on two grant projects—Cyber Up! Digital Forensics and Incident Response and GenCyber Girls—to develop college-level curriculum and cybersecurity workshops for high school students. The synergy has helped increase female participation in the courses and build interest in cybersecurity careers among high school students. Tobi West, Professor / Department Chair, Coastline College, Garden Grove, CA

S P / F C S

Are Your Middle School Career Exploration Resources Fun, Engaging, and Techtastic?

As Wisconsin K-12 districts moved to a mandated Academic and Career Planning model in 2017, Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) ramped up its efforts to provide hands-on, minds-on career exploration experiences employing cool student technology and easy-to-use teacher and parent tools. Through this initiative FVTC connects with more than 12,000 students annually! Jennifer Fuerst Van-Thiel, Coordinator K-12 Partnerships, Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI; Mary Hansen, Director, K-12 Partnerships, Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI

A W B / A S E

Future of Work: Disrupting Traditional Career Pathways with Fast-Paced Skills Training

XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling teams have scaled their solutions nationally to train workers in fast-growing, living-wage jobs. XPRIZE and finalist teams will share best practices in fast-paced skills training and discuss pandemic-related labor trends and how worker-centric design in creating AI and VR-based reskilling technology was leveraged in the competition. Monica Groves, Program Director, XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling, XPRIZE Foundation, Culver City, CA; Monique Golden, Technical Lead, XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling, XPRIZE Foundation, Culver City, CA. Featuring panelists: Nate Mazzuca, Regional Director, Career Path Services, DuPont, WA; Ram Katamaraja, Co-Founder/CEO, Colaberry, Inc., Lexington, MA; Mustafa Sahid, Director of Operations, Somali Family Service of San Diego, San Diego, CA; Komal Kaul, Co-Founder, Isotonik Solutions, Potomac, MD

A W B / A E

Building Impactful WIOA Partnerships for Student Success

Signed into law in 2014, WIOA has offered the promise of collaboration that would lead to improved outcomes for Adult Education participants. Unfortunately, some programs have struggled to build meaningful partnerships for their students. Hear how one Indiana region built a workforce alliance of WIOA colleagues, local training providers, and employers that is making a difference in partner outcomes and student lives. Brainstorm how your program can build more effective WIOA partnerships. Marilyn Pitzulo, Associate Chief for Workforce Strategy and Design, Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Indianapolis, IN

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Developing a Scholastic Esports Program with a Global Community

The North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) provides opportunities for all students to use esports as a platform to acquire the communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed to thrive in work and life. Join a NASEF Scholastic Fellow and learn how educators are connecting esports and learning in schools and out-of-school time/community-based organizations across the globe. PK Graff, Instructional Designer, STEM Content Specialist, Director of Gaming, Academies of Creative Education/Georgia Scholastic Esports Foundation, Brookhaven, GA

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Strategies for Managing Successful Employer Councils Across Multiple Programs and Disciplines

The National CTC’s successful “BILT model,” which formalizes co-leadership between business and educators to align curriculum with workforce needs, can be adapted to support multiple programs and disciplines in a single division. Attendees will learn key strategies and implementation tools for implementing the “BILT model” with their own programs. Ann Beheler, Principal Investigator, National Convergence Technology Center, Frisco, TX; Mark Dempsey, Assistant Director, National Convergence Technology Center, Frisco, TX

P A W B / F C A S E

Core Elements of a Regionally Responsive Degree: Human Capital Education and Development

This session will focus on core design elements of a new Bachelor of Science in Human Capital Education and Development that lead to regionally in-demand career pathways, transfer pathways, industry engagement, applied experiences, and curriculum. This interactive session will include networking activities, roundtable discussions, and collaborative mind mapping. Kristin Frady, Assistant Professor, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

P A W B / C A S E

High-Quality CTE and WBL: Advancing Equity and Access

Could your workforce program benefit from a roadmap for aligning graduation requirements, connecting students to opportunities, and creating strong business partnerships to ensure CTE and WBL success? In this session, we’ll share how workforce programs are engaging students, businesses, and workforce leaders in defining career pathways and clear talent pipelines. Allison Grenney, VP of Customer Success, PAIRIN, Denver, CO; Amanda Daniels, Curriculum and Instructional Design Manager, GPSed, Waukesha, WI

S P A W / F C A S

Enhancing Automotive Programs with Augmented and Virtual Reality

Discover how students at Gwinnett County Public Schools Office of Academies and Career Technical Education are using augmented and virtual reality as a part of their curriculum to prepare students for college and future automotive careers. Instructional coach Davelon Norris will share classroom-based successes and challenges of integrating AR/VR to enhance CTE instruction. Davelon Norris, Instructional Coach, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Suwanee, GA; Michael Carbenia, Senior Executive Director of Workforce, zSpace, San Jose, CA

S A W / A S E

The Students We Serve and the Places They Can Go

“Continuum of Services” is a common phrase in Special Education, but is the concept also relevant in workforce development? Join us to learn how Eastern Suffolk BOCES created a continuum of workforce training programs and options for students “high school to adult” inclusive of students with specific learning needs. Learn how we built capacity and added internships, certifications, partnerships, and funding sources to support a diverse learning community. Leah Arnold, Director, Career Technical and Adult Education, Eastern Suffolk BOCES, Holtsville, NY

CLINIC 2 • Friday 2:15–3:15

S P W B / F C A S

JUST ADDED  Leveraging the Value of BILT

This session will share how the Business & Industry Leadership Team (BILT) model, a proven method for strategic employer engagement, can directly impact student success. Learn how BILT partnerships yield workforce intelligence at a depth and with a frequency that facilitates continuous program improvement and innovation. Hear from leaders of the Pathways to Innovation initiative how deep employer engagement is critical for colleges now, more than ever, and how a North Carolina college has leveraged its adoption of the BILT model for advanced manufacturing for significant gains in program recruitment and registered apprenticeships. David Dinkins, Forsyth Technical Community College, NC; Shawn Meck, Progress Rail, NC Hope Cotner, CORD

S P W B / F C A S

Access and Equity with CTI

This presentation will explore how CTI services provide access and equity for students with disabilities. These services help to build a stronger workforce by preparing all students to enter the world of work. Kathryn Shirey, Career and Technical Instruction Coordinator, Global Impact Academy, Fulton County School System, Fairburn, GA

S P A W B / E

Becoming a Resilient Leader

The lesson of 2020 is that to survive and thrive, you have to be resilient in the face of change. The pace of change has never been faster, and the need for an adaptable and resilient mindset has never been greater. Learn strategies that can help anyone grow in their ability to see, communicate, and adapt to change. Develop skills that will make you successful—no matter what the world throws at you next! Josh Davies, CEO, The Center for Work Ethic Development, Denver, CO

S P A W B / F C A S E

Dual Enrollment and IET Models in Healthcare: Pharmacy Technician Training

Dual enrollment and Integrated Education and Training (IET) models are an important program offering that meets the needs of diverse learners. This session will provide an overview of both models with a focus on Pharmacy Technician as one of the fastest growing career pathways in the country. Session topics include the three components of IET: adult education and literacy, workforce preparation, and workforce training, as well as an overview of how dual enrollment in a high school equivalency program along with pharmacy technician training can lead to employment in a high-demand and high-paying occupation. Aztec Software’s digital course offerings will be used as a model. Mitch Rosin, P2C Solutions, LLC

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Addressing the Rural Dilemma: Creating a P-20 System Model for Postsecondary Outcomes

This interactive session will include multimedia resources, district readiness self-evaluation tools, and Q&A that will focus on the CEN P-20 Rural System model. Featuring student highlights from CEN network districts, research-based strategies will be shared to help rural districts address the loss of community human capital and determine ways to break generational poverty cycles. Kim Ale, CEO, Collegiate Edu-Nation, Roscoe, TX; Rachael McClain, Chief of Staff, Collegiate Edu-Nation, Roscoe, TX

S P / F C A S

Simple Strategies for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in CTE

Too often discussions about diversity, equity, and inclusion focus on research and provide few examples of strategies teachers and leaders can take to address the issue. This session will “flip the script” and focus on simple, concrete strategies teachers and leaders can take to address DEI. Scott Warren, Director Making Schools Work, Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA

S A W / F A S

Industry-Recognized Visual Design Credentials for College, Workforce, and Entrepreneurship Success

Attendees will learn about Landstown Governor’s STEM Academy STEMarketing and Communications pathway, in which students interested in photography, videography, website design, and graphics attend three courses designed to build foundational student scaffolding in visual design. Each class is project-based and organized to prepare students for their professional certifications in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Animate, and Dreamweaver. Students also learn project management, networking, customer service, photography, videography, lighting, pre-production, production, and post-production. When students graduate, they are prepared to enter STEM college programs or start careers requiring professional-level certifications. Tyler Swartz, Career Technology Educator, Landstown Governor’s STEM Academy, Virginia Beach, VA

A W B / F C A S E

Defining Digital Literacy

A basic level of digital literacy is essential for all job seekers. Join us to learn how we define digital literacy across all jobs, to hear from practitioners who are implementing statewide digital literacy frameworks, and to find out how you can help your clients improve their technology skills today. Lesa Norris, Implementation Consultant, WIN Learning, Kingston, TN; Martha Finch Anderson, JOBS Program Director, Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Vincennes, Indiana; Andy Ridley, Workforce Program Manager, ACRC, Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity, Phoenix, AZ

S P A / F C A S E

Start with the End Game in Mind: Connecting Student Passions to Success

We all desire success for our adult learners, but what is success from the adult learner’s perspective? How might this success connect to employment? In this session, educators will hear from workforce experts on how connecting adults to actionable employment goals creates an engaging and successful adult learning experience. Ike Bogard, Workforce Contracts Administrator, WFSDallas, Dallas, TX; Sharon Dehn, Workforce Education Manager, WFSDallas, Dallas, TX

S P A W B / F C A E

Partnerships for Strengthening and Sustaining Advanced Manufacturing Programs

Partnerships provide resources and insights for ensuring that advanced manufacturing programs meet industry’s workforce needs. During this session, leadership from the National Center for Next Generation Manufacturing will share models for partnership with industry and community organizations that have helped to make programs impactful. Attendees will learn new places to find partners. Karen Wosczyna-Birch, Executive Director, CT College of Technology, National Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, Farmington, CT; Wendy Robicheau, Assistant Director, College of Technology, National Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, Farmington, CT

S W B / C A S E

Taking Youth Apprenticeship to New Heights

Attendees will learn how to connect business and education to create robust work-based learning opportunities for students. This presentation is geared for educators, administrators, business leaders, and community organizations. Attendees will discover a model that can be replicated to ensure all students graduate career-, college-, and community-ready. Marci Waldron-Kuhn, Pupil Services Specialist, CESA 7, Green Bay, WI

S P / F

The Changing Workforce and You: Implications for Your Personal Financial Future

Using the pandemic experience, we will explore how the workforce adapted and the economy changed in response to this unfamiliar shock and how those quick changes affect personal finances—then, now, and in the future. Free classroom-ready resources for teaching about careers, personal finance, the economy, and more will be shared. Claire Loup, Outreach Senior Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, New Orleans Branch, New Orleans, LA; Jackie Morgan, Outreach Senior Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Nashville Branch, Nashville, TN

FORUM 3 • Friday 3:45–4:30

S P A W B / F C A S E

JUST ADDED  Strategically Deepening Employer Engagement for Technical Programs

Learn about the benefits to students and employer partners of two colleges that have deepened employer engagement for multiple technical programs. One college is focusing on all technical programs, and the other is focusing on all programs in a division. Academic administrators representing the colleges will share challenges faced, implementation strategies deployed, and resulting benefits for employer partners and students. Both colleges will discuss how their institutions’ adoption of the Business &Industry Leadership Team (BILT) model has completely changed their outlook on strategic employer engagement. Antonio Delgado, Miami Dade College, FL; Sherri Litt, Florida State College at Jacksonville, FL; Ann Beheler, CTC

S P A W B / F C A S E

Best practices in Creating and Applying Adult Career Pathways

This workshop demonstrates Dallas Herring’s vision that community colleges should, “take people from where they are and carry them as far as they can go.” Learn how Adult Career Pathways designed with multiple entry and exit points and holistic supports provide a plan for adults to achieve a successful career.” Bob Witchger, Tony Reggi, Sandra Thompson, Lindsay Tipton, North Carolina Community College System

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Performance-Based Education

Attendees will learn about our approach to competency-based learning, PBE (performance-based education) offered at TSTC. We’ll examine best practices and lessons learned from our initial Tier 1 deployment. Yvonne Blackshear, Professor, Texas State Technical College, Brownwood, TX

S / F A E

Using the Engineering Design Process to Design Elementary Engineering Curriculum

This presentation will showcase the engineering curriculum at D. L. Jamerson Elementary School and the engineering design process that underpins its schoolwide integrated curriculum. Learn how teachers and subject matter experts worked together using design processes to develop a strong engineering-themed school community and their engineering curriculum. Marilyn Barger, Educational Advisor, FLATE (Florida Advanced Technological Education Center), Tampa, FL; Richard Gilbert, Sr. Advisor, FLATE (Florida Advanced Technological Education Center), Tampa, FL

S P W / F C A S E

Recruitment, Retention, and Expansion Through Pathway Mapping, Pre-Apprenticeship, and Inclusion

In this interactive session, participants will learn strategies for recruiting and retaining students in CTE programs, specifically through pathway mapping, pre-apprenticeships (internship/externship models), and creating inclusive program communities. Presenters will share successes, challenges, and lessons learned and provide specific strategies, timelines, and materials that contributed to expansion and growth. Brian Simpson, Supervisor of the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Magnet Program, English, Art, Family and Consumer Science Departments, Freehold Regional High School District, Freehold, NJ; Brittney Henry, Supervisor of the Medical Sciences Magnet Program, Health Professions Pathway Program, Science, and World Languages Departments, The Freehold Regional High School District, Freehold, NJ

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Free Federal Resources on Financial Literacy

Achieving financial well-being as an adult is about more than how much money you make or whether you’re able to do your taxes, balance your checkbook, or pay your bills. It’s about having control over your money and being able to make choices that allow you to enjoy life. In this session, attendees will review K-12 financial literacy activities and resources they can incorporate into the classroom and find ideas to share with colleagues—no matter what subject they teach. Leslie Jones, Youth Financial Education Analyst, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Washington, DC

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Integrate Bioscience Industry Employment Skills for Career Awareness and Success

Attendees will learn how to increase bioscience industry career awareness and readiness via integration of workplace competencies into instruction. The presenters will also provide an overview of the NSF ATE-funded Industry Recognized Credentialing System and illustrate free resources for career exploration and preparation for the Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing Exam. Tamara Mandell, Director, Biotility, University of Florida, Alachua, FL; Philip Gibson, PI, NSF ATE Implementing an Industry Recognized Credentialing System, BioEd Institute, a subsidiary of Center for Global Health Innovation, Atlanta, GA

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Work-Based Learning at Scale to Ensure Equitable Access to Employment for All Jobseekers

This session will look at the barriers that marginalized populations face when looking to access WBL. Attendees will learn how to negate these barriers and ensure equitable access for students, leading into employment. Giving jobseekers equal access to work-based learning opportunities will help them to establish pathways into careers. Bob Slaman, Sales Director, Jobspeaker, Inc., San Francisco, CA

P A W / A S

Second Chance Offender Re-Entry Training

Starting in 2002, Blinn College established strategic partnerships with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and later the Brazos County Detention Center to reduce inmate recidivism in our service area. Come learn why this type of initiative is needed, along with details of Blinn College’s program, including results, lessons learned, and steps for replicating. Jay Anderson, Vice Chancellor Health Sciences, Technical Education and Community Programs, Blinn College, Bryan, TX; Charles Smith, Dean, Business and Mathematics, Blinn College, Bryan, TX; Marshall Rich, Assistant Dean, Business and Mathematics, Blinn College, Bryan, TX; Mary Hensley, Chancellor of the Blinn College District, Brenham, TX

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Hear It From Your Peers: Maximizing the ASVAB Career Exploration Program

The ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP) has built-in components that satisfy student-specific educational development plans. Users can generate an output of their career exploration via My Portfolio and My Education and Career Plans. Users can save careers, colleges, and career clusters and share these materials with mentors to refine their postsecondary plans. Find out how the most seasoned educators are utilizing these exciting no-cost resources to help their students get on the path to success after high school. Tabitha Jefferies, National Program Manager, ASVAB Career Exploration Program, U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command (USMEPCOM), North Chicago, IL; Ted Hagert, Military Liaison, ASVAB Career Exploration Program, Written, LLC, Waldorf, MD; Jan Bayer, Lead Occupational Analyst, ASVAB Career Exploration Program, Written, LLC, Waldorf, MD; Jeraline Johnson, Director, Choice and Career Options, School District of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach, FL

S P A W B / C A S E

CTECS Blends Intangible Employability Skills into Current Technical Programs to Add Value

Learn how to teach career exploration and workplace readiness skills within the context of your current programs. Through quick, meaningful activities, students can acquire insights into workplace behavioral expectations and how to become more promising job candidates and indispensable employees. Darren Morris, Instructional Designer, CTECS (Career and Technical Education Consortium of States), Decatur, GA

CLINIC 3 • Saturday 8:00–9:00

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Welding Education and Credentials: Exploring Strategies, Resources, and Solutions

Attendees will explore resources, strategies, and solutions for welding education and industry credentialing. Topics will include labor market trends for welding professions, American Welding Society (AWS) education resources and certifications, and scholarships and grants available from the AWS Foundation. Monica Pharr, Senior Manager Workforce Development, American Welding Society, Miami, FL

S P W B / F C A S E

From Career Advising to Career Navigation Systems

Preparing young people for a career requires a network of education, industry, workforce, and community leaders. Traditional career counseling approaches must be adapted to meet the needs of learners to support economic vitality. In this session, we will discuss approaches to career navigation systems and career advising challenges. Sarah Jenness, Senior Program Manager, Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA

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Crossroads: Classroom to Career in Biotechnology

To create a cohesive culture and the development of important skills bridging college to career readiness, project-based learning (PBL) proved to be tremendously useful. The pedagogy of PBL encourages students to learn and apply knowledge and skills through a guided and engaging experience. Chander Arora, Biotech Faculty, Los Angeles Mission College, Sylmar, CA

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Developing Programs WITH Communities, Not FOR Communities

In this session attendees will learn how to authentically engage families, learners, and communities in program design. Audience members will learn the strategies of The Attainment Network, hear from our Learner Community of Practice participants, and leave with a tangible way to engage their own communities in career pathway program development and activation. Kelly Mitchell, Pathways Director, The Attainment Network, Erie, CO

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CTE 101: Introducing Adults to High-Demand, High-Wage Careers

Learn how Adult Education and Workforce staff at Northwest-Shoals Community College developed CTE 101, a sixteen-week program providing participants with the opportunity to earn up to fourteen industry credentials leading to in-demand careers. Attendees will leave with example curriculum and suggestions for implementing similar programs on their campuses. Leslie Tomlinson, Assistant Dean of Workforce Development, Institutional Effectiveness, and Advancement, Northwest-Shoals Community College, Muscle Shoals, AL; Tara Branscome, Executive Director of Adult Education and Workforce Strategies, Northwest-Shoals Community College, Muscle Shoals, AL; Taylor Franks, MSSC Training Center Coordinator/Athletic Director, Northwest-Shoals Community College, Muscle Shoals, AL

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Academic Esports: A Gateway to Student Credentials/Certifications

Industry leaders search for graduates who possess advanced technology acumen and skills such as communication, creativity, and analytical thinking. Technology pervades every aspect of the industrialized market, so advanced technology credentials are highly valued in high-wage, in-demand careers. Attendees will learn how to engage students in unique opportunities offered through Academic Esports Pathways that are available now and offer these benefits. Jill Ranucci, CTE Consultant, Leander, TX

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Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio Works (ESCNEOWORKS): Stronger Pathways to Success

In this interactive session, participants will learn how the ESC of Northeast Ohio and its Business Advisory Council, business and industry leadership teams, and 42 aligned school districts are developing a regional workforce ecosystem and that unites business, higher education, non-profits, and community organizations to create a strong workforce pipeline. Paula Kucinic, Director of Professional Learning and Workforce Development, Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio, Independence, OH; Nadine Grimm, Coordinator of 21st Century Learning, ESC of Northeast Ohio, Independence, OH

FORUM 4 • Saturday 9:15–10:00

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JUST ADDED  BILT: A Winning Model for Students, Employers & Colleges

Join us to learn how enhanced employer engagement, using the Business Industry Leadership Team BILT model, aligned our Health Services Management and Information Technology programs to local and regional employer needs. Amy Albee-Levine, Brandy Ziesemer, Lake-Sumter State College (FL); Debbie Davidson, CORD

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Apprenticeships: An Integrated Academic Cohort Model

Wayne Community College’s (WCC) integrated academic cohort apprenticeship model solves workforce development needs by creating opportunities for income mobility and increasing the educational attainment of incumbent workers while simultaneously attracting youth to careers where the workforce is aging. Kristie Sauls, Apprenticeship Coordinator, Wayne Community College, Goldsboro, NC

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Adults for Industrial Development: Getting Adults Ready for Manufacturing and Skilled Trades

Learn how to set up an adult pre-apprenticeship for manufacturing and skilled trades, from developing a course with certifications, class instruction, and career exploration to working with employers and recruiting adults. Bettina Akukwe, Apprenticeship Implementer, Alamance Community College, Graham, NC; Justin Snyder, Dean, Applied Engineering, Agriculture, and Skilled Trades, Alamance Community College, Graham, NC

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The United States National Quantum Initiative: Workforce Development for QIST

This session outlines the Quantum Information and Technology Workforce Development National Strategic Plan and offers industry and academia recognized ecosystems for workforce development in QIST. JB Groves III, Instructor of Computer Science, Wharton County Junior College, Richmond, TX

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The Compass Initiative: Choose Your Path, the Time Is Now

The Compass Initiative is a new all-inclusive website developed by the Columbia County School District to provide students and parents with the information needed to select and implement a plan to reach their stated goal. It is a guide for assisting our students and families in selecting the path to success that is best for their future plans, which includes all CTE programming, academic courses, and scholarship opportunities offered at the high schools within our school district. Tiara Arline, Coordinator of College, Columbia County School District, Lake City, FL

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Equality or Equity—An Ethical Examination

The lecture and discussion will involve the idea of equity. We will look at the ethics of equity. Is equality a more moral or ethical way to deal with issues of identity? We will examine moral theories and present a perspective that equality (focused on the opportunity) is a more ethical way to deal with issues in the workplace as well as the educational environment. Equity (focused on outcomes) tends to foster division and exclusiveness rather than the goals of diversity and inclusion. Tarlochan Dhillon, Professor, New Mexico State University Dona Ana Community College, El Paso, TX

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Innovation for Virtual Career Pathways and Workforce Board Collaborations

Putting together career pathways is a challenge but is not impossible. Learn about innovative and cost-effective ways to create virtual integrated education training (IET) programs in this interactive session. Administrators and practitioners can participate in the end-to-end data stories of successful adult learners for workforce collaborative efforts. Using virtual platforms, create a specific local solution to workforce development with adult education students. See the results in actual programs in which partnerships are filling talent pipelines. Melissa Sadler-Nitu, Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships, Economic Workforce Development, LearningMate, Seguin, TX

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Creating Clear Pathways to In-Demand Jobs

The past couple years have seen a significant impact on the world of work due to COVID-19. The need to upskill and connect individuals to in-demand jobs is greater than ever. Attend this session to learn how the State of Colorado secured a grant to foster local talent pipeline development by connecting workers to in-demand jobs in the retail industry. Thomas Hartman, Senior Consultant, Colorado Workforce Development Council, Denver, CO; Allison Grenney, VP of Customer Success, PAIRIN, Denver, CO