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National Council for Workforce Education— “ Rebuilding the American Dream ”. Annual Conference—October 18-20, 2009 Seattle, WA OC attendees: Mary Garguile, Amy Hatfield, Dick Strand, Cindy Wyman, Teresa McDermott. Summary . 34 th Annual Conference 400+ attendees

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national council for workforce education rebuilding the american dream

National Council for Workforce Education— “Rebuilding the American Dream”

Annual Conference—October 18-20, 2009

Seattle, WA

OC attendees: Mary Garguile, Amy Hatfield, Dick Strand, Cindy Wyman, Teresa McDermott

summary
Summary
  • 34th Annual Conference
  • 400+ attendees
  • Conference Theme “Rebuilding the American Dream”
  • Conference Tracks—focused concurrent sessions
    • Helping America Recover—leverage funding to implement short term and accelerated training initiatives
    • Going Green—expand availability of sustainability and new green occupational programs
    • Basic Skills—integrate ESL/ABE into entry level training programs
    • Breaking Through—continue innovative partnership with Jobs for the Future—focus on career pathways and programs addressing middle-skill jobs
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Keynote Presentation

Hilary Pennington

Key Points

  • For low income, 1st generation college students, road to a degree uneven
    • Inflexible work schedules
    • Remedial ed requirements
    • Day care costs
    • Family responsibilities
  • Completion rates are stagnant
  • 75% of college level students come from nontraditional sectors
  • 60% of students who earn a degree do so from different college that their 1st
  • For every $1 spent on CC, more than 50 cents go to classes and activities that NEVER produce a degree
  • Director of Ed, Gates Foundation
  • Leads Foundation’s Postsecondary Ed initiatives
  • Former senior fellow at Center for American progress
  • CEO Jobs for the Future
  • Clinton Advisor
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Keynote Presentation

Brian Bosworth

Key Points

  • Past 40 years of economic prosperity linked to steady population increase
  • Traditional pathway to prof career through 4 college
  • Few challenges to university template
  • Funding for education plentiful
  • NOTHING is the SAME
  • NEED to CHANGE ; focused training & education, operate at the speed of business, retrain.
  • Founder & Pres of Future Works
  • 35 years of experience in economic & business development
  • Authored several pubs on economic growth, workforce development,
  • Served on numerous commissions, economic task forces
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Keynote Presentation

CemErdem

Key Points

  • Life stories of today’s students don’t match perception
  • His own story NOT unique, reflective of progress in fits and starts, restarts
  • Rigid academic template doesn’t allow for
    • Prior experience
    • Previous education from certain sources
    • Potential
    • Passion
  • Pres/CEO of Augusoft
  • Turkish Immigrant
  • Former Manager at Hilton Hotel in Istanbul
  • Comes to America to pursue his passion and dream
  • Ends up starting over
summary thoughts
Summary Thoughts
  • Traditional post secondary model dated
  • Focused certificates and degrees in demand
  • Developmental classes doing a disservice; need to be integrated into academic programs
  • Students need to be developed and managed individually
  • Traditional 10-15 weeks terms don’t work
  • Completion and JOB Placement of paramount value
  • Private providers asking to step in, leading the way
  • Access to $500 for urgent needs enuff to boost retention rates significantly
concurrent sessions
Concurrent Sessions
  • Building the Health Information Workforce
    • Case Study of an Informatics Program in Oregon
  • We’re all freelancers now—training students to find work in the 21st century.
    • Students are ill prepared to sell themselves
  • Ensuring the Viability & Quality of Workforce Ed Programs
    • Metrics developed and reviewed every year on programs
  • Understanding the Green Economy
    • Calif CC systems works to qualify green jobs
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