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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


  • 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

Keynote presentation
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

Keynote presentation1
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

Keynote presentation2
Keynote Presentation


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