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Preconference Session 1: Unwritten Advice: Secrets to Success in Workforce Development
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 29
Cost: $175

This one day pre-conference program will offer professional workforce executives a chance to share lessons learned from the field and from experience on a variety of community college campuses. Re-imagine what workforce development means to our institutions and communities. Sessions will cover areas including contract training, trend setting collaborations, working with your Workforce Investment Board, innovative and international partnerships, and national benchmarked best practices with industry. This program uses case studies and interactive pedagogy to help leading administrators in workforce education expand their thinking, their portfolios, and their success. Come prepared to think creatively about how you can work within workforce education and, often, across your campus to develop relevant and lucrative partnerships that support your mission and those of your industry and organizational clients.
Target Audience: This session welcomes workforce development professionals and those concerned with helping students and workers prepare for and advance in the workplace.

Cost includes breakfast, lunch and a reception with light appetizers.


Preconference Session 2: The Future of Clean Technology Training (Note: It Affects Your College! 4th Annual SEED Workshop)
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 29
Cost: $175

Regardless of where you reside, the clean economy offers real career opportunities and will require new skills that community colleges must embrace to remain relevant. Learn from award-winning college experts who will spotlight several clean industries (smart grid, building performance, water, automotive) and innovative strategies for course and pathway development, credentialing, and student and industry engagement. Participants will develop an action plan and be offered the opportunity to join the SEED Center’s growing and popular mentoring network.

Target Audience: Community college leaders, including those responsible for workforce development and curricular resources and innovation, who are interested in building the clean economy for the benefit of their students and their communities.

Cost includes lunch.


Preconference Session 3: What Everyone Ought to Know About Work Readiness Standards and Benchmarks
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 29
Cost: $100

Work readiness helps individuals prepare for the next job within a career pathway and ensures that they have both the cognitive and soft skills demanded by employers. Establishing standards for work readiness will ensure that current and prospective employees’ skills are aligned with employer skill requirements and that individuals develop the foundational and job-specific skills necessary to be successful throughout a lifetime. Learn how you can prepare America’s workforce for jobs now and in the future using ACT’s Work Readiness and Standards Benchmarks.

Target Audience: Session content is aimed at state and regional workforce developers, CTE and postsecondary education administrators, and postsecondary and workforce policy makers.


Preconference Session 4: Resource Diversification at Community Colleges
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 29
Cost: $100

Resource Diversification is a concept that helps colleges identify, integrate and leverage multiple resources to support their mission and goals; fundraising, grant development, public/private partnerships, business and social/civic organizational partnerships, auxiliary entrepreneurial enterprises and more. This session will introduce attendees  to resource development vocabulary, look at how attendees fit into the process of securing the resources for programs and priorities, and identify  key elements for a case to fund  projects. Through college-specific discussion and activities, attendees  will leave the session with a plan of action for at least one  identified (and under-resourced) priority at their individual institution.

Target Audience: Community college staff eager to fund their programs including Presidents, Vice Presidents, Deans, Chairs, Directors, and Faculty.

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