Minority-Serving Community College Communities of Practice: Career Pathways for Students of Color

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Intentional design and implementation of career pathways are important to advance the achievement of students of color at community colleges. Ms. Robin Fernkas, from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), will share insights for using DOL resources to create and strengthen career pathways programs. Ms. Laura Ellsworth and Ms. Aundrea Wheeler of Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) will discuss PGCC’s process to tailor the Guided Pathways program to best meet student needs. Webinar participants will learn about tools and strategies for improving career pathways programs, along with clear examples of how these tools can be put into action.

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Featured Speakers

Robin Fernkas
Senior Research Associate, Director, Division of Strategic Investments, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration

Laura Ellsworth
Associate Dean, Health, Business and Public Service, Prince George’s Community College

Aundrea Wheeler
Assistant Vice President, Curriculum, Programs and Regulation, Prince George’s Community College

Pathways to STEM Apprenticeships for High School CTE Students Pre-Application Webinar

The Department will host an online, informational session on June 5, 2018, to help interested applicants with the application process for the Pathways to STEM Apprenticeship for High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Students grant opportunity.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET

WebEx Registration and Connection Information

Registration is required for the event. To register, visit: https://educate.webex.com/educate/onstage/g.php?MTID=eaaadd826d68e45f1ea63598873e35945.

Sound and video may be accessed through your computer, but if you have technical difficulties, you can access the audio using the following dial-in information:

  • Dial-in: 1-888-946-2710
  • Event number / access code: 3039571

The webinar will be broadcast via WebEx and requires you to download the WebEx plug-in. Please note that the plug-in will not install if your browser has high security settings or you do not have administrative rights. For your reference, the full WebEx system requirements are available at https://help.webex.com/docs/DOC-4748.

June NSWG Call

Call Information

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Dial-in information to be sent to registered participants.

Free Resources for Apprenticeship & Work-based Learning

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

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Community colleges and others engaged in career and technical education and training programs are thinking outside of the box when it comes to expanding apprenticeship programs across sectors, including health care, information technology, and manufacturing. To achieve this, colleges need tools and information that demonstrate both the process and the value of these programs. The SkillsCommons IMPACTcommunity provides a free "Apprenticeship Implementation Toolkit," which was developed by Missoula College-University of Montana, lead for the Montana HealthCARE (Creating Access to Rural Education) grant. In this webinar, participants will learn about the many resources included in this toolkit, such as sample registration documents, employer handouts, an Introduction to Pre-Apprenticeship guide, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act resources, sample trade schedules for healthcare occupations, a standards template, and apprentice checklists, agreements, and consent forms.

The webinar will also showcase a step-by-step guide to establishing degree-bearing, competency-based, registered apprenticeship programs, which was developed by Great Falls College-Montana State University, lead for the Strengthening Workforce Alignment in Montana's Manufacturing and Energy Industries grant. In this webinar, participants will learn how to use this guide, as well as become familiar with the research conducted to develop it.

This webinar is the last in a webinar series showcasing strategies and resources developed by community colleges that are of broad interest to educational institutions engaged in career-focused education and training. Previous webinars (available as recordings) explored making industry experts into expert instructors to increase student success, scaling career pathways in Wisconsin, resources for developmental education using competency-based education, affordable learning solutions, and sustaining grant-funded projects for long-term success. For more information, please visit: Innovations Leading to Career Success Webinar Series.

The material featured here and the many resources available on SkillsCommons were produced by grantees of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program, a collaboration between the US Department of Labor and the US Department of Education.

Presenters — May 16

Matt Springer, TAACCCT Grant Project Director for Strengthening Workforce Alignment in Montana's Manufacturing and Energy Industries, Flathead Valley Community College

Valerie Piet, Healthcare Program Supervisor for Montana HealthCARE, Missoula College

Moderators — May 2

Cheryl Martin, program manager, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Erin Berg, community college program specialist, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education

Webinar on Sustaining Grant-funded Projects for Long-term Success

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM EST

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In many grant-funded projects, funders and grantees often assume that the activities will continue when the grant is over. But for many, sustaining grant-funded efforts is elusive, and often becomes an exercise in finding the next grant. Fortunately, a host of strategies exist to maintain key aspects of funded projects. This webinar features four Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) community college grantees, who have continued their innovations through a variety of creative approaches.

In the webinar, three strategies for continuing grant-funded activities will be discussed, including ones to

  1. accelerate credential attainment;
  2. support program completion; and
  3. engage employers and align programs with labor market need.

The examples shared come from TAACCCT, but the approaches can work for anyone seeking to make a long-term impact with a grant-funded project. Speakers from four community colleges will describe how they continued and institutionalized their projects, as well as the challenges they faced. The audience will have time to ask questions and reflect on how the varying approaches might be applied to their own projects. Join us to help move your sustainability plans forward!

This webinar is part of a series showcasing strategies and resources developed by community colleges, which may interest institutions engaged in career-focused education and training. The final webinar in the series, on May 16, is "Free Resources for Apprenticeship & Work-based Learning." Previous topics (available as recordings) explored (1) making industry experts into expert instructors to increase student success, (2) scaling career pathways in Wisconsin, and (3) resources for developmental education using competency-based education. For more information, please visit Innovations Leading to Career Success Webinar Series.

Presenters — May 2

Kristen Krell, director, TAACCCT Program, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Anne Willaert, statewide director, Minnesota Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, South Central College, North Mankato, Minnesota

Julie Parks, executive director of Workforce Training, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Christina Amato, competency-based education program manager, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio

Moderators — May 2

Cheryl Martin, program manager, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Erin Berg, community college program specialist, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education

"First Look: Career and Technical Education Programs in Public School Districts, 2016-17" Webinar

OCTAE will host a webinar on April 18, 2018 to share key findings from the new National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report titled, "First Look: Career and Technical Education Programs in Public School Districts, 2016-17".

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
2:00 PM EDT

WebEx Registration and Connection Information

URL: https://educate.webex.com/educate/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2205017cf5b9adcb75ab336e90bbfaae
Event Number: 743 602 048

To join the teleconference only
Phone Number: 1-877-989-3754
Participant Code: 3675842

For help joining this event, please contact Lisa Harvey at Lisa.Harvey@ed.gov.

Partnerships in Manufacturing Series: Managing Your Partnership Tensions - Webinar #3

Monday, March 12, 2018
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ET

This facilitated peer-to-peer conversation will involve manufacturing partnership representatives from around the country. The topic to be covered is “Managing Your Partnership Tensions.” Please join us for this dynamic exchange!

Susanna Schowen
Director of Workforce Initiatives
Louisiana Economic Development

Dion Jackson
Program Director
USC Center for Economic Development

This project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE). OCTAE presents this technical assistance event as part of our series 'Strengthening Partnerships for the Manufacturing Workforce'.

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April NSWG Call

Call Information

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Dial-in information to be sent to registered participants.

Partnerships in Manufacturing Series: Keeping Your Partners Engaged - Webinar #4

Monday, March 19, 2018
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ET

This fourth and final program in the series will involve presentations and discussion with key manufacturing partnership representatives from around the country. The topic to be covered is “Keeping Your Partners Engaged” and will feature presentations by:

Pauline Vernon
Interim Executive Director
Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce

Irene Sherr
Associate Deputy Bureau Chief
Bureau of Economic Development at Cook County (IL)

Please join us for this dynamic exchange!

This project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE). OCTAE presents this technical assistance event as part of our series 'Strengthening Partnerships for the Manufacturing Workforce'.

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Partnerships in Manufacturing Series: Vertical Integration in Your Manufacturing Partnership Webinar #2

Monday, March 5, 2018
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ET

This facilitated peer-to-peer conversation will be moderated by Libby Livings-Eassa with the participation of key manufacturing partnership representatives from around the country. The topic to be covered is “Telling Your Partnership’s Story.” Please join us for this dynamic exchange!

This project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE). OCTAE presents this technical assistance event as part of our series 'Strengthening Partnerships for the Manufacturing Workforce'.

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Partnerships in Manufacturing Series: Vertical Integration in Your Manufacturing Partnership Webinar

Monday, February 26, 2018
12:15 PM - 12:45 PM ET

This facilitated peer-to-peer conversation will be moderated by Libby Livings-Eassa with the participation of key manufacturing partnership representatives from around the country. Some of the topics to be covered include: K-12 reach-down, easing institutional tensions, career/technical education and/or technology solutions

This project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE). OCTAE presents this technical assistance event as part of our series 'Strengthening Partnerships for the Manufacturing Workforce'.

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Native American Career and Technical Education Program (NACTEP) Pre-Application Webinar

The Department hosted an online, informational session on February 20, 2018, to help interested applicants with the NACTEP application process.

Recorded Webinar (Duration: 49:03)

Materials

WIOA State Plan Portal Training

To help States prepare, the Department of Education and the Department of Labor will be hosting training for State users via the Workforce GPS platform. This training provides an overview of the State plan portal and its features. Topics will include how to obtain an account, permission levels, and navigation of the portal, data entry, how to ensure the contents of the plan are 508-compliant, and other mechanics of using the system. This training is intended for new users as well as those who need to refresh their knowledge.

Register for the event:
https://www.workforcegps.org/events/2018/01/24/13/37/WIOA-State-Plans-Using-the-Online-Portal-for-Plan-Submission

State Plan Reporting Ends for States Submitting WIOA Combined Plan

Each eligible agency that wishes to extend its Perkins IV Five-Year State Plan must submit annually a request to extend its State Plan, State Plan revisions, budgets, and proposed performance levels of each of the core indicators of performance.

Current Reporting Period: January 30, 2018 - April 23, 2018
Reporting Ends for States Submitting WIOA Combined Plan: March 15, 2018

State Plan Guidance Memo (PDF, 817 KB)

2018 State Plan User Guide (PDF, 2.8 MB)

Access the Perkins Web Portal: https://perkins.ed.gov

Getting Help: For general assistance, contact Denise Garland at Denise.Garland@ed.gov. For technical assistance, contact perkins-help@rti.org.

State Plan Reporting Ends

Each eligible agency that wishes to extend its Perkins IV Five-Year State Plan must submit annually a request to extend its State Plan, State Plan revisions, budgets, and proposed performance levels of each of the core indicators of performance.

Current Reporting Period: January 30, 2018 - April 27, 2018
Reporting Ends for States Submitting WIOA Combined Plan: March 15, 2018

State Plan Guidance Memo (PDF, 817 KB)

2018 State Plan User Guide (PDF, 2.8 MB)

Access the Perkins Web Portal: https://perkins.ed.gov

Getting Help: For general assistance, contact Denise Garland at Denise.Garland@ed.gov. For technical assistance, contact perkins-help@rti.org.

State Plan Training #2

The Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE) will be hosting two training sessions that will provide an overview of the Perkins Web Portal and a demonstration of the State Plan online submission. These training sessions are designed to support you and your team in the submission of State Plan revisions, budgets and performance levels for Program Year 12 (FY 2018-19) Perkins IV grant awards electronically through the Perkins IV State Plan Submission Web site. The training sessions will provide the same content and will have the same format.

Thursday, February 1, 2018
1:00PM - 2:00PM ET

Webinar Connection Information

Audio
Phone Number: 1-866-740-1260
Participant Access Code: 8494942

Web Presentation
URL: www.readytalk.com
Participant Access Code: 8494942

Materials:

State Plan Training #1

The Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE) will be hosting two training sessions that will provide an overview of the Perkins Web Portal and a demonstration of the State Plan online submission. These training sessions are designed to support you and your team in the submission of State Plan revisions, budgets and performance levels for Program Year 12 (FY 2018-19) Perkins IV grant awards electronically through the Perkins IV State Plan Submission Web site. The training sessions will provide the same content and will have the same format.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
11:00AM - 12:00PM ET

Webinar Connection Information

Audio
Phone Number: 1-866-740-1260
Participant Access Code: 8494942

Web Presentation
URL: www.readytalk.com
Participant Access Code: 8494942

Materials:

Leveraging ESSA, Perkins, and WIOA to Support a College- and Career-Ready Workforce

To ensure that students are ready for tomorrow's workforce, state leaders need to align labor market efforts with the education pipeline to provide students with the academic, technical, and employability skills they need to be successful in the workplace. Aligning the education-to-workforce pipeline can help increase cost-efficiency, promote coherence, and produce better outcomes for students and workers. This webinar will highlight the forthcoming CCRS Center resource, Developing a College- and Career-Ready Workforce: An Analysis of ESSA, Perkins, and WIOA. This resource includes the following:

  • A brief to help state and local agencies identify opportunities to align and leverage policies, programs, and funding across the three laws that support the education-to-workforce pipeline
  • A workbook to facilitate cross-sector conversations to identify and plan for alignment opportunities across ESSA, Perkins, and WIOA
  • An interactive tool that identifies specific language in the laws that address college- and career-readiness topics and help state education agencies and local education agencies find new or greater alignment opportunities in their plans

To complement the discussion of these tools, participants will learn about state examples.

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February NSWG Call

Call Information

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Dial-in information to be sent to registered participants.

Connecting Secondary Students to Apprenticeship Programs

Webinar #2: Overview of Technical Assistance Resources

To enrich our students' high school experiences and secure a path to career and postsecondary success, communities across the country are strengthening the pipeline between career and technical education (CTE) and apprenticeship. This U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) project explored programs that connect CTE students and apprenticeship programs.

On November 20, 2017 at 2-3 pm ET, OCTAE welcomes the release of technical assistance resources to assist state and local leaders in initiating or expanding the alignment between existing CTE and apprenticeship programs based on project findings. Presenters from Vivayic, RTI International, and the Tech Ready Apprentices for Career in Kentucky (TRACK) program will introduce the resources and discuss potential application for CTE and apprenticeship stakeholders.

Speakers:

  • Sharon Lee Miller, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U. S. Department of Education
  • Scott Stump, Vivayic, Inc.
  • Mary Taylor, Kentucky Department of Education
  • Mike Donta, Kentucky Labor Cabinet

Register for Webinar #2

In case you missed it: The first webinar in this series was held in April 2017 to discuss findings from site visits to eight programs that have connected CTE students with apprenticeship programs. The webinar materials and recording, along with the site visit report, can be accessed at:
http://cte.ed.gov/initiatives/potential-of-apprenticeships-in-secondary-education.

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