- Policy Platforms
This webinar examined the wide variety of elements, from funding to policy, that play a role in implementing youth apprenticeships. Panelists also discussed strategies for expanding apprenticeship programs. Moderator: Brent Parton, Deputy Director, Center on Education and Skills at New America. Panelists: Diane Jones, Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor; Christopher Nesmith, Career and Technical Education Director, West Valley School District – Yakima, Washington; Mark Tapy, Apprenticeship Program Manager, Pinnacol Assurance. Watch the webinar, download slides
This webinar focused on the need for states to prioritize college and career readiness, rather than one over the other. Panelists highlighted how these efforts are better serving students and employers in their communities with real-life examples, such as an employer utilizing the ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate and industry-recognized credentials in the hiring process. Moderator: Jennifer Zinth, Director of High School and STEM, Education Commission of the States. Panelists: Dawn Burns, Chief Strategy Officer – Career Readiness, New Skills for Youth, Nevada Department of Education; Sarah Heath, State CTE Director, Colorado Career and Technical Education; Nathan Kubicek, Talent Development Director, Crossland Construction and Kathryn Zekus, Senior Associate, Federal Policy, Advance CTE. Watch the webinar, download slides.
Expanding meaningful training and education opportunities for high-wage, in-demand careers is a challenge for rural communities. The webinar highlighted what states and employers are doing to provide high quality career and technical educationand workforce services for rural job-seekers. Panelists: Kristi Boswell, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Austin Estes, Senior Policy Associate, Advance CTE; Randy Noel, Chairman of the Board, National Association of Home Builders; Geniphyr Ponce-Pore, Director, CSU Regional Hub Network and Richard Katt, State Director, Nebraska Career Education. Watch the webinar, download slides.
This webinar discussed emerging best practices in post-secondary education and highlighted how adult education programs could be strengthened and expanded through pending federal policies and legislation, including reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Moderator: Steve Voytek, Federal Government Relations Manager, ACT. Panelists: David Baime, Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Policy Analysis, American Association of Community Colleges; Katie Brown, Senior Federal Policy Analyst, National Skills Coalition; Lindel Fields, Superintendent & CEO, Tri County Tech. Watch the webinar, download slides.