2016 Convention Education Attainment Track Pack (7 Sessions)

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Captured live from the 2016 ACCE Annual Convention in Savannah. Duration: 8 hours, 7 minutes. Sessions include Higher Education Ecosystems; Thriving Together: Supporting Success for Underserved Populations; Creating a Culture of Health Within Your Community; Investing in the Higher Education of Incumbent Employees; Tackling Community Needs: Strategies from the Field; Workforce Development: Closing the Skills Gap; and K-12 Education: State Accountability + Innovation.



Cost: Free
Education Attainment Division Track Pack includes:

Higher Education Ecosystems
Presented by: Lindsay Haymes, Vice President, Workforce Development, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce (MO); Greg Laposa, Vice President, Education Strategies, St. Louis Regional Chamber; Gilbert Zavala, Vice President, Education and Talent Development, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce (TX)


Three chambers will share how they serve as business-education intermediaries to better align stakeholders and manage cross-sector partnerships to move the needle in education attainment, workforce readiness, and economic development in their regions.

Thriving Together: Supporting Success for Underserved Populations
Presented by:  Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development & Advocacy, Orange County Business Council (CA); Jay Byers, CCE, IOM, CEO, Greater Des Moines Partnership (IA); Mary Stagaman, Senior Inclusion Advisor, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Learn how three chambers mobilized business engagement and partnerships to foster education and workforce development support for special populations, including English language learners, people with disabilities, and immigrants.


Creating a Culture of Health Within Your Community
Presented by:  Christy Huston, CCE, IOM, Executive Director, Indiana Chamber Foundation, Indiana Chamber of Commerce; Mary Manner, Great Start Coordinator, Venture North Funding, Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce (MI); Meg Schneider, IOM, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Greater Des Moines Partnership (IA)


Recognizing that an investment in health and wellness boosts economic competitiveness, hear how chambers are collaborating with stakeholders to create a strong, healthy community be ensuring that students are ready to learn, employers consider workplace wellness practices, and regional stakeholders support a health community culture.


Investing in the Higher Education of Incumbent Employees

Presented by:  Alisha Benson, CCE, IOM, Vice President, Education & Workforce, Greater Spokane Incorporated (WA); Alison van Dam, IOM, Vice President, Metro South Chamber of Commerce (MA)


Communities are increasingly experiencing a shortage of skilled workers. Learn innovative approaches on how to engage your community and technical colleges and create public/private partnerships that assist current employees with upskilling opportunities for a more robust workforce.


Tackling Community Needs: Strategies from the Field
Presented by:  Janeen Tucker, Senior Vice President, Economic Development & Workforce Solutions, Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce; Barbara Ward, Director, Work Force Development, Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce (Ga); Melissa Worthington, Vice President, Fond Du Lac Area Association of Commerce (WI)


Hear from chambers who, during the course of the Education Attainment Division's annual fellowship, spearheaded initiatives to close the workforce skills gap through collective impact strategies.


Workforce Development: Closing the Skills Gap
Presented by: Amy Anderson, Director, Government Affairs, Association of Washington Business; Betsy Dexter, Executive Director, Business & Education Network, Commerce Lexington Inc. (KY); Alma Salazar, Ed.D., Vice President, Education & Workforce Development, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce


Hear how chambers in California, Washington, and Kentucky are bringing together key stakeholders and advancing sector-based workforce development strategies that help close the skills gap.


K-12 Education: State Accountability + Innovation
Presented by: Monica R. Almond, Ph.D., Senior Policy & Advocacy Associate, Alliance for Excellent Education; Andrew Davis, Legislative Director, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce


Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December 2015, kicking off a time of momentous change and opportunity. Discovery how chambers are providing the business community's perspective on education accountability and college and career readiness.



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