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AEW Network Conference 2019 Agenda

IEL is convening the AEW Network Conference 2019: Learning and Earning:Pathways to Prosperity from June 18-20 in Pikeville, Kentucky.

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AEW Network Conference 2019 Agenda

AEW Network Conference 2019 Agenda

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Learning and Earning: Pathways to Prosperity

June 18

  • 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. — Conference Registration
  • 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. — Meet & Greet Reception
  • 6:00 pm. - 7:00 p.m. — Dinner
  • 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. — The Future Won’t  Wait: The Need to Create Integrated Education and Workforce Pathways—NOW
    Kyle Hartung, Senior Director, Pathways to Prosperity, Jobs for the Future

June 19

  • 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. — Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. — Gathering Commentary
  • 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. — The Future of Work and Readiness
    Jason Swanson, Director, Strategic Foresight, KnowledgeWorks
  • 9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.- Travel & Reflect
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. - Workshops
    • Kentucky High School Students Get Their Career on TRACK with Youth Apprenticeship!
      Tracy Osborne-Clay, Coordinator, Registered Apprenticeship Program, Kentucky Deptartment of Workforce Standards; Mary Taylor, Industry Training & Development Specialist, Kentucky Deptartment of Education; Joyce Wilcox, Industry Liaison, Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program; Tracy Stivers, Special Projects Manager, Phillips Diversified Manufacturing
    • Preparing to Navigate an Uncertain "Learning/Earning" Future
      Jason Swanson, Director, Strategic Foresight, KnowledgeWorks
    • Rethinking School: Preparing Rural Students for College and the Workforce in the 21st Century
      Michael Chamberlain, Special Assistant for Rural Outreach, U.S. Department of Education
    • Force for Change: Workforce Development Success
      Donny Jones, Chief Operating Officer, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and Brad Newman, Plant Manager at ZF Chassis Systems
    • 11:05 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. — Travel/Reflect
    • 11:15 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. — Workshops
      • Accelerating the Rate of Progress
        Katrina Rugless, Director, CState Accelerate, Cincinnati State and Technical College
      • WorkforceGPS—Help A Click Away
        G. Kevin Baity, Chief, Technical Assistance Unit, Office of Workforce Investment, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
      • The FAFSA® Form: Helping Students Reach Prosperity
        Maisha Challenger, Awareness and Outreach Specialist, Office of Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education
      • Preparing a Career Ready Student
        Kevin Smith, Senior Research Associate, Regional Educational Laboratory (REL)-Southeast at Florida State University
  • 12:20 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Travel/Reflect
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. — Networking Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. — Travel/Reflect
  • 1:45 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. — Workshops
    • Transforming the Culture of CTE
      Marcella Charles-Casto, Assistant Principal; Britt Moore, Welding Instructor; Brandon Cline,  PLTW/ AP Statistics Instructor, Mingo Central High School; Lesia Sammons, Coordinator, Counseling and Testing, Mingo County Public Schools
    • Online, Self-Paced K-12 Teacher Professional Development in High-Need Areas
      Matthew Dunleavy, Executive Director, Vinod Chachra IMPACT Lab, Radford University
    • Workforce, Education, and Business Connections—Together Building a Stronger Workforce
      Susan Snelick, Executive Director, Workforce Solutions for North Central Pennsylvania
    • Community Engagement: Successful Strategies for Mutual Benefit
      Drew Pearl, Director, Community Engagement Research/Publications, University of Alabama; Kara Bernal, ESL School Social Worker, Tuscaloosa City Schools
  • 2:50 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. — Refreshment Break/Travel/Reflect
  • 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. — Building Bridges to College & Career: Nonacademic Support for Rural Students’ Successful Transition
    Deborah Jonas, Director, REL-Appalachia, SRI; Kevin Smith, Research Alliance Manager, REL-Southeast, Florida State University; Representative, United Way of Southwest Virginia
  • 4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Summary Comments and Announcements
  • 4:30 p.m. — Adjourn; Dinner on Own

June 20

  • 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. — Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  — Learning and Earning Equity  Issues—A Conversation
    ​Guy A. Sims, Ed.D., Assistant to the President for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Coordinator, Titles  III and IX, Bluefield State College; Rachel Fried, Program Coordinator, GEAR-UP, Appalachian State University; and Nallely Juarez, English and Language Arts Teacher, Gilmer County High School Moderator, Johan E. Uvin,  President, Institute for Educational Leadership
  • 9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. — Travel/Reflect
  • 9:45 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. — Workshops
    • Learning and Earning Through Workforce-Higher Education-High School Collaboration
      John R. Roush, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Shawnee State University; Amy McClellan, Dean, Workforce Development, Southern State Community College
    • Online, Self-Paced Cybersecurity Workforce Development
      Matthew Dunleavy, Ph.D., Executive Director, Vinod Chachra IMPACT Lab, Radford University
    • Lessons Learned: Are Tennessee Promise & Tennessee Reconnect Working?
      Erika Adams, Outreach Specialist – EAST, Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation
    • Industry-Community College Partnerships
      Chad Bryant, Chair, Career Technical Division/Automotive Technology Instructor, Bevill State Community College, Steve Colburn, Human Resource  Specialist, Mercedes Benz U.S. International, Inc.
  • 10:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. — Travel/Reflect
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — There Is A Future (for Rural Places)- Jared Arnett, Director, Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR)
  • 12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. — Final Comments/Conference Adjournment