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Speaker: Brianne McDonough, Director of Career and Learning Pathways at Jobs for the Future

Presentation Title:

Deep Dive into Guided Career Pathways

by Jobs for the Future (JFF)

Join Brianne McDonough to delve into the innovative Guided Career Pathways framework recently unveiled by Jobs for the Future (JFF), a prominent national non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing economic mobility through workforce and education initiatives. Co-authored by Brianne, this framework builds upon the foundations of guided pathways, infusing it with dynamic workforce outcomes and transformative strategies. 
In this presentation, Brianne will provide an insightful overview of the Guided Career Pathways framework. You'll gain valuable insights into how it integrates work-based learning, labor market-informed design, and enhanced outreach and support strategies to empower learners on their journey to economic mobility. 

During the session we’ll explore national success stories showcasing strategies that place career and learning pathways at the forefront of economic advancement including strategies to engage and support adult learners. Discover JFF's vision for the future, as we prioritize initiatives aimed at relieving student burdens, redesigning educational transcripts, ensuring credential quality, and reimagining our educational landscape. Participants will be invited to engage in a discussion and pose questions.  


Brianne McDonough is the Director of Career and Learning Pathways at Jobs for the Future. At JFF, Brianne focuses on the unique intersection of higher education and workforce development. Her areas of expertise include labor market research, grants development, institutional research and assessment, student success and retention, experiential learning, career pathways, and employer and industry engagement. 

Before joining JFF, Brianne worked at Northeastern University in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences where she was as a co-op faculty and employer engagement specialist. She has previously served as the Director of the Guided Pathways to Success in STEM U.S. Department of Labor grant at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Brianne worked in Institutional Research and Strategic Planning at Massachusetts Bay Community College where she served in interim roles as Director of Assessment and Director supported assessment activities across Title III, academic, and student engagement programs. 

Earlier in her career, Brianne worked in first year experience and enrollment management at Salem State University in Massachusetts and in residential life and education at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. 



Speaker: Michelle Van Noy, Director & Associate Research Professor, Education and Employment Research Center (EERC), Rutgers University

Presentation Title:

Building the Noncredit College Data Infrastructure: The Intersection of Policy and Data

More than two-thirds of US adults who are considering further education report that they prefer a non-degree credential, such as a certificate, license, certification, badge, or microcredential. That figure has risen in the post-pandemic period, up from about one-half of US adults prior to the pandemic. With growing interest in and investment by federal and state policymakers and other stakeholders in opportunities for short-term flexible options to prepare individuals for the workforce, it is essential that we cultivate a better understanding of noncredit education – where a great number of learners attain or prepare to attain non-degree credentials. Multiple analyses have shown that not all states collect noncredit data. Very little is known about the characteristics of noncredit programs at the most basic level–instructional time, instructional format, requirements for entry, linkages to further education, cost, types of non-degree credentials awarded, and awarding agencies. Using a systematic approach for documenting program-level information about noncredit offerings is essential to inform ongoing policy developments and ensure that these policies accurately reflect the realities of noncredit education.


Michelle Van Noy is the Director of the Education and Employment Research Center at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She has more than 20 years of experience conducting research on education and the workforce focused on credentials, community colleges, and connections between higher education and the labor market. She is currently leading studies on technician education and economic development, state noncredit education data, non-degree credential quality, and student decision making about programs and careers.

Before joining EERC, Dr. Van Noy conducted research at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Mathematica Policy Research. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology and education from Columbia University, a M.S. in public policy from Rutgers, and a B.A. in psychology and Spanish from Rutgers.



Come and meet SUNY & CUNY Presidents as they discuss their forward-thinking strategies and unique perspectives on workforce development and continuing education.

Each college president will have an opportunity to address conference participants on what value is placed on continuing education and workforce development on their campus along with their vision and expectations.

The session will include a question-and-answer session moderated by President of CEANY, Christine Zagari-LoPorto.


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