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Join us on April 30th for the CEANY Spring Tri-Region Conference 

Breakout Sessions

Presenters:  Caelynn Prylo, Asst. Dean for Continuing Education & Workforce Innovation,  SUNY Adirondack, &  

Jane Hix, M.Ed. GM for Franklin Covey, Higher Education

Achieving Big Goals in Small Steps

SUNY Adirondack implemented Franklin Covey's 4DX (4 Disciplines of Execution) in late 2017 with the goal of streamlining and clarifying how each and every staff and faculty member can create and achieve aligned goals that support the College's strategic plan and big WIGs (Wildly Important Goals). After several years of using the 4DX treatment, and participation by faculty and staff alike, learn SUNY Adirondack implemented 4DX to improve enrollment in non-credit programming, increase retention in Math courses and move the needle on Wildy Important Goals like fall to spring retention. Jane Hix from Franklin Covey will provide an overview of the 4DX system and show examples of how other colleges and universities are using it across the country.

Presenter: Laura Clark, Director of Workforce Education at Corning Community College

Building Blocks to a New Program

The need for workforce training is rapidly growing and continuing education departments are being tasked with creating new in-demand programs to meet this need. But, what steps do we take to build these programs from idea to implementation? This session will highlight the building blocks used to create a new program and participants will learn the following: 1. The formula for program creation 2. How to engage businesses 3. Ways to include the CFA funding 4. How to pivot if faced with adversity (or a global pandemic) 5. Lessons learned 

Presenters:  Emilie Rafal, Director of Programs for Credential Engine; 

Melinda Mack, Executive Director, NYATEP; 

Lois Johnson, Director of Workforce Strategies, Workforce Development Institute (WDI)

Mapping The Future of Credentials- Panel Discussion

Colleges, job training programs, and employers offer all kinds of credentials—from degrees to certifications to licenses—for learning valuable knowledge and skills. But with nearly 1,000,000 unique credentials in the U.S., it’s easy for people to get lost and lose out on opportunities. Many potential learners are confused trying to navigate this complex landscape to identify which credentials lead to desired outcomes, employers are unable to understand what skills workers actually bring to a job, and educators are rushing to keep up with changing requirements in the workplace.

In New York State, the Workforce Development Institute (WDI) and NYATEP have partnered with the national leader in credential data transparency, Credential Engine, to end the confusion and frustration by mapping out the credential landscape and making it accessible. .Colleges, companies, government agencies, and others are sharing detailed information about their programs, and describing the knowledge and skills they confer in clear and consistent language. Together, we’re building a linked open data network that everyone can access for timely and trusted information about credentials.

This panel will highlight how New York education institutions can utilize Credential Engine’s robust national infrastructure - which includes a common language and an open-source registry - through the Future Skills Exchange platform, developed by WDI. NYATEP brings their deep network of workforce, educational and government partners to support adoption of FSX as New York’s gateway to transparent, meaningful credentials

Presenter:  Paige Korbakes, Senior Program Manager at JFF

Leveraging Insights from the Google IT Certificate Implementation
to Support College Innovation

As the COVID pandemic emerged in 2020, colleges were forced to pivot their programming to allow for virtual delivery and to re-think their approach to many student support services to ensure learner success in this new context. In this session, Paige Korbakes (Sr. Program Manager, JFF) will share how the insights and learnings from JFF’s experience leading the national implementation of the Google IT Certificate can inform colleges’ approach to successfully supporting learners in this new context. The session will explore how this initiative was implemented in 100+ community colleges across the country, and helped train underrepresented workers in IT/technology, and those traditionally locked out of opportunity. The presentation program will highlight how colleges differentiated service delivery models and design approaches and share some of the best practices and learnings that emerged from both JFF’s technical assistance and the evaluation of the initiative. This work also supported collaboration and facilitated connection across community colleges nationwide and we’ll explore how to leverage lessons learned from this project to inform future IT sector strategy work, and identify opportunities and challenges for short term, IT credentialing programs. Participants will also have a chance to understand broader JFF workforce initiatives, how we are supporting colleges and partners in delivering high-quality virtual programming

Presenter: Alen Smajic, Executive Dir. of Marketing & Communications, Mohawk Community College

Marketing Strategies and Challenges during COVID 19-
Lessons Learned

Marketing and Communications’ most significant job is to identify, engage with, and convert prospective students into enrolled students, and this has been challenged during the pandemic. Using creative approaches, we have had to rethink our strategy in a stay-at-home era and a volatile environment that has forced us into perpetual crisis management.


Featuring Keynote speaker Tamar Jacoby,
President and CEO of Opportunity America

Reimagining Workforce Education in Post-Pandemic New York

New York State lost more than a million jobs in 2020, and many other roles will never look the same – workers in almost every industry need new skills to keep up with changes in the workplace. How should workforce educators adjust to meet these new needs?

Opportunity America President Tamar Jacoby will draw on what she has learned from innovation underway nationwide to explore the strategies for those in workforce and adult education, in creating the training and programs for all New Yorkers grappling with the challenges that lie ahead. Read Tamar's bio here.


Lightning Round Discussion Roundtables 

-Youth Programming
-Microcredentials/Digital Badging
-Workforce Programming
-Marketing & Recruitment


Conference Schedule

 9:00 - 10:30 AM  Introduction and Keynote
 10:30 - 10:35 AM  Break & Raffle
 10:35 - 11:15 AM  Breakout Sessions
 11:30 - 11:45 AM  Brief Discussion Roundtables
 11:45 - 11:55 AM  10-Minute Wellness
 11:55 AM - 12:00 PM  Conclusion & Raffle

Register today- free to CEANY members!

Want to connect to your regional chairperson: 

Christine Zagari-LoPorto Region South Chairperson

Teresa Fava-Schram, Region East Chairperson

Jeanne Eschbach, Region West Chairperson

1. The purpose of the regional conference in the south, west and east of the state is to provide a forum to exchange ideas and best practices in continuing education and workforce development. Local and national experts share information about emerging trends and opportunities as well as potential challenges.

2. Regional conferences are in the spring (April/May) and charge a nominal fee for a day-long conference whose topics usually include a new initiative or trend and how to manage a professional matter such as supervision or time management. Regional conferences allow members to visit other campuses and share ideas about facilities as well as exchanging ideas.

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