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Wednesday, November 6

Using LMI (Labor Market Information) for Decision Making - Presenters: Christine Zagari-Loporto, Jessica Cinelli
The department of Workforce Development (WD) at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY in Brooklyn, NY, has historically utilized labor market information (LMI) to identify gaps in the local labor supply and to develop occupational training programs based on employer demand. Now, in response to the needs and satisfaction research from the Capitol One Data Tracking to Inform Growth funding, we have utilized the LMI from Burning Glass Technologies, INC to create a career and education exploration series of modules called Access to Pathways for Success (APS.)
How to Transform your Presentation from "Meh" to "Wow" - Presenter: Fern Chan
How often have you sat in sessions where you couldn't remember what was being presented? As trainers to adult learners, how can you make your training stick and avoid the all too common death by PowerPoint? In this session, you will learn how to elevate your presentation skills with some simple tools and techniques that you can apply immediately to your PowerPoint slides, and training programs to make learning deeper and more durable. 
STEAM Youth Programs: A Gateway to STEM Careers? - Presenters: Dr. Sherry Mayo, Crysta Jones
There has been a lot said about STEM in the past decade and more recently, STEAM (putting Arts(s) in the STEM) has entered the educational discourse. Westchester Community College offers innovative STEAM driven curriculum to local area youth. This session will explain what STEAM is and what it has to offer young people now and in the future. 

Best Marketing Strategies for Non_Credit Programs - Presenter Goher Murtaza
Learn about the top five marketing strategies that are most effective for continuing education programs. Learn practical marketing tools that are easy to apply as an administrator with no prior IT background.

Launching a Certified Nursing Assistant Apprenticeship Program - Presenters: Lisa Spagnola, William Myhre
This session chronicles the journey taken by the College of Staten Island, State Island Performing Providers System (SI PPS), 1199 Union, and two employer partners on Staten Island to launch the first registered apprenticeship for the Certified Nursing Assistant job function in New York State. 

Using Advisory Boards for Program Development - Presenters: Tricia Crissman, Wendy Welling
This interactive workshop will explore the purposes and value of an effective advisory board for your organization and/or departments. Takeaways: discover the purposes of assembling an advisory board; how to select and implement  an advisory board; tools to successfully run first advisory board meeting.


Thursday, November 7 

Contextualized ESL in the Retail Industry - Presenters: Claudia Carco, Ana Negoescu, Victoria Weisel
This presentation describes how a collaboration between a community college and a non-profit organization delivered a uniquely innovative, blended, contextualized English language training to workers in the retail sector. Presenters share the two models of instruction, face-to-face and remote, and the mobile learning technology participants used  used to self-directed learning. 

Transform How You Think: Using Design Thinking and the Sectoral Strategy Approach to Develop a Workforce Development Program from Concept to Implementation - Presenters: Brian Sanchinell
This Workshop will address what design thinking is, what the sectoral strategy approach involves and how both are integrated into developing a workforce program from concept to implementation. Hear about best practices and lessons learned from Kingsborough Community College's US DOL funded CUNY TechWorks Program. Discussion will include applying this approach across sectors.

Coaching for Financial Empowerment - Presenter: Suzanne Matthews
This presentation will provide the audience with an introduction to financial coaching, highlighting how it can help college students succeed in learning to manage their personal finances  and build financial capability, as a important life skill needed for success in college and in the workplace. 
The Gift of my Mistakes: Lemons are the Lemonade - Presenter: Chandra Cherry
Mistakes can be quite painful and barely acknowledged in one's private recesses, much less announced in public. Missteps in the classroom however, usually come with an audience. In the past, I would silently commit to correcting a mistake but today, I now give many (some) of these missteps their proper due. New Approaches to Career Training in New York State - Presenters: Madhuri Kommareddi, Denise Zieske, Angie Kamath
Join this session to learn more about the New York State's $175 million Workforce  Development Initiative, initiatives across the CUNY and SUNY System to provide more skill training to broader swaths of New Yorkers, and lessons learned from recent cross-sector workforce development collaborations.

Thursday Continued, November 8

Emerging Opportunities in IT Apprenticeships - Presenters- Mary Kohan, Franca Amrstrong
This very exciting  session will examine new and emerging opportunities for growth in apprenticeship. We will highlight the work of the SUNY Apprenticeship Program which is expanding Registered Apprenticeships in areas such as IT and Healthcare. Most any sector can benefit from apprenticeship and including hospitality, agriculture, transportation, and clean energy.  

Strategies for Growing your Corporate Education Business - Presenter: Jim Irvine
The presentation will focus on a real world example of developing and building a corporate  client relationship, which spans, short term /non-credit programs, credit-earning courses,  and professional development programs. The capacity to address workforce development training needs across the organization creates a win-win for the organization ad training provider. 
The Alternative to the Freshman Seminar for Returning Adult Students - Presenter: Niki Fayne
This session describes a first year seminar developed at Lehman College (CUNY) that was designed specifically for returning adult students. The course introduces effective learning strategies grounded in brain science research and links academic success with career exploration. During the session, we share lessons learned from the pilot semester.
 Tai Chai and Other Popular Programs for Seniors - Presenter: Hannah Gross
As the population ages, there are many ways colleges can enhance the quality of life fort he mature population. Fall prevention is one of the key elements to keeping seniors active and engaged in life. Learn about a successful grant-funded fall prevention partnership between county government, senior centers and Westchester Community College's Mainstream, Institute for Mature Adults. Participants will have an opportunity to take part in an evidence-based exercise program including a sample of Tai Chai and Chair Yoga.   
Students with Disabilities: Tools and Resources for Success - Presenter: Kristine Bunyea
Employment! That's the goal of WCC's workforce training for students with intellectual or development disabilities (IDD). This training is customized, specific and systematic. Each module builds upon the previous, in a success that leads participants to assess their goals, understand how to obtain the work they desire, effectively communicate with employers and ultimately, land the job! 
Practical Tips and Tools for the Busy CE Professional - Presenters: Jill Pippin, Kim Kendall
Ever wish for an instruction manual for becoming a CE professional? In this presentation you will receive practical tips and tools for key CE management skills such as time management, conflict, resolution and employee terminations from from two industry professionals with decades of CE experience in both SUNY and CUNY. 

Working with Faculty and Industries to Build Innovative Stackable Micro-Credentials - Presenter: Hui-Yin Hsu, Lori Conkling, Jacqueline Montgomery 
This interactive hands-on session will start with an overview on current literature and growing national dialogue on micro-credentials. Participants will learn to design stackable micro-credentials and identify possible barriers, as well as potential opportunities, to enable their campuses to more effectively support student access and success through micro-credentialing.  

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