Westin Crown Center and Sheraton Crown Center
Kansas City, Missouri

Hosted by Johnson County Community College
and Metropolitan Community College
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Track Keynote Sessions are one-hour sessions intended to inspire participants through new ideas, technologies, and techniques. There is one Track Keynote Session scheduled per track per conference, and no other sessions in the same track are scheduled against Track Keynote Sessions.

Track Keynote Session presenters are engaging and inspirational national experts who discuss real-world successes, challenges, and other critical issues, while also providing an overarching vision or more detailed perspective about practical and innovative solutions to today’s challenges and opportunities.

Track One: Health and Science
Dawn Busick
MOHealthWINS: Today's Training for Today's Jobs
Come learn about the innovation behind building a talent pipeline with TAA-eligible, unemployed, underemployed, and low-skilled adult students for Missouri’s healthcare industry in accelerated grant-funded job training programs.
Dawn Busick, Project Director, MOHealthWINS, MO


Track Two: Energy, Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability
Robert Grove   Shron Moriisey  R. Scott Ralls
Greening the Workforce: Systemic Change to Integrate Emerging Green Skills
Learn how 58 North Carolina community colleges collaborated to revitalize and integrate emerging green skills into over 80 vocational and technical programs. Outcomes of this two-year project are shared with session participants.
Robert Grove, Dean, Sustainability, Wake Technical Community College, NC; Sharon Morrissey, Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Academic Services and Research, North Carolina Community College System, NC; R. Scott Ralls, President, North Carolina Community College System, NC


Track Three: Mathematics, Engineering, and Architecture
Vince Bertram
America’s STEM Education Crisis: Opportunities and Solutions for Preparing Students for the Global Economy
Educational, community, and business leaders agree that the United States inadequately prepares students for success in STEM related disciplines. As a result, workforce needs remain unmet, and thousands of American students stand unprepared for the changing world around them. During this session, the presenter shares his experiences as a parent, principal, superintendent, and nonprofit CEO, and the lessons he has learned preparing our children for the global economy.
Vince Bertram, President and Chief Executive Officer, Project Lead the Way, IN


Track Four: Manufacturing, Industry, Agriculture, and Aerospace
Norman Fortenberry
ASEE Engages Two-Year College Engineering Programs
This session summarizes recent efforts by the American Society for Engineering Education to better serve community college faculty and students. An emphasis is placed on facilitating pathways for two-year college students to attain baccalaureate degrees and on assisting community college faculty members to be more competitive at obtaining and managing federal grants.
Norman Fortenberry, Executive Director, American Society for Engineering Education, DC


Track Five: Technology, Multimedia, and Telecommunications
Using New Technologies to Address STEM Workforce and Education Challenges
Colleges face extraordinary challenges as the economy struggles to create jobs and put people back to work. Learn how to use new labor market tools and technologies to align STEM education with regional workforce needs.
Myriam Milfort, Senior Project Manager; Jeremy Kelley, Project Manager, Building Economic Opportunity Group, Jobs for the Future, MA


Track Six: Recruiting, Retaining, and Transitioning Students Into STEM Programs
Kevin Miller  Mini Lufkin
Increasing Opportunities for Low-Income Women and Student Parents in STEM at Community Colleges
Expanded access to STEM careers has the potential to improve the well-being of low-income families specifically, while also generally strengthening U.S. competitiveness. However, women have traditionally been underrepresented in STEM careers and collegiate programs of study, a pattern replicated on community college campuses, as well. The presenters examine trends in women's pursuit of STEM degrees and certificates at community colleges, as well as promising institutional approaches designed to encourage better access, persistence, and completion rates in sub-baccalaureate STEM programs for women in general and student parents in particular.
Kevin Miller, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Women's Policy Research, DC; Mimi Lufkin, Chief Executive Officer, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, PA


Track Seven: The Integration of STEM and the Liberal Arts
Full-Spectrum Learning: STEM + Liberal Arts and the Case for TE(a)MS Model Schools
Our modern notion of STEM is generally limited to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics courses, disciplines, and jobs. The humanities and arts, however, are rooted in a holistic approach to learning that includes grammar, rhetoric, logic, mathematics, geometry, music, and astronomy in ancient antiquity. Emerging TE(a)MS model schools are evolving the classical and modern notions of the well-rounded student. Participate in this session to learn why the humanities and arts are a necessary and vital part of STEM in the context of innovation, civil society, capitalism, and democracy.
Jim Brazell, Technology Forecaster and Strategist, Thornburg Center, TX


Track Eight: Technology Systems and Applications
Douglas Minter  Lydia Cochran
SharePoint Planning Tool: Designed to Streamline Community College Processes
Heartland Community College implemented a customized planning tool using Microsoft SharePoint. Come learn about its development, implementation, lessons learned, operational efficiency gains, and how it supports accreditation, as well as participate in a live demonstration of the tool.
Douglas Minter, Chief Information Officer; Lydia Cochran, Coordinator, Software Support Services, Heartland Community College, IL


Track Nine: E-Learning Resources
Jon Dudas
Great Minds Don’t Think Alike: Innovative Thinking in STEM Learning
Our education system puts too much emphasis on success. Educators can help students explore STEM interests with hands-on lessons that encourage them to fail to succeed, which leads to innovative problem-solving solutions. This session explores techniques that educators can use to take students from theory to practice in STEM-related learning, ultimately encouraging them to consider the possibility of future careers in STEM. Rich case studies and independent university study data help the audience realize the importance of getting students involved in STEM programs at a young age and to understand how effective a fail-to-succeed, hands-on approach to learning can be.
Jon Dudas, President, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), NH


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