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CCWPN Workforce Development at Innovations 2006

Workforce Development
March 21, 2006 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
The Hilton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta Georgia

Preceding the League for Innovation’s Innovations 2006.

The Community College Workforce Partnership Network (CCWPN) is hosting a day-long series of presentations on the workforce theme and on assisting colleges to be successful in funding workforce development. This is an extraordinary series and should not be missed. Also, plan to join your colleagues at the College and Career Transitions (CCTI) Summit on Saturday and Sunday, March 18 and 19. See http://www.league.org/league/projects/ccti/index.html

The schedule and content for the Workforce Development day is:

9:30 to 10:45 a.m

Opening General Session
Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, Emily DeRocco

11:00 a.m. to noon

Talent Development for Careers in the Global Economy: the Role of Demand-driven Colleges
In today's global economy, workforce development is about more than training individuals for current jobs. Workers are an asset, bringing new businesses and industries into communities, and successful workforce investment programs can lead to the creation of new jobs. To help communities better integrate talent and skills development into their larger economic strategies requires fundamental changes in our education system. This session will focus on transforming workforce and education systems to create talent development for careers in the global economy and on how community colleges are positioned to be leaders in this transformation.
Gay Gilbert, Administrator, Office of Workforce Investment, USDOL/ETA

12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

Using Economic Data, Resource Mapping, and Gap Analysis to Drive Investments and Strategic Planning
Are you ready to move beyond using traditional labor market information? Join us in this provocative workshop to explore how to find and use a wide range of economic data to drive investment and strategic planning. Additionally, you will learn why identifying and mapping the assets and resources in your community, combined with gap analyses, can strengthen the position of your community college to effectively meet local and regional workforce needs.
Richard Seline, CEO and Principal: New Economy Strategies, LLC

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Strategic Partnerships, Strategic Solutions: An In-Depth Look at a Model Partnership with Community Colleges, Workforce Investment Boards, and Business
At this session, you will hear about how a regional strategic partnership was formed to retrain laid-off airline workers for careers in the booming regional biotechnology industry. Community college, workforce board, and employer representatives will talk not only about their experiences in forming a partnership, but offer practical strategies for how you can develop similar strategic partnerships in your community.
Representatives from the Bay Area Biotech Workforce Network, which includes the Workforce Boards of Alameda and San Mateo Counties, Skyline and Ohlone Colleges and a number of the regions leading Biotech employers, including Genentech

3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Key Elements in Preparing Successful Department of Labor Grant Proposals
The process of preparing a successful proposal begins before writing and preparing the document. This session will introduce key elements for preparing an ETA grant proposal, and a representative from the Employment and Training Administration as well as a community college grant writer who successfully obtained a High Growth Job Training Grant will offer some basic suggestions for what your organization can do in advance to adequately prepare for submitting an ETA grant proposal.
Mindy Feldbaum, Deputy Director, Business Relations Group, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington D.C.; Deborah Wright, Vice President, Thomas Nelson Community College

4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

Powerful Tools for Powerful Solutions
This session will highlight many resources available to community colleges through the Department of Labor and its grantees. We will begin with a demonstration of what the Workforce3 One website has to offer, including performance support tools, capacity building resources, free self-paced and real-time learning events, and a platform to share successful solutions and strategies with community college peers. Workshop participants will also experience the Community College Quick Start Action Planner (QSAP).
Mindy Feldbaum, Deputy Director, Business Relations Group, Employment and Training Administration; Maggie Ewell, Business Relations Group, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington D.C.

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