Bridging the Education / Workforce Gap: Community College and Beyond
Jul 27, 1:00 PM EDT – Jul 28, 4:30 PM EDT
Virtual Meeting
 
Buildings from Below

EDUCATING TOMORROW'S WORKFORCE

The pandemic brought home an urgent need: the best-educated are prospering but we are leaving too many behind. Community Colleges are a rich resource for educating higher skilled workers that industry is now demanding. However, schools, working with employers and policymakers, must do more to bridge the gap between education and employment.    


This conference will host thought leaders from all parts of the education-workforce equation to discuss how we can expand and create new training opportunities that prepare students for quality jobs.  Building on new models discussed in a new MIT study (MassBridge Advanced Manufacturing Education Benchmark Report) we will hear from educators, policymakers, industry, and students about how to bridge the gap.  Advanced manufacturing can be one source for well-paying, highly skilled jobs, but our discussions will extend to other sectors, as well – health, financial, information technology.  Please join us and help to set a new agenda for bridging the education / workforce gap.


The conference is hosted by MIT Open Learning and MassBridge, a state-wide effort to build new education models for advanced skills. 

 

SCHEDULE

DAY ONE

TUESDAY JULY 27


  

SETTING EXPECTATIONS

1:05 p.m.

George Westerman, Senior Lecturer, Sloan School of Management, and Principal Research Scientist, Workforce Learning, Office of Open Learning, MIT
Christine Nolan, Director, The Center for Advanced Manufacturing at MassTech (CAM)

THE CHANGING FACE OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE EDUCATION

1:25 p.m.

Yves Salomon-Fernandez (Moderator), President of Greenfield [MA] Community College
Terri Sandu, Dean - Director, Talent and Business Innovation (Lorain [OH] Community College)
Matthew Janisin, Program Director, Skilled Trades & Industrial Technology (Gateway Technical [WI] College)
Kathy Rentsch, Associate Vice President for Strategic Academic & Workforce Initiatives (Quinsigamond [MA] Community College)

BREAK

2:10 p.m.

  

THE ROLE OF EDUCATION POLICY

2:20 p.m.

Bob LePage (Moderator), MA Assistant Secretary for Career Education
Maria Flynn, President JFF

Jennifer James, Undersecretary For Workforce Development (MA)

Michael Britt-Crane, Education and Workforce Development Lead for DoD

A CROSS-INDUSTRY LOOK AT EDUCATION NEEDS

3:10 p.m.

Farhad Vazehgoo (Moderator), Director, Advanced Technology Programs & Workforce Development Center for Advanced Manufacturing (MassTech)
Jessica Buechli, Senior Director, Learning & Development (UPMC)
James Flynn, Assistant Dean of Research Business Development (UMass)
Joanne Pokaski, Senior Director of Workforce Development and Community Relations (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)

BREAK

3:55 p.m.

  

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

4:05 p.m.

William Bonvillian, Lecturer, Science Technology & Society, and Senior Director, Special Project, (MIT)
Sanjay Sarma, Vice President for Open Learning (MIT)

SUMMARY AND EXPECTATIONS

4:40 p.m.

William Bonvillian, George Westerman, and Farhad Vazehgoo

DAY TWO

WEDNESDAY JULY 28


  

RECAP AND MOVING FORWARD

1:05 p.m.

George Westerman, Senior Lecturer, Sloan School of Management, and Principal Research Scientist, Workforce Learning, Office of Open Learning, MIT

THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY’S POINT OF VIEW

1:20 p.m.

Craig McAtee (Moderator), Executive Director and CEO (NCATC)
Gail Norris, Director,SITRAIN Digital Industry Academy (Siemens)
Michael Cook, Director, Global Academic Partnerships (Rockwell)
Tom Fitch, BETE Performance Spray EngineeringSenior Research Engineer, Sociotechnical Systems Research Center (MIT)

UP AND COMING: THE STUDENT PERSPECTIVE

2:05 p.m.

Dr. John Liu (Moderator), Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering and Digital Learning Scientist (MIT)
Marissa Nye, Student, Holyoke Community College (MA)
Jean Bazile, Student, Bridgewater State University
Kaitlyn Fricke, Student, Northeastern University
Greg Harris, Student, Greenfield Community College
Mussie Demmise, Student, Bunker Hill Community College / MIT

BREAK

2:50 p.m.

  

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

3:00 p.m.

V. Celeste Carter, Lead Program Director - ATE (NSF)

STATEWIDE AGENCY AND COLLABORATION

3:20 p.m.

Meghan Abella-Bowen (Moderator), Senior Program Manager Center for Advanced Manufacturing (MassTech)
Marilyn Barger, Executive Director (The Florida Advanced Technological Center)
Sue Griffith Smith, Vice President for the Technology & Applied Sciences (Ivy Tech [IN] Community College
Amy Firestone, Vice President of Apprenticeship Carolina (South Carolina Technical College System)

REVIEW AND CLOSING

4:05 p.m.

MassTech and MIT Open Learning

 

SPEAKERS

 
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Senior Program Manager, The Center for Advanced Manufacturing at MassTech (CAM)

MEGHAN ABELLA-BOWEN

Meghan Abella-Bowen is a Senior Program Manager at the  Center for Advanced Manufacturing at MassTech where she oversees several programs including MassBridge and the Advanced Manufacturing Training program. In her role she supports key stakeholder relations with industry, academia and government focused on advanced manufacturing talent and workforce initiatives. Before coming to MassTech she was the Associate Dean of STEM at Bristol Community College where she oversaw numerous state and federal initiatives, including two NSF – Advanced Technology Education grants in engineering technology.

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ABOUT US

The mission of Open Learning is to transform teaching and learning at MIT and around the globe through the innovative use of digital technologies.


We fulfill our mission by:

  • Supporting MIT faculty and students in bold experiments to enhance our residential education

  • Promoting and enabling quantitative, rigorous, inter-disciplinary research on teaching and learning

  • Providing platforms for digital education

  • Sharing research and best practice by convening and partnering with schools, universities, companies, NGOs and governments

  • Extending MIT’s knowledge to the world. 


The goal of the MassBridge project is to develop and test a well-connected, state-based training and career pathway model - a “Bridge” for technicians that spans the gaps between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ state-wide advanced manufacturing programs and the needs of the Manufacturing USA Institutes.