Webinar: Workforce Readiness Through Technology

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Over the next 10 years, millions of jobs will require skilled workers, but the number of skilled workers is dropping. To meet the challenge of matching jobs with qualified people, some communities are working to grow and retain their skilled workforce with workforce readiness programs.

Join us on October 29 at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET to hear how educational institutions are outfitting their learning spaces with technology to help students — young people, career-changers and mid-career experts — prepare for or continue successful careers in high-growth areas like healthcare.

This interactive, 60-minute webcast will:

  • Explore how educational institutions are using technology to attract students and keep them employed in the community.
  • Examine how smaller communities are upgrading their workforce readiness programs to better compete with larger communities.
  • Investigate how strategic investment in simulation and other technologies can result in better communication, collaboration, and training outcomes.

Register for “Confronting the Growing Labor Shortage: New Approaches to Workforce Readiness” >

About the presenters

Dr. Kecia Ray, Principal, K20 Connect
Dr. Ray is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and is past president of the ISTE Board of Directors. In 2013, she was appointed by Tennessee Governor Haslam to the Advisory Council on Alternative Education and in 2014 was appointed by the Tennessee Commissioner of Education to a Personalized Learning Advisory Committee. In 2015, she was invited to serve on a U.S. Department of Education technical working group focused on evaluating education technology. Dr. Ray currently serves on the board of Learning Bird Inc. and holds advisory positions with Mackin, Inc. and H Institute Award for Excellence in Education.

She is a five-time recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award and has earned the ISTE ‘Making IT Happen’ Award. Dr. Ray was named ’20 to Watch’ by the National School Board Association, Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, one of the top 10 EdTech Leaders by Tech and Learning magazine, and most recently was named a Top 100 EdTech Influencer by EdTech Digest. She leads K20Connect and other passion projects supporting K20 education around the world!

Jordan Myers, Regional General Manager, AVI-SPL
Jordan Myers is the Regional General Manager for AVI-SPL’s Tennessee region. AVI-SPL is the largest AV integrator in the world, providing audio-visual and collaboration solutions for corporate, higher ed, healthcare, and federal clients across the country. His team’s higher education clients include University of Tennessee, Loyola, Auburn, ETSU, Clemson and others. Previous to AVI-SPL, Jordan was a manager with Interactive Solutions, which was acquired by AVI-SPL in 2018. He also worked for DePaul University in enrollment management.

Based in Memphis, TN, Jordan has a B.A. in Public Relations and an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship, both from DePaul University in Chicago. He has his CTS certification from AVIXA, the professional AV industry’s foremost trade association.

Steven Zink – Moderator
Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Education
Steven Zink is an emeritus faculty member at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he served as the university’s first vice president of information technology, while simultaneously serving as dean, university libraries. During his lengthy tenure at the university, Zink assembled a vibrant hybrid organization of information professionals, ranging from specialists in instructional technology to librarians to information technology professionals. In 2008, the physical manifestation of the organization was realized with the opening of the widely acclaimed 300,000-square-foot Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. From 2011-2016, he served as vice chancellor for the Nevada System of Higher Education, the coordinating body over all public institutions of higher education in Nevada.

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The Technology Systems Supporting Workforce Development

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Manufacturing companies and community colleges share a problem. Schools want students to enter their career and technical programs (CTE). And companies want the students who graduate from those programs to work for them. But both must overcome the perception that these programs and jobs are meant for low-ambition people or those who are resigned to careers of low pay. A number of recent articles explore the ways companies and higher education schools are tackling this dilemma. One way is through marketing campaigns. Another is by working together so that students get hands-on experience and can learn directly from those who work for the types of businesses they want to join.

As University Business has reported, community colleges are investing in marketing campaigns that emphasize the earning potential of careers in skilled trades. Some of these efforts target demographics not traditionally associated with particular fields. Women are invited to careers like welding and manufacturing. Men are courted to become teachers and nurses. Hands-on and virtual demonstrations complement these campaigns. In one example, California Community Colleges are trying to attract students by letting them wear virtual reality goggles that simulate a lab or work environment.

A letter to the editor in the Free Press (Mankato, MN) describes the need for universities and businesses to work together on developing people ready for the workforce. The chancellor of Minnesota State, one of the country’s largest systems of two-year colleges and four-year universities, describes a challenge requiring a million jobs over the next 10 years, of which nearly 75 percent will require post-secondary education. He emphasizes the importance of public-private partnerships, some of which take the form of funded scholarships. Through government funding, Minnesota colleges can obtain equipment that students use for hands-on training.

An article in Industry Week looks at workforce development programs in Kentucky, where high schools, higher-ed institutions, and businesses combine apprenticeships, job shadowing and summer employment to prepare graduates for the workforce. GE Appliances is leading a number of these training programs, including one that will give high school students the opportunity to take a virtual tour of GE Appliances and talk with employees about their responsibilities, job opportunities, and the education and experience they’ll need. Students will also be given the chance to solve real-world problems facing the company.

As community colleges and other post-secondary schools build workforce centers to compete with for-profit trade schools, they will need to have the technology that will attract students because it takes them beyond the classroom. That technology can take the form of advanced visualization and simulation systems. It also includes video collaboration systems that bring together groups of students and mentors. AVI-SPL specializes in designing, building, integrating and supporting the technology systems that companies and schools are using to teach students so they will be ready to work in well-paying, high-demands jobs after high school or college. You can see examples of our work for North Carolina State University, Florida International University, and the University of Toledo. In each of these schools, the solutions we implemented are essential to their educational programs. Contact us at sales@avispl.com or 866-559-8197 to discuss your workforce initiatives and see which solutions AVI-SPL may provide to support them.



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