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Tuesday, June 18 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Session 302: Show Me Your Skills: Online Badges and Alternative Credentials

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In today’s business climate, it’s increasingly a worker’s skill set, rather than his or her degree, that counts. The education community has responded by ramping up skills training and retraining programs for learners of all ages, often working in partnerships with regional and national employers. The Manufacturing Institute, for instance, has launched a national skills certification program aimed at helping workers acquire and demonstrate particular talents in certain industries. And in the vein of video game rewards and Scout badges, a number of educators, companies, and organizations are developing digital student “badges” that show skills learned or specific objectives met. This panel will explore how skills certification programs and online badges can help shore up the STEM pipeline.


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JD Hoye

President, National Academy Foundation
JD Hoye is a nationally recognized leader in forging partnerships between educators and employers. As President of the National Academy Foundation, she leads an acclaimed network of career-themed academies that annually provide 62,000 students access to industry-specific curricula... Read More →

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Gary M. Green, Ed.D.

President, Forsyth Technical Community College
Dr. Gary M. Green has been President of Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina since July 2001.  Prior to that, he held teaching and administrative positions in Kentucky and Alabama.  He was a speaker at the White House Conference on the Economy in... Read More →
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Jennifer McNelly

President, Manufacturing Institute
Jennifer McNelly is the President of The Manufacturing Institute the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).  The Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification, and development of world-class manufacturing talent.  Jennifer has extensive experience in workforce development, employer engagement... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Room 4