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Wednesday, June 19 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Session 404: The Jobs Match: Aligning Training with Business Needs

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Many of the nation’s two-year institutions have rapidly stepped up to design coursework to fill the specific training needs of the businesses in their local areas. The National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, for example, is a multi-pronged initiative aimed at shoring up job training through a range of partnerships with colleges and businesses.  AMTEC, for instance, is a partnership of several Kentucky community colleges and major car manufacturers, while the San Francisco-area Bio-Link Center focuses on area schools and employers in the biotechnology realm. Around the country, such partnerships between community colleges and local businesses are producing skilled employees for actual jobs. This session will explore success stories and offer advice on how such partnerships can be replicated.


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Michael Alvarez

Executive Director, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Michael A. Alvarez is the Director of the MD Anderson Center for Professional Development and Entrepreneurship, which provides education and training for clinicians and researchers at the institution, and engages externally with organizations across multiple sectors to support the... Read More →

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Gary Coman

Director of Corporate Affairs, Cisco Networking Academy
Gary Coman leads the Engineering and Develop organization for Corporate Affairs, the Corporate Social Responsibility group for Cisco.  Gary’s teams develop simulation software, assessment systems, and learning games, packaged in comprehensive learning experiences for Cisco Networking... Read More →
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Annette Parker, Ed.D.

Executive Director, AMTEC, System Director of Workforce Education, Kentucky Community and Technical College System
Annette Parker is a System Director of Workforce Education for the Kentucky Community & Technical College System.  In this role she serves as the Executive Director for the Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative (AMTEC), a National Science Foundation Advanced... Read More →
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Elaine Johnson, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Bio-Link
ELAINE A. JOHNSON, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Bio-Link, a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education National Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences based at City College of San Francisco. Elaine specializes in creating partnerships between educational... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Ballroom C