Spring classes remain online/remote, as are college offices. You can find COVID-19 information here.

Courses & Programs

NEWN Breakout Sessions

8:30 a.m. 
   
Conference Opening
  • Introduction of Christina Royal, President, Holyoke Community College (HCC)
  • Welcome: Christina Royal, HCC
  • NEWN Welcome, Conference Agenda - Dianne Palter Gill, Dean, Corporate and Professional Education, North Shore Community College
  • Introduction of Andy Van Kleunen, Keynote Presenter
  • Keynote Address: Andy Van Kleunen, CEO, National Skills Coalition
9:15-10:02 a.m.   

Concurrent Presentations: Choose Equity or Resilience

EQUITY

  • Refining The Intake/Interviewing Process to Achieve Desired Outcomes
    • Milissa Daniels, Career Development Counselor/Program Coordinator, Holyoke Community College
    • Kermit Dunkelberg, Assistant Vice President, ABE & Workforce Development, Holyoke Community College

  • Embracing the Blustery Climate of Equity and Fairness in the World of Workforce Development
    • Fay Godbolt, Director of Community Development/Continuing Education, Naugatuck Valley Community College

  • Strategies and Actions to Assess and Meet Community Workforce Needs
    • Margaret Glenn, Program Manager, Workforce Development
    • Alex Rodriguez, D.B.A., Director, Center for Corporate & Community Education, Northern Essex Community College

 RESILIENCE

  • "Got Relationships?" Strategic Partnership Development to Enhance Student Success: A Regional Approach
    • Kara Galvin, Executive Director, MassHire Cape & Islands
    • Kerry Akashian, Ph.D., Career Development Education Lead, Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education

  • Committed Possibilities: Pedagogy and Course Approach
    • Sandra "Sandi" Coyne-Gilbert, Program Director of MSOL Program, Goodwin University
    • Matt Connell-Assistant Professor/Program Director of Business Administration, Goodwin University

  • Compassionate Leadership During Change
    • Colleen DelVecchio, Certified Gallup Strengths Coach

  • Preparing for the Digital Economy of Tomorrow: Assessment and Scale in the Age of Covid
    • Cody Fino, Director of Industry Partnerships-Health and Defense, Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI)
    • Alexandria Hartley, Director of Industry Partnerships-Advanced Business Services, CCRI
    • Mason Folcarelli, Director of Industry Partnerships-Technology and Renewable Energy, CCRI

  • Outcomes, Resilience, and Responsiveness: Corporate Telework Outcomes Culture: C-TOC-Workforce 2021
    • Wayne Johnson, Advanced Automation with domestic and international experience in higher education leadership, intercultural communication research, and Instructional Systems Design (ISD) in the private and public sectors.

  • When the Virus Voided In-Person Visits, MassHire Central Region Workforce Board (MCRWB) Filled the Void Virtually
    • Bruce R. Mendelsohn, Resource Development Coordinator, MCRWB

10:03-10:08 a.m. 
Musical Interlude: HCC Chorale
10:08-10:55 a.m. 


Concurrent Presentations: Choose Stackable Credentials or Virtual Tools

STACKABLE CREDENTIALS

  • Building Careers and Workforce Pipelines at Middlesex Community College
    • Kate Sweeney, Dean of STEM, Middlesex Community College
    • Stefana Soitos, Director of Biotech Learn and Earn, Middlesex Community College

  • Using Stackable Credentials to Create Noncredit to Credit Pathways in High Demand Industries: A Case Study
    • Dr. Cristy Sugarman, Executive Director, Center for Alternative Studies and Educational Testing, North Shore Community College

  • The Eastern CT Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative
    • Mark Hill, President/CEO of the Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board, Inc.
    • Mark Vesligaj, Professor of Engineering Science, Three Rivers Community College
  • Building Powerful Connections between Apprenticeship and Postsecondary Education Partners
    • Beth Doiron, Director of College Access and Department of Education Programs and Initiatives, Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH)
    • Kristine Dudley, Director of Workforce Development at Manchester Community College (MCC)


VIRTUAL TOOLS

  • A Match Made in Workforce Equity: MA Community Colleges and Handshake Partnership
    • Ashley Moore, Director of Career Services, Northern Essex Community College
    • Christine Cruzvergara, VP of Higher Education and Student Success, Handshake

  • Using Open Educational Resources (OER) in Your Training
    • Kathy L. DesRoches, EdD, Program Director, MS Leadership, Granite State College

  • Podcasting for Outreach!
    • Mike Fazio, Workforce180, popular, nationally recognized speaker and workforce development consultant

  • Overview: National Institute of Metal Working Skills (NIMS) Hybrid CNC Milling Certification Training
    • Larry Martin, Director of Business Services and Market Research, Masshire Hampden County

  • Learn to Ride the Wave, Go with The Flow in the Water Industry
    • Dan Laprade, Training Coordinator for Massachusetts Water Works Association and Springfield Technical Community College Instructor

10:55–11 a.m.   
Musical Interlude: HCC Jazz Ensemble

11–11:15 a.m. 

Chef Demo

11:15–11:22 a.m.  

Musical Interlude

11:22–11:42 a.m. 

Town Hall

11:42 a.m.– Noon.       Raffle of Sponsor Gifts (must be present to win)

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