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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: Skills for an Inclusive Economic Recovery: What Policymakers Need to Hear from Us
9:15-10:02 a.m.   

Concurrent Presentations: Choose Equity or Resilience


  • Refining The Intake/Interviewing Process to Achieve Desired Outcomes DOWNLOAD
    • 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 DOWNLOAD
    • Fay Godbolt, Director of Community Development/Continuing Education, Naugatuck Valley Community College

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


  • "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

  • Compassionate Leadership During Change DOWNLOAD
    • 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 DOWNLOAD
    • 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 DOWNLOAD
    • 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


  • 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 DOWNLOAD
    • Dr. Cristy Sugarman, Executive Director, Center for Alternative Studies and Educational Testing, North Shore Community College

  • The Eastern CT Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative DOWNLOAD
    • Mark Hill, President/CEO of the Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board, Inc.
  • 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)


  • A Match Made in Workforce Equity: MA Community Colleges and Handshake Partnership DOWNLOAD
    • Ashley Moore, Director of Career Services, Northern Essex Community College
    • Lorin Buksa, Coordinator of Experiential Education and Internships, North Shore Community College

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

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

  • Overview: National Institute of Metal Working Skills (NIMS) Hybrid CNC Milling Certification Training DOWNLOAD
    • 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 DOWNLOAD
    • Jennifer A. Pederson, Executive Director, Massachusetts Water Works Association
    • John B. Cook, Ph.D., President, Springfield Technical Community College

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)