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On June 14, 2013, Theresa Anderson from the Urban Institute led a webinar discussing some of the early evaluation findings, including the results of the college survey.PLEASE NOTE: there was a miscalculation in the slides used in the recording; the cost per student discussed in slide 30 should be $4,546. The slides posted here have been updated with the correct amount.

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Due to the file size, the PowerPoint is in two parts.
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Part II

2013
Theresa Anderson
Urban Institute & Jobs for the Future

October 4, 2012

As states start to grow and expand pathways it’s important to think about how to ensure fidelity to the model while allowing for local variations when needed. On this webinar Louisa Erickson of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges discussed how states can create processes to evaluate current pathways and approve new pathways, drawing on the process used for I-BEST programs.

Moderator: Darlene Miller

Guest Expert:
Louisa Erickson, SBCTC: Louisa will talk about the I-BEST program approval process, and how SBCTC works with colleges whose proposed pathways don't meet the approval criteria to improve the pathway design.

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2012
Darlene Miller, Louisa Erickson
Jobs for the Future, Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges, Nation Council for Workforce Education

Thursday, September 13th, 2:00 PM EDT

Support services are a critical part of the AO model. While there isn’t necessarily a perfect prescription for support services, there are definitely some ways to standardize what’s offered across colleges. In this webinar we discussed about how supports are being offered, and the way that systems and colleges can create structures that promote successful, sustainable models for providing student supports.  

Moderator: Sandy Goodman, NCTN.

Guest Experts: 
Judy Mortrude and Nola Speiser, Minnesota FastTRAC: Judy and Nola shared how Minnesota has established a single point of contact for students and the state and college structures that have made that model successful. Nola also talked about her experiences as a Navigator and how she was able to make connections across agencies to better serve her students.

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Links to Professional Development Resources for Navigators/Support Services Staff
 
 
 
 

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2012
Sandy Goodman, Judy Mortrude, Nola Speiser
National College Transtion Network, Minnesota FastTRAC

Wednesday, August 15th, 2:00 EDT

This webinar focused on approaches to recruiting students into AO programs, including partnering with referring agencies, marketing efforts, and employer engagement. Bill Sperling of Shoreline Community College in Washington shared some of the ways the college has marketed its I-BEST programs, including partnering with workforce agencies, outreach to CBOs and the K12 system, and the creation of marketing materials. The coordinators and college representatives from Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Illinois each shared some of the strategies they have been using to recruit students into AO programs. 

Moderator: Nate Anderson, JFF

Materials and Links

More about Shoreline Community College I-BEST

Shoreline Pathway Diagrams (PPT)

Kansas's Marketing Materials

Kentucky's AOKY Website

From the National Skills Coalition: SNAP Education & Training Guide

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Note: Shoreline's I-BEST video starts at 9:05

2012
Nate Anderson, Bill Sperling
Jobs for the Future, Shoreline Community College

Wednesday, September 5th, 2:00 PM EDT

This webinar highlighted a new toolkit developed through JFF's Greenways work. Women represent less than 25 percent of the labor force and remain underrepresented in many occupations that offer high wage jobs and career advancement opportunities.  Recruitment is the first step in connecting women to these high quality careers and emerging areas of the economy, and this webinar provides concrete ideas on how to recruit women into training for nontraditional occupations. Lauren Sugerman of Wider Opportunities for Woemn discussed the value of adding a gender lens to outreach and assessment and provided examples of successful strategies that have been implemented by workforce development providers.

The webinar also introduced the Pink to Green Toolkit: Adding a Gender Lens to Green Jobs Training Programs, which provides tools to assist organizations in developing relevant plans, processes, and curricula at each stage of their training programs in order to foster success of women in nontraditional occupations.

Toolkit
http://greenways.jff.org/toolkit/pinktogreen

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Links:
Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc (video)
Chicago Women In Trades Online Manual

Presenters:  Deborah Kobes, JFF and Lauren Sugerman, Wider Opportunities for Women

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*Note: the recording starts about 15 minutes into the webinar.

2012
Deborah Kobes, Lauren Sugerman
Jobs for the Future, Wider Opportunities for Women

Monday, August 27th, 2:00 PM EDT

This webinar focused on how AO states can make the best use of the professional development tools and resources available so that faculty and staff are well-trained and well-supported, including external resources (such as SBCTC and NCTN’s online courses) and internal resources (such as state conferences/trainings). Both presenters emphasized the need for long-term professional development plans in addition to the initial training needed to get programs up and running. State coordinators shared what they are currently doing for professional development and discussed some of their capacity gaps.

Moderator: Ellen Hewett, NCTN

Guest experts: 
Jon Kerr, SBCTC: Jon discussed some of the strategies that SBCTC has used to provide PD to I-BEST colleges, including the development of a cadre of expert I-BEST instructors to provide PD and technical assistance across the state. He also shared what PD looks like at the state and college level. 

Andy Nash, NCTN: Andy discussed how states can best take advantage of the online PD developed by NCTN, including how to connect the online courses with other PD activities for maximum effectiveness.

Online courses from NCTN

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2012
Ellen Hewett, Jon Kerr, Andy Nash
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, National College Transition Network

Friday, February 10th, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM EST

This webinar provided the implementation states with a deeper understanding of the evaluation of the initiative, including the overall evaluation design, data collection methods, and specific evaluation activities, such as site visits and check-in calls.

Presenters:

Robert Lerman, Urban Institute, Principal Investigator and Cost Analysis Lead
Lauren Eyster, Urban Institute, Project Director and Implementation Analysis Co-Lead
Maureen Conway, Aspen Institute, Implementation Analysis Co-Lead
Burt Barnow, George Washington University, Impact Analysis Lead
Randall Wilson, JFF Senior Project Manager and Evaluation Liaison

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2012
Robert Lerman, Lauren Eyster, Maureen Conway, Burt Barnow, Randall Wilson
Jobs for the Future, Urban Institute, Aspen Institute, George Washington University

riday, January 13th, 1:00-2:30 PM EST

The purpose of this webinar was to discuss the recent statutory changes to Pell eligibility and collaborate on devising strategies that states can use to mitigate the impact on AO students & states. For more information on the changes to Pell stemming from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2012, please see JFF's January 6th memo.

Presenters:

Maria Flynn, Vice President, JFF
Barbara Endel, Program Director, JFF
Mary Clagett, Director of Workforce Policy, JFF

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2012
Maria Flynn, Barbara Endel, Mary Clagett
Jobs for the Future

In Summer 2010, Workforce Strategy Center (WSC) conducted a survey to determine the proliferation of bridge programs throughout the country. With generous support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, WSC now digs deeper into bridge programs to further advance the workforce development field. Moving beyond the BridgeConnect report, WSC set out to study how these programs work to position low-skilled, low-wealth populations for success.

This report is aimed at bridge program practitioners whom WSC hopes will learn from the promising practices highlighted. Policymakers will benefit from learning how these programs are working on the ground to effectively bridge individuals into postsecondary credentials that lead to careers. The report also includes video clips that capture practitioner and participant emotions and personalities. 

2011
Workforce Strategy Center
Workforce Strategy Center

Wednesday, August 25th, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT

The National College Transition Network (NCTN) at World Education, Inc. lead this webinar to highlight current online course offerings and other NCTN resources aimed at supporting states' professional development needs. NCTN also provided an overview on effective professional development and upcoming professional development activities co-hosted by the NCTN.

Presenters:
Priyanka Sharma, Coordinator and Project Manager, NCTN
Kaye Beal, Project Director, World Education, Inc.

Presenter/Moderator: Ellen Hewett, Director, NCTN

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2011
Priyanka Sharma, Kaye Beal
National College Transition Network (NCTN) at World Education, Inc.