Now that we've settled in after what I thought was a hugely successful Collaborate for Success: Partnering with Registered Apprenticeship Action Clinic in Boston, MA. I wanted to follow up with a wrap-up on the exciting sessions we didn't get a chance to touch on from Boston. Also, since you heard from us last, we've been able to upload some video of the conference onto the CoP. More on the videos in a minute, but for now, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of the State team participants, OA and ETA staff, and Coffey Consulting, LLC. All of you helped make the clinic a real opportunity for sharing and collaboration on strategies to advance the integration of Registered Apprenticeship into regional and state workforce development initiatives. The clinic included dynamic speakers, sharing of best practices and ample opportunities for our State teams to roll up their sleeves and get down to business....
Here's some photos of our Day 1 speakers:
Our last blog in Boston had Laura Ginsburg providing real-time highlights of our Day 2 morning panel. Following a series of scheduled team planning meetings, the Action clinics closed with two additional Action Panels and one last team planning session where our State teams finalized their ‘Action Steps’ to continue the development of integration strategies when they returned home to their respective states.
The first of the final panels was the Structure, Operations and Service Delivery session, moderated by my cubicle neighbor and fellow OA staff member Kenya Huckaby. The speakers for the panel included Linda Sorrell (Director of Policy and Planning for the Workforce Alliance of Southeast Kansas) and Jamie Krause (Assistant Director and Smart Grid Manager for the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College in Washington State). Linda and Jamie provided insights on how Kansas and Washington State have developed innovative and cost-effective approaches to integrate Registered Apprenticeship into their service delivery strategies, including: training and working directly with One-Stop Center staff to increase outreach around Registered Apprenticeship; and co-location of Apprenticeship staff in local One-Stops (be sure to follow the links below to see video of this and the other great panel sessions).
The last panel of the week was the Partnership Development panel, which included Keynote speaker Andrew Cortes, Director of Building Futures and Gerry Ghazi, Founder and President of Vermont Healthcare and Information Technology Education Center (HITEC). Both of these non-profit workforce development organizations are focusing on providing career opportunities to workers through innovative partnerships with the One-Stop system, Employers, and Labor/Union organizations to use Registered Apprenticeship to establish a successful career path. Andrew discussed the partnership strategies Building Futures is using to provide low-income urban residents in Rhode Island access to quality Registered Apprenticeship programs in the Construction industry through an intensive pre-apprenticeship training model. Gerry Ghazi detailed the partnership efforts Vermont HITEC has underway to use Registered Apprenticeship to meet the skill demands of Vermont-area Healthcare employers.
Following these informative panels, the State teams were energized and focused on finalizing their integration strategy development plans. During the final team sessions, all of the State teams re-convened for a final ‘report out’ of the plans they developed throughout the week. Now that the clinic has ended, the real work begins! State teams have committed to advancing their plans and adding key stakeholders as they begin to implement strategies that will increase career opportunities for workers through collaborations that include their resources, knowledge and experience of representative of their State’s Registered Apprenticeship, Public Workforce, and Education systems. The energy around finding new and innovative approaches to serving U.S. workers and helping get America back on its feet was undeniable and we look forward to highlighting the progress of these initiatives as they began to take ‘Action’.
For more on the clinics and video of all of the plenary and panel sessions held throughout the week, be sure to visit the Action Clinics page on our Community of Practice.
Oh yeah, one more thing... Happy Anniversary to my beautiful wife!
Unitl next time...
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