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Symposium on the Supply Chain for Middle-Skill Jobs:
Education, Training, and Certification Pathways

National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 120
Washington, DC

June 24-25, 2015


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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

8:30 AMContinental Breakfast
9:00 AMIntroduction
Sujai Shivakumar, National Academies
9:10 AMSetting the Stage
Senator Jeff Bingaman, Study Chair
9:30 AMKeynote:  Senator Tim Kaine, U.S. Senator for Virginia, co-chair of Senate CTE Caucus
10:00 AMPanel 1: Defining Middle-Skill Jobs
  • Moderator: Harry Holzer, Georgetown University
  • Presenter: Jonathan Rothwell, Brookings Institution (View Presentation) (Read Paper)
  • Discussants:
    • V. Celeste Carter, National Science Foundation
    • Brendan Lind, LaunchCode
    • Dan Marschall, AFL-CIO
10:45 AMBreak
11:00 AM Panel 2: Middle-Skill Workers and Today's Labor Market
  • Moderator: Francine Lawrence, American Federation of Teachers
  • Presenter: Alicia Sasser-Modestino, Northeastern University (View Presentation) (Read Paper)
  • Discussants:
    • William Spriggs, Howard University and AFL-CIO
    • Peter Capelli, Wharton Business School
    • Manjari Raman, Harvard Business School
11:45 AMPanel 3: High School Pathways (Career Technical Education)
  • Moderator: Gary Hoachlander, ConnectEd
  • Presenter: David Stern, UC-Berkeley (View presentation) (Read Paper)
  • Discussants:
    • Tom Volk, Ohio Belting & Transmission
    • Grace Suh, IBM Corporation
    • Erin Ward Bibo, District of Columbia Public Schools
12:30 PMBreak
12:45 PMPanel 4: Community College Pathways (Advanced Technical Education)
  • Moderator: Annette Parker, South Central College
  • Presenter: Melinda Karp, Community College Research Center, Columbia University (View Presentation) (Read Paper)
    • Johan Uvin, Department of Education
    • Darlene Miller, PERMAC
    • Marilyn Barger, Florida Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence
1:30 PM Lunch Keynote: John McKernan, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
2:30 PM Panel 5: Employer-led Training
  • Moderator: Katharine Frase, IBM
  • Presenter: Robert Lerman, American University (View Presentation) (Read Paper)
  • Discussants:
    • Dale Allen, Quinsigamond Community College (View Presentation)
    • Scott Ellsworth, Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships
    • James Redstone, House Education and Workforce Committee
3:15 PMPanel 6: Apprenticeships: Learning from Other Countries
  • Moderator: Mario Kratsch, German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest
  • Presenter: Andrea Messing-Mathie, Northern Illinois University (View Presentation) (Read Paper)
  • Discussants:
    • Eric Seleznow, Department of Labor
    • Josh Benton, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
    • Stuart Rosenfeld, Regional Strategies, Inc.
4:00 PM Break
4:15 PM Panel 7: Federally-funded Workforce Development
  • Moderator: Susan Sclafani, Pearson Foundation
  • Presenter: Carolyn Heinrich, University of Texas - Austin (View Presentation) (Read Paper)
  • Discussants
    • Yvette Chocolaad, National Association of State Workforce Agencies
    • Maureen Conway, Aspen Institute
    • Scott Cheney, Senate HELP Committee
5:00 PM Adjourn to Reception

June 25, 2015
8:00 AMBreakfast
8:30 AMOpening Remarks
Tom Bailey, Columbia University, Study Co-Chair
8:45 AMPanel 8: Pathways to Careers in Allied Health
9:45 AM Panel 9: Pathways for Military Credentialing & Veterans' Transitions
  • Moderator: David Chu, Institute for Defense Analysis
  • Presenters: Susan Carter and Brian Miller, U.S. Military Academy (View Presentation) (Read Paper)
  • Discussants:
    • Phillip Carter, Center for a New American Security
    • Matt Notowidigdo, Northwestern University (View Presentation)
    • Wayne Boswell, DoD Transitions to Veterans Program Office
10:45 AMBreak
11:00 AMPanel 10: Data Resources to Support Middle-Skill Workforce Development
  • Moderator: Jennifer McNelly, Manufacturing Institute
  • Presenter: Andrew Reamer, George Washington University (View Presentation) (Read Paper)
  • Discussants:
    • Rebecca Rust, Bureau for Labor Statistics
    • John Dorrer, Jobs for the Future
12:00 PMPanel 11: Building the Middle-Skill Talent Pipeline and Innovation
  • Moderator: Rita Colwell, University of Maryland
  • Presenter: Robert Sheets, George Washington University and Jason Tyszko, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
    (View presentation) (Read Paper)
  • Discussants:
    • Mary Alice McCarthy, New America Foundation
    • Kimberly Green, National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium
    • Byron Zuidema, Department of Labor
1:00 PMClosing Remarks
Senator Jeff Bingaman, Study Chair
1:15 PMSymposium Adjourns