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The Future of the Workforce: Meet the Change-makers II

NextFlex Roundtable: Evergreen Valley College and STEM Learning & Industry Partnerships

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As part of a larger commitment to support NextFlex workforce development partners, NextFlex is providing public platforms for thought leaders to share their visions for and successes in training the workforce of the future. For the second installment of our new online roundtable series, The Workforce of the Future: Meet the Changemakers, we will explore how academic-industry partnerships can bolster innovation in the workforce through applied learning and other practices to increase students’ preparation for employment in the advanced manufacturing sector.

Technology and innovation drive growth in the manufacturing sector and, in turn, require a highly skilled workforce that can adapt rapidly to technology changes. However, a manufacturing skills gap exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic could possibly lead to 2.1 million jobs unfilled by 2030[1]. To effectively close this gap and prepare students for careers in advanced manufacturing, community colleges and industry increasingly see the need to work more closely to provide students with a range of hands-on experiences and practical learning essential to become competitive and competent candidates.

Recognizing the need to blend technical education and professional experience, NextFlex and Evergreen Valley College have partnered with local industry to launch a new Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) program. The AMT pathway is a two-year certificate program that focuses on both the theoretical and applied learning essential for a technician in the advanced manufacturing sector. Prior to graduation, students are exposed to concepts like troubleshooting unexpected problems, manufacturing best practices, industry standards and high-volume production – all difficult topics to cover in a classroom and crucial for success in today’s technology-driven manufacturing sector.

The program was launched in AY 2020-2021 with a small group of 24 students led by three industry-based adjuncts. The pilot demonstrated impressive results – of the inaugural class, 11 students participated in work-based learning experiences, and all were placed in full time industry positions.

[1] Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute study, May 4, 2021

Agenda

10:00AM – 11:00AM PST

1. Welcome and Overview: Ms. Courtney Power, NextFlex (2 min)

2. Introduction: Dr. Tammeil Gilkerson, Evergreen Valley College (3 min)

3. Remarks by The Honorable Assemblymember Ash Kalra, California State Assembly (7 min)

4. Panel Q & A (4 min each), moderated by Ms. Courtney Power, NextFlex

  1. Industry Perspective: Ms. Kelli Dutra, Manufacturing Director, CAES
  2. Perspectives on STEM Learning and Industry Partnerships: Dr. Maniphone (Moni) Dickerson, Evergreen Valley College
  3. Student Perspective: TBD
  4. Policy Perspective: Assemblymember Ash Kalra, California State Assembly

5.Roundtable discussion of STEM, Industry Partnerships and the Future Workforce (15 min)

  1. Online participants Q&A, moderated by Ms. Courtney Power, NextFlex

6. Conclusion: Ms. Courtney Power, NextFlex

Targeted Audience

  • Higher education administrators
  • High School administrators and teachers
  • NextFlex manufacturing industry members
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Courtney Power is the Portfolio Manager for NextFlex's suite of learning programs. In that role, she is responsible for the strategic implementation and expansion of FlexFactor, Flex2Future and FlexMil. Courtney graduated with her Bachelors in Biochemistry from the United States Air Force Academy and subsequently earned her Masters in Chemistry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. After serving the Air Force on Active Duty, Courtney transitioned to working in education, encouraging underserved students to consider STEM careers and pathways. She is passionate about providing equitable opportunities to all students, especially those who are military-connected.

One of seven children, Dr. Gilkerson was the first and only member of her family to graduate from college. Dr. Gilkerson has spent most of her career in the California Community College system, serving most recently as president of Laney College in Oakland, a position she held since early 2017.

Prior to her role at Laney College, Dr. Gilkerson served as vice president of academic and student affairs at Contra Costa College and as the first diversity, inclusion, and innovation officer for the Contra Costa Community College District. Dr. Gilkerson is also familiar with EVC and SJECCD, having previously served as dean of counseling and matriculation at EVC and vice president of academic affairs at San Jose City College.

She holds a bachelor's degree in history, a master's degree in counseling with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy and pupil personnel services, and a doctorate in organizational leadership with an emphasis in higher education.

Assemblymember Ash Kalra represents California’s 27th District, which encompasses approximately half of San José and includes all of downtown. He was first elected in 2016, becoming the first Indian American to serve in the California Legislature in state history, and was re-elected to his third term in 2020.

Assemblymember Kalra is the Chair of the Committee on Labor and Employment and also serves as a member on the Housing and Community Development, Judiciary, Transportation, and Water, Parks, and Wildlife committees.

Courtney Power is the Portfolio Manager for NextFlex's suite of learning programs. In that role, she is responsible for the strategic implementation and expansion of FlexFactor, Flex2Future and FlexMil. Courtney graduated with her Bachelors in Biochemistry from the United States Air Force Academy and subsequently earned her Masters in Chemistry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. After serving the Air Force on Active Duty, Courtney transitioned to working in education, encouraging underserved students to consider STEM careers and pathways. She is passionate about providing equitable opportunities to all students, especially those who are military-connected.

Dr. Dickerson is the Dean of Business & Workforce Development at Evergreen Valley College. She and the team at Evergreen Valley College have worked closely with NextFlex and local manufacturers to innovate and introduce transformative learning programs that are making careers in advanced manufacturing possible to many in Silicon Valley. In addition, she has been a key partner in both the local and national expansion of the FlexFactor program.

Assemblymember Ash Kalra represents California’s 27th District, which encompasses approximately half of San José and includes all of downtown. He was first elected in 2016, becoming the first Indian American to serve in the California Legislature in state history, and was re-elected to his third term in 2020.

Assemblymember Kalra is the Chair of the Committee on Labor and Employment and also serves as a member on the Housing and Community Development, Judiciary, Transportation, and Water, Parks, and Wildlife committees.

Courtney Power is the Portfolio Manager for NextFlex's suite of learning programs. In that role, she is responsible for the strategic implementation and expansion of FlexFactor, Flex2Future and FlexMil. Courtney graduated with her Bachelors in Biochemistry from the United States Air Force Academy and subsequently earned her Masters in Chemistry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. After serving the Air Force on Active Duty, Courtney transitioned to working in education, encouraging underserved students to consider STEM careers and pathways. She is passionate about providing equitable opportunities to all students, especially those who are military-connected.

Courtney Power is the Portfolio Manager for NextFlex's suite of learning programs. In that role, she is responsible for the strategic implementation and expansion of FlexFactor, Flex2Future and FlexMil. Courtney graduated with her Bachelors in Biochemistry from the United States Air Force Academy and subsequently earned her Masters in Chemistry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. After serving the Air Force on Active Duty, Courtney transitioned to working in education, encouraging underserved students to consider STEM careers and pathways. She is passionate about providing equitable opportunities to all students, especially those who are military-connected.