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May 6, 2014
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Closing the Skills Gap: Challenges and Opportunities for Higher Education will be held in the Warshof Conference Center, R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center.


** The presentations by the keynote speakers and the panel discussion can be viewed online. **

8:30-8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:45-9:00 a.m. Welcome — MCC President Anne M. Kress
9:00-10:15 a.m. Keynote Presentation: "The Landscape of Middle Skills" — William C. Symonds, education reformer, speaker and author

Followed by Q&A
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-11:45 a.m. Virtual Keynote Presentation: "Challenges and Opportunities for Higher Education" — Jeffrey Selingo, professor, author and award-winning journalist

Followed by Q&A
11:45 a.m.-Noon Break
Noon-1:15 p.m. Lunch

Keynote Presentation: "How Competency-based Models are Changing Higher Education" — Cathrael Kazin, Ph.D., chief academic officer for College for America at Southern New Hampshire University, attorney and leading authority on higher education assessment

Followed by Q&A
1:15-1:30 p.m. Break
1:30-2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion — "How Local Partnerships Between Education and Advanced Manufacturing Employers Can Address the Skills Gap" — Kevin Kelley, executive director of Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association; Augustin Melendez, president of Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection; Todd Oldham, vice president of MCC's Economic Development and Innovative Workforce Services; and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren
2:30-3:00 p.m. Examples of best practices from audience
3:00-3:15 p.m. Closing Remarks — MCC President Anne M. Kress