Overview

October 29
11AM PT, 2PM ET

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The labor market is projected to grow by 8.4 million jobs from 2018 to 2028, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many of those jobs require skilled workers, but the number of skilled workers available continues to drop. To manage these challenges, some communities are getting proactive in how they grow and retain their skilled workforce with workforce readiness programs.

Tune in October 29 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET to hear how educational facilities are outfitting their learning spaces to help students — young people, career-changers and mid-career experts — prepare for or continue successful careers in high-growth areas like healthcare.

This interactive, 60-minute webcast will:

  • Explore how educational institutions are using technology to attract students, then keep those individuals employed in the community.
  • Examine how smaller communities are upgrading their workforce readiness programs to better compete with larger communities.
  • Investigate how strategic investment in simulation and other technologies can result in better communication, collaboration and training outcomes.

Speakers

Dr. Kecia Ray

Dr. Kecia Ray

Principal, K20 Connect

Dr. Ray is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and is past president of the ISTE Board of Directors. In 2013, she was appointed by Governor Haslem to the Advisory Council on Alternative Education and in 2014 was appointed by the Tennessee Commissioner of Education to a Personalized Learning Advisory Committee. In 2015, she was invited to serve on a USDOE technical working group focused on evaluating education technology. Dr. Ray currently serves on the board of Learning Bird Inc. and holds advisory positions with Mackin, Inc. and H Institute Award for Excellence in Education.

She is a five-time recipient of the Presidents Volunteer Service Award and has earned the ISTE 'Making IT Happen' Award. Dr. Ray was named '20 to Watch' by the National School Board Association, Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, one of the top 10 EdTech Leaders by Tech and Learning magazine, and most recently named a Top 100 EdTech Influencer by EdTech Digest. She leads K20Connect and other passion projects supporting K20 education around the world!

Jordan Myers

Jordan Myers

Regional General Manager, AVI-SPL

Jordan Myers is the Regional General Manager for AVI-SPL’s TN Region. AVI-SPL is the largest AV integrator in the world providing audio visual solutions for corporate, higher ed, healthcare and federal clients across the country. His team’s higher education clients include University of TN, Loyola, Auburn, ETSU, Clemson and others. Previous to AVI-SPL, Jordan was a manager with Interactive Solutions for several years which was acquired by AVI-SPL in 2018. He also previously worked for DePaul University in enrollment management.

Based in Memphis, TN, Jordan has a B.A. in Public Relations and an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship both from DePaul University in Chicago. He has his CTS certification from AVIXA, the professional AV industry’s foremost trade association.

Steven Zink

Steven Zink — Moderator

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Education

Steven Zink is an emeritus faculty member at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he served as the University’s first Vice President of Information Technology, while simultaneously serving as Dean, University Libraries. During his lengthy tenure at the University, Zink assembled a vibrant hybrid organization of information professionals, ranging from specialists in instructional technology to librarians to information technology professionals. In 2008, the physical manifestation of the organization was realized with the opening of the widely acclaimed 300,000 square foot Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. From 2011-2016, he served as Vice Chancellor for the Nevada System of Higher Education, the coordinating body over all public institutions of higher education in Nevada.