PathFinder: Creating a Culture of CARE: How to Redesign the Student Experience with Equity in Mind through a Personalized Learning Model

PathFinder Session 11

Tallahassee Community College (TCC) is uniquely positioned within the state of Florida and services three counties in its region (Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla). Demographically, nearly 21% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Leon County, FL (56.2k out of 274k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The college itself sits within the 32304 zip code, which has been deemed the poorest zip code in the state of Florida. Additionally, the college services a highly diverse student population with 52% identifying as non-white. In an effort to address both equity and access of its largely diverse student population, the college developed a CARE (Connections, Academics, Resources, and Engagement) model in partnership with faculty, staff, and students. TCC partnered with the Myers-Briggs Company to build a personalized learning model for students based upon the results of their SuperStrong Inventory. Through this partnership, academic and learning communities were developed to guide all newly enrolled students. This session will highlight the process the college took to redesign its student experience by building a model of inclusion, academic mapping, personalized learning, and strategic outreach across campus.  Additionally, specific emphasis will be given to the College’s intervention response in light the of the Covid-19 pandemic and shift to virtual learning.

Author: Ed Harper

PathFinder: Unmudl: A Course-to-Job Marketplace – A Panel Discussion

PathFinder Session 10

This panel will discuss the impact of Unmudl, a course-to-job marketplace founded by community colleges for working learners. Unmudl features non-degree courses and services that help learners build skills linked to real-world opportunities that lead to higher incomes and industry-recognized and academic credentials.
What distinguishes Unmudl is the potential to rapidly develop and disseminate community college content for working learners nationally—and to foster innovation that builds on the nation’s formidable community college infrastructure.
Panelists will present the Unmudl model, and provide examples of how this marketplace is being used to expand the reach and services offered by community colleges. It will also highlight lessons learned by colleges seeking to offer the right mix of online and in-person programming.

Author: Ed Harper

PathFinder: Expanded Employer Partnerships – A Panel Discussion

PathFinder Session 9

The time is now to lose the fear, learn to expand partnerships, and grow to new heights of success. Join us as the panel will address the following:

  • Employer collaboration to maximize ROI
  • Understanding employer and employee safety protocols post COVID
  • Deeper Dives to deliver training solutions
  • The talent pipeline
  • Continual communication
  • Quality of available workforce

 The overall goal of effective partnerships and relationships is to add value to one another’s activity. John Maxwell’s sage advice regarding expanding partnerships and leadership values capture this moment of opportunity best:

  • Put behind us the difficulties and before us the progress.
  • Put behind us the feelings and before us the values.
  • Put behind us the disappointments and before us the gratitude.
  • Wisdom always comes from dark times.
  • Challenges are finite and infinite hope stands the test of time.
Author: Ed Harper

PathFinder: Reaching the Disadvantaged During Difficult Times

PathFinder Session 8

Traditionally, underserved and disadvantaged populations struggle during the height of a healthy economy and often times go unnoticed.  This session will cover ways to leverage current situations to promote the growth and development of underserved populations. We will examine ways to increase retention, academic performance, and present a positive impact on workforce development. 

Author: Ed Harper

PathFinder: Zoom: How the Future of Work & The Future of Learning Are Intertwining

PathFinder Session 5

Hear from Zoom's Global Education Lead, Anne Keehn, Zoom's Education Product Lead, Tain Barzso and their guest speaker and author Michelle Weise on how the future of learning and the future of work are intertwining in so many ways that really lead to a new era of continuous learning or as in the title of Michelle's upcoming book, Long-Life Learning: Preparing for Jobs that Don't Even Exist Yet (2020). Both the panel discussion and Michelle's new book will be a fascinating glimpse into a near-future where careers last 100 years, and education lasts a lifetime. Her book makes the case that learners of the future are going to repeatedly seek out educational opportunities throughout the course of their working lives — which will no longer have a beginning, middle, and end. Long Life Learning focuses on the disruptive and burgeoning innovations that are laying the foundation for a new learning model that includes clear navigation, wraparound and funding supports, targeted education, and clear connections to more transparent hiring processes. Both Anne and Tain will share how Zoom is shaping it's offerings to support Learning Anywhere, Teaching Anywhere and Connecting Anywhere.

Author: Ed Harper