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Career Readiness Engagement Policy Forum Pillar III - Emphasizing Applied and Work-Based Learning

Wednesday November 10th, 2021
3:00pm - 4:30pm EST

Applied and work-based learning should be an integral part of education in high school and beyond. Business, government, and educators must collaborate to scale up a continuum of options, such as job shadows, internships, apprenticeships, etc. States, school systems, and post-secondary institutions should set bold goals for increasing these opportunities. Educational programs should also encourage students to earn high-quality, industry-recognized certifications where available.

BACKGROUND Document: Career Readiness for All


3:00 p.m. - The Five Pillars for Creating High Quality Career Development Systems

  • Leo Reddy, Chair, Coalition for Career Development Center

  • Pillar 3: Emphasizing Applied & Work-Based Learning: A Solutions Framework

3:10 p.m. - Defining and Delivering Effective Work-Based Learning


  • Dr. Scott Solberg, Professor, Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development, Wheelock College of Education and Human Development Boston University

Work-Based Learning Program Panelists:

  • Jim Means, Education Program Specialist, College and Career Transitions Branch, Division of Academic and Technical Education, Office of Career and Technical Education, US Department of Education

  • Jennifer Gwatkin, Innovation Pathways Lead, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

  • Kristy Volesky, Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Intermediary Network

  • Nikki Kiss, Executive Director, INSPIRE Sheboygan County

3:45 p.m. - Engaging Employer Partners in Work-Based Learning Experience


  • Gary Konarska II, Executive Director & CEO, American Welding Society

Employer Panelists:

  • Mary Batch, Human Resource Development Manager, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas

  • Lynda Gayden, Biotech Partners, California STEM Internship Program

  • John Gowey, Vice President of Sales, North America, Critical Industries, Snap-On

4:25 p.m. - Next Steps – How Do We Make This Happen?

  • Jan Bray, CEO Coalition for Career Development Center

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