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Tuesday, November 1 • 9:45am - 10:35am
Connecting the Dots - Linking Opportunity and Insight from K-12 to the Workforce

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This panel will be appropriate and relevant for participants across the spectrum of the conference - educators from K-12 and higher ed as well as workforce development professionals and business leaders. The central theme of this session will be to explore linkages for students from two year to four year institutions and beyond to the job market--connecting the dots between education and the workforce. Specifically, we’ll be covering a few major topics related to our shared work, and will follow up the conversation with audience feedback and questions.

Much of this presentation will include summary discussion of three reports produced as part of a partnership between BATEC and Burning Glass to more deeply analyze job categories and demand in Middle Skill occupations in computing, within Big Data/the information economy, and in Cybersecurity.

We will also share insights, learnings and best practices from the Cybersecurity Collaboration Consortium - a joint partnership between the Department of Higher Education and BATEC. This partnership is a focused collaboration between UMass Boston and four community colleges: Bunker Hill Community College, MassBay Community College, Middlesex Community College, and Quinsigamond Community College, to develop academic pathways of stackable certificates and degree options in the field of CyberSecurity (both certificate and Associate’s degrees at the community colleges and a BS in Cybersecurity at UMass Boston). Working in institutional partnership and developing standards based on industry qualifications and deep data analysis, these degree programs offer students seamless connection between their academic experience and their future success in the workforce.


Moderators
DB

Deborah Boisvert

Executive Director, BATEC, University of Massachusetts Boston

Speakers
LP

Lou Piazza

Director, BATEC, University of Massachusetts Boston
CW

Christine Williams

Economic and Workforce Development Director, MA Department of Higher Education



Tuesday November 1, 2016 9:45am - 10:35am
Junior Ballroom