Experience Works—A Convening of Business Leaders and Educators

Virtual Conference: June 16–17, 2021

Thursday, June 17

5:00–5:45 p.m. — WORKSHOPS — SESSION IV

IV.1: The VCU Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising Virtual Tour of Experiential Learning
Hawa Stwodah, Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Deidra Arrington, Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

The Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising is focused on experiences—both in the context of teaching and learning. This approach gives more depth and breadth to the education of the students and makes them marketable in a 21st century fashion industry. The use of technology aims to help streamline research, exploration, and rapid prototyping. Additionally, simulation classes, internships, and study abroad offer students the opportunity to experience the fashion industry in ways which are impossible in a classroom environment. You will take a virtual tour through our facilities, learn about VCUarts, and hear from our students and faculty about what experiential learning means to them.

IV.2: Work-Based Learning Resources Everyone Can Use for Free!
Marianne Moore, Specialist for Secondary Transition, Virginia Department of Education
Judy Averill, Director, Center on Transition Innovations, Virginia Commonwealth University

Are you looking for additional free resources to support and enhance WBL for all students? In this session, participants will learn about online resources that are available in Virginia to assist in the development and enhancement of WBL programs.

IV.3: Criminal Justice Work-Based Learning Experience
Steven Dalton, Criminal Justice Instructor, Bridging Communities Regional Career and Technical Center, New Kent County Public Schools
Karen Mortensen, Director, New Kent-Charles City Victim-Witness Assistance
Mia Bashore, Bridging Communities Alumni and Current Victim Advocate, Bridges of Change

This session will focus on the development, structure, and success of the WBL opportunities for students enrolled in the two-year criminal justice course at Bridging Communities Regional Career and Technical Center. We will look at the partnership developed between Bridging Communities and New Kent-Charles City Victim-Witness Assistance.

IV.4: Explore, Invest, and Live the Registered Apprenticeship Renaissance and Accelerate Work-Based Learning Opportunities and Careers
Kathleen Eddington, Assistant Director, Division of Registered Apprenticeship, Department of Labor and Industry
Justin Roerink, Principal, Hanover Center for Trades and Technology, Coordinator of Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development, Hanover County Public Schools

During this session, you will hear from Virginia Department of Labor and Industry Division of Registered Apprenticeship representatives about the value of apprenticeships, as well as supports that are provided to schools, businesses, and students throughout the process. In addition, you will hear from a representative from Hanover County Public Schools on the process they followed to establish their Youth Registered Apprenticeship program.

IV.5: Labor Market Data and JobsEQ for Career and Technical Education: Using Data for New Programs, Perkins V, and Helping Students to Find Jobs
Wilson Cox, Senior Account Manager, Chmura

Chmura’s JobsEQ software provides online access to labor market data and job postings data for every state, metro area, county, and ZIP code in the nation. JobsEQ is being used all over the United States within economic and workforce development, as well as education, including every school division in Virginia. Learn how easy it is for CTE educators to pull data for Perkins V/CLNA, new CTE programs, as well as research which industries, occupations, and skills will be growing/in-demand over the next 10 years.

IV.6: Work-Based Learning in the Capital Region: Capital CoLAB’s Impact in Northern Virginia
Mike Batt, Director, Talent Initiative, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
Matthew H. Bechtel, WBL Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools
Robert Owens, Director of Workforce Initiatives, Greater Washington Partnership

The Greater Washington Partnership launched the Capital CoLAB (Collaborative of Leaders in Academia and Business) to build and scale educator-employer partnerships that would expand access to industry-validated, digital tech competencies for learners of all ages across the Capital Region. Learn about Capital CoLAB’s WBL strategy and its impact in the Capital Region.

IV.7: Health Careers Promotion and Preparation: Work-Based Learning with Virginia Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)
Keisha L. Smith, MPA, Executive Director, Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority, State Director, Virginia Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program

This presentation will focus on how to create a successful program to transition students from the classroom to a career in the health care field. This session will cover everything from how to promote your programs to building a successful partnership with your area’s business and industry that will create a steady flow of diverse, quality health care professionals into your community.

IV.8: Curriculum in the Community
Heather M. Hiserman, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher and FCCLA Adviser, Strasburg High School, Shenandoah County Public Schools

Participants will learn about projects that have been developed in the classroom and then carried out in the community. Forming and strengthening community partnerships will be a focus in this service-learning process.

IV.9: 300+ Jobs in Agriculture: Farm Bureau Using Work-Based Learning Opportunities and Agriculture in the Classroom
Ron Saacke, Vice President, Special Programs, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation (VFBF)/Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC)
Tammy Maxey, Programs Director, AITC

VFBF, headquartered in Richmond, is Virginia’s largest advocacy organization for farmers and represents over 35,000 farm families in addition to approximately 100,000 individuals/families who support our programs and policies. Along with our corporate investment in internships and scholarships, our county Farm Bureaus support local FFA & 4-H while also offering over $120,000 combined in scholarships locally. The State Fair scholarship program for livestock exhibitors is also well known throughout Virginia.

Virginia’s AITC is an affiliated 501(c)3 nonprofit that connects children to agriculture through free programs that include ready-to-use, farm-based curriculum in core subject areas, teacher training and resources, grants to schools for gardens and other agriculture learning projects, and teacher recognition awards. Connecting children to their local farmers through volunteer initiatives also opens the door to career introduction and job opportunities. All AITC programs are supported by sponsors and donors across the state to ensure no cost to educators.


5:45 – 6:00 p.m. — Q&A Chat for Session IV Workshops