My live blog notes
from the WDI conference.
Experiential learning and budget responsibility
William Law, President of St. Petersburg, welcomed the
crowded room to the conference and St. Petersburg. He called the work at community
college, "noble work” and said the Workforce has never been more important. His school provides an interesting entrepreneurial
experiential opportunity to his student government leaders. They have budget
line responsibility for student fees. The leaders decide how the money is
allocated and present a plan to the President. I love this hands on, real time,
impactful opportunity the students have to learn and also make a difference on
Redesign, Reinvent, Reset
Walter Bumphus, President and CEO of AACC spoke on the 21st-Century
Commission and its three Rs:
- Redesign students’ educational experiences;
- Reinvent institutional roles; and
- Reset the system to create incentives for
student and institutional success.
There are seven recommendations around the Three Rs, each
with detailed implementation guidance in the report. Check out the report here. http://www.aacc.nche.edu/AboutCC/21stcenturyreport/index.html
The Importance of Technical Education in Reclaiming the
Nicolas Pinchuk, Chairman and CEO of Snap-on, Inc, and
Skills for America’s future opens his talk by saying "I am not an academic, I
am a tool maker." Pinchuk talked about the shrinking middle class and how "our greatest
weapon is career and technical education.” Pinchuk emphasized that "we succeed by
the efforts of everyday people doing extraordinary things.”
30% of manufacturing jobs disappeared in the last 20 years. The
most important factor in opening a plant in an area is a capable workforce. In
America, 6k jobs are left open because they is not a qualified workforce.
Pinchuk says the answer is education.
Community colleges need to be reimagined. Curriculum
needs to match what jobs are out there. Colleges need to match what is going on
in industry. Educators have to consider how they are evaluated. The goal of education
is not a degree but a career. Professors should evaluate yourself in practical
We need to rediscover the American Dream. We
also need to rebrand manufacturing. "We
have lost the respect of the dignity of work.”
We need support of leadership at city, state and
federal levels. Technical education needs to be prioritized.