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Agenda | Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Innovation in the Energy Workforce

Wind Energy, Biofuels, Electric Power Transmission & Line worker Training

1:00 PM ET: Introduction & Logistical Info | Leah Loch, Director of Marketing & Communications, NACCE (OH)


1:05 PM ET:  Panel Discussion - Wind Energy: Wind Farms, Power Plants and Offshore Wind | moderated by Jennifer K. Palestrant, Chief Deputy, Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (VA)

  • Panelists include:
    • John Liewer, Wind Energy Faculty, Northeast Community College (NE)
    • Dr. Alan Lowdon, Director of Strategic Development, National Offshore Wind Institute, Bristol Community College (MA)
    • Daniel W. Lutat, Director, Government Affairs/Special Projects, Iowa Lakes Community College (IA)
    • Jennifer Menard, Vice President, Economic and Business Development, Bristol Community College (MA)
    • Dr. Yashwant Sinha, Assistant Professor and Director, Offshore Wind Power Program, Bristol Community College (MA)
    • Patrick Gilman, Program Manager, Wind Energy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

2:05 PM ET: Break


2:15 PM ET: Panel Discussion - Biofuels | moderated by Dr. Julia M. Deisler, Interim Dean, School of Trades, Advanced Technology, and Sustainability, School of Business, Professional Studies, and Education, Santa Fe Community College (NM)

  • Panelists include:
    • Dr. Stephen Gómez, Chair of the Trades, Advanced Technologies & Sustainability Department, Santa Fe Community College (NM)
    • Christy Sterner, Technology Manager for the Advanced Algal Systems Program, Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy 

3:00 PM ET: Panel Discussion - Electric Power Transmission and Line worker Training | moderated by Dr. Brian Bicknell, President, Manchester Community College (NH)

  • Panelists include:
    • Jason Strong, Department Chair, Lineworkers Program, Manchester Community College (NH)
    • Ladd Taylor, Vice President, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MS)
    • Mick Van Natta, Area Coordinator, Northeastern Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 10s (NH)

3:45 PM ET: Strategies for Effective Outreach in New Career Pathways | moderated by Dr. Tavarez Holston, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GA)

  • Panelists include:
    • Candace Haynes, Outreach Director, Association of Controls Professionals (GA)

4:15 PM ET: Wrap Up & Closing | Leah Loch, Director of Marketing & Communications, NACCE (OH)