NACCE 2019 Workforce & Continuing Education Track


Monday, October 14
Breakout Session 1 from 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM


Room: Copper Cove

Level: Beginner

San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) provides all contract and noncredit education for the San Diego Community College District. SDCE offers tuition-free programming in all nine categories of adult noncredit education, including English as a Second Language, Adult Basic/Secondary Education (including high school diploma/equivalency), courses for adults with disabilities, courses for older adults (Emeritus), and over 75 career training certificates. SDCE serves the most disadvantaged residents of our community. SDCE offers the only small business development and entrepreneurship program in the region and houses an incubator lab for individuals interested in opening or expanding their enterprise as well as project management certificates for industry and nonprofit organizations.

In addition, SDCE’s Education Training Institute (ETI) provides contract education services to community organizations that champion social justice and entrepreneurship for adults and youth disconnected from work and education. Contract education partners have included and include key communities organizations that serve some of the most disenfranchised residents, including: Goodwill Industries (underemployed and disabled), the San Diego Housing Commission (low income housing residents), Miramar Navy Brig and Camp Pendleton Brig (military inmates), and San Diego Gateway to College (opportunity youth).  This presentation will share best practices in contract and noncredit education for serving those who could benefit most from this programming.

Learning Objectives:

  • Re-conceptualize contract and noncredit education programming through a lens of equity and inclusion to serve their communities’ most disadvantaged residents (e.g., opportunity youth, adults with disabilities, older adults, homeless residents, foster youth, formerly incarcerated students, etc.)
  • Develop programming the supports the whole student through innovative, entrepreneurial practices, which include: intrusive wrap-around services, intensive case management, meaningful experiential learning opportunities, and robust community partnerships.
  • Establish a model to expand both revenue-generating contract education services and apportionment-generating adult noncredit programming.

CARLOS TURNER CORTEZ, President, San Diego Continuing Education, CA

KAY FAULCONER BOGER, Director of Industry Partnerships, San Diego Continuing Education, SDCCD, CA


Room: Coral Cove

Level: Intermediate

The age of technology has impacted the way companies grow. The very nature of the work performed in companies today has changed, transitioning from hands on manufacturing to technology driven practices.  Especially when it comes time to scale, entrepreneurs must leverage technology to remain competitive. This presents a double opportunity: the SBDC can guide the entrepreneur in achieving growth through advising and funding, while the College provides the workforce and training. This requires very close collaboration between the SBDC, the college’s workforce development or continuing education unit, and the relevant academic areas in order to provide the company with a holistic and well executed solution.

In this session, the presenters will offer real examples of collaboration between Pima Community College Workforce Development and the SBDC. Participants will learn a framework that ensures the business remains at the center of the collaboration and the needs of the entrepreneur are served seamlessly by each of the parties involved regardless of whether they are affiliated to the SBDC or the College. The presenters will guide participants in creating an inventory of their own College and SBDC resources to identify their readiness to engage in this kind of collaborative support

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to be the ‘agent of change’ to meet the needs of your business community through SBDC services and relevant college offerings.
  • Understand the collaboration framework PCC uses and adapt to your own institution.
  • Identify the assets you already have in your institution and gaps you need to address in order to approach business support holistically.

ANA GREIF, Program Manager, Pima Community College, AZ

ELLEN KIRTON, Center Director, Arizona Small Business Development Center, AZ


Room:  Mariner Cove

Level: Intermediate

HCC Centers for entrepreneurship has experienced a lot of success in digital marketing and our stories are shared across the digital communities via likes, hearts, and comments! This session will focus on demonstrating the digital tools and services used by entrepreneurial directors to generate record number of attendees and provide an opportunity to learn how new technology and services are used to promote entrepreneurship programs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn new tools and techniques for promotion.
  • Learn new strategies of marketing.
  • Learn to engage and build a community.

RAVI BRAHMBHATT, Director of Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Houston Community College, TX

SANDRA LOUVIER, Director of Center for Entrepreneurship, Houston Community College, TX

CONNIE PORTER, Dean - Business Center of Excellence, Houston Community College, TX

Breakout Session 2 from 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Room: Cardiff

Level: Intermediate

Come learn about the NACCE partnership with The Verizon Foundation. The Verizon Innovative Learning program is a STEM program offered to over 40 campuses. An overview of the program and how to get more information about coming to your campus is provided in this session. 

Learning Objectives

  • Program overview
  • How to apply

KATIE CALABRESE, Director of Projects and Memberships, NACCE, NJ


Room: Copper Cove

Level: Intermediate

By proving entrepreneurship can be taught and learned using the evidenced-based, lean entrepreneurship method, this presentation will provide workforce centers and economic development entities with a specific vehicle to empower adults to start their own business.  Not only does "lean" teach a specific validation method using any one of 15 methods, it also give hope to those who have lost their jobs.  The creativity, team comrade, and help from end user raise their spirit and give them confidence.

Most recently the new Lean Entrepreneurship Guide, a six-page, laminated chart has been published providing anyone with all method and details for customer development in one document.  Before it was necessary to acquire, read, and assimilate a dozen books to understand lean startup.  Furthermore, one to the leading trainers in the world has proven by combining three or four of the methods at specific stages of planning, the result is a better plan that produces a more successful new business.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to use the new Lean Entrepreneurship Chart to plan an evidenced-based product or service that will appeal to a target market and successfully sell on a large-scale.
  • Best process to combine three or four "lean" methods (e. g. Lean Launch with Disciplined Entrepreneurship (DE) at particular stages to produce better results.
  • Choice of various model canvases and when to use which.

CLINTON E. DAY, MBA, Hillsborough Community College, FL

CLINTON D. SWIGART, CPA, Entrepreneurship Resources, Inc., FL


Room: Coral Cove

Level: Intermediate

Across the United States, folks lacking their high school diploma are an underutilized resource. Among this population, potentially, are some of the best innovators and employees and yet they are stuck. In 651 square mile Montgomery County Kansas, population 32,000, only one resource for those using Adult Basic Education (ABE) as a path to GED remains-at Independence Community College (ICC). Without this resource, participants would have to drive 50 one-way miles several times each week to complete the program, a distance out of reach for most.

Historically, although the impact on individuals was high the overall numbers in ABE were low. For a college to be the sponsoring institution the economics were not good. If more of the participants went on to become ICC students the economic outlook improves, but most of these folks are not interested in college. In the spring semester starting in January 2019, Fab Lab ICC moved the ABE program from ICC West into the Lab with an eye toward using experiential, project-based learning for up to 50% of the learning.

The turn-around in learning has been dramatic with students coming to life as they discover they are much more intelligent than they’ve been led to believe their whole life. Many will transition into the Fab Lab ICC Fab Force program making economics for the college much better.

This session will consist of a presentation telling this story with a group activity allowing attendees to share any stories they have of interacting with ABE programs in their communities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Experiential project-based learning can breathe new life into ABE programs.
  • The ABE program can become a feeder into innovative technical programs such as Fab Force.
  • The overall ABE/Fab Force experience can unleash untold entrepreneurial and work force potential in the economic areas served.

JIM CORRELL, Director, Fab Lab ICC, Independence Community College, KS

TIM HAYNES, Manager, Fab Lab ICC, Independence Community College, KS

DAN FOSSOY, Adult Basic Education Instructor, Independence Community College, KS

Breakout Session 3 from 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM


Room: Coral Cove

Level: Beginner

Based on the research collected from 116 colleges and noncredit institutions in California, San Diego Continuing Education, the noncredit division of the San Diego Community College District, produced a comprehensive report, The Past, Present, and Future of Noncredit Education in California. The study highlighted educational growth opportunities that are not unique to California: namely, the need for noncredit program development that fosters innovation and grows vocational education; and culminated in recommendations for noncredit funding and program growth. Learn how SDCE conducted the study and how it may benefit your institution. Hear about and discuss programs that have been developed to support enterprising vocational pathways that in turn support student equity and success.

Facilitated breakouts will focus on the vocational areas that have garnered the most prospect for growth and recommendations for advancing noncredit: #1: Creating noncredit online and hybrid entrepreneurship certificate programming and utilization of funding sources; #2: Growing vocational pathways related to entrepreneurship for student success; and #3: Taking a deep dive into advocacy and overall recommendations for growth of noncredit programs to benefit student equity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain high-level understanding of noncredit adult education programming, services, and operational trends occurring across California and through the local experience at a large noncredit institution.
  • Learn how SDCE used federal funds to implement entrepreneurship-related CTE programs.
  • Understand how expanding noncredit opportunities in your institution can benefit student equity.

DR. CARLOS O. TURNER-CORTEZ, President, San Diego Continuing Education, CA

MICHELLE FISCHTHAL, Vice President of Instruction, San Diego Continuing Education, CA

MATTHEW RIVALDI, Faculty, San Diego Continuing Education, CA

AARON IFFLAND, Faculty, San Diego Continuing Education, CA, San Diego Continuing Education, CA

Breakout Session 4 from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Room: Copper Cove

Level: Intermediate

Employers are a key target audience in education and workforce because their support is needed to develop work-based learning opportunities and job placements for students. Yet up to 72 percent of workforce and education employer-facing practitioners surveyed in Business U’s national study indicated that businesses are not giving them the buy-in needed to fulfill their mandates. Participants in this session learn the foundational elements of a demand-driven business engagement framework and relationship building methods that include a variety of “lens" to strategize engagement efforts and tactics for internships, apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships, job shadows, site tours and mentorships. Participants receive a template for designing a Business Engagement Outreach Plan to maximize work-based learning opportunities for their students as well as Business U’s accredited assessment tool on current employer engagement activities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how key business engagement challenges compare to benchmark data.
  • Understand the core elements of an “ideal state” needed for effective business engagement.
  • Understand application of successful strategies to improve and sustain business engagement.

CHRISTINE BOSWORTH, Ed.D., CEO/Co-Founder, Business U, Inc., CA

CELINA SHANDS, Co-Founder, Business U, Inc., CA


Room: Coral Cove

Level: Advanced

Please join regional representation from the California Business and Entrepreneurship Deputy Sector Navigators (DSN’s) to learn about the NWOW, Gig economy and statewide initiatives. For example, see how to infuse entrepreneurship into makerspaces,  assist students to prepare for this dynamic work place and economic ecosystem for doing business in the mid-21st century. Prepare your virtual, rural or urban students to work in the transforming global environment.  The context is the 'disruptive economy' and the change nature of the workforce and workplace ecosystem.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the changing economy.
  • Learn about the impact on preparing students
  • Learn about working in partnership with faculty, professional experts and community partners.

CATHLEEN GREINER, PhD, Deputy Sector Navigator, Business and Entrepreneurship, Orange County, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, CA

ALESE CAMPBELL, Business and Entrepreneurship Deputy Sector Navigator, Central Valley & Mother Lode Region, San Joaquin Delta College, CA

LISA KIPLINGER-KENNEDY, Deputy Sector Navigator, Business & Entrepreneurship, Victor Valley College, CA

JENNIFER PATEL, Deputy Sector Navigator, Small Business, San Diego/Imperial Region, MiraCosta College, CA

Tuesday, October 15
Breakout Session 5 from 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM


Room: Copper cove

Level: Intermediate

Track: Workforce & Continuing Education Track

Hear more from NACCE 2019 keynote speaker, Rey Ybarra, and his panel of previous Shark Tank Contestants.


Room: Coral Cove

Level: Intermediate

Makerspaces have become the “tool gyms” of the future, providing entrepreneurs the resources needed to scale their business without investing in expensive infrastructure. As these brick and mortar facilities continue to create innovative revenue models, many are turning to short-term skills training to support facility operations and growth. In this session, Hocking College will identify the intersection between makerspace activities and workforce development, and discuss partnership opportunities between makerspaces, colleges, government agencies, and employers. Participants will work through a series makerspace building block steps to identify resources and allies and how those relationships can be turned into student centered makerspace opportunities.

Learning Objectives:

  • How Makerspaces can create a new revenue stream through short-term certificate training programs by partnering with community colleges.
  • Engaging industry leaders to guide training programs that will lead to employment opportunities for makers.
  • Identifying funding sources that will pay for worker training through makerspace and community college partnerships.

DR. BETTY YOUNG, President, Hocking College, OH

SEAN TERRELL, Dean, Workforce Development & Community Engagement, Hocking College, OH

DR. ALEX BANDAR, Founder, Idea Foundry Columbus, OH

NATHANIEL BERGER, Executive Product & Business Coach, LIGHTS Innovation Network, OH


Room: Mariner Cove

Level: Advanced

Today's technology based workforce must consistently evolve. This creates an unprecedented opportunity for Community Colleges to build entrepreneurial ecosystems between themselves, students and industry.

In this workshop, attendees will learn how colleges can be more entrepreneurial by transforming their capabilities to capitalize on emerging industry trends. Through a start-up mindset, the college can meet the needs of industry by providing services that help companies gain a competitive advantage, manage the risk of disruption while being a low-cost service provider. This pathway will create opportunities for students to gain hands-on skills development that can translate into the workforce.

Learning Objectives:

  • Developing an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Creating a process to uncover industry needs
  • Presenting the college as a service provider/supplier through a revenue generating model.

ANDRE BRYAN, Managing Partner, Bridgeport Group, LLC, OH

JUNE EVANS, Director - Center for Entrepreneurial Development & Corporate Training, Prince George's Community College, MD

Breakout Session 6 from 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Room: Emerald Cove

Level: Intermediate

HCC has embarked on an organizational transformation that includes implementing Entrepreneurial Capacity. The goal is to build a culture that encourages faculty, students and staff to be enterprising, creative and innovative. With that in mind, HCC entrepreneurial staff developed several workshops titled “The Entrepreneur in You” and  “Thinking Like an Entrepreneur Can Enhance your Career”. Results of these workshops are inspiring!

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about the key components of the workshops that foster entrepreneurship.
  • How to attract students/faculty/faculty to workshops.
  • How to build an entrepreneurial culture.

MAYA DURNOVO, Chief Entrepreneurial Officer, Houston Community College, TX

DAVID REGENBAUM, Entrepreneur in Residence, Houston Community College, TX


Room:  Coral Cove

Level: Intermediate

In all of LAVC’s different workforce training cohorts: Biotech, IT tech, Human Resource Assistant Training, Manufacturing Academy, Coop Education, and Metro: Bus Driver Training Program, the concepts of Entrepreneurship education have been embedded. These concepts are collaboration, communication, adaptability, persistence, emotional intelligence, problem solution, and empathy.

This workshop will share some best practices used to teach the above 21st Century job skills to the different cohort members.

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply skills gained from working on collaborative projects towards understanding team building.
  • Use a variety of innovative, 21st c. soft skills in order to develop as professionals and learn adaptable communication and marketing skills.
  • Reflect and bring awareness about their role in a profession and within its cultural, social, economic, and political worlds.

FATEMA BALDIWALA, Adjunct Faculty: English and Workforce Training, LAVC: Los Angeles Valley College, CA

RAFFI KAHWAJIAN, Los Angeles Valley College, CA

Breakout Session 7 from 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM


Room:  Coral Cove

Level: Intermediate

In this presentation, Professor Greta Kishbaugh will walk Workforce Development Directors through the process of transforming current entrepreneurship content being offered in the Community College’s traditional classes into online, revenue-generating courses for their non-credit programs. This allows the College to use their reputation to sell entrepreneurship courses to all prospects online.

Professor Kishbaugh has been teaching and developing online courses for over 14 years and understands the workforce development target market. Greta has extensive work with Veterans who complete non-credit entrepreneurship courses and will pilot an online program for Veteran’s this summer and will also share these results.

Learning Objectives:

  • Workforce Development Leaders will feel empowered to develop and/or market their current or future entrepreneurship non-credit courses.
  • Workforce Development Leaders will increase their confidence in building their Non-Credit entrepreneurship programs in the online environment.
  • Workforce Development Leaders will gain knowledge in marketing online courses.

GRETA KISHBAUGH, Faculty, Hillsborough Community College, FL

Breakout Session 8 from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Room:  Crystal Cove

Level: Intermediate

The U.S. lacks skilled and educated workers to keep up with the rapid growth of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) enterprises (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2001). Underrepresented minorities, even though a growing segment of the U.S. workforce, are largely underrepresented in STEM careers due to limited access to education that keeps them from entrepreneurship and technology fields once they enter them. As a Hispanic Serving Institution, Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) attempts to offset these trends by fostering an entrepreneurial mindset through a multipronged approach of partnerships with Arizona State University, the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation, and the Small Business Development Center; and offering Small Business Management Certificates and an Entrepreneur/DECA Club.

This presentation focuses on this multipronged programming and effective practices learned through this collaboration the past three years designed to serve community college students by creating and fostering an entrepreneurial mindset.   Entrepreneurial mindset “is the attitudes, skills and behaviors that students need to succeed [including] initiative, risk-taking, flexibility, adaptability, creativity, innovation, critical thinking and problem solving” (  Students and program leadership will focus on how this curriculum and programming prepares students with 21st century skills and leads to co-curricular learning opportunities designed for student success.  Conference attendees will be invited to participate in an active learning activity focused on entrepreneurial mindset to better understand the approach of this collaborative programming and consider how they can integrate these activities on their campuses.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about multipronged, interdisciplinary and cross-institutional programming designed to serve community college students by creating and fostering an entrepreneurial mindset where they can learn 21st century skills in preparation for the 21st century workforce.
  • Participate in an active learning activity, where small groups are asked to describe what entrepreneurial best practices they use to instill an entrepreneurial ecosystem into their colleges and write them on a whiteboard/flip chart to share and discuss.
  • Reflect upon the findings of the active learning activity, and how they can incorporate strategies to foster an entrepreneurial mindset at their individual colleges.

ELIZABETH (LIZ) CANTU, Communication Faculty, Estrella Mountain Community College, AZ

SYLVIA ONG, Business Institute Program Director/Business Faculty, Estrella Mountain Community College, AZ

DANIEL "MIKE" PINEDA, Business Faculty, Estrella Mountain Community College, AZ


Room:  Copper Cove

Level: Beginner

Advanced manufacturing is a critical sector of the national economy that is currently experiencing a deficit of workers to fill high-paying, highly technical jobs. There is increasing demand for a workforce with the technical, analytical, and 21st Century soft skills required to fuel the research, development, and production of next-generation products and services. In collaboration with industry and secondary education partners, Lorain County Community College and NextFlex are leading a regional effort to implement an innovative approach to local talent creation and diversification.

Through the implementation of a STEM-based education and outreach program, FlexFactor, as the recruitment component in the creation of a comprehensive advanced manufacturing talent framework that links students from middle school and high school students with Learn and Earn post-secondary programs to attract students into the technology sector. This ecosystem-wide approach engages a variety of public-private stakeholders in the creation of the next generation workforce, attracting and preparing the diverse future talent who will lead and innovate in across STEM fields

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will have a better understanding of NextFlex and the Manufacturing USA network.
  • Understand how education is engaging industry to drive career exploration, post-secondary enrollment, and create a talent pipeline.
  • Review a case study of LCCC's innovative approach to attracting, recruiting, training, and connecting talent with industry.

DEANNA HERSKO, Coordinator for College Tech Prep & FlexFactor, Lorain County Community College, OH

MATTHEW POYLE, Program Coordinator, NEO LaunchNET, OH

EMILY MCGRATH, Deputy Director of Workforce Development, NextFlex, CA

CLARENCE CHI, National Program  Manager, NextFlex, CA


Room:  Coral Cove

Level: Intermediate

Analyzing the demographics within your entrepreneurial ecosystems allows you to prioritize the implementation of entrepreneurial initiatives that will have a direct impact to your communities. Join us to understand how we analyze our diverse demographics, see examples of various entrepreneurial initiatives HCC implements, and how it uses targeted marketing and data gathering to analyze overall impact.

Learning Objectives:

  • Description of diverse demographics in Houston and how it affects the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • Learn targeted marketing techniques used at HCC to capture your audience.
  • Examples of entrepreneurial initiatives according to demographics & trends.

BRENDA RIOS BROMBACHER, Director, Entrepreneurial Initiatives & Community Relations, Houston Community College, TX

NED MUELLER, Entrepreneur in Residence, Houston Community College, TX

GERMAINE WASHINGTON, Manager, Houston Community College, TX