International conference focuses on innovation in community colleges

Some of the top 1,500 community college educators and partners will share their successes in changing the face of higher education and workforce development training around the globe at the annual Innovations 2010 Conference of the League for Innovation in the Community College March 28-31 in Baltimore.

The international conference on Innovations is the League’s hallmark event, recognized for being the place where community college faculty, staff and practitioners come together to share, exchange, collaborate and learn the latest and best programs for serving community college students and their communities.

Setting the tone will be Sunday’s keynote address by Dr. Frank Chong, deputy assistant secretary for community colleges in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education. Each day will feature one general session as well as several smaller forums, roundtable discussions and special sessions.

Monday’s general session on workforce development training features panelists Jane Oates, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor; Martha A. Smith, president, Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland; and Jerry Sue Thorton, president, Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio; Richard Kazis Sr., vice president, Jobs for the Future; and P. Anthony Zeiss, president, Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina.

Tuesday’s general session focuses on innovation in the community college with Terry O’Banion, director, community college leadership program, Walden University, and Laura Weidner, dean of workforce development at Anne Arundel Community College. Wednesday’s closing general session features keynote speaker, Cathy Casserly, senior partner of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Smaller seminars address several topics: learning and teaching; leadership and organization; workforce preparation and development; student services and activities; basic skills and developmental education; resource development and foundation management; research, assessment and accountability; diversity, equity and inclusion; and sustainability.

The League for Innovation in the Community College is an 800-member international organization that serves nationally and internationally as a catalyst, project incubator and experimental laboratory for community colleges around the world. It is a key leader in influencing the expansion and improvement of workforce training programs in community colleges in the U.S. and Canada.

The conference is meeting at the Hilton Baltimore. Hosting the conference are Anne Arundel Community College, Baltimore City Community College, Community College of Baltimore County, Montgomery College and Prince George’s Community College.

Contact Susan Gross at 410-777-7252 to arrange interviews. 

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