Coalition for Workforce Development Through CTE

Monthly Coalition Meet-up Archive

Monthly Meet-up

Join participants in the Coalition for Workforce Development Through CTE each month for valuable presentations on efforts to connect employers with career and technical education programs that are preparing their learners for the world of work.

October 2020 Replay

On October 8, 2020 the theme of topics was work-based learning. Below is a replay video of the presentations in case you missed our meet-up and/or want to revisit the topic. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Sandy!


Susan Leon, Instructional Specialist for West-MEC shares in a 12-minute video, how this organization provides career training programs for young people in the West Valley area of Phoneix, Arizona.

Mike Hassler, Work-based Learning Coordinator, Washington County School District, St. George, Utah.
Check out his 11-minute video as he shares ways his school district is supporting teachers to better partner with employers and connecting students with employers. He also shares a strategy that is showing great return and that is the use of Linkedin.

Mike Hassler’s Video

Kristy Volesky, Iowa Department of Education, Adult & Career Education (discipline areas: Business, Finance, Marketing, and Management) supports the state’s initiatives with work-based learning. Coming from a rural school district, she understands the importance of ensuring all young people access industry experiences.  There are a variety of free resources on the state’s website here.  In addition, here’s the Intermediary Network website she mentioned to us, too.

  • Video #1 (5-minutes):  Learn more about the State of Iowa’s intermediary network and its role in supporting the entire state with a system’s approach to work-based learning.
  • Video #2 (3-minutes): Learn how the intermediary network is partnering with employers and industry associations to host virtual events that connect the CTE standards and industry professionals with educators and young people. You will also hear about another state project, a clearinghouse connecting projects, young people, and employers, even virtually!

Jan 2021 – CEWD

January’s Guest Presenter
Center for Energy Workforce Development
  • Missy Henriksen, Executive Director
  • Julie Strzempko, Educational Consultant
Replay Presentation
The video replay includes a moderated presentation by CEWD and open discussion/questions from coalition members.  Access the replay here.

Related Resources 
Panel Discussion, facilitated by Cheryl Carrier,  with Missy Henriksen, CEWD Executive Director, and Julie Strzempko, Education Consultant
Missy and Julie shared information about:

  1. How their industry association is structured to support a large network of stakeholders: State Consortia model
  2. Their association supports the energy industry and their members related to K-16 education: All Things Education (energy curriculum, career academy curriculum, National Energy Education Network, internships, career awareness materials, etc.)
  3. How their association is focused on supporting the next generation of this industry:  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Meeting Notes:
  • CEWD  has 30 consortia that guide the organization.
  • CEWD around for 15 years, 130 member companies;
  • no matter what is at the national level, it must be at the state level to get through the different layers.
  • Some consortia groups are strong,/some struggle. Challenges for struggle sometimes is leadership, state problem;
  • Who makes up the members of consortia? Member companies and educators in part of these groups.
  • CEWD has been successful at getting a 17th career cluster added focused on energy.
    • High school engagement, career awareness fairs/events – anything that will bring companies together collectively that none of them could do individually.
  • CEWD has four goals:
    • Bringing awareness to the industry and changing the perception.
    • DEI space was a priority for this industry for years, but 2020 increased priority, promoting but especially those underrepresented.
    • Education bucket- k12, k16 – bringing awareness – helping member companies to their education needs like upskilling – technology is changing implication son person; helping the industry to adopt industry practices that are modern/more current that attract the younger generation
    • The Everything else bucket – supporting members to help them do their job
  • Promoting the industry
    • Many different career paths into this industry – trying to make the industry shinny-highlight that many professionals in the industry know but others don’t.
    • Two successes (1) Energy Careers 2020 – virtual career event; 1500 people signed up to learn about careers; we had breakout sessions that focused on topics like LBGQ in industry, industry diversity, veterans/labor. We also had Mike Roe speak plus 40+companies. (2)Company collateral – created our own – flyers about the profession; videos to tell our story in a modern/cool way.
    • DEI  –
      • Issues: (1) bringing communities underrepresented into the industry. And (2) once people get there, we are an industry where people can bring their full safe to work (culture).
      • Two pilot programs underway.
  • Attracting a more diverse group to the skilled trades
    • A  lot of the trades job – entry-level position we are focusing on with career – if they get their foot int eh door many opportunities to advance.
  • The everything else bucket
    • Formalizing partnerships, creating collateral that everyone can use, supporting consortia, and supporting the industry at the national level
    • Many folks wear a w/f hat; republished templates, collect data, templates how to attack more women, virtual workspace – remote space/best practices “remote work” wasn’t a concept until this year. We were losing many people without it -like with women. How might remote learning look in the future for this work. Providing education to members
  • (Julie) All Things Education
    • How to attract the attention of young people as well as folks looking for a job
    • Impact of COViD – there were a lot of people that lost their jobs looking for a job – we did not suffer the downturn..lights need to stay on..positioned a great opportunity to promote the industry. There’s not an industry job that doesn’t exist somewhere within a company – there’s cyber, HR, communications — we needed to get that message out, and the best way to do that is through education.
    • Curriculum – 30-foot view of the industry – rules and regulation, how it got started, safety options, and then concentrate on generation, transmission and distribution…overview – “is this an industry you could see yourself in”
    • This is also used for new employees like customer service, 4000 industry credentials have been earned.
    • Summer challenges – what is the perception of young people and how would they go to prompt to their like demographics. — lots of video submissions – they are up on our site – great way for young people to get into the industry.
    • We have career academies – we have one in Mississippi with the help of Ford NGL.
    • Minority, diverse population – you can’t say “we want our workforce to show our communities” we have to start early – that’s why a big push with high school – looking into starting much earlier – K-8 interest.
    • We did find fun activities that folks could access online bringing awareness
    • National Energy E..Network – over 400 members – institutional – energy-related programs. “I would like to be plant manager” – we have a locator on our site, could enter their zip codes and they get exposed to their area — and how to prepare for the industry.
    • Student challenges – soft launch (full launch Feb 1) – STEM virtual innovation challenge
      • Students to work together in their groups – reduce their carbon footprint, transportation to and from school – regional level – judged per regiona/ national shark tank judging – moni. Reward. They will have a mentor organization.
      • That gives the members access to the students and start a relationship
    • Websites – Julie provides an overview of 4 different links. [Link them in the Recap & Replay]
Questions asked (answers in the reply)
  1. What is your organization’s stance and/or work on reaching out to the re-entry population? Many facilities have education and training relationships with adult and post-secondary education –  could be another “pool” of potential employees and a valuable opportunity for those about to re-enter the workforce and our communities.
  2. What has their work been with NYS?  The governor just announced a Clean Energy program for 2021 and a new workforce.  There will be programs at 2 colleges.  What is your reach-out to job changers?  We can think about advocacy for this.
  3.  Are there places that you are implementing outreach on reskilling to help guide workers that are looking to reskill/switch careers, especially in this job environment?
Comments from some of the Coalition Members
  • Great information especially around diversity and inclusion from the industry perspective.  We often address DEI in education, but I appreciate hearing your presentation today which include DE&I
  • The things you are doing in education are remarkable! How you are thinking about you future pipeline, but also your incumbent workers.
  • Love all the things you are doing the K-12 school system.