February 2013

Presenter Name(s): 
Mark Johnson
Amy Charles
Sandra Schmit
Karen Showers
Webinar Title: 
Wisconsin’s RISE Initiative: Basic Skills, Bridges and Career Ladders

To build a 21st century workforce and find ways to deal with the increasing skills mismatch in Ontario, stakeholders from across the province must explore new and innovative options to educate and train Ontarians for in-demand jobs - including lower-skilled adults who have traditionally had difficulty finding and keeping work. Investigating models and methods that are working elsewhere is a good place to start.

Join Essential Skills Ontario and Colleges Ontario, Wednesday, February 27 from 10:00AM-11:30AM ET for ‘Wisconsin’s RISE Initiative: Basic Skills, Bridges and Career Ladders’, a webinar presentation and panel discussion by acclaimed guest speaker Mark Johnson along with his colleagues Karen Showers, Amy Charles and Sandra Schmit, from the Wisconsin Technical College System. This webinar will cover the RISE Initiative in Wisconsin - one of the United States’ most successful projects involving moving adults living in poverty into sustainable employment.
The goal of the RISE initiative is to hold secure careers for low-income Wisconsin adults and a skilled workforce for employers by increasing the number of low-skilled adults who earn postsecondary credentials associated with high-demand jobs. The program engages the business community at both the state and regional levels.
In this special one and a half hour webinar, participants will:
• Learn about Wisconsin RISE and the success of its initiatives
• Learn the critical role of the states’ basic skills and college programs
• Discover lessons learned from the implementation and continuation of the program in order to give ideas as to what a model might look like in Ontario
• Have a chance to ask in-depth questions to our panel in our extended question period
*Please note that spots are limited, however the webinar will be recorded and made available on our Spotlight on Learning website at www.spotlightonlearning.ca 

Due to technical difficulties we were unable to post the recording to YouTube. To view a recording of this webinar, please visit  https://www.box.com/shared/08a01a57039c9ad5dc85 and click 'download'. The download should only take about a minute. 

Mark Johnson is the Education Director, Adult Secondary, Developmental and General College Education for the Wisconsin Technical College System. Mark has a background in private industry as well as at the community college and university levels, and is a member of Wisconsin’s statewide RISE steering committee. Among his areas of focus are innovative approaches to basic skills delivery in support of accelerated post-secondary occupational credentials.

Amy Charles is the Education Director, Career Transition and Workforce Development for the Wisconsin Technical College System.  Amy has a background in workforce development, working for both a local workforce board and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development in the Bureau of Job Service providing services to transitioning adults through a variety of programs. A member of the Wisconsin RISE Steering Committee, she is committed to fostering and expanding the relationships between the technical college and workforce development systems in Wisconsin in order to advance career pathways for adults.
Sandra Schmit is the Education Director, Transportation and Electronics for the Wisconsin Technical College System.  Sandra's area of focus is  occupational and post secondary training in adult career pathways and looking for innovative ways for students to gain skills and meet the needs of employers. Sandra has 14 years of experience in the transportation industry in both operations management and administering education and training programs for a large trucking company.  Sandra is a member of the RISE steering committee and serves as a liaison between adult career pathways and all occupational areas for the office of Instruction.
Karen Showers is the Education Director, Counseling and Student Support for the Wisconsin Technical College System. Karen has 25 years of experience working for the WTCS including 14 years at the college level coordinating and providing career development and support services for re-entry adults. Karen’s professional interests include adult career development and career counseling.  She is also the facilitator/liaison for various student support professionals in the WTCS.
The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) offers more than 300 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas and certificates. In addition, the System is the major provider of customized training and technical assistance to Wisconsin’s business and industry community. Nearly 370,000 individuals access the technical colleges for education and training each year. 
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Webinar Date: 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 1:00pm