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Partnering With Purpose: Building Partnerships to Drive Equitable Registered Apprenticeships

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Partnerships are the key to building well-run, equitable apprenticeships that prepare workers of all ages for rewarding careers. Learn how to forge and sustain these critical collaborations from successful partnership stakeholders in this virtual event, May 4.
Date May 4, 2023
1:00pm to 4:00pm

It takes a village to create a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible Registered Apprenticeship program.

Partnerships are the key to building well-run apprenticeships that prepare workers of all ages for rewarding careers. For a program to succeed, many stakeholders must work together—from the employers who hire apprentices to the training programs that provide instruction, from community-based organizations and workforce boards to K-12 school districts and community colleges, from industry associations and workforce intermediaries to state apprenticeship systems.

But forging strong partnerships can be tricky, and you may be thinking: Who do I connect with? How do I convince another organization to partner with me? Who does what? How do I know if this is working?

For answers to those questions and more, be sure to join us on May 4 for the virtual spring summit of JFF’s National Innovation Hub for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in Registered Apprenticeship.

You’ll hear leaders of thriving apprenticeship partnerships discuss the steps they took to build strong relationships with fellow stakeholders and the factors that make their partnerships succeed. You’ll leave with promising practices for building partnerships that will take your new or existing Registered Apprenticeship to the next level in supporting equitable program design, recruitment, and retention.

Joshua Johnson

Event Host | Director, JFF

Session 1: Creating and Sustaining Partnerships at Minority-Serving Institutions

Marybeth Gasman

Facilitator | Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education, Rutgers University

Sam Choi

Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, Alabama A&M University

Alice Ginsberg

Senior Research Specialist, Rutgers University

Cindy Paz

Program Manager, Community Health Worker Initiative, University of Houston

Session 2: Recruiting and Retaining Youth Apprentices, featuring BMW

Kirsten Pratt

Facilitator | Interim Vice President, Division of Apprenticeship Carolina, SC Technical College System

Gail Awan

President and CEO, Urban League of the Upstate

Mandy Elmore

Assistant Vice President for Curriculum and Instruction at Tri-County Technical College

Eugene Grant

Operational Lead, Vocational Training for BMW

Lori Hoyer

Work-Based Learning Coordinator-Team Lead at Greenville County Schools

Session 3: Developing Accessible Instruction to Support Apprentices

David Hoff

Facilitator | Program Director, Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass Boston

Kim Gee

Director, Pre-Employment Transition Services, University of Missouri

J Gibbs

Apprenticeship Development & Alignment Coordinator, Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass Boston

Wendy Kostenbauder

Program Manager, Maine Apprenticeship Program

Amanda Muller

Apprenticeship Navigator, Maine Bureau of Rehabilitation Services

Tim Small

Consultant/Windmills Facilitator, Maine Bureau of Rehabilitation Services


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