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Partnering With Purpose: Building Partnerships to Drive Equitable Registered Apprenticeships

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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