Location: Liaison Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

Monday, March 2

12:00 8:30 pm


2:00 pm

Welcome to the State of the Workforce Symposium

2:15 3:00 pm

Opening Keynote Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation Experts agree that we need a revamped higher education system that is more effective and inclusive, and responsive to the demands of the workforce, students and society. Lumina Foundation is the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing Americans’ success in higher education. Lumina’s Goal 2025 is to increase the proportion of Americans with high quality college degrees, certificates, or other credentials to 60% by 2025. Mr. Merisotis will discuss the leadership role that Lumina has taken in aligning this vision across stakeholders—from individuals to labor economists, policymakers, employers, education and thought leaders—toward a system that meets 21st Century requirements.

3:00 4:00 pm

A Look at Growing Skill Demands/Occupations Matthew Sigelman, CEO, Burning Glass Technologies The middle skills gap, the erosion of America’ middle class, unemployment rates and underemployment studies are common headlines in today’s news. Opportunities exist on the horizon where employers, educators and policymakers come together to build a pipeline of talent to correct these imbalances. Mr. Sigelman will discuss the latest thinking on rebuilding America’s middle skills jobs and share the current data on the growth in emerging occupations and skill demands.

4:00 4:45 pm

Credentialing and the Workforce Stephen Crawford, Research Professor, GW Institute of Public Policy, Project Director, Improving Labor Markets through Voluntary Standards for Describing Credentials Peter Janzow, Executive Director, Pearson Acclaim Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Gallup Education Moderator: Andy Van Kleunen, CEO, National Skills Coalition Today’s employers want independent validation of knowledge, skills, and abilities. The public wants assurance that workers are qualified to practice an occupation. And students invest significant resources in time and money obtaining credentials. Panelists will address standardizing credentials, badges and competencies, as well as what business leaders are saying about the in-demand skills and the credentials that validate them.

5:00 6:00 pm


Tuesday, March 3

7:00 am 12:30 pm


8:00 8:30 am

Buffet Breakfast

8:30 9:30 am

Keynote Breakfast Jeff Strohl, Director of Research, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce What is different about today’s employment marketplace? With a focus on connecting 21st Century competencies with education and training, this presentation will identify the effects of changing job requirements and skill demands on students and the current workforce. Dr. Strohl will share insights on why it is important to educate and inform federal, state, and local policymakers and stakeholders on ways to better align education and training with labor market demand and qualifications.

9:30 10:15 am

The Skills Gap is Real Kelly Hastings, Senior Government Relations Advisor Steven O. Kramer, Vice President, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Trish Serratore, President and CEO, National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES)
Edward Salsberg, Director of Workforce Studies, Institute for Health Workforce Research and Policy, George Washington University Moderator: John Wannemacher, Vice President of Higher Education Strategic Marketing, Pearson
Employers complain that there are not enough skilled workers to fill open positions. Is this true? With a panel comprised of economists and thought leaders from trade associations in specific occupational areas, we will discuss existing skills gaps and look at the future employment needs of these sectors. Additional panelists to be named.

10:15 10:30 am


10:30 11:00 am

Higher Education in the Connected Age Dr. Peter Smith, President, Open College at Kaplan University Our system of higher education is based on and organized around the principle of scarcity, that the resources needed to provide an education must be collected in one place: a campus. Technology allows for degree level services to be delivered anytime, anywhere, to anyone and supports the development of personalized learning paths. With new traditional students making up the majority of those pursuing higher education, students need economical pathways to credentials. Dr. Smith discusses how we can scale mass personalized learning paths.

11:00 am 12:00 pm

Bringing It All Together Ami Bhandari, Senior Vice President of Education & Strategy, Lincoln Educational Services Bob Skodzinsky, Manager, Americas – Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) Program Danny Vargas, Chair, Virginia Board of Workforce Development, President and Founder, VARCom Solutions, Herndon, VA Moderator: Jason A. Tyszko, Senior Director, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Center for Education and Workforce Business, educators and government working together produce sustainable outcomes. Our final panel represents each of these sectors to illustrate how this interdependence can work to create a favorable environment where employment is not a by-product but an outcome of education.

12:15 12:30 pm

Concluding Remarks

12:30 1:00 pm

Senator Lamar Alexander Keynote Speech*

1:00 2:00 pm


2:00 pm

* Senator Lamar Alexander Keynote Speech and the lunch that follows is open to both Symposium and APSCU Hill Day registrants