OCHEA Annual Conference 2017

Conference Highlights

Opening Session
Thursday, March 23, 2017
9:00 am – 10:30 am

Building a Workforce Ecosystem
Joel Simon, Vice President for Workforce and Economic Development, CAEL (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning)

Joel SimonAccess to a highly skilled pool of labor is now the most critical factor when business owners decide where to locate or expand. Communities with a range of learning opportunities can be better positioned to address the demand for skilled workers, but a lack of vision and coordination may hamper such efforts and lead to confusion and disillusionment. Working in communities across the US – large metro areas and rural areas – has developed an approach to create workforce intelligence, drive program change to address current and projected demand, increase collaboration among diverse stakeholders, and enable both program and participants to be resilient and adaptive as economies evolve and change.

BIO: Joel Simon, joined the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) as a Senior Consultant in 2006, assuming the role of Associate Vice President in 2009 and Vice President in 2012.  Mr. Simon brings more than 20 years of experience working at the local, regional and state level to link community and economic development with community residents through skills development, collaboration and capacity building.   His work at CAEL focuses on building regional collaboration to embed skills development strategies into local and regional economic development and job creation efforts.  He has provided consulting to multi-stakeholder workforce initiatives in 33 states, and has worked with public and private partnerships to understand and address skills needs in a variety of existing and emerging sectors including aerospace, aviation, energy, life sciences, transportation, manufacturing, information technology, retail, hospitality and healthcare, as well as foundational skill efforts, regional collaboration initiatives that cut across sectors, and workforce readiness and access for target populations


Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) Discussion Panel
Friday, March 24, 2017
9:30 am – 11:00 am  

John Magill, Assistant Deputy Chancellor Economic Advancement, ODHE
Cheri Rice, Associate Vice Chancellor, Higher Education Workforce Alignment, ODHE
John and Cheri will discuss Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) initiatives expanding our support for students and business. Student focused programs include: OhioMeansJobs Workforce Development Revolving Loan Fund, Ohio Means Internships and Co-op (OMIC) and Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills (RAPIDS).  Business and education activities include career services and sector based workforce strategies.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Data Based Decision Making:  Using your Student Registration Package – Union Room
Chuck Havlicek, President, ACEware Systems, Inc.
Your Student registration package can help you make better decisions for Continuing Education/Workforce Training program.   However, as with any tool, the results you get will depend on how well you use it.  This special three hour “Executive Briefing” will help you learn how you can use your Registration Software Package to:

  • Set your software up for success
  • Develop Codes that make a difference
  • Make better marketing decisions
  • Supercharge your program development process
  • Get better “Bottom Line” financials to measure programs
  • Let the software help you measure and reward staff performance

Chuck will use the model of the registration package from ACEware Systems, but the models, processes and techniques can be applied to most any robust registration software package.

Chuck HavlicekBIO:  Chuck is President and founder of ACEware Systems, Inc., a company that develops and markets Registration Software for continuing education programs. His claim to fame is that he spent 15 years as a continuing educator at the University of Nebraska and at Kansas State University. His university experience includes work with noncredit programs, professional certificate programs, community ed programs and conferences. He has served in a number of leadership roles in continuing education associations, including the ACEAN (Adult and Continuing Education Association of Nebraska) and the University Continuing Education Association. Chuck has a Master’s Degree in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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