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Summit workshops and presentations



General Sessions -- Breakfast

Welcome and Introduction

  • John Aiken, director, Apprenticeship Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
  • Harry Melander, chairman of the Minnesota Apprenticeship Advisory Board

Changing Demographics and its Impact on Apprenticeship in Minnesota -- (Download presentation)
Minnesota is a dynamic state; its population is changing all the time. Allison Liuzzi from Minnesota Compass and Wilder Research will provide an overview of the changing demography of Minnesota and discuss its impact on the workforce. Tom Kriger, North America's Building Trades Unions, will continue this conversation with the related impact and increasing need for apprenticeship in Minnesota and throughout the United States.

Speakers:

  • Allison Liuzzi, Minnesota Compass, Wilder Foundation
  • Tom Kriger, North America's Building Trades Unions


Morning Workshops Part I - 9:45 a.m.

Apprenticeship 101 -- (Download presentation)
Has your organization considered starting an apprenticeship program, but you are not sure where to start? This session will provide an introduction to apprenticeship, including details of how it works and where to begin. Apprenticeship Minnesota is ready to support your organization every step of the way.

Presenter: Leslie Philmon, Apprenticeship Minnesota

Apprenticeship Program Models Across Multiple Industries -- (Download presentation)
Are you Interested in learning about how different industries develop and implement various models of apprenticeship? This expert panel representing construction, manufacturing, and healthcare will give examples of successful apprenticeship models in their industries, and will answer participant questions.

Panelists:

  • Curt Jasper, Ajax Metal Forming Solutions
  • Raphael Luchs, Buhler
  • Laura Lutgens, LeadingAge Minnesota
  • Dean Mills, Laborers Training Center
  • Tiffany Schlueter, Ajax Metal Forming Solutions

Moderator: LaRohn Latimer, Apprenticeship Minnesota

Diversity and Inclusion Tools and Resources for Apprenticeship Programs -- (Download presentation)
Is your organization looking for tools and resources to support diversity and inclusion among your team? The presenters in this session will share best practices on diversity and inclusion in hiring and management. They will also provide tactical tools for continuing education and learning with the goal of creating an inclusive work culture.

Presenters:

  • Deqa Sayid, YWCA Minnesota Racial Justice Center
  • Ruthie Johnson, YWCA Minnesota Racial Justice Center

Minnesota Model: Best Practices in Aligning Career and Technical Education with Building Trades and Registered Apprenticeship PART A -- (Download presentation)

This session will examine successful programs, including the Minnesota Trades Academy, MC3 (Multi-core Craft Curriculum) implementation, and Construct Tomorrow. Attendees will leave with an understanding of successful inroads into apprenticeship by way of aligned career and technical education.

Panelists:

  • John Christiansen, Intermediate School District 917
  • Moke Eaglefeathers, Multi-core Craft Curriculum
  • Larry Gilbertson, Apprenticeship Coordinators Association of Minnesota (ACAM)
  • Rich Krohn, North Hennepin Community College

Moderator: Rick Martagon, Apprenticeship Minnesota



Morning Workshops Part II - 11 a.m.

Apprenticeship Tools and Resources -- (Download presentation)
How can Apprenticeship Minnesota help you and your organization? What could your return on investment be to launch or grow an apprenticeship program? This interactive presentation will discuss ROI and provide apprenticeship tools and resources, such as marketing materials, OJT templates, employer to employer connections and much more. Apprenticeship Minnesota is ready to assist you build and expand your apprenticeship programs.

Presenters:

  • Angelina Nguyen, Director of Research and Statistics, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
  • Leslie Philmon, Apprenticeship Minnesota

Apprenticeship Recruitment and Retention Promising Practices -- (Download presentation)
Where are employers finding new apprentices and how are they retaining them? A panel of employer experts from various industries will share how they are identifying and finding apprentices through creative recruitment strategies. The panel will also discuss their successful apprentice recruitment strategies.

Presenters:

  • Dave Bellefeuille, Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Pam Koehler, Uponor
  • Christa Mardaus, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Keisha Powell, Fairview Health Services
  • Verena Walther, Buhler

Moderator: LaRohn Latimer, Apprenticeship Minnesota

Multiple Generations at Work -- (Download presentation)
Working with multiple generations in the workforce can be hard. Jodie Swee will present her research and experience on how to successfully support multiple generations in the workforce with special emphasis on attracting and retaining millennials and generation Z. Swee will provide tools to assist the generations in working together more effectively.

Presenter: Jodie Swee, XYZ University

Minnesota Model: Best Practices in Aligning Career and Technical Education with Construction and Building Trades and Registered Apprenticeship through Community-Based Organizations PART B -- (Download presentation)
Several community-based organizations are engaged in expanding apprenticeship, pre-apprenticeship and career preparation while navigating barriers to success. This session will provide details to how CBOs have successfully partnered with apprenticeship programs in the construction and building trades.

Panelists:

  • Craig Hansen, Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO)
  • Tom Kennedy, Goodwill-Easterseals Minnesota
  • Norma Miller, Minneapolis Urban League
  • Jody Paulson, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Apprenticeship Training Center

Moderator: Rick Martagon, Apprenticeship Minnesota



General Sessions -- Lunch

USDOL and Apprenticeship Minnesota Updates

  • John Aiken, director, Apprenticeship Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
  • Daniel Villao, deputy administrator, Office of Apprenticeship, U.S. Department of Labor

Voices of Apprenticeship
A panel of apprentices share their experiences about how apprenticeship has impacted their careers and their lives. Moderated by Rick Martagon, Apprenticeship Minnesota.

Apprentice panelists:

  • Grace Bauman, Iron Workers Local 512, third-year apprentice
  • Marissa Goodsky, Cement Masons Local 633, third-year apprentice
  • Amanda Gruber, Three Links Care Center, journeyworker health support specialist
  • Dionte Henley, Sheet Metal Workers Local 10, first-year apprentice
  • Tiffany Schlueter, Ajax Metal Forming Solutions, journeyworker class A machine operator


Afternoon Workshops Part I - 1:45 p.m.

Funding Opportunities: Supporting the Development of Apprenticeship Programs -- (Download presentation)
Do you want to better understand the funding options to assist you in developing your skilled workforce? There are various sources available to support the launch and development of apprenticeship programs. This panel will provide an overview of tools and answer questions from the audience about the details of writing and administering grants.

Panelists:

  • Andrea Ferstan, TwinWest Chamber of Commerce
  • Carrie Fink, DLI and DEED
  • Jacquelynn Mol Sletten, OHE
  • Mike Slezak, DEED

Moderator: Annie Welch, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

Employer Forum: Lessons Learned from Apprenticeship Programs -- (Download presentation)
Apprenticeship is a strong workforce development strategy and has been for decades. Employers with apprenticeship programs have had countless opportunities to support apprentices and learn how to make modifications and enhancements to OJT and related instruction in their apprenticeship programs. This workshop will delve into employer lessons learned in creating successful apprenticeship programs. The moderators will allow time for participants to ask questions of the panelist.

Panelists:

  • Greg Hofstede, Alliance Machine Inc.
  • Laura Lutgens, LeadingAge Minnesota
  • Keisha Powell, Fairview Health Services

Moderators: LaRohn Latimer and Leslie Philmon, Apprenticeship Minnesota

Successful Mentorship Programs and Affinity Groups -- (Download presentation)
Mentorship programs and affinity groups contribute to the success of apprentices and employees, but what are these groups and are there any benefits to establishing one? Michael Carter of The Winters Group will provide a brief overview of these programs, explain to you the benefits and how to start a successful program in your organization. Tom Moore and Barb Pecks will also provide an insight into their affinity groups and talk about successes and challenges.

Presenter and moderator: Michael Carter, The Winters Group

Panelists:

  • Tom Moore, Key Performance Consulting
  • Barb Pecks, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters

Challenges and Opportunities in Aligning CTE with Registered Apprenticeship in the United States (Parts A and B) -- (Download presentations: Part A and Part B)
This two-part workshop will examine the challenges, opportunities and best practices encountered in aligning Career and Technical Education and registered apprenticeship in New York City, Michigan and other parts of the United States. The panelists will discuss strategies they have employed on behalf of the largest skilled construction craft unions in North America. They will also share how they describe the many career opportunities available to young people through Registered Apprenticeship to school guidance counselors, teachers and administrators. This workshop will also discuss the challenges and opportunities encountered in re-building linkages between CTE schools and Registered Apprenticeship. In addition, panelists will discuss the strategies that Building Trades leaders have used in California to facilitate the use of apprenticeship readiness programs and the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum in building a local construction workforce in one of the fastest growing construction markets in the county. Together, their work provides opportunities to young people, local residents and communities that have been historically underserved by registered apprenticeship in the construction industry.

Panelists:

  • Nicole Bertran, The Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills, New York City
  • Laura Biggie, United Association Education and Training Department
  • Howard Hipes, Michigan Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Michigan
  • Anne McMonigle, Apprenticeship Readiness Fund, Los Angeles /Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council

Moderator: Julie Brockman, School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Michigan State University



Afternoon Workshops Part II - 3 p.m.

PIPELINE Program: A Pathway to Apprenticeship -- (Download presentation)
The PIPELINE Program takes an innovative, employer-driven, competency-based approach to dual training, which can set employers up to succeed in sponsoring apprentices. In this session, the PIPELINE team will offer tools to successfully launch and sustain dual-training programs.

Presenters: Annie Welch, Dan Solomon, and Kathleen Gordon, the PIPELINE Program Team with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

Building an Effective OJT Program -- (Download presentation)
Learn how to enhance your on-the-job training program by identifying and training effective trainers, evaluating apprentice work, and developing supportive culture for apprentices/trainers.

Presenter: Tom Kriger, Director of Research and Education, North America's Building Trades Unions

Creating an Inclusive Work Environment -- (Download presentation)
As workplaces become more diverse, how do you make sure everyone feels like a supported and contributing member of your team? This session will focus on successful strategies and tools to ensure your workplace is inclusive to all your employees and apprentices.

Presenter: Amy Tolbert, ECCO International

Challenges and Opportunities in Aligning CTE with Registered Apprenticeship in the United States (Parts A and B) -- (Download presentations: Part A and Part B)
This two-part workshop will examine the challenges, opportunities and best practices encountered in aligning Career and Technical Education and registered apprenticeship in New York City, Michigan and other parts of the United States. The panelists will discuss strategies they have employed on behalf of the largest skilled construction craft unions in North America. They will also share how they describe the many career opportunities available to young people through Registered Apprenticeship to school guidance counselors, teachers and administrators. This workshop will also discuss the challenges and opportunities encountered in re-building linkages between CTE schools and Registered Apprenticeship. In addition, panelists will discuss the strategies that Building Trades leaders have used in California to facilitate the use of apprenticeship readiness programs and the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum in building a local construction workforce in one of the fastest growing construction markets in the county. Together, their work provides opportunities to young people, local residents and communities that have been historically underserved by registered apprenticeship in the construction industry.

Panelists:

  • Nicole Bertran, The Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills, New York City
  • Laura Biggie, United Association Education and Training Department
  • Howard Hipes, Michigan Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Michigan
  • Anne McMonigle, Apprenticeship Readiness Fund, Los Angeles /Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council

Moderator: Julie Brockman, School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Michigan State University