Flash Edition - September 28, 2018

Octae Connection

OCTAE Connection Flash Edition

October 1, 2018

Webinar on Increasing Academic Achievement: A Field Guide of Innovations

Date: Wednesday Oct. 10, 2018

Time: 4–5 p.m. EDT

Register Here!

From host WorkforceGPS’s website:

Using learning modules based on competencies can help learners get to credential attainment faster and with less expense.  The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program funded the creation and enhancement of Competency-Based Education programs, which measure student achievement based on mastery of competencies as demonstrated through performance-based assessments. 

Ivy Tech’s IT Pathways state level consortium implemented fun and authentic learning and assessment opportunities for students, and that led to job placement.  Through regional and statewide contests tied to other activities of a career fair, conferences and training, faculty, business, and students were engaged to evaluate and change curriculum, leading to direct employment of students.  By the second year, 40 employers were looking to hire thousands of students.

Making the Future is a Wisconsin consortium of 16 community colleges that collaborated to implement a statewide credit for prior learning policy to help recruit and retain students.  Due to the rising cost of higher education and the expansion of non-traditional training programs, credit for prior learning has gained momentum for colleges to use as a recruiting tool to mitigate the overall cost of tuition for students and reduce the time to completion.  Thousands of accredited U.S. colleges now recognize and grant credit for prior learning.

This webinar is part of the Innovations Leading to Career Success Webinar Series, which showcases strategies and resources developed by community colleges that are of broad interest to educational institutions engaged in career-focused education and training. Topics of upcoming webinars include building education and employer partnerships, developing sustainable student support systems, employer engagement, and more. The colleges featured in this webinar and throughout the series are grantees of the TAACCCT  grant program, a collaboration of the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education.   


Matthew Cloud, assistant professor and department chair, School of Information Technology, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

Anne Kamps, dean of learning solutions, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College


 Cheryl Martin, program manager, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration 

Erin Berg, community college program specialist, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education