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OCTAE Connection Flash Edition

October 15, 2018

Webinar on the Implications of Substance/Opioid Misuse and Addiction for the Workforce Development System

Date: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

Time: 2–3:30 p.m. EST

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From host WorkforceGPS’s website:

Substance abuse, in particular opioid misuse and addiction, is a national epidemic.  Last year, drug overdoses killed about 72,000 Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Workforce development professionals must gain a greater awareness of the issue and its impact on participants and employer partners as well as on workforce service delivery.  Join the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in this webinar to discuss federal efforts to support communities in addressing these challenges.  Participants will learn about the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment for people with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing these disorders.

Key personnel who should attend this webinar include program directors or managers, program coordinators, case managers, outreach and recruitment coordinators, supportive services personnel, and other personnel who work directly with participants.                                                                                                         


Walker Reed Forman, lead public health advisor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Holly Hagle, co-director, ATTC (Addiction Technology Transfer Center) Network Coordinating Office; co-director ATTC STR-TA (State Targeted Response-Technical Assistance) grant; assistant research professor, Collaborative to Advance Health Services, School of Nursing and Health Studies,/ University of Missouri-Kansas City

Pat McNeil, associate director, Substance Use Intervention, YouthBuild USA

David Clauss, program director, YouthBuild Austin, American YouthWorks, Inc. 


Amanda Ahlstrand, administrator, Office of Workforce Investment, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

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Webinar on Adult Learning Strategies at Community Colleges

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018

Time: 4–5 p.m. EST

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From host WorkforceGPS’s website:

Due to varying learning styles, work experiences, and family obligations, adults reentering the classroom have different needs, commitments, and priorities than traditional students.  For institutions serving adults learners, understanding the appropriate strategies to support them is critical.  This webinar will explore a number of adult-focused strategies, including hands-on or work-based learning, accelerated developmental education, credit for prior learning, and wrap-around student supports.  College staff from three states will share their experiences in implementing these strategies, funded by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program.

Mississippi contextualizes and accelerates developmental education through its Mississippi Integrated Basic Education Skills and Training (MI-BEST) program, designed to increase the ability of adults to obtain college credentials.

South Central College’s Minnesota Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Project (MNAMP), creates work-based learning opportunities, offers credit for prior learning, and provides additional services to help adult students work while completing their degrees.

Chaffey College’s InTech (Industrial Technical Learning) Center offers both in-class and hands-on instruction, as well as a dedicated job placement specialist, to provide access to career opportunities in a wide array of fields.

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. Upcoming webinar topics include building education and employer partnerships, developing sustainable student support systems, increasing 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

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