Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred, a nonprofit organization and an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate focused on workforce credentialing, will be an expert panelist at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Workforce Development Institute event in New Orleans on January 31.
Credential experts from colleges and business will present at a workshop entitled, "Singing from the Same Sheet: A Harmonized Approach to Credentials,"to highlight national efforts to create a credential registry," especially as credentials play a greater role in workforce development. Dr. Swift will highlight the critical role of quality in improving workforce credentials.
The workshop will be part of AACC's Exploring Intersections event, from January 30 to February 2, 2018, structured to "encourage exploration, ideas, and efforts to serve our communities." A plenary session and workshop topics will range from disruptive technology at work to building the skills of adult learners.
"Community college workforce and economic development efforts, now more than ever, require collaboration and cooperation across policies, practices, initiatives, partners, and funders," said Walter Bumphus, Ph.D., president and CEO, AACC. "Such critical intersections serve to build a sustainable, inclusive, and forward-thinking workforce. Further intersecting is the work our professional community does with foundation, industry, and federal partners in effectively serving our students."
Dr. Swift will join panelists Jo Alice Blondin, Ph.D., president, Clark State Community College; Scott Cheney, executive director, Credential Engine; Ryan Davis, president and CEO, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce; Michael McCall, Ph.D., consultant, AACC; and Kate Radionoff, dean, School of Professional and Continuing Education, Madison Area Technical College.
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Workcred, an ANSI affiliate organization formed in 2014, is committed to strengthening workforce quality by improving the credentialing system, ensuring its ongoing relevance, and preparing employers, workers, educators, and governments to use it effectively. Led by executive director Roy Swift, Ph.D., the organization's vision is a labor market which relies on the relevance, quality, and value of workforce credentials for opportunities, growth, and development. Dr. Swift, a retired U.S. Army colonel, previously served as ANSI's chief workforce development officer and senior director of personnel credentialing accreditation programs.