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CONCURRENT SESSIONS

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CCME 2021 Concurrent Sessions

Bridging the Gaps – Credentials that lead to Sustainable and Successful Outcomes

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Academic Institution Portal and AF Virtual Education Center - Leveraging Technology to Support our Military

Presenters: Michael Allen, Director – Education and Training Programs, BAM Technologies
Kendall McAree, Managing Partner, BAM Technologies


Abstract: The Academic Institution (AI) Portal assists our Military Community by providing educational information to the following members:  Air Force, Civilian Acquisition Workforce, and Military Spouses.  Recent changes to the AI Portal and AFVEC will be discussed as the Air Force looks to continually improve and automate functionality to make processes easier for the Airmen, Education Centers and our Academic Institutions. The AFVEC serves our Military Community by providing one-stop-shopping for educational needs. 

A Win-Win: Embedding Industry Certificates into STEM Degree Programs

Presenters: Albritton, Angela. MS Aeronautics, Director of Military Relations and Strategic Initiatives, Worldwide Campus, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Witcher, Kenneth. Ph.D., Dean of the College of Aeronautics, Worldwide Campus, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


Abstract: By embedding labor-market relevant credentials into degree programs, institutions are able to provide information on specific competencies a graduate possesses, as well as the post-secondary education they have completed. Graduates emerge with a unique skill set that sets them apart from more traditional university programs. This presentation will provide detailed information on two of Embry-Riddle’s STEM degree programs that have industry certificates embedded. We will discuss best practices of working with industry and lessons learned.

Active Duty, Too: Building a bridge to better student services for active duty service members

Presenter: Karnowski, Sara, Master of Arts - Communication, Assistant Director of UNO at Offutt Air Force Base, Division of Continuing Studies, University of Nebraska at Omaha


Abstract: With best intentions, military friendly policies often favor veterans and aren’t applicable to the active duty service member. Learn how the Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) has worked to become military friendly for active duty service members AND veterans; while existing within a large, public, state University system. All with the mission of making enrollment and degree completion achievable for our active duty military students.

Advancing Veteran Entrepreneurship through Education

Presenters: Mirza Tihic, Ph.D., Entrepreneurship Research Fellow, Whitman School of Management, Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), Syracuse University Rosalinda Maury, Director of Applied Research, Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), Syracuse University


Abstract: For decades, veterans have engaged in entrepreneurial activity at higher rates than nonveterans. While veterans are driven and have entrepreneurial characteristics, they often lack the education and know-how to establish, run, and sustain businesses. This presentation shares outcomes of the 2020 National Survey of Military-Affiliated Entrepreneurship completed by 1,859 veterans. Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of resources, tools, and programs needed to establish and/or enhance campus-based resources and services critical to veteran entrepreneurship outcomes.

Are You Serving Military Affiliated Students Seeking a Professional License or Certification?

Presenters: Cheryl Dowd, JD, Director, State Authorization Director, WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET)  Russ Poulin, MS, Executive Director, WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET)


Abstract: Institutions offering programs leading to professional licenses should know all additional institutional responsibilities. State program approval may be required when your distance education student is located in another state. Federal regulations require public notifications whether the curriculum meets state educational requirement for a license or certificate, regardless of modality, in all states plus individualized notices where the prospective and current students are located. We will address state approvals, professional compacts, and strategies to provide required notifications.

ArmyIgnitED

Presenters: Robert Remington, Jason Bise, Brian Centers HRC, TAGD ACED, Postsecondary Programs Manager, Army Continuing Education


Abstract: Overview and guidance on using the system. Latest Training options and addressing common questions received over the last 5 months.

Assessing the Impact of the COVID Pandemic on Student Veterans and Campus Support Services

Presenters: Lang, Wendy Ann. MA, Drew University, Founder and Director Operation College Promise
Long, Monteigne. MA. University of Southern California, Assistant Director, Office of Veterans Affairs, Texas A&M University System


Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic poses unprecedented challenges for institutions of higher education, including those related to funding, staffing, and shifting priorities. This presentation will explore the findings of studies conducted by Operation College Promise (OCP) and the Texas A&M University System assessing the pandemic's impact from both an institutional and student veteran perspective. It will serve as a key instrument to enhance institutions' efforts to support student veterans as we move beyond this unprecedented international crisis.

Bridging the Cybersecurity Workforce Gap through the Power of Apprenticeship

Presenter: Umberger, Geanie, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship Program (P-CAP)


Abstract: Proliferating faster than any other labor sector, cybersecurity has a projected 37% growth rate between 2018 and 2022, with millions of job openings. Recognizing the significant role of this sector in protecting national security, it is time for employers to look to apprenticeships to curb this workforce shortage and for candidates to take advantage of this on-the-job training to access a high-demand career field.

Bridging the Early College Planning Gap: A Model for New Enlistees and their Parents

Presenters: Hartman, Kenneth, Founder and President, Our Community Salutes-USA
Plunkett, Randy, Military Director, Walden University, Wilmeth, Kelly, Vice President, Stateside Military Operations, University of Maryland Global Campus, Roby, Dan, Associate Vice President, Military and Veteran Outreach, American Military University


Abstract: This session will present current research and best practices in early college planning with new enlistees and their parents/guardians. Innovative and successful strategies and methods will be discussed and shared.

Career Investment – Navy’s Portfolio of Credentialing Pathways that Lead to Successful and Sustainable Careers

Presenter: Jim Johnson, Chief of Naval Personnel (OPNAV N13M7)


Abstract: The Navy has, and continues to support the personal and professional development of its Sailors.  A fulfilling career with the Navy, as well as post-service, requires commitment on both the Sailors as well as Navy leadership.  To meet this goal, the Navy maintains a robust Career Investment Portfolio.  The Navy’s Career Investment Portfolio enables pathways that lead to successful and sustainable careers.

Creating a Green Zone on Your Campus

Presenter: DeMott, Joanna, MHR, Military Liaison & Program Coordinator, University of North Carolina Wilmington


Abstract: This “train the trainer” webinar will provide an overview of ways to approach developing Campus Green Zone training at institutions of higher education, including a template of training topics with applicable academic references; options for designing the training for in-person workshops, live web trainings, and self-paced virtual trainings; recommendations for getting campus buy-in and promoting the training to faculty, staff, campus departments, student organizations and pre-service students.

Credit Where Credit is due: Bridging the Gap between Military Training and Civilian Licensure

Presenters: Stone, Amy, B.S., Director - VALLO Grant, Ivy Tech Community College Morley, Maxwell, MPA, B.A., Policy Analyst, The Council of State Governments Nallin, Alexander, Workforce Analyst, U.S. Department of Labor


Abstract: During their service, members of our armed forces gain the training, education, and experience necessary for particular fields of work. However, these qualifications are often not recognized toward civilian licensure. Highly qualified service members are often required to repeat much of the same training and education to become licensed. In this session, we will identify barriers to licensure and offer insight into how states can reduce barriers and help service members reenter the workforce.

Explore mentorship and networking opportunities for Service members with local PMI chapters

Presenters: Christopher Bloor, Iona College, Federal Sales Director, Pearson VUE Sue Jackson, Director of Market Development Government, David Wells, Vice President Marketing, The Pikes Peak Regional, Colorado Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI)


Abstract: Did you know there are Project Management Institute (PMI) chapters near your bases that support veterans and Service members seeking a PMI certification? Discover the many ways that PMI chapters support veterans, including providing training, education, and mentorship to prepare for the certification. Hear from a Service member who utilized their local PMI chapter on their path to certification and find out how you can help Service members get involved with the chapter near them.

Forging New Partnerships to Improve College Access & Success for Ohio National Guard Students

Presenters: Pfeiffer, Marchem, Cleveland State University (B.A.) and The University of Akron (M.A.), Education Services Officer, Ohio National Guard Shank, Jared, Wright State University (B.A., M.A.), Senior Director of Military and Apprenticeship Initiatives and Special Projects, Ohio Department of Higher Education Walton, Sarah, Syracuse University (B.A.), Manager, Third Sector Goodman, Emma, Yale University (B.A.), Senior Associate, Third Sector


Abstract: The Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Adjutant General’s Office are building a Pay for Success project to improve persistence and graduation rates among recipients of the Ohio National Guard Scholarship. Through this initiative, recipients will receive customized coaching services that help them select a post-secondary program, leverage campus and military resources, and graduate on time. The Ohio team will share their experience building a collaborative, cross-sector coalition of partners to support military-connected students.

Home Base Iowa: Inspiring Excellence through Community Engagement, Education and the Workforce

Presenter: Chicoine, Jathan, MA, Home Base Iowa Program Manager for State and Strategic Initiatives, Iowa Workforce Development (IWD).


Abstract: Home Base Iowa (HBI) is a one-of-a-kind program connecting Veterans and family members with resources and opportunities in Iowa.  Expanding on broader support from the State of Iowa, HBI organizes around three areas of focus: (1) student success; (2) community support; and (3) workforce solutions.  Attendees will gain an understanding of HBI and how connecting HBI Communities, HBI Businesses and Institutions of Higher Education, has inspired greater excellence and brought top talent to Iowa.

Impact of COVID-19 and New Federal Regulations on Delivery of Distance Education

Presenters: Cheryl Dowd, JD, Director, State Authorization Director, WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) Russ Poulin, MS, Executive Director, WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) Karen Solomon, Ed.D, Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer, Higher Learning Commission (HLC)


Abstract: Looking forward, institutions must implement new Distance Education Federal regulations and move away from the waivers that were provided by the U.S. Department of Education and Accreditors due to the pandemic. Additionally, as courses move from face-to-face to digital and remote formats, the regulations that apply change. This session will provide updates on regulations and discuss implementation strategies to ensure quality opportunities for our military affiliated students.

Innovations that allowed for a highly successful Navy VOLED program during a worldwide pandemic

Presenters: LCDR Adam Walski, Masters, Deputy Director of the U.S. Navy Voluntary Education Program, Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center Chris Cruz, Masters, Director, Virtual Education Capabilities, Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center Levadie Townsend, Masters, Technical Manager of My Education, Naval Education and Training Command


Abstract: Innovations to meet Sailor’s Tuition Assistance expectations during a worldwide pandemic. Sailors continued to request access to higher education during this global event.  The Navy, in response to this unpresented event, developed a suite of virtual delivery products even as our workforce were understanding how to work from the home. This session will provide detailed insight on the Sailor’s perspective, the products developed over the past year, and tie-ins to the Navy’s overall Transformation effort.

Lessons Learned While Building Accelerated Pathways for Veterans at Kentucky Community & Technical College System

Presenters: Brodbeck, Shannon, MA, VALLO Curriculum Support Specialist, Kentucky Community and Technical College System Simpson, Leah, Ed.D., Executive Director of Online Learning, Kentucky Community and Technical College System


Abstract: The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) team worked with faculty to develop more than ten accelerated pathways to licensed professions in under 20 months, but it wasn’t without trials and tribulations. In this session, the KCTCS team will share five lessons learned that will help you rapidly design accelerated pathways and programs at your institution.

Leveraging technology & industry-driven collaboration to provide student + community career readiness during COVID

Presenters: Tillman, Kandi, Managing Co-Founder, 50strong Passmore, Sean, VP & Head of Military Talent External Recruiting, Wells Fargo Higgins, Beau, Sr. Manager Military Talent Acquisition, Amazon  Nicholls, Cody, PhD, Assistant Dean of Military & Veteran Engagement, University of Arizona Keough, Susan, Associate Director of Employment Services, Texas A&M University System Evans, Jared, Director of Military & Veteran Initiatives, University of South Carolina


Abstract: In 2020, 50strong EmployerConnect launched a collaborative effort with Amazon, ADP, TEKsystems, Wells Fargo & Deloitte and University of Arizona, University of South Carolina, University of South Florida and Texas A&M University System. The series combines industry-driven career readiness with employment pathways in a weekly virtual format and includes participation by Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, Costco, J.B. Hunt, Johnson & Johnson, Lowe’s, Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Republic Services, Ricoh, Uber & U-Haul.

MilGears: Powered by COOL

Presenters: Jim Johnson, Chief of Naval Personnel, OPNAV N13M7 Keith Boring, Director, Navy’s Credentialing Programs Lisa Lutz, Solutions for Information Design / DoD / DoL Credentialing Working Group


Abstract: MilGears is a web-based application powered by the Services’ Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) platforms. Initially, developed by the Navy, this robust career exploration tool is now being expanded to all services.  Learn how MilGears produces career pathways for Service members, mapping their military experiences to future civilian occupations and credentials for both in-service skills attainment and eventual post-Service employment.  See how a Service member and other stakeholders can use MilGears for career pathways, planning, and decision making.

MCAI Report Panel

Presenters: Ms. Lauren Runco, Director of Strategy, SOLID, LLC (Moderator); Ms. Deidra Jackson, Managing Partner, Opus Strategies; Dr. Terrell Odom, Director, Office for Military-Affiliated Communities, University of Chicago; Dr. Karen Daley, Dean, College of Health Professions, Davenport University


Abstract: Military training and experience as a steppingstone on the path to incremental credentials

Military Veterans Navigating Transition Journeys into Corporate Leadership – Emerging Implications for Higher Education

Presenter: Baas, William, Ed.D. Northeastern University, M.A. George Washington University, B.A. University of Pennsylvania. Captain, U.S. Navy Reserve; Vice President, Comcast NBCUniversal.


Abstract: The competitive landscape in today’s digital age is complex and uncertain. Corporations must “innovate or die” as the pace of technological change accelerates and business models shift. Against this backdrop, many military veterans are thriving in corporate leadership roles bringing relevant attributes honed from their service. Based on recent research exploring the transition pathways of veterans into corporate leadership, this session explores the emerging implications for the role of higher education in supporting their journeys.

Moving the Needle: Beyond Veteran Friendly to Veteran Inclusive Campus

Presenter: Taylor, Wayne N., Doctoral Student, Assistant Director, Office of Veteran Success at the University of South Florida


Abstract: This session recommends changing the narrative from veteran-friendly to veteran inclusive by establishing an environment where student veterans can embrace a sense of belonging, therefore providing positive results on enrollment, retention, and graduation.

MY Education: A Bridge between Military Service and Higher Education within Transition Assistance Program (TAP)

Presenter: Manyx, Melinda, MA, PMP, Policy and Curriculum Program Manager. Military-Civilian Transition Office, Department of Defense


Abstract: Working with Service members as they transition into the collegiate environment can be difficult, especially if you are unaware of the information received during transition. This session is designed to remedy the issue and make you an informed student advisor. During this session the basic process of TAP will be explained, the mandatory modules will be reviewed, and we will take a deeper dive into the module designed to assist Service members seeking higher education.

Navy College Region Advisor (NCRA) collaborating with our Academic Institution (AI) Partners “The real truth dispelling myths from realities.”

Presenters: Jacqueline Rhodes, Masters, Navy Voluntary Education Program, Regional Director Region Advisors, CONUS Operations, Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center Cynthia Moon, Masters, Region Advisor, Commander Naval Mid-Atlantic, Navy Voluntary Education Program, Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center Darlene Davis, Advanced Studies Degree, Ph.D., Commander Navy Southeast Region, Navy Voluntary Education Program, Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center Karen Stanbery, Masters, Commander Navy Southwest Region, Navy Voluntary Education Program, Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center Gilbert Williams, Masters, Commander Navy Northwest Region, Navy Voluntary Education Program, Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center


Abstract: For the first time, since the inception of the Navy College Region Advisor construct, the Navy will formally introduce The Navy College Region Advisors (NCRAs) to CCME. Discuss the roles and responsibilities of the position including that of collaboration with our Academic Institution (AI) Partners in CONUS. We will further reveal the truth dispelling myths from realities of the Region Advisor position and discuss their role as collaborative partners with on-base and visiting AIs. We will further reveal how the NCRA concept has worked for the Navy Voluntary Education Program.

New and enhanced features on the Joint Services Transcript

Presenters: McGrath, Loueen, Lead IT Specialist and Subject Matter Expert, Joint Services Transcript (JST) Operations Center Anderson, Laurine, JST IT Specialist/Analyst, Joint Services Transcript (JST) Operations Center


Abstract: CCME attendees will learn about the new features available including XML delivery, college account access and reports.  How JST, the Navy College Management Information System (NCMIS/TA) and USMAP (apprenticeships) lead to sustainable and success outcomes.  Attendees will be exposed to the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) High School transcripts.  How to get assistance and points of contact for JST and DoDEA transcripts will be provided.  The program is always seeking to improve the JST.

Optimize the certification process and pathway: Lessons from industry experts

Presenters: Christopher Bloor, Iona College, Federal Sales Director, Pearson VUE, Katya Silver, Director of Professional Certification, Association of Government Accountants, Liberty Munson, Director of Psychometrics, Microsoft, Jeff Felice, President, CertNexus


Abstract: Certifications verify that individuals have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to “do the job,” yet determining a certification path can be a daunting and complex challenge for any professional, particularly when changing career fields. In this session, learn how to help Service members optimize their certification process. A panel of experts from industry-leading certification organizations will share how they determine exam requirements and map certifications to industry job roles before answering attendees’ questions.

Portable Stackable Education: A University-Led, Military Friendly Credentialing and Career Readiness Pathway

Presenters: Glassman, Aaron, Doctor of Management (D.M.), Department Chair and Associate Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide


Abstract: Degree programs often are time and cost prohibitive in today's world of rapid upskilling, reskilling, and career uncertainty.  This is especially true within veteran populations who need a portable, focused way to gain career-relevant skills as quickly as possible.  Employers also value degrees, certificates, and hands-on experience differently.  This presentation focuses on a novel way to deconstruct a college degree into stackable certificates to rapidly up-skill and later combine those certificates to earn a degree.

Providing Effective Student Centric Career Services for Veterans in the COVID Environment

Presenter: James Shiver, MBA, USA (Ret.), Manager, Center for Career Planning & Workforce Strategies, Trident University international


Abstract: An educational institution’s ability to provide effective career services to veterans is an ongoing challenge, further compounded by COVID. This presentation highlights best practices and lessons learned through the review of student centric services, including career center webinars, employer sessions, and other virtual resources. Specific learning objectives include identifying career services of primary value to veteran students, providing effective career services in a virtual environment, and understanding the importance of focusing on student centric outcomes.

Servicemember learning at your fingertips: There's an app for that.

Presenters: Barry, Elizabeth, Director of Marketing, Peterson's Short, Kiwanis, Program Manager, DANTES


Abstract: How do you study in the middle of the desert? Or 300 meters below the oceans surface? For our nation's servicemembers, a deployment often comes with additional educational challenges in the forms of distance, time, connectivity, and (lack of) resources. Learn how DANTES and Peterson's Education partnered together to solve these challenges with a device no larger than the size of your hand. Further, learn how you can apply these solutions within your own organizations.

SkillBridge: Creating Employment Opportunities after Graduation

Presenters: Boris Kun - Director, Workforce, Credentialing & SkillBridge Programs, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Elizabeth Belcaster – EMB Consultants, Inc; Deon Boyce, Program Manager, SkillBridge and Credentialing Personal and Professional Development Branch Marine and Family Programs Division Headquarters, Marine Corps; Amanda Slosson, Regional Transition Outreach Coordinator (NAVY MIDLANT) Fleet and Family Support Program; Jeffrey Lee, Deputy Transition Services Manager, Fort Stewart / Hunter Army Air Field


Abstract: The presentation will provide attendees with an overview of the SkillBridge program, highlight specific examples of higher education partnering with industry, and how this program helps transitioning Service Members find employment while on Active Duty.  Finally, a panel of SkillBridge Providers, Service Program Managers, and other experts will provide answers to questions (either from the audience or predetermined).

Stackable Academic Degree Programs - The “Trident” Concept and Practice

Presenter: Shachar, Mickey PhD, Dean College of Health and Human Services, Trident University International


Abstract: Trident University is fully online and with a strong military student body. We have developed a “stackable” concept and plan that allows our students to complete one degree and apply credits earned towards a higher-level second degree, and thus shorten their time to graduation. Our practice encompasses all colleges, but the focus of this presentation is The College of Health and Human Services’ degree programs: Homeland Security: Associate to Bachelor; Bachelor to Master, Health Sciences: Bachelor to Master, Health Administration: Bachelor to Master; Master to Doctoral. Attendees will learn the academic program structure and curriculum, and the benefits for students.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA): Military Students, Consumer Protections, and the SARA Student Catalog

Presenters: Marianne Boeke, Ph.D., Senior Director for Research and State Support
NC-SARA; Mary Agnes Larson, M.Ed., Executive Director for Student and Institution Support
NC-SARA


Abstract: The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) was established to help expand students’ access to educational opportunities and ensure more efficient, consistent, and effective regulation of distance learning programs. This presentation and discussion will focus on the SARA fundamentals, SARA student consumer protections, the SARA student catalog and a review of how SARA policies and data reporting requirements serve military students.

Stay COOL with Credentialing Opportunities Online and USMAP

Presenters: Michael Talley – Director, Navy COOL; Tom Phillips – Director, USMAP; Lisa Lutz – President, Solutions for Information Design (SOLID), LLC; Sophia Sweeney – Director, Army COOL; Deon Boyce – Director, Marine Corps COOL; Jason Smith – Director, Air Force COOL; Michael Reynolds – Director, U.S. Coast Guard COOL Group


Abstract: Service member participation in the services’ Credentialing programs (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line) and the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) continues to grow – especially with the recent addition of the Army and Air Force to USMAP.  Learn about these programs, their funding, how they have expanded and how they complement other education and credentialing initiatives in which you might be involved.

Strategies for Providing Education Services during COVID-19

Presenters: Donnette Deigh, MA, LCPC, NCC; Education Services Specialist, National Guard Bureau; John Berube, M.A.Ed, Supervisory Education Services Specialist, National Guard Bureau; Dominique Gill, M.Ed., Education Services Specialist, National Guard Bureau; Roland Fisher, MA, Education Services Specialist, National Guard Bureau; Vivian Moss, MA, Education Services Specialist, National Guard Bureau; Sean Stricek, M.A.Ed, Education Services Specialist, National Guard Bureau


Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has created barriers that have influenced the level of services of lifelong learning of Army National Guard Soldiers due to their commitment of being citizens and protectors of their communities. This presentation will share best practices that Army National Guard Education Services personnel provided during the COVID-19 pandemic in support of the mission of providing relevant education programs and services to Army National Guard Soldiers.

Student Services: Innovation and Collaboration in Serving Military-Affiliated Students

Presenter: Henly, Sara, MEd, Director - Veterans Resource Center, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center


Abstract: The presentation, Highlighting Innovation and Collaboration in Serving Military-Affiliated Students will highlight the programs and services implemented through the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Veterans Resource Center (VRC). Discussion on what is possible, and necessary, to ensure the success of military-affiliated students; particularly on minimal budgeting.

Supporting spouse and dependents’ job search with certification tools

Presenter: Christopher Bloor, Iona College, Federal Sales Director, Pearson VUE, Mona Dexter, Chief of Staff & Vice President, Operations & Communications, Hiring Our Heroes


Abstract: Despite the Department of Defense’s efforts to promote dependent employment, unemployment numbers remain higher than the civilian national average. Experts from Hire Heroes USA and Pearson VUE will share tools and strategies that military dependents can utilize to increase their chances for success in their job search. The speakers will showcase how a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification validates baseline technical competencies desired by employers and how a certification can set successful job applicants apart.

The Impact of Critical Thinking on Persistence and Identity Development of Active-Duty, Online Students

Presenter: Vogel, Emily, M.Ed, Lead Academic Advisor, University of Charleston


Abstract: This presentation discusses the impact of a critical thinking-focused, first-term, transitional college course on the persistence and identity development of active duty, online students in an Organizational Leadership degree program. Prior research will be briefly examined to frame the best practices of a critical thinking-focused, first-term, transitional college course, and then original research findings will be presented on the persistence and identity development of active duty students who have completed the course.

Utilizing Credentials to Speed Up the Job Hunt

Presenters: Swift, Roy A., Ph.D., Executive Director, Workcred; Jackson, Sue, Director of Market Development Government, Pearson VUE


Abstract: Credentials can help create shorter pathways to the civilian workforce for transitioning Service members and military spouses. However, with the emergence of many different types of credentials, there is a growing need to understand their value. Discover how organizations such as Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) and Workcred are creating better outcomes for professionals, including increasing the accessibility and understanding of certifications and using data to influence policy decisions.

Veteran Performance in an Era of COVID-19

Presenters: Johnson, David, Senior Associate Registrar, University of Iowa; Sullivan, Sara, Associate Registrar, University of Iowa; Bruns, Tammy, Certifying Official, University of Iowa


Abstract: In March of 2020, college campuses were forced to address safety issues pertaining to the delivery of courses. In an effort to comply with CDC guidelines, schools implemented measures to decrease the likelihood of COVID-19 exposure to their students, faculty, and staff. This presentation will examine how student veterans at the University of Iowa performed under these new teaching strategies, as well as solutions we have implemented to ensure student academic success.

What’s on the Joint Services Transcript (JST) and Why?

Presenters: McGrath, Loueen, 28 years of experience, Lead IT Specialist and Subject Matter Expert, Joint Services Transcript (JST) Operations Center; Anderson, Laurine, BS Computer Science, JST IT Specialist/Analyst, Joint Services Transcript (JST) Operations Center


Abstract: Every service member, Active Duty, Veteran and Reservist can use the JST tool to bridge foundational gaps in their education and career.  The speaker will clarify the JST transcript information that leads to credit towards a degree and success.  Attendees will gain an understanding of both the JST and each service’s content.  The interaction between JST and ACE.  The JST session will enable students and academic stakeholders to be successful along their journey.

DoD Institutional Compliance Program Update: It’s not a Gotcha Program!

Presenters: Anthony Clarke, DoD Voluntary Education Programs; Scott Flood, Managing Consultant, Guidehouse, LLP


Abstract: As we continue to mature the ICP, the DoD is looking to continuously improve the overall program while maintaining a high level of collaboration and transparency.  This discussion will refresh the CCME community on the overarching strategic philosophy of the ICP, along with more tactical examples of the DoD’s expectations for participating educational institutions.


Strategies to Build Academic Confidence

Presenter: Pavel, Ryan, Chief Executive Officers, Warrior – Scholar Project


Abstract: Military and veteran students have access to tremendous education benefits, yet many lack confidence in their academic abilities. This can lead to an underutilization of those hard-earned education benefits. In this session, we will discuss data-driven strategies institutions are employing to help build that confidence, including those utilized at Warrior-Scholar Project's academic boot camps.


How Collaborative Academic Agreements Improve Completion Rates and Return on Investment

Presenters: Dr. Mitch Seal Chief Academic Advisor, SOLID, Mr. Nathan Green - VP of Business Development, Acadeum


Abstract: COVID-19 has highlighted vividly the inadequacies of traditional academic models for the administration of accredited academic institutions. Enrollments, retention, completion and return on investment are suffering at many institutions. Now, more than ever, a proven method to increase enrollments while improving completion and reducing the time and cost for students and institutions is needed.  Accredited options for doing exactly this have existed from more than 100 years, but there was never a compelling need to further examine the possibilities of such an academic sharing model beyond small or isolated campuses in the US. COVID-19 has changed that. 


Leveraging Technology to Assess Service Member and Veteran Unique Qualifications Towards Civilian Jobs and Credentials

Presenters: Taylor Davis, Analyst, SOLID, LLC; Lauren Runco, Director of Strategy, SOLID, LLC


Abstract: This session will provide a brief overview of the MilGears platform and share awareness of functionality that impact stakeholders external to DOD. Presenters will highlight education and industry-focused projects and pilots that connect military and civilian partners with the goal of demonstrating how skills and competencies can be translated and recognized towards academic and non-academic credentials. Participants will gain a deeper understanding on how partner collaboratives and technological advancements are leading the way to support efforts in translating military training and experience into recognizable civilian learning outcomes that lead to in-demand careers.

LERs and Digital Identity: Providing Ownership and Portability of Service Member Records

Presenters: Rita Detrick, Senior Analyst, SOLID, LLC; Eric Kuhn, Senior Program Manager, Decentralized Identity, Microsoft; JPS Kohli, CEO, Skill-Up Technologies


Abstract: MilGears facilitates the creation of a comprehensive Learner and Employment Record   (LER) to capture all a Service member’s learning and experience wherever it may occur and shares that information via Verified Credentials (VCs) so that recipients receive accurately and authenticated data that belongs to the individual. The LER will provide Service members with easy access to all they have done over the course of their career and highlight the skills and competencies they have gained in that time.