2022 SYMPOSIUM

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2022 Breaking Barriers - Enhancing Value by Improving Outcomes that Shape Student Success

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Symposium Speakers

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Symposium Agenda 

Sunday, February 6, 2022

 

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm          Registration Open

                                       Registration 1

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm          Speaker Ready Room Open

                                       Conference Room 18

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm          CCME Information Desk and Mobile App Assistance

                                       Registration 2

 

 

DAY 1 - Monday, February 7, 2022

7:00 am - 6:00 pm          Registration Open

                                       Registration 1 

7:00 am - 6:00 pm          CCME Information Desk and Mobile App Assistance 

                                       Registration 2

7:00 am - 6:00 pm         Speaker Ready Room Open 

                                      Conference Room 18

8:00 am - 9:00 am          History of CCME

                                       Jim Yeonopulus, CCME Board Member

                                       Conference Room 1-2

 

8:00 am - 4:30 pm          Exhibit Hall Set-up

                                       Grand Ballroom Salon I

8:00 am - 5:00 pm          Services Meeting - Air Force (closed meeting)

                                       Conference Room 20-21

 

8:00 am - 5:00 pm          Services Meeting - Coast Guard (closed meeting)

                                       Conference Room 11

9:00 am - 11:00 am        ACME 101 / 201 - ACME Updates, Best Practices, and Challenges 

                                       Nicole Winget and Janice Neal, CCME Board Members

                                       Conference Room 1-2

9:00 am - 11:00 am        CCME 101: Newcomers' Orientation Workshop

                                       Chris Decker, Nicole Winget, Ashley Marquez, Karen Diaz, CCME Board Members

                                       Conference Room 16-17 

11:00 am - 12:00 pm      NAIMES Roundtable Discussion: Defining "Quality" Post-secondary Education

                                       Conference Room 16-17

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm        Lunch On Your Own 

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm          Compliance Perspective from the Institutions - Key Learnings

                                        American Intercontinental University System

                                        National University 

                                        Thomas Edison State University 

                                        Conference Room 1-2

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm          Working Together to Bridge the Gaps - Workforce Training & Education Alliance (WTEA)

                                       Vernon Taylor

                                       Conference Room 16-17

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm          CCME Business Meeting (open to all CCME Members) 

                                        Board Election Process Update

                                        Strategic Plan 2020-2025 - How are we doing?

                                        Conference Room 1-2

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm           CCME Board Meeting (closed meeting)

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm          CCME Board Welcome and Introductions / San Antonio - Scavenger Hunt 

                                       Grand Ballroom Foyer

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm          CCME President's Reception: Exhibit Hall Grand Opening (appetizers provided) 

                                       Grand Ballroom Salon I

 

DAY 2 - Tuesday, February 8, 2022

7:00 am - 6:00 pm          Registration Open 

                                       Registration 1

7:00 am - 6:00 pm          CCME Information Desk and Mobile App Assistance

                                       Registration 2

7:00 am - 4:00 pm          Exhibit Hall Open 

                                       Grand Ballroom Salon I

7:00 am - 7:45 am          Warm Continental Breakfast - Exhibit Hall

                                       Grand Ballroom Salon I 

 

7:30 am - 7:45 am          CCME Board Meeting (closed meeting)

7:00 am - 6:00 pm         Speaker Ready Room Open 

                                      Conference Room 18

8:00 am - 8:05 am         Opening Ceremony - Esmeralda Silva / Singing of National Anthem / Presentation of Colors

                                       National Anthem - Christopher Deckard, CCME Board Member

                                       Presentation of Colors - Veterans Memorial High School JROTC Patriot Battalion

                                       Grand Ballroom Salon E

8:05 am - 8:35 am          Welcome to Texas - Texas Military 

                                       Major General Charles K. Aris 

                                       Grand Ballroom Salon E       

8:35 am - 9:00 am          Commissioner of Higher Education - Texas 

                                       Dr. Harrison Keller 

                                       Grand Ballroom Salon E

9:00 am - 10:00 am        Opening Keynote Speaker

                                       SEAC Ramón "CZ" Colón-López, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

                                       Grand Ballroom Salon E

10:00 am - 10:30 am      Break - Exhibit Hall (snacks / coffee provided) 

                                       Grand Ballroom Salon I

10:30 am - 11:30 am       Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service 

                                        James Rodriguez, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy 

                                        Grand Ballroom Salon E

 

11:30 am - 1:00 pm         Scholarships' and Awards' Luncheon(lunch provided) 

                                        Desiree Butts / Jim Yeonopolus, CCME Board Members

                                        Grand Ballroom Salon E

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm           DoD VolED Updates 

                                        Dr. Jonathan Woods, Director of Voluntary Education

                                        Grand Ballroom Salon E

 

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm          Veterans Administration (VA) Updates (virtual)

                                        Mary L. Glenn, SES, Deputy Executive Director 

                                        Grand Ballroom Salon E

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm          Break - Exhibit Hall (snacks / coffee provided) 

                                       Grand Ballroom Salon I

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm          National Association of State Approving Agencies 

                                       Dr. Joseph Wescott, Risk-Based Survey Pilot Updates 

                                       Grand Ballroom Salon E

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm          Closing Keynote Speaker 

                                       Command Sergeant Major Patrick Alston, U.S. Army, Ret.

                                       Grand Ballroom Salon E 

 

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm          Sponsored Event

                                       Dr. Adam Saenz: Proof that nontraditional routes through college are valid and meaningful! -

                                       Central Michigan University        

                                       Conference Room 1-2

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm          CCME Board Reception(closed) 

DAY 3 - Wednesday, February 9, 2022

7:00 am - 5:00 pm          Registration Open

                                       Registration 1

7:00 am - 5:00 pm          CCME Information Desk and Mobile App Assistance 

                                       Registration 2

7:00 am - 4:00 pm          Exhibit Hall Open 

                                       Grand Ballroom Salon I

7:00 am - 5:00 pm          Speaker Ready Room Open

                                       Conference Room 18 

7:00 am - 7:45 am          Warm Continental Breakfast - Exhibit Hall

                                       Grand Ballroom Salon I 

 

7:30 am - 7:45 am          CCME Board Meeting (closed meeting)

8:00 am - 9:00 am          Concurrent Session #1 

                                       Conference Rooms - See Concurrent Session Schedule (coming soon)

9:15 am - 10:15 am        Concurrent Session #2 

                                       Conference Rooms - See Concurrent Session Schedule (coming soon)

10:15 am - 10:45 am       Break - Exhibit Hall (snacks / coffee provided)

                                        Grand Ballroom Salon I  

10:45 am - 11:45 am       Concurrent Session #3

                                        Conference Rooms - See Concurrent Session Schedule (coming soon)

11:45 am - 1:00 pm         Lunch - On Your Own 

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm          Concurrent Session #4

                                       Conference Rooms - See Concurrent Session Schedule (coming soon)

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm          Concurrent Session #5 

                                             Conference Rooms - See Concurrent Session Schedule (coming soon)

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm          Break (snacks / coffee provided) 

                                       Grand Ballroom Foyer

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm          Concurrent Session #6 

                                       Conference Rooms - See Concurrent Session Schedule (coming soon)

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm          Exhibit Hall Breakdown

                                       Grand Ballroom Salon I  

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm          BOOTS ON THE RIVER - CCME Networking Reception (appetizers provided) 

                                       Music by Jefferson Clay / Best Cowboy Boot Competition - Gals and Pals

                                       Marriott Riverwalk Oak Terrace (889 E Market St. - Across from Marriott Rivercenter) *location dependent upon weather*

                                             

DAY 4 - Thursday, February 10, 2022

7:00 am - 12:00 pm         Registration - Final 

                                        Registration 1

7:00 am - 12:00 pm         CCME Information Desk and Mobile App Assistance 

                                        Registration 2

7:00 am - 7:45 am           Warm Continental Breakfast

                                        Grand Ballroom Salon I

7:00 am - 12:00 pm         Speaker Ready Room Open 

                                        Conference Room 18

 

7:30 am - 7:45 am          CCME Board Meeting (closed meeting)

8:00 am - 9:00 am           Department of Defense (virtual)

                                        Ms. Caroline Baxter, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Education and Training

                                        Grand Ballroom Salon E

9:00 am - 10:00 am         Keynote Speaker 

                                        SSG Shilo Harris, U.S. Army Ret. and Motivational Speaker

                                        Grand Ballroom Salon E

10:00 am - 10:30 am       Break (snacks / coffee provided) 

                                        Grand Ballroom Foyer

10:30 am - 11:30 am       Service Chiefs Updates 

                                        Air Force - Ms. Hildegard Buan 

                                        Army - Dr. Pamela Raymer 

                                        Coast Guard - Mr. Stephen Keck 

                                        Marine Corps - Mr. Bart MacMillan

                                        Navy - Mr. James Johnson                

                                        Grand Ballroom Salon E

11:30 am - 11:35 am       Announce Scavenger Hunt / Bingo Winners 

11:35 am - 1:00 pm         Lunch - On Your Own 

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm           Student Panel

                                        Central Texas College - Ms. Rachel Myles

                                        National University - Mr. Ryan Zieno, U.S. Navy Veteran

                                        Thomas Edison State University - MSgt Isaiah Estrada, U.S. Air Force Reserve

                                        Trident University International - Mr. Jalen Button, U.S. Navy Dependent

                                        Grand Ballroom Salon E

        2:00 pm - 3:00 pm            President / Executive Leader Panel

                                        Central Texas College - Mr. Jim Yeonopolus

                                        Microsoft - Mr. Merrick Van Dongen

                                        Thomas Edison State University - Dr. Merodie Hancock

                                        Trident University International - Mr. Travis Allen

                                        Workforce Training & Education Alliance (WTEA) - Mr. Vernon Hood Taylor

                                        Grand Ballroom Salon E

 

3:00 pm  - 3:30 pm          CCME President's Awards

                                        Esmeralda Silva, CCME President 

                                        Grand Ballroom Salon E

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm           Closing Remarks / Adjournment

                                        Esmeralda Silva, CCME President

                                        Grand Ballroom Salon E

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm           NAIMES' Meeting (closed meeting) 

                                        Conference Room 20-21

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TITANIUM SPONSOR 

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Exhibitors

Meet our 2022 Professional Development Symposium Exhibitors!

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Sponsors

TITANIUM SPONSOR 

SILVER SPONSORS

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MEDIA SPONSORS

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 The Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) reserves the right to limit the types of companies and products represented in its events, to accept or reject applications and to assign sponsorship as it deems appropriate. 

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Concurrent Sessions

A Collaborative Approach to Personalization: How SNHU and Its Tutoring Partner Scale Effective Academic Support

Presenter: Perry Schreier, Erin, MFA, M.Ed, Director of Academic Support, Southern New Hampshire University

Abstract: Online learning opens doors to student populations previously left out of the college experience. It also distances them from critical support systems available on a brick and mortar campus, such as personalized academic support. SNHU's Academic Support Center strives to direct each student to the right support at the right time. Our partnership with Tutor.com has allowed this to happen at scale, resulting in increased persistence and success for our most at-risk online students.

Track: Joining Forces - Collaborative Solutions between Academia, Government, and Industry

Airman Heritage Group

Presenter: Dr. Chaunte Hall, Founder/CEO

Abstract: The Airman Heritage Group honors the proud legacy of the men and women who have served as Airmen and is dedicated to supporting the mission of the US Air Force (USAF), 37th Training Wing - Basic Military Training (BMT) - to motivate, train, and inspire the next generation of Airmen with the foundation to deliver 21st Century Airpower and to champion the vision to be the world's unrivaled Basic Military Training institution.

Track: Joining Forces - Collaborative Solutions between Academia, Government, and Industry

Approving Agencies, Authorization Agencies - State & Federal Implications

Presenter: Dowd, Cheryl; JD, Senior Director, Policy Innovations; State Authorization Network; WCET - WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies; Poulin, Russ; MS, Executive Director; WCET - WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies; Maeyaert, Cathie A., JD; Director - Private Postsecondary Institutions, Academic Affairs and Workforce Education; Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board;
Jevning, Sue E., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPTD; Director, Veterans Education; Texas Veterans Commission

Abstract: Our panel will discuss the differences and similarities of two state agencies that approve higher education programs and institutions for the purposes of student consumer protection. Compare and contrast the roles of the State higher education agencies that provide state institutional approval and the VA's State Approving Agencies as we discuss the impact of their approvals and purposes for U.S. Department of Education for Title IV aid and for the VA for GI Bill benefits.

Track: Joining Forces - Collaborative Solutions between Academia, Government, and Industry

Assisting our Military studentsrecognizing their credit and getting them to Graduation faster

Presenter: Dolan, Abigail, MA, Registrar, Trident University International
Rebecca Jones, MSM, Associate Vice President, Center for Student Success, Trident University International

Abstract: Trident University International prides ourselves on being student centered in our Student Service and Advising approach. Understanding our student population's military affiliation is critical. To be able to compassionately serve them takes a deep understanding and appreciation their lives in and out of the classroom. Registrar and Student Advising work hand in hand to support our military students by consistently updating credits earned through trainings and opportunities to earn credit for what they already know.

Track: Fostering Student Success - Compassionate Student Services

Breaking Barriers through Program Modernization and Remote Testing

Presenter: Ms. Gini Beran is the Director of Outreach and Account Management for the College-Level Examination (CLEP) Program; Mr. Patrick Cheicante is the Director of Global Account Management for Prometric, LLC; Ms. Gina Perry, Dantes PLA Branch Chief.

Abstract: For decades, DANTES has worked with testing agencies to provide access to credit-by-examinations (CBE) for service members - worldwide. In 2021, College Board and Prometric introduced their Remote Proctoring Platforms, providing greater access to CLEP and DSST exams for service members assigned to ships, in remote areas, or stationed in locations without a testing facility. Eliminating barriers, the credit by exam program is now available anytime, anywhere through remote proctorin

Track: Joining Forces - Collaborative Solutions between Academia, Government, and Industry

Breaking It Down - The Critical Takeaways for Virtual Education Fair Success

Presenter: Dill,Shelby, M.S., Education Services Officer, USCG Base Galveston, TX
Henry, Theresa, M.Ed., Regional Education Services Officer, USCG District 9, Base Cleveland, OH
Kelly, Bonnie, M.S., Ph.D., Education Services Officer, USCG Aviation Training Center Mobile, AL
Stancliff, Debra. M.S., Education Services Officer, USCG Sector Buffalo, NY
Vining, Velma, M.A.T., Education Services Officer, USCG Base Kodiak, AK

Abstract: A deep dive analysis will highlight lessons learned by a team of Education Services Officers after the inaugural launch of two Coast Guard Wide Virtual Education Fairs in 2021. Academic, Industry, and Government Partners will learn a project management blueprint for success, a guide for creating a dynamic and effective virtual presence, a multitude of marketing techniques, and a "crack the code" approach to attracting military members to programs during an education fair and beyond.

Track: Joining Forces - Collaborative Solutions between Academia, Government, and Industry

DoD Institutional Compliance Program Update: More Improvements on the Way

Presenter: Anthony Clarke, DoD Voluntary Education Programs and Scott Flood, Managing Consultant, Guidehouse, LLC

Abstract: The ICP continues to mature and evolve, while maintaining the consistency and transparency that have been its foundations since its inception. This presentation will briefly review the overarching philosophy of the ICP, provide examples of what's expected of the participants, and unveil the upcoming changes that will make the overall process more effective and efficient for all.

Track: Joining Forces - Collaborative Solutions between Academia, Government, and Industry

DoD SkillBridge: Finding Success When Academia, Government, and Industry Join Forces

Presenter: Kun, Boris, M.S., - Associate Director, Credentialing, OASD Readiness (Force Education); Anguay, Matthew, M.S., Senior Analyst, SOLID LLC; Cercone, Jennifer, M.A., Senior Analyst, SOLID LLC
Case Study presentes (TBD)

Abstract: This presentation will explore successful examples, w/in DOD SkillBridge, where higher education partnered with businesses to create learning opportunities which lead directly into jobs/careers. Attendees will receive an overview of the SkillBridge program, examine partnerships between education & industry that are filling critical shortages in the workforce, and learn about/ask questions about emerging program areas, trends in Service Member interests, etc.

Track: Joining Forces - Collaborative Solutions between Academia, Government, and Industry

Expand Opportunities for Service Member Success with the Modernized ACE Military Guide!

Presenter: Mr. Doug Johnson DoD Military Training Evaluations Program Manager, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), Dr. Sarah Cunningham Director, Operations and Engagement for the American Council on Education's (ACE) Learning Evaluations team

Abstract: The American Council on Education's (ACE) Military Guide has been modernized to streamline credit for military learning practices nationwide! This next evolution in military student support allows you to maximize results for learners and foster clearer pathways to higher education for adult learners. Join us for a demonstration and see how you can leverage the system's innovative capabilities (plus get a sneak peek at new features before they are widely released)!

Track: Fostering Student Success - Compassionate Student Services

How can learning help retain employees?

Presenter: Christopher Bloor, Iona College, Federal Sales Director, Pearson VUE
Sarah Krawlzik, PhD., Northcentral University, Cyber Solutions and Training Expert, ICF

Abstract: There is an urgent need for cyber professionals - there could be 1.8 million unfilled cyber positions by 2022! But because cybersecurity skills are constantly evolving, long-term job satisfaction can be hard to find. In this session, attendees will learn how to help Service members plan successful careers. Attendees will explore long-term career planning and competency mapping solutions. The session will discuss assessment structure and planning, including identifying and assessing aptitudes and alignment to industry standards.

Track: Establishing Crosswalks - Surviving and Thriving in the Post-Secondary Labor Market

How online tutoring turns the tides: Support dependent learning goals and increase educational achievement

Bloor, Christopher  -- Iona College, Federal Sales Director, Pearson VUE
Ehmann, Christa, PhD. --- University of Oxford, Vice President and Chief Education Officer, Pearson Smarthinking

Abstract: When families relocate for a Service member’s PCS assignment, the dependent education impact can be detrimental. Often there’s new courseware and teaching styles and, recently, COVID-19 pandemic protocols. In this session, attendees will learn how online tutoring services provide consistency and portability to digital-native-dependent students. They will understand how online tutoring provides professionalized instruction that is supplementary to classroom teachers and discover how it can extend learning and support education needs.

Track: Joining Forces – Collaborative Solutions between Academia, Government, and Industry

I want the PMP. Where do I start?: A guide for the military community

Presenter: Christopher Bloor, PearsonVUE; Mary Kate Soliva, Project Management Institute; Nancy Huebner, Project Management Institute;

Abstract: Project management is among the fastest growing job sectors in the world, which, along with the experience gained from military duties, makes it ideal for Service members seeking to grow in their careers both in and out of uniform. This session will explore Project Management Institute's various certifications, including the required experience for each, using current Service members as supporting examples. Finally, learn how PMI chapters support veteran employment, including providing training, education, and mentorship.

Track: Finding Future Focus - Envisioning Career Pathways using both Academic and Non-Academic Post-Secondary Credentials

Impacting Service Member and Veteran mental health through a creative educational experience

Presenter: Mark Weedon

Abstract: At Trident University International, our educational experience is not simply conducted in the vacuum of a classroom or limited to the pages of books. We understand our students, mostly adult learners, are enmeshed in a myriad of life's activities coupled with the additional stressors of hectic military life and even more uncertainties of transitioning from the military. We take a somewhat unique approach to positively impact the wellbeing of an already stressed experience. This unique mental health approach allows Trident to think outside the box to bring a more rewarding experience to our students.

Track: Fostering Student Success - Compassionate Student Services

Indiana Wesleyan University's Bucket Design - Maximize Military Credit Transfer to Meet Degree Requirements

Presenter: Manning, Mike, EdD, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Indiana Wesleyan University; Haight, KC, MBA, Executive Director - Military Relations, Indiana Wesleyan University;

Abstract: Discover how Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global (IWU) is changing the face of education for servicemembers and veterans by developing innovative degree programs specifically designed to sustainably maximize military credit transfer using bucket design and stackable credential models, thereby increasing speed-to-degree and significantly reducing the cost of degree attainment. Envision how these and similar practices could be implemented at other institutions.

Track: Recognizing Learning - Stackable Credentials and Learner Records

Microsoft Military Affairs Training & Job Placement Model: Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA)

Presenter: Merrick Van Dongen
Sr. Program Manager of Education and Workforce Development, Microsoft Military Affairs

Abstract: This session will introduce you to Microsoft’s approach to serving the military community through programmatic technical training and career development mentorship. MSSA’s training model and its evolution into ‘v2.0’ will be highlighted. Additional topics to be covered include recruitment successes and challenges, evolving our training model to virtual learning, the value of mentorship in career training, and the qualities and skillsets former and transitioning military personnel provide to the workforce.

Track: Joining Forces - Collaborative Solutions between Academia, Government, and Industry

MilGears: Powered by COOL

Presenter: Boring, Keith, Director of Navy Credentialing Programs, USN; Detrick, Rita, MilGears Lead Analyst, SOLID

Abstract: Learn about MilGears, a web-based application powered by the Services' Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) platforms, that helps Service members explore, plan for, and achieve their career goals. This robust career exploration tool produces career pathways for Service members based on their in-service skills attainment and employment experiences, connecting them to relevant career-related credentials. See how Milgears can be leveraged for career guidance, planning, and decision making for all Service members within and beyond academic settings.

Track: Finding Future Focus - Envisioning Career Pathways using both Academic and Non-Academic Post-Secondary Credentials

Military Credentialing Advancement Initiative (MCAI): Recognizing Military Training and Experience Toward High-Quality Credential Pathways

Presenter: Davis, Taylor, BA, Analyst, SOLID, LLC; Simos, Amber, MBA, Director of Strategic Program Launch, Indiana Wesleyan University; Bowman, Deanna, BA, Project Manager for Strategic Program Launch, Indiana Wesleyan University

Abstract: The Military Credentialing Advancement Initiative (MCAI) launched in August 2019, convening a group of public/private sector stakeholders across education, labor, and military to compile recommendations supporting the recognition of military-based training and experience toward high-quality credential pathways. Together, Solutions for Information Design, LLC (SOLID) and Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) present methodologies for mapping military training, lessons learned, scalability, and technological advancements resulting from the collaboration and discovery made possible by the MCAI Pilot Pathways Project.

Track: Joining Forces - Collaborative Solutions between Academia, Government, and Industry

Online Courses: The Future of Higher Education

Presenter: Henning, Teresa, MAT, MBA-HRM, Doctoral Candidate, Military Academic Advisor, SUNY Empire State College.

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic forced educational institutions around the world to move to remote or online learning. Now that educational institutes have offered online options some students want online or hybrid classes to be a permanent option. This presentation will discuss how to properly develop online/hybrid courses for students and how these options could increase enrollments. The presentation will also discuss the important of 24/7 resources for student success.

Track: Fostering Student Success - Compassionate Student Services

Optimize the certification process for your Service members: Tips and tactics from industry insiders

Presenter: Christopher Bloor, Iona College, Federal Sales Director, Pearson VUE; Microsoft Representative; Esri Representative; Project Management Institute Representative

Abstract: The path to certification can be confusing and time-consuming, particularly for Service members that must also maintain active duty obligations. In this session, a panel of certification experts will discuss navigating the certification process, using benefits to pay for certification, identifying successful candidate attributes, and helping candidates realize the benefits of certification. Additionally, the panel will address questions and offer their insights on best practices for counseling Service members about their certification goals.

Track: Recognizing Learning - Stackable Credentials and Learner Records

Paving Career Pathways by Earning Civilian Credentials During Military Service - COOL and USMAP

Presenter: Boris, Kun, Associate Director, Credentialing, OASD Readiness (Force Education); Keith Boring, Navy Credentialing Program Director; Mike Talley, Navy COOL Program Manager; Jason Smith, Air Force COOL Program Director; Mike Reynolds, US Coast Guard COOL Program Manager; Deon Boyce, Headquarters Marine Corps, Credentialing Program Manager

Abstract: Non-degree credentials are increasingly used in both the military and civilian workforce to signal an individual's skills and qualifications. Participation in the services' related credentialing programs (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line) and the United Service Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) continues to grow. The civilian credentials earned through these programs directly connect to other credential and military and civilian job opportunities. Learn about these programs, their funding, how they've expanded, and how they complement other education and career opportunities.

Track: Finding Future Focus - Envisioning Career Pathways using both Academic and Non-Academic Post-Secondary Credentials

Remote Proctoring Eliminates Barriers, Offers Assessments Anywhere

Presenter: Patrick Cheicante, Prometric Director, Global Account Management

Abstract: Prometric proudly supports service members and their families through our partnerships with many professional certification and licensure programs. Eliminating barriers, remote proctoring is now available anytime, anywhere for many of our clients' programs. Learn more about what has driven the tremendous growth in remote proctoring and how our clients have successfully implemented remote proctoring.

Track: Joining Forces - Collaborative Solutions between Academia, Government, and Industry

Remote Student Services - Supporting Military & Veteran Students in a virtual environment

Presenter: Karla Payne, National University

Abstract: This session will present National University’s Virtual Veteran Center enhancement of our remote student services as a result of the pandemic. A summary of the development and collaboration of multiple student services departments to assist military and veteran affiliated students worldwide via Blackboard Collaborate.

Track: Fostering Student Success - Compassionate Student Services

Setting the Record Straight: Debunking Myths about Veteran Entrepreneurs

Presenter: Mirza Tihić, Ph.D. Entrepreneurship Research Fellow Professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategic Management Whitman School of Management Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)

Abstract: We provide a data-driven series of analyses to debunk persistent and inaccurate myths in the media and public debate about veterans and their entrepreneurial efforts, abilities, and emotional states. Our data reveal a complex and nuanced picture of veterans’ contributions to entrepreneurship in society, and where retiring the “broken hero” myth is warranted. The intent is to inform others about these inaccurate myths and begin to have a robust discussion about the support mechanisms and pedagogies in place to help veterans in their entrepreneurial activities, recognize their role in economic growth and development, and provide a research agenda for the future

Track: Establishing Crosswalks – Surviving and Thriving in the Post-Secondary Labor Market

Starting from the frontline: A compassionate approach to engaging our military students and championing success

Presenter: Karnowski, Sara, MA, Assistant Director of UNO at Offutt AFB, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Jackson, Nathan, BMS, Staff Assistant and Test Center Administrator - UNO at Offutt AFB, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Abstract: The Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) is the unit delivering on base education services. Recognizing we are more aware of active-duty military students' needs than our counterparts on campus, to ensure the best experience for our students, we began high-touch, compassionate student services as a means of eliminating barriers to student success. This presentation shares our frontline approach to helping military students navigate a large urban University successfully.

Track: Fostering Student Success - Compassionate Student Services

Student Success Tutoring to Build Resiliency: A Qualitative Analysis of Military Student Sessions

Presenter: Dietzman, Amy, Ed.D., Senior Director of Learning Strategies and Professional Development, Tutor.com

Abstract: Mental health is widely researched when it comes to the effects of the pandemic and the pressures on college students. This presentation will narrow the scope of mental health related to student success, students-in-crisis, and compassionate tutoring. Dr. Amy Dietzman will share data on tutoring trends and topics. Examples of military student tutoring sessions delivered in 2020-2021 via the DoD-funded Tutor.com/military program, plus areas where learners are seeking the most support, will also be discussed.

Track: Fostering Student Success - Compassionate Student Services

Success in Sight: Focused Yet Flexible Academic and Career Planning

Presenter: Jefferies, Tabitha, M.A., National Program Manager, US MEPCOM

Abstract: Establishing a post-secondary roadmap to achieve one's career goals requires support when identifying the required milestones. The ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP) is a comprehensive career planning resource that supports informed academic and career decision making. The ASVAB CEP empowers participants to focus on the best pathway to meet their individual career goals. Then, the program exposes them to options to gain career field entry and transition to the next level.

Track: Finding Future Focus - Envisioning Career Pathways using both Academic and Non-Academic Post-Secondary Credentials

TASimplifiED Tool and Resources to assist in New Process and Procedures in ArmyIgnitED!

Presenter: HQ ACCESS, Systems Team Member; Ms. Stephanie Kahne, Project Manager and Team Lead for Army School Support; Ms. Ruth Perez, School Support Analyst for Army School Support.

Abstract: Vantage Point Consulting (VPC) teamed with HQ ACCESS to provide an innovative TASimplifiED tool to assist Education Institutions (EIs) build the required files submitted to ArmyIgnitED. TASimplifiED has given EIs the opportunity to successfully create files for uploading to ArmyIgnitED. The TASimplifiED tool provided EIs the ability to expedite the flow from file submission to the invoicing process. VPC launched a Mighty Networks community to provide resources to EIs with current and instant information.

Track: Joining Forces - Collaborative Solutions between Academia, Government, and Industry

Tell Your Story: Tips for Resumes (and Interviews)

Presenters: Zixin Mao, Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy, Fordham University; Matthew Butler, Director of Military and Veteran's Services, Fordham University

Abstract: A resume is alive. Over and over again, however, many resumes fail to tell the story of the unique characters of their owners. The purpose of this interactive presentation is to discuss a process for developing a resume that counselors' and career advisors may incorporate when advising veteran students heading into a civilian job market.

Track: Establishing Crosswalks - Surviving and Thriving in the Post-Secondary Labor Market

The COVID Impact on Student Veterans and Support Services

Presenter: Wendy Ann Lang, MA Drew University, Founder/Director Operation College Promise
Monteigne S. Long, MA, and Assistant Director, Office of Veterans Services Texas A&M Unversity System

Abstract: COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affected student veterans and related support services. Research in 2020 Operation College Promise (OCP) and the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) revealed degradations in personnel and services in the early months of COVID. This presentation will discuss the continuum of data from those early months through the Fall of 2021. It will explore in greater detail, how and students and services have adapted and a glimpse on the road forward for both.

Track: Fostering Student Success - Compassionate Student Services

The Air Force Automated Education Management System - Leveraging Technology to Support Military and Civilian Education.

Presenter: Dr. Houser - Deputy Chief, Air Force Voluntary Education Programs, Mr. Jason Smith, Interim Director, Air force Credentialing On-Line (AF COOL) Program, CCAF/DE and Mr. Michael Allen, Director - Education and Training Programs, BAM Technologies

Abstract: The Air Force Automated Education Management System (AFAEMS), which includes the Academic Institution (AI) Portal and the Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC), was developed in response to the Education Centers' requests to provide an improved information system capability to perform mission-essential functions involving the Government's oversight of tuition assistance management for worldwide operations. AFAEMS is an enterprise-wide web-based application, used to track and manage cradle-to-grave Department of the Air Force (DAF) Education and Training functions for over 735,000 Total Force DAF Personnel. Recent AFAEMS/AI Portal/AFVEC changes will be discussed as the DAF continually improves and automates functionality to make processes easier for all stakeholders to include Airmen, Guardians, civilian employees, academic institutions, the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF), SkillBridge and Credentialing training providers, senior leaders at headquarters DAF and DoD, as well as the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).

Track: Joining Forces - Collaborative Solutions between Academia, Government, and Industry

The CCAF GEM and AU-ABC Programs: Opportunities and Obstacles (Panel Discussion).

Presenter: Dr. Hank Dasinger - Dean, Community College of the Air Force (Panel Moderator), Mrs. Michelle Garten, Program Manager for CCAF GEM and AU-ABC, Dr. Don Ellwood, Branch Chief Educational Services, Mr. Ted Byerly, Director - Education and Training Section Chief, Ms. Rhonda Rowles, Chief of Education & Training, Altus AFB, Mr. Kwanza Jenkins, Education Specialist, Lackland AFB, TX

Abstract: If you are not aware of the meaning of one or more of the acronyms in the presentation title, this presentation is for you. Anecdotal information as well as survey results indicate a fairly wide-spread lack of understanding, both in and outside the military, about the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) General Education Mobile (GEM) and Air University-Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC) programs. This panel discussion will inform attendees about two programs available to CCAF students which are designed to assist them in accomplishing their educational goals. This Panel Discussion includes an opportunity to hear from experienced educational service specialists as well as CCAF's GEM and AU-ABC Program Manager. The discussion will feature case studies, both good and not so good, where attendees can garner lessons learned to more effectively leverage GEM and AU-ABC. This panel discussion will inform attendees about two programs available to CCAF students which are designed to assist them in accomplishing their educational goals. This panel discussion includes an opportunity to hear from experienced educational service specialists as well as CCAF's GEM/AU-ABC Program Manager.

Track: Fostering Student Success - Compassionate Student Services

The Challenges of Supporting Military Students at Downrange sites

Presenter: Mr. Mark Phelan, CENTCOM/AFRICOM Contracting Officer's Representative/DANTES European Advisor and Ms. Laura Dean, Education Program Specialist, DANTES Europe Office

Abstract: The Contingency Area Education Support program helps service members access educational opportunities in forward deployed areas within the Central Command (CENTCOM) and Africa Command (AFRICOM) areas of responsibility (AOR). Learn about those services and how various challenges require educators to rethink their support services methods while enabling deployed students to complete academic degrees and professional development.

Track: Joining Forces - Collaborative Solutions between Academia, Government, and Industry

The George W. Bush Institute (GWBI) Higher Education Task Force: Combining Forces to Optimize Student Veteran Success

Presenters: Wendy Ann Lang, MA Drew University, Founder/Director Operation College Promise
Monteigne S. Long ,MA, University of Southern California, BA Texas A&M University

Abstract: Serving a Post-9/11 military-connected student population is ever-evolving. The George W. Bush Institute's (GWBI) Higher Education Task Force deploys a collaboration of leading organizations and experts to optimize veterans' postsecondary success through programmatic support, policy evaluation, and research initiatives. The Task Force mission strives to develop and retain campus and community programs that employ a wrap-around support system, connecting the military-connected student's pre-enrollment to the application process, enrollment, graduation, and ultimately, post-graduation employment.

Track: Joining Forces - Collaborative Solutions between Academia, Government, and Industry

The Latest information on ArmyIgnitED

Presenter: Jennifer Kucan, ACCESS Systems Chief and Mr. Jason Bise Army Credentialing and Continuing Education Services for Soldiers (ACCESS), Army University, Systems Division

Abstract: This session will inform participants on the latest improvements to ArmyIgnitED, projected functionality changes and timelines where they are known in the areas of Soldier TA and CA requests, EI upload of files and invoicing. It will inform the audience of work-arounds for those areas with temporary solutions.

Track: Joining Forces - Collaborative Solutions between Academia, Government, and Industry

The Magic Power of Feedback: How understanding student pain points maps a pathway to success.

Presenter: Ms. Kiwanis Short, MA; Program Manager, DANTES Academic Skills Training

Ms. Elizabeth Barry, MBA; Director of Marketing, Peterson's Education

Abstract: How do you design a learning program that meets the needs of 1.4 million warfighters? You don't; they do. Join us to discover how the DANTES Academics Skills Training program used feedback from the DoD Branches of Service and Service members to map pathways to success using the Online Academic Skills Course (OASC), paying particular attention to the who, how, when, where, and why of learning.

Track: Fostering Student Success - Compassionate Student Services

The National Survey of Military-Affiliated Entrepreneurship (NSMAE) Study

Presenter: Mirza Tihić, Ph.D. Entrepreneurship Research Fellow Professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategic Management Whitman School of Management Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)

Abstract: Our session focuses on general interest in veteran entrepreneurship and the higher education and it will be broken down into three parts: 1) reporting the survey results, 2) providing recommendations to students and institutions of higher education, 3) providing recommendations for policy changes and improvements, and 4) discussion.

Track: Establishing Crosswalks – Surviving and Thriving in the Post-Secondary Labor Market

The Navy's Voluntary Education - Innovation and Virtualization for On-Demand Access

Presenter: Adam Walski, Masters, Commander, USN, Director, Navy College Program, Jacqueline Rhodes, Masters, Future Operations Director, Navy College Program and Sharen Richardson, Masters, Current Operations Director, Navy College Program

Abstract: The Navy College Program has made the largest transformational change since its inception in 1974, going completely virtual. We will present the benefits for on-demand access to Sailors world-wide, utilizing technology for a one-stop-shop for off-duty development opportunities. We will also discuss Navy College's new Fleet Engagement Teams; their roles, responsibilities and interactions with Navy Commands and Academic partners.

Track: Fostering Student Success - Compassionate Student Services

Transition Assistance Program (TAP): Preparing Service Members for Success in Higher Education and Beyond

Presenter: Manyx, Melinda MA, PMP; Policy and Curriculum Program Manager Military-Civilian Transition Office, Department of Defense
Kaiser, Jayne M.Ed.; Curriculum Specialist, Military-Civilian Transition Office, Department of Defense

Abstract: As every Service member leaving the military is required to complete TAP. If you work with Veterans, you would benefit you to know what TAP is and is not. This session is designed to increase your knowledge of TAP. Both mandatory and elective components of the TAP process are explored with a specific focus on the Managing Your (MY) Education module, a module specifically designed to assist Service members seeking higher education.

Track: Joining Forces - Collaborative Solutions between Academia, Government, and Industry

Veterans - Don't Do College Alone! Go With a "Posse" of 10 Veterans

Presenter: Eleni P. Kalisch, Senior Advisor for Veteran Recruitment at The Posse Foundation

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Track: Joining Forces - Collaborative Solutions between Academia, Government, and Industry

Well-Being Initiatives For All Students

Presenter: Nicole Winget, Campbell University

Abstract: How to build well-being/wellness programs into your programs, no matter what modality. This will focus on the well-being initiatives that speak most strongly to our military-affiliated students.)

Track: Fostering Student Success - Compassionate Student Services

What's the motivation for IT certification?

Presenter: Christopher Bloor, Iona College, Federal Sales Director, Pearson VUE and Bryan Ochs, Senior Product Manager, Pearson VUE

Abstract: Technology continues advancing at a blistering pace, illuminating the need for certified IT professionals with verifiable knowledge, skills, and experience, particularly in the defense community. This session will highlight the motivations and outcomes of IT certification that were revealed in the Pearson VUE 2021 Value of IT Certification report. Attendees will compare the global and federal government responses, understand the implications, and learn how to use this information in their test centers and training programs.

Track: Recognizing Learning - Stackable Credentials and Learner Records