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2023 SYMPOSIUM

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"50-YEARS OF INNOVATION"
SUPPORTING SERVICE MEMBERS, VETERANS, AND THEIR FAMILIES

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New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

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Symposium Speakers

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Symposium Agenda

Sunday, January 22, 2023

  • 9:00 am - 2:00 pm       Board Meeting

  • 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm      Registration Open - Badge Pick Up / Barrymore 9th Floor 

                                       

  • 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm      CCME Information Desk and Mobile App Assistance / Barrymore 9th Floor 

Day 1 - Monday, January 23, 2023

  • 7:00 am - 6:00 pm       Registration Open / Broadway Ballroom Pre-Function Area (6th Floor)

  • 7:00 am - 6:00 pm       CCME Information Desk and Mobile App Assistance / Broadway Ballroom Pre-Function Area (6th Floor)

  • 7:00 am - 6:00 pm       Speaker Ready Room Open / 5th Floor Lyceum 

 

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am       History of CCME Daryl Patrick, Dr. Belinda Jones, and Esmeralda Silva / Conference Room: Marquis A 

  • 8:00 am - 4:30 pm       Exhibit Hall Set-up / Westside Ballroom

 

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm       Services Meeting - Air Force - closed meeting / Conference Room: CLOSED

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm       Services Meeting - Army NG -closed meeting / Conference Room: CLOSED

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm       Services Meeting - Coast Guard - closed meeting / Conference Room: CLOSED

  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am     ACME 101 / 201 - ACME Updates, Best Practices, and Challenges Aaron Hall and Anthony Paolin / Conference Room: Marquis A

 

  • 9:00 am - 11:00 am      CCME 101: Newcomers' Orientation Workshop - Chris Deckard / Conference Room: Marquis B & C

  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am    Training, Licensing, and Job Placement for Military Members – Corporate Perspectives Conference Room Marquis A

    • Elle Armistead, Program Delivery Lead, Brooksource | Project Patriot Program

    • Robert Witte, Military and STEP Recruiting Manager, BMW of North America | BMW MSTEP Program 

    • Sarah Lamkin, Associate Vice President of Admissions at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

    • Merrick Van Dongen, Director, Microsoft Military Affairs | Microsoft Software and Systems Academy 

    • John Decoteau, VP Military and Campus Admissions, Universal Technical Institute

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm    DOL’s Efforts to Expand Apprenticeship - Carolyn RenickApprenticeship, Licensing, and Credentialing, Office of National ProgramsVeterans’ Employment and Training Service – VETS / Conference Room: Marquis B  & C 

 

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

  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm       NAIMES Roundtable Discussion – Expectations for Quality in Education / Conference Room: Marquis B &C

  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm       Every Conversation is a Negotiation - Let's Test Your Skills Conference Room: Marquis B & C

    • Jide Gamu, Founder and Chairman, iFour / CCME Strategy Officer

    • Vince Brantley, Co-Owner and President, Veritas Culture 

 

  • 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm       CCME Business Meeting: Updated By-Laws / Strategic Plan 2020-2025 - How are we doing? -open to all CCME Members Conference Room Marquis B &C

 

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

  • 5:45 pm - 6:00 pm       CCME Board Welcome and Introductions / Westside Pre-function area 

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

Day 2 - Tuesday, January 24, 2023

  • 7:00 am - 6:00 pm      Registration Open / Broadway Ballroom Pre-Function Area (6th floor)

  • 7:00 am - 6:00 pm      CCME Information Desk and Mobile App Assistance / Broadway Ballroom Pre-Function Area (6th Floor)

  • 7:00 am - 4:00 pm       Exhibit Hall Open / Location Westside Ballroom

  • 7:00 am - 7:30 am       CCME Board Meeting (closed meeting)

  • 7:00 am - 7:45 am       Warm Continental Breakfast / Exhibit Hall Westside Ballroom

  • 7:00 am - 9:00 am       Speaker Ready Room Open / Conference Room 5th Floor Coatroom

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

    • National Anthem - Regina Wilson, NYC FireFighter 

    • Presentation of Colors - Navy League JROTC

      • Color Guard

        • Primary - Cadet CDR Joesly Garcia

        • Primary - Cadet LCDR Daniel, White

        • Primary - Cadet LT Fajardo, Caden

        • Primary - Cadet LTJG Yarubi, Fernandez

        • Secondary - Cadet LTJG Annierys, Rodriguez

        • Secondary - Cadet Ensign Oliver, Peralta

        • Location Broadway Ballroom

  • 8:05 am - 8:10 am        Symposium Welcome - Esmeralda Silva, CCME President / Location Broadway Ballroom

  • 8:10 am - 8:30 am        Welcome to New York Adam Rocke, Senior Director of Engagements, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation - Hiring Our Heroes / Location Broadway Ballroom

  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am       Opening Keynote Speaker - Ramón "CZ" Colón-López, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman (SEAC) / Location Broadway Ballroom

  • 9:30 am - 10:00 am     Housekeeping Items / New York Scavenger Hunt - Chris Deckard and Karen Diaz / Location Broadway Ballroom

  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am    Break - Exhibit Hall (coffee & tea provided) Westside Ballroom

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am    DoD Updates - Dr. Jonathan Woods, Career Readiness Suite Office of the Secretary of Defense / Broadway Ballroom

 

  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm      Scholarships and Awards' Luncheon (lunch provided) - Desiree Butts, CCME Conferment Officer / Broadway Ballroom

  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm       Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service - Honorable James D. RodriguezAssistant Secretary Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service  / Broadway Ballroom

 

  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm      Veterans Administration (VA) Updates - Mr. Joseph Garcia, Executive Director Education Services / Broadway Ballroom

  • 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm         Break - Exhibit Hall (coffee & tea provided)  / Westside Ballroom

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

Day 3 - Wednesday, January 25, 2023

  • 7:00 am - 5:00 pm      Registration Open / Broadway Ballroom Pre-Function Area (6th Floor)

                                       

  • 7:00 am - 5:00 pm       CCME Information Desk and Mobile App Assistance / Broadway Ballroom Pre-Function Area (6th Floor)

  • 7:00 am - 4:00 pm       Exhibit Hall Open / Location Westside Ballroom

 

  • 7:00 am - 5:00 pm       Speaker Ready Room Open / Conference Room 5th floor coatroom

  • 7:00 am - 7:30 am       CCME Board Meeting (closed meeting)

  • 7:00 am - 7:45 am       Warm Continental Breakfast - Exhibit Hall / Westside Ballroom

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am      Concurrent Session #1 / Conference Rooms - See Concurrent Session Schedule

  • 9:10 am - 10:10 am      Concurrent Session #2 Conference Rooms - See Concurrent Session Schedule

  • 10:10 am - 10:30 am     Break - Exhibit Hall (coffee & tea provided)

                                        

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am    Concurrent Session #3 / Conference Rooms - See Concurrent Session Schedule

  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm    Concurrent Session #4 /  Conference Rooms - See Concurrent Session Schedule

 

  • 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm      Lunch - On Your Own 

  • 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm        Concurrent Session #5 / Conference Rooms - See Concurrent Session Schedule

  • 2:55 pm - 3:55 pm       Concurrent Session #6 / Conference Rooms - See Concurrent Session Schedule

                                    

  • 4:05 pm - 5:05 pm       Concurrent Session #7 Conference Rooms - See Concurrent Session Schedule

  • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm      Exhibit Hall Breakdown

                                       

  • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm      CCME Networking Reception - Back to the '70(appetizers provided) / Westside Ballroom

Day 4 - Thursday, January 26, 2023

  • 7:00 am - 12:00 pm     Registration - Final Broadway Ballroom Pre-Function Area (6th Floor)

  • 7:00 am - 12:00 pm     CCME Information Desk and Mobile App Assistance Broadway Ballroom Pre-Function Area (6th Floor)

  • 7:00 am - 12:00 pm     Speaker Ready Room Open / 5th Floor Lyceum 

  • 7:00 am - 7:30 am       CCME Board Meeting (closed meeting)

  • 7:00 am - 7:45 am        Warm Continental Breakfast / Broadway Ballroom Pre-function area 

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am       Keynote Speaker Vince Brantley / Location Broadway Ballroom

                                       

  • 10:00 am - 10:15 am     Break (coffee & tea provided) / Location Broadway Pre-function area 

                                       

  • 11:15 am - 1:00 pm        Lunch (lunch provided) - President Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Past President Recognition / Location Broadway Ballroom

  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm       Veteran Service Organization Panel / Location Broadway Ballroom

 

  • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm       Senior Enlisted Panel /  Location Broadway Ballroom

                         

  • 4:00 pm - 4:15 pm        Closing Remarks / Adjournment - Esmeralda Silva, CCME President / Location Broadway Ballroom

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Exhibitors

Meet our 2023 Professional Development Symposium Exhibitors!

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Sponsors

PLATINUM SPONSOR 

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GOLD SPONSORS 

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SILVER SPONSORS

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BRONZE 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 Postsecondary Tour of Duty

Conerly, Lee, Ph.D., Director Acadmic Instruction, Coastal Alabama Community College

From being reservists and active-duty military to the vast experiences of retirement, veterans arrive with unique experiences to deploy as they navigate the world of postsecondary. Understanding why their training as soldiers can impact how they traverse through the civilian world is essential to serving our veteran population in Higher Education.We will discuss how military and civilian life have sharp contrasts, how some skills do not transfer, and how service never truly ends.

C – Compassionate Services: Academic, Well-being, Career Support and Transition

Academic Institutional (AI) Portal - Leveraging Technology to Support our Military Community

Joel Derocher, MEd, Program Manager – Education and Training Programs, BAM Technologies

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 service members, Education Centers and our Academic Institutions. The AFVEC serves our Military Community by providing one-stop-shopping for educational needs.

E - Envisioning the Future: Technological Innovation and Business Analytics for Quality Education and Employment

Access. Ascend. Achieve. The George W. Bush Insitute's Approach to Serving Transitioning Servicments

Lang, Wendy Ann
Drew University, MA
Veterans Transition Advisor
George W. Bush Institute

This presentation has the following outcomes?
A brief description of the George W. Bush Institute, it’s structure, and the current “Strengthening our Democracy” initiative.
An outline of the Veterans Military and Families (VMF) component of the Institute, it’s composition, mission, programs, and resources.
Discuss the current and emerging work of the Veterans Higher Education and Employment Task Force.
A conversation of the potential additional studies and research that would benefit our community.

C – Compassionate Services: Academic, Well-being, Career Support and Transition

Addressing the National Workforce Crisis

Ramon Serrato, CEO Serrato Corporation
Apryl Simmons, Director Workforce Training Academy USA
Amanda Gordon, Director of Outreach Admissions/Career Transition Services
Belinda Shields, Vice President Human Resources
Ron Morris, Empire Caterpillar, Operator Training Manager (Tentative)
Kyle Braswell, Sales Manager, John Deere (Tentative)
William Henry Jones, (RET ARMY) Transition Services Specialist, Fort Riley (Tentative)

We will share the Department of Labor: Education Training and Administration (ETA) Vision 2030 and the Four Pillars to support the WIOA and alleviate the National Workforce Crisis. Workforce Training Academy USA will illustrate how robust partnerships with educational institutions, industries, community based organizations, and government including military can effectively address the National Workforce Crisis. Best practices in tracking will also be highlighted.

A – Advancing the Cause: Academia, Government, and Corporate Innovations for Education and Marketability

Advancing Degree Attainment: Change Management for Empowering Military Learners

Wendy Garcia, Organization Change Manger, Vantage Point Consulting Inc.
Stephanie Kahne, Higher Education Program Manager, Vantage Point Consulting Inc.

Implementing changes in Higher Education for military learners working towards degree attainment requires a specialized approach. This session emphasizes the vital role of Change Management in Higher Education initiatives aimed at supporting military learners in their pursuit of earning a degree. Attendees will gain insights into tailored strategies for overcoming resistance and ensuring successful adoption for this unique student demographic.

A – Advancing the Cause: Academia, Government, and Corporate Innovations for Education and Marketability

Aggressively Adopting Remote Simulation Technology: How to Enable Military Student Pathways to Credentialed Healthcare Careers

Purcell, Michael, LtCol USMC (Ret), Director of Professional Development, Tesla Institute of MRI Technology

AI is rapidly changing the world of medical imaging, creating better tools to diagnose pathology and navigate treatment swiftly and growing the use of imaging technology as well as the need for highly skilled medical imaging professionals. The Tesla Institute of MRI Technology has successfully leveraged a corresponding advance in remotely accessible cloud based MRI simulation technology and collaborated with industry to allow servicemembers to earn clinical training hours required for credentialing previously done onsite.

E - Envisioning the Future: Technological Innovation and Business Analytics for Quality Education and Employment

Be “Ready and Engaged” in how you attract and retain military-connected students

Doug Heckman, VP of Partnerships, CAEL
Dallas Kratzer, Senior Fellow - Policy Development, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (KYCPE)

This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of how CAEL helps institutions assess their institutional culture and readiness for attracting and supporting Veterans and military-connected learners. Through the assessment process (policy, process and organizational studies, as well as focus groups) the findings highlight opportunities for improvement; upon completion, an action plan is developed. The findings also create awareness and support across campus for a Veteran and military-connected learner initiative.

A – Advancing the Cause: Academia, Government, and Corporate Innovations for Education and Marketability

Being Intentional through competencies when transferring military credits

Jeremy Owens, PhD, Associate Vice President, University Partnerships, Southern New Hampshire University
Gina Fedell Sanders, Sr. Director of Transfer, Articulation, & Contracts, University Partnerships, Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University’s approach to evaluate the effectiveness of various learning theories that are identified through ACE Recommendations and POIs (when available). This allows SNHU to transfer earned military credit towards major coursework requirements by utilizing the 1 Credit = 1 Competency model.

A – Advancing the Cause: Academia, Government, and Corporate Innovations for Education and Marketability

Career Exploration: Guiding Service Members for Successful Paths Forward

Milroy, John, Vice President of Partner Solution, Kuder, Inc.
Mack, Mareba, College and Career Planning Program Manager, DANTES

Empower yourself to guide service members on making informed choices about their academic and career pursuits. DANTES has partnered with Kuder for over 20 years providing service members college and career exploration and development opportunities. Join our session to learn how service members across the globe can utilize Kuder Journey® to prepare for the future by aligning their skills, interests, and work values to a college program and career path through deepened self-understanding.

C – Compassionate Services: Academic, Well-being, Career Support, and Transition

Compassionate Advising: How to Foster a Positive Educational Experience for Military Students Dealing with Trauma

White, Meghan, Assistant Director, University of Maryland Global Campus
LaMoe, Jessica, Assistant Director, University of Maryland Global Campus

This presentation focuses on compassionate advising for military students dealing with trauma and explores how academic advisors can create a positive and safe educational experience by recognizing signs of trauma, utilizing trauma-informed communication, and providing available resources. This presentation will explore how to create a supportive academic environment, foster trust, and equip attendees with the essential tools to assist this unique student population, ultimately helping military students succeed academically.

C – Compassionate Services: Academic, Well-being, Career Support and Transition

Competency-Based Education as a Change Agent

Harley, Jeff, PhD, Rear Admiral, US Navy (Ret), Senior Director, Military Engagement, Western Governors University

Western Governors University is a change agent for competency-based education (CBE) and remains the only institution offering CBE degrees at scale - a model other colleges and universities strive to replicate. Traditional higher education prioritizes student contact time while CBE students leverage learned skills and knowledge to progress faster through courses, generally decreasing completion time and decreasing their costs. Military-affiliated students benefit from CBE since they are generally older and more experienced than traditional students.

A – Advancing the Cause: Academia, Government, and Corporate Innovations for Education and Marketability

Customized Resources for Military-Affiliated Learners at National University

Payne, Karla, EdD Candidate, Military & Veteran Strategic Partnership Manager, National University

This session will present how National University uses external resources to enhance the university's faculty and staff's cultural compendency of the military-affiliated learner's unique requirements.  While promoting student engagement, interaction, and success of the military-affiliated learners.  
 

C – Compassionate Services: Academic, Well-being, Career Support and Transition

Discovering yourself, Navigating Transition

Jack Tilley, the 12th Sergeant Major of the Army (retired), Ambassador Kaplan North America, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of the America Freedom Foundation.

 SMA Jack Tilley will delve into the multifaceted impacts of military transition, highlighting both the positive and negative aspects. He will emphasize the pivotal role that education plays during this transitional phase and elaborate on the responsibilities academic institutions bear in supporting Service Members and their families. SMA Tilley's insights promise to provide a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities that come with military transition, potential of education in shaping a successful post-military life.

C – Compassionate Services: Academic, Well-being, Career Support and Transition

DoD Institutional Compliance Program Update: Navigating the ICP

Anthony Clarke, Education Program Analyst; Scott Flood Associate Director, Guidehouse, LLP

The ICP continues to mature and evolve, while maintaining the consistency and transparency thathave been its foundations since its inception. This presentation will briefly review the overarchingphilosophy of the ICP, and provide examples of what’s expected of the participants that will make theoverall process more effective and efficient for all.

R – Reinforce Accountabilities and Expectations: Policy and Regulation Implementations

DoD MOU Modernization – Leveraging Technology to Support the Military Community

1. Ms. Beth Austin
DOD MOU Branch Chief DoD, Defense Human Resources Activity (DHRA), DANTES
2. Mr. Eddy Hattabaugh, Senior Chief (AC/AW/MTS), US Navy (retired)
DOD MOU Program Analyst-Team Lead
DoD, Defense Human Resources Activity (DHRA), DANTES
3. Mr. Marc C. Eckardt, Captain, US Navy (retired)
MOU Modernization Project Lead
Director of Business Analytics Organization
Vantage Point Consulting, Inc.

This session follows through on last year’s presentation on the modernization efforts of the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding (DoD MOU) system. As a result of the ongoing MOU system modernization effort, Educational Institutions can expect an improved user experience throughout all phases of the MOU application and renewal process. Join us as we reveal exciting MOU system updates on the horizon.

E - Envisioning the Future: Technological Innovation and Business Analytics for Quality Education and Employment

DoD SkillBridge: Expanding and Leveraging Corporate Partnerships to Support Transitioning Service Members 

Neaves, Yashika, Ph.D., Director, Strategic Plans and Initiatives, Military-Civilian Transition Office
Quarells, Taheesha, Ph.D., Program Initiatives Manager, Strategic Plans and Initiatives, Military-Civilian Transition Office

The journey from military service to civilian life is multifaceted, requiring robust support structures. The DoD SkillBridge program stands at this intersection, offering transitioning Service members unparalleled opportunities to prepare for civilian careers. This presentation will provide an overview of the DoD SkillBridge program and recent programmatic changes. Attendees will learn about the range of available opportunities and how to help Service members leverage DoD SkillBridge to complement their education, credentialing, career, and transition goals.  

C – Compassionate Services: Academic, Well-being, Career Support and Transition

Empowering Veterans: Navigating Dynamic Job Markets with Syracuse University's Supportive Education Initiatives.

Green, Liz, M.Ed.; Executive Director, Online Student Success
Bianchi, Michael A , M.B.A.; Senior Director, Education & Career Training, D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University
Schoeneck, Mike; Program Director, Onward to Opportunity, D'Aniello Institute for Veterans & Military Families

This session addresses the evolving challenges faced by veterans in higher education and employment. Focusing on the dynamic job market, it explores the role of education and credentialing in shaping successful careers. Led by Syracuse University's D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families and College of Professional Studies, the presentation highlights the integration of alternative solutions to enhance veterans' marketability. The IVMF’s Onward to Opportunity Program empowers participants with industry-specific certifications, leveraging online learning for upskilling. Syracuse University’s College of Professional Studies offers accessible pathways to online competency-based degree and credentialing opportunities, including reducing financial barriers. Attendees will gain insights into practical methods for combining traditional and non-traditional education, fostering a collaborative discussion for resource-sharing.

E - Envisioning the Future: Technological Innovation and Business Analytics for Quality Education and Employment

Expanding Access to Career Field Entry Options Using the ASVAB Career Exploration Program

Dr. Irina Rader, National Program Director, ASVAB Career Exploration Program

Dr. Crystal Jones, Battalion Commander, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Kansas City

Ms. Temeka Franklin, Personnel Psychologist, ASVAB Career Exploration Program

The ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP) offers 16- to 24-year-olds validated skill and interest assessments with predictive ability, along with planning tools to articulate steps required to gain career field entry through many pathways. Post-secondary institutions can offer this no-cost program to help students identify their optimal career tracks and create plans. College and military educators will learn how they can leverage the ASVAB CEP to deliver a comprehensive planning resource to students.

C – Compassionate Services: Academic, Well-being, Career Support and Transition

Going Digital with DOD MilGears: Use-cases for the Military LER

Boring, Keith – Director, Navy Credentialing Programs, U.S. Navy  
Felder, Lakeisha – Program Manager of Military Systems, SOLID  
McVicker, Melora -- Director, Credentialing, Director (Acting), Secretary Defense Executive Fellow Program, OASD Readiness (Force Education and Training) 

Department of Defense (DOD) MilGears is an application powered by the services’ Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) data, allowing service members and veterans to explore and plan for their career and credentialing goals. This session provides an overview of MilGears, reviews new features and functionality, highlights the Learning and Employment Record (LER), and showcases how the LER may be used as a digital record to verify a service member’s learning and experience across multiple platforms.  

A – Advancing the Cause: Academia, Government, and Corporate Innovations for Education and Marketability

Humanizing Security: A New Approach to Cyber Security that you never heard

Fanger, Ken  MBA, CMMC-RP
President, On Technology Partners

"People are not the enemy, rather, they are the core defense.
The Humanizing Security approach helps keep employees actively engaged in the cyber security of a company, as well as empowered to seek help when an attack occurs, rather than feeling shamed and victimized again after an attack takes place (or worse – trying to cover up that an attack or breach took place, out of fear of punishment or embarrassment)."

E - Envisioning the Future: Technological Innovation and Business Analytics for Quality Education and Employment

Knowledge and Learning Production Conceptual Framework Applied to Voluntary Education and Department of Defense

Anderson, Derrick, Ph.D, Senior Vice President, Education Futures, American Council on Education (ACE)
Woods, Johnathan, Ph.D, Director of Voluntary Education Programs, Officer & Enlisted Personnel Management, Office of Secretary of Defense

The DoD learning ecosystem is complex and dynamic, as are the public and private higher education ecosystems throughout the nation. A characteristic of these systems is that learning, and research activities become highly siloed in terms of institutional focus, capacity, and quality. Based on mission and sector, institutions tend to optimize on two of the following five facets. 
Research: Knowledge Production aligned with a public mission
Access: Prioritizing learning at a large scale, opening availability to as many learners as possible
Technology: Using technology to accelerate the depth and impact of knowledge acquisition impact in key learning areas
Excellence: Immersive learning with research-active faculty, teaching from a perspective of high-quality scientific inquiry
Service:  Organizational commitment that prioritizes public service in areas of critical national security and societal needs over competition and profit.
VolEd data suggests servicemembers self-align toward institutions that are optimized on Access and Technology, then (to a lesser degree) Service.  It is less clear if this alignment is intentionally sought by Service members, policy driven, or a result of barriers to entry along other RATES vectors.   
This general session will be a panel discussion, facilitated by Dr. Anderson of ACE and Dr. Woods of OSD  with a combination of DoD learning institutions and Higher Education learning institution leaders where the learning institution is optimized in different facets of the RATES knowledge and learning production framework, to include some institutions actively working to expand in each of these facets. 
CCME attendees will be engaged in thinking about what is gained and lost in our siloed ecosystem and how gains can be magnified, and losses mitigated in the future.

E - Envisioning the Future: Technological Innovation and Business Analytics for Quality Education and Employment

Leveraging Credentialing and Career Pathways to Support Our Military Service Members

McVicker, Melora, Deputy Division Director, Credentialing, DOD 
Boring, Keith, Director, Navy Credentialing Programs, U.S. Navy 
Talley, Mike, Navy COOL Program Director, U.S. Navy 
Phillips, Tom, USMAP Director, U.S. Navy 
Boyce, Deon, Credentialing Program Manager, U.S. Marine Corps 
Sweeney, Sophia, Credentialing Assistance and Army COOL Program Manager, U.S. Army 
Reynolds, Mike, US Coast Guard COOL Program Manager, U.S. Coast Guard 
Smith, Jason, Director, Air Force COOL Program, U.S. Air Force 

This session is focused on COOL and USMAP. Service member participation in the services’ credentialing programs (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line) andthe United Service Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) continues to impact servicemembers career readiness, professionalization, and transition.

C – Compassionate Services: Academic, Well-being, Career Support and Transition

Making a successful transition from boots to books: A community based approach

Hartman, Kenneth, Doctor of Education, Higher Education Administration, Founder and President, Our Community Salutes, USA
Panelists include:
Damiron, Leo, Manager- Military & Veteran Strategic Partnerships, National University
Hurtado, Diana, Manager- Military Strategic Partnerships, Western Governors University
Roby, Dan, Associate Vice President-Military Outreach and Brand Development, American Public University System
Devery, Dennis, Ed. D., Vice President for Enrollment Management, Thomas Edison State University"mas Edison State University

This session offers a community-based approach to recognize those who choose military enlistment and how community efforts can link directly to national security interests. Our Community Salutes, USA, the recipient of the 2021 CCME Community Partnership Award, will assemble a panel of community and higher education leaders to discuss how both sectors can work together to better ensure new service members (and their parents/guardians) have access to early college planning information and resources.

A – Advancing the Cause: Academia, Government, and Corporate Innovations for Education and Marketability

Manufacturing Readiness Badge: Using alternative credentials to communicate military-earned skills.

Presenter: Detrick, Rita, Innovation Strategist, Solutions for Information Design (SOLID), LLC
Co-presenter: Carrick, Gardner, Vice President, Workforce Solutions, Manufacturing Institute (MI)
Co-presenter: Chaisson, Madeleine, Senior Manager, Jobs for the Future (JFF)

The Walmart-funded Manufacturing Readiness project, in collaboration with Manufacturing Institute (MI), SOLID, and Jobs for the Future (JFF), is designing an alternative credential that clearly communicates military-earned skills and explores the utility of alternative digital credentials in the hiring process. This scalable framework supports the growing skills economy and recognition of military skills across the workforce, providing employers with an expanded pipeline of veteran talent. The session discusses lessons learned to-date, highlighting employer education and pilot progress.

E - Envisioning the Future: Technological Innovation and Business Analytics for Quality Education and Employment

Online Academic Skills Course

Elizabeth Barry; Mareba Mack, Program Manager, DANTES

In today's rapidly evolving educational landscape, academic success hinges on subject matter mastery and acquiring essential academic skills. The Online Academic Skills Course (OASC) is a dynamic, learner-centric program designed to equip Service members with the critical skills necessary for triumphing in higher education and advancing in their military careers. Join us for an immersive deep dive into this comprehensive online course, where we'll explore its multifaceted approach to enhancing academic readiness.

C – Compassionate Services: Academic, Well-being, Career Support, and Transition

Promoting Education Opportunities for Soldiers Through Innovative Processes, Mission/Vision, and Partnerships

Dr. Kenneth Hardy, Ed.D., Chief, Education Services Branch, National Guard Bureau
Ms. Sabrina Giraldo, M.Ed., Education Program Manager, Army Reserve

Education benefits continue to be the number one reason why individuals join the military. In this session you will learn about the history, mission, structure, and numerous education benefits provided by the Army National Guard and Army Reserve and how they are leading the way to academic goal attainment through innovative programming, benefits, and partnerships.

A – Advancing the Cause: Academia, Government, and Corporate Innovations for Education and Marketability

SEMI Career Pathways for Servicemembers

Heckman, Doug, MA, MFA, Vice President of Partnerships at the Center for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
Carpenter, Jeffrey, EdD, MBA, MPP, Vice President of Partnerships & Innovation at Vantage Point Consulting, Inc. 

CAEL and Vantage Point have supported the SEMI Foundation with the design and development of a unique Semiconductor Career information and resources portal designed to inform and attract a new and diverse generation of workers into this high growth, strategic industry. The portal features a dynamic career pathway crosswalk feature for Veterans and Servicemembers. This presention provide VolEd Counselors and Educators a demonstration of this portal and a discussion of career entry opportunities for Servicemembers. 

A – Advancing the Cause: Academia, Government, and Corporate Innovations for Education and Marketability

Successfully Navigating Compliance and Risk-based Surveys: How to Organize and Prepare for a VA or SAA Survey

Sarah Mikell, Assistant Director, MA, SCO
Jasmine Thompson, Senior Certification Specialist, SCO
Sarah Ekmanis, Senior Certification Specialist, SCOampus

VA Compliance Surveys and SAA Risk-based Surveys are routine and recurrent. School Certifying Officials are required to provide detailed student and institution information within a limited time frame; to do so successfully, institutions can prepare resources ahead of time allowing them to focus on pulling the student information. This presentation will explore practices institutions can use to make compliance and risk-based surveys easier to navigate and tips for understanding the requirements and preparing student documents.

R – Reinforce Accountabilities and Expectations: Policy and Regulation Implementations

The 3Rs of Results-Driven Recruiting: Relationships, Retention, and ROI

Blake, Ashley, Ed.D., Executive Assistant, VP of Military, Veteran, and Family Programs, Columbia Southern University

What are the 3Rs of Results-Driven Recruiting and how can the 3Rs help you and your institution? Join Dr. Ashley Blake, who has worked in academia and with military-affiliated students for over 13 years, for a presentation titled: The 3Rs of Results-Driven Recruiting: Relationships, Retention, and ROI to explore how building meaningful relationships with the military community results in increased student retention and an ROI that extends beyond quantitative results.

A – Advancing the Cause: Academia, Government, and Corporate Innovations for Education and Marketability

The ACE Military Guide (AMG) is Your Data Tool for Success!

Doug Johnson, DoD Military Training Evaluations Program Manager, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES); Ms. Jenifer Kautzman, Associate Director at American Council on Education (ACE) ; Dr. Matthew D. Gonzalez, Director, Business Operations, for the American Council on Education, Learning Evaluations

The American Council on Education and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) have partnered together to modernize the (ACE) Military Guide (AMG). The AMG is a powerful, free data tool to support colleges and universities nationwide! This next evolution in military credit for prior learning and student support allows you to maximize results for learners and foster clearer pathways to higher education, championing economic mobility. Since launching in April 2021, many lessons have been learned about data interoperability.  What can we learn from this tool? What can the data about credit awards and equivalencies tell us about military learners? How can this information inform the future of military and higher education? Join ACE in this session for a deeper dive into the ACE Military Guide with a special focus on how this innovative tool is enhancing data collection to help make informed decisions about the future of military education, maximizing results for learners, and fostering clearer pathways to higher education for adult and miliary learners.  Join us for a demonstration and see how you can leverage the system’s innovative capabilities.

E - Envisioning the Future: Technological Innovation and Business Analytics for Quality Education and Employment

The Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) Program and the CA Virtual Counseling Cell (CA VCC)

Steve Clair, BA Organizational Leadership, Learning, and Development, Credentialing Division Chief, ACCESS Army
Sophia Sweeney, MA Organizational Leadership, Credentialing Assistance & Army COOL Program Manager, ACCESS ArmyU
Christine Loving, MA Public Administration, Senior Analyst, Solutions for Information Design (SOLID)

The CA Program provides Soldiers the ability to earn professional credentials, including civilian certifications and licenses. This line of effort is constantly evolving through the expansion of civilian credentialing opportunities to validate Soldiers’ professional skills, training, and work experiences. This session will provide an update of the CA Program, updates on the increased popularity, participation, and the new CA VCC.

C – Compassionate Services: Academic, Well-being, Career Support, and Transition

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

Jacqueline Rhodes, Masters, Navy VOLED, Education Support 
Lisa Teeling, Masters, Navy VOLED, Education Programs
Kimberlie Rush, Masters, Navy VOLED, Education Technology
Elizabeth Baker, Masters, Navy VOLED, NCVEC

The Navy College Program has made the largest transformational change since its inception in 1974. All services are 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 initiatives in technology, program enhancements, the reinstating of Base Education Needs Assessment and Memorandum of Agreement compliance with current and future academic partners, and the VOLED 50th Anniversary.

A – Advancing the Cause: Academia, Government, and Corporate Innovations for Education and Marketability

The New Gold Standard: Creating learner-friendly education pathways that recognize military learning for credit

Garrison Duncan, Amber, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Competency-Based Education Network
Morys, Amber, Ed.D., Client Delivery Portfolio Director, SOLID, LLC

Service members obtain highly transferrable knowledge and skills during their time in the military. This session reveals innovative models for identifying learner-friendly training and education pathways as well as methodologies for assessing military prior learning for academic credit and competencies. Myths surrounding the adoption of competency-based education (CBE) and military credit for prior learning (MCPL) programs will be debunked while spotlighting academic institutions and employers currently leveraging career-relevant competencies to
recruit and retain highly qualified veterans.

A – Advancing the Cause: Academia, Government, and Corporate Innovations for Education and Marketability

Transition Assistance Program (TAP): Laying the Foundation for a Student Veteran

Jayne Kaiser, M.Ed., Senior Curriculum Specialist, Department of Defense (DoD) Military-Civilian Transition Office

Today’s student Veterans are different than those from five years ago. The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) has been redesigned to meet their needs. This session provides a TAP update and a thorough review of the Education Track. Tools and resources used to support service members as they transition into higher education are included. Educators can use this knowledge to connect with student veterans and build on the career planning initiated during TAP

C – Compassionate Services: Academic, Well-being, Career Support and Transition

Unrealistic expectations: Certifications are not degrees. You don’t want everyone to pass

Atkinson, Joshua, 
PMP, DML, PROSCI CM, BS Poli Sci, USNA, USMC Veteran, Chief Strategy Officer, PM-ProLearn.

The world has learned that education isn’t just about college but expectations and policy are still catching up. This session will explore the differences between degrees, certificates, and certifications to help frame policy for accountability and regulation. Certiffication exams are not meant for 100% pass rates or they would be a certificate. Policy needs to match expectations. 

R – Reinforce Accountabilities and Expectations: Policy and Regulation Implementations

Untangling Required State & Federal Oversight for Postsecondary Institutions Serving Students by Interstate Distance Education

Cheryl Dowd; JD, MS, BS; Senior Director, State Authorization Network & WCET Policy Innovations; WCET - WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies
Russ Poulin; MS, BS; Executive Director; WCET - WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies
Heather DeLange; MA, BS; Director, Office of Private Postsecondary Education at the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado Department of Higher Education
TBD; Colorado Office of Veterans Education and Training"Russ Poulin; MS, BS; Executive Director; WCET - WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies
Heather DeLange; MA, BS; Director, Office of Private Postsecondary Education at the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado Department of Higher Education
TBD; Colorado Office of Veterans Education and Training

Our panel will untangle the various state and federal responsibilities that postsecondary institutions must address when serving students by interstate distance education.  Not only do institutions need to be aware of requirements for students eligible for Veterans Benefits and Title IV Aid, but also the wide variation of state compliance requirements for state institutional approval and when serving students in professional licensure programs. Learn the distinctions and join a discussion to develop a compliance plan.

R – Reinforce Accountabilities and Expectations: Policy and Regulation Implementations

Upholding Service Member Access to Credit-by-Examinations (CBEs) through the National Test Center (NTC) Program

Beran, Gini, M.Ed., J.D., Director of Outreach, College Board
Schwantz, Matthew, MBA, Credit-by-Exam Program Manager, DANTES

Creating a robust National Testing Center (NTC) program is a critical component in helping service members reach their educational goals. Effective on-base NTCs provide access to exams, facilitate educational counseling, and emphasize test preparedness. This session will provide attendees with important information on the tools, tips, and processes needed to maximize an on-base Credit-by-Exam testing program.

C – Compassionate Services: Academic, Well-being, Career Support and Transition

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