Bridges to Opportunity: Workforce Development for English Language Learners

Conference Proceedings

Friday, October 2, 2006

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dr. Gail Mellow, President, LaGuardia Community College
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Amanda Eichelkraut, U.S. Department of Labor
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Anthony Tassi, Director of Adult Literacy, NYC Mayor's Office
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Marilyn Shea, NYC Workforce Investment Board
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Dr. Suma Kurien, Director, Center for Immigrant Education and Training
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Keynote Address: What Works? Integrating Language and Job Skills
Dr. Heide Spruck Wrigley
(with brief introduction by Dr. Suma Kurien)

Dr. Heide Spruck Wrigley, Keynote Speaker

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Panel 1: Systemic Transformation in Workforce Development Programs
Moderator: Dr. Suma Kurien

Panel 1 speakers

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Kathy Cooper, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Sue Follinsbee, TriEn Communications, Ontario, Canada
Eleni Papadakis, Commonwealth Corporation, Boston, MA

Panel 2: Promising Approaches in Supporting Career Advancement for English Language Learners
Moderator: Charles Goldberg, Commonwealth Corporation, Boston, MA

Panel 2

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Cindy Arnold, El Puente CDC, La Mujer Obrera, El Paso, TX
Tania Ramirez and Suma Kurien, Center for Immigrant Education and Training, LaGuardia Community College, NY
Dr. José Ramón Fernández-Peña, San Francisco State University, CA

Breakout Discussion: Reactions and Recommendations
Summary of first breakout session recommendations
Complied recommendations by each group (first breakout)

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Panel 3: Issues in Instructional Design and Delivery
Moderator: Dr. Heide Spruck Wrigley

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Jon Engel, Community Action Inc., San Marcos, TX
Ricardo Estrada, Instituto del Progreso Latino, Chicago, IL
Donna Price, San Diego Community College Continuing Education, CA
Regina Suitt, Pima Community College Adult Education, AZ

Breakout Discussion: Groups Develop Recommendations
Recommendations from Policymakers and Researchers (second breakout)

Wrap-Up: Review of Recommendations
Final Suggestions from Whole Group