Workshop: Job Training

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm EDT
Washington, DC
The goal of this workshop is to identify potential impact of increased broadband access on job training and job placement. Some argue broadband could have the ability to transform job training programs. During this workshop, the FCC hopes to learn about the potential impact of broadband access on online and remote job training programs, and access to potential jobs and listings. The workshop will look at trends in job training and job searching to determine if there are ways the government can improve the effectiveness of its program.



The following are some of the preliminary topics that will be covered at this workshop. If you would like to discuss any other topics, please send us your suggestions.
  • Online and remote job training
  • Access to jobs
  • Adult education
  • The future of job searches
  • Digital literacy for adults


1:30 pm Workshop Introduction, Jing Vivatrat, Moderator
1:35 pm
  • Heather McKay, Director, the Sloan Center on Innovative Training and Workforce Development; Director, Innovative Training and Workforce Development Programs at the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University
    • Online learning has been proven to be an effective method of education and skills training, and has been utilized successfully in the workforce development system. Despite its well researched benefits the successful implementation of online learning throughout the United States is limited due to the capacity and in some cases absence of broadband technology in some areas of the country.
  • Richard Horne, Ed.D., Supervisory Research Analyst, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor
    • The issue of technology and media in the Federal workplace and issues of Section 508 compliance and accessibility issues for people with disabilities. 
  • Kermit Kaleba, Senior Policy Analyst, Workforce Alliance
    • Expanded Access to Online Job Training: Opportunities and Limitations
  • Christopher Edward Etesse, VP, Presidium Learning
    • The interrelationship of rural broadband and education as it relates to k12 and higher education trends, especially the for-profit at home students whose work is dependent on broadband.
  • Eric Winegardner, VP, Client Adoption, Monster Worldwide
    • Fast, reliable and affordable internet access is essential to effective job seeking and a durable path to economic independence. Eric Winegardner will summarize how today's successful job seekers are using technology to research opportunities, present themselves effectively, connect with those who can help, and plan ahead for long term career success.
  • Tim Hill, President, Blackboard Professional Education
    • In this period of difficult economic conditions, access to education, training and re-skilling for workers is a critical element for employment and even job creation. Delivering education and training online is efficient, affordable and impactful. And broadband and high-speed Internet access are critical elements in delivering online education to learners.
  • Yvette Herrera, Senior Director, Education and Communications, Communications Workers of America
    • Online Training for Worker Career Development 
2:50 pm Panelist Discussion and Responses to Questions
3:25 pm Closing Statement, Moderator
3:30 pm Adjournment

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