Thursday, June 15, 2017
Using Prior Learning Assessments for recruitment and retention of special adult populations
This webinar will offer insights into developing an effective recruitment strategy that encompasses Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) coupled with other methods to reach your goals. Proven approaches will be shared for recruiting special underrepresented populations such as minority groups, specific age groups, Native Americans, those with disabilities, and the socioeconomically disadvantaged. Practical and proactive strategies for increasing recruitment and decreasing drop outs will be highlighted.
SC ATE Center
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Rick Roberts has extensive experience in all sectors of industry and education. He currently is the Assistant Director for the South Carolina Advanced Technological Education Center at Florence Darlington Technical College, Florence S.C. As Assistant Director, he manages a large industry consortium and an internship program for students in advanced technology programs that is a driver of economic development in the region. Previously, he was the Director of Career Services at the Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pa where he worked with industry and across a multi-campus system serving more than 28,000 credit and 18,000 non-credit students to help place students in internships, apprenticeships, and jobs. He has also served in various management/supervisory positions within non-profit organizations and private industry where he served as a User Analyst/Subject Matter Expert for Lockheed Martin IMS. Mr. Roberts holds a Bachelor’s degree in Police Administration from Eastern Kentucky University, and a Master’s degree in the Administration of Justice from Shippensburg University.
Executive Director of the Programs for Educational Enrichment & Retention and Women in Science & Engineering
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Serita Acker is the Executive Director of the Programs for Educational Enrichment and Retention and Women in Science and Engineering at Clemson University. She attended Lander University, in Greenwood, SC, earning her Bachelor of Science degree. Serita continued her studies at Clemson University, Clemson, SC where she earned a Masters of Human Resource and Development. Her areas of concentration were management and technology, training and development. She is also a Global Career Facilitator with a special focus on educating audiences about opportunities in STEM.
Serita Acker joined Clemson’s Programs for Educational Enrichment and Retention (PEER) staff 14 years ago to work with minority engineering students. There she became the director of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE). Under her leadership, WISE has expanded to include outreach programs for females from kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as, current undergraduate female students. The Women in Engineering Proactive Network, a national organization, honored WISE, under the direction of Serita Acker, with the 2005 Women in Engineering Initiative Award for the program’s success in attracting and retaining women in science-based majors. Serita Acker was also recognized as the Clemson University’s 2005 Outstanding Woman Award. Serita was awarded by the National Engineering Foundation awarded for her involvement with the Girls Scouts. She was awarded by the Career Communications College Level Promotion of Education (national organization). Serita was featured in Women of Color in STEM magazine, fall 2014 edition.
She has also served as a Diversity Trainer for Clemson University for many years and in 2015 was the Martin Luther King Jr, Diversity Award at Clemson University and the Calder D. Elrmann Upstate Diversity Leadership Award. She is a member of the SC Assess and Equity organization, and a past member of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women at Clemson University. She has worked with other various student organizations such as : Society of Women Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers to promote STEM. She is very active in other local and state community to promote STEM education and promotion of engineering fields. She served a Mentor for the Mentorlinks thru the American Association of Community Colleges.
K-to-College STEM Education Consultant
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Donald McCoy retired from the IBM Corporation with thirty years of service with experiences as a senior engineer and responsibilities in people, process, project, and program management. His career highlights includes product development, manufacturing product test development, consulting technical services and marketing, and corporate headquarters assignments in human resources. Mr. McCoy served two years on an international product development assignment to IBM United Kingdom at the Hursley and Havant England locations (near London).
His last decade at IBM was spent in corporate headquarters focused on K-to-College initiatives and outreach programs designed to attract, develop, and retain the representation of diverse technical talent and workforce readiness programs. Programs and projects included diversity pipeline workplace strategies, budget and operations management, workshop facilitation, technology camps, career fairs, conferences, and mentoring programs.
Today Donald is a K-to-College STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education Consultant. Launched in 2010, Donald McCoy and Associates, LLC business clients and partners include educational institutions, government agencies, corporations, and non-profits. His list of completed STEM consulting, presentations, and workshop projects include American Association of Community Colleges, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina State University, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Labor, NC Department of Public Instruction, National Science Foundation NVC, NASA K-12 Initiatives, IBM Corporation, Middle and Early Colleges, and K-12 Charter and Public Schools.
Mr. McCoy serves on Business and STEM Advisory Boards including, National Science Foundation – Advanced Technological Education and Necessary Skills Now Programs, Center for Occupational Research and Development, North Carolina State University Women and Minority Engineering Programs, Butler Academy, and Wake STEM Early College High School.
Mr. McCoy graduated from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology in 1979. He earned an A.A.S. degree in Electronics Technology from the College of the Albemarle Community College in Elizabeth City, NC in 1976.