Dec
4
8:30 AM08:30

Welcome & Morning General Session

Location

Ballrooms B, C, D

Description

Presentation of colors by Puyallup Tribe Veterans Color Guard and tribal blessing of the event American & Canadian National Anthems, Performed by Sam Samano

Welcome Remarks

Registered Apprenticeship: A regional perspective: Greg Cashen, Deputy Commissioner, Alaska Department of Labor Shelley Gray, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Industry Training Authority, BC Brad Avakian, Commissioner, Oregon Department of Labor

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Dec
4
10:45 AM10:45

ROI – The Apprenticeship Value Proposition

Location

ROOM 315

Description

Employers who formally train their employees realize a significant return on their investment. Yet, few realize the extent of this investment, and its affect on their company’s bottom line, retention and company morale. Hear from experts several points of reference showcasing the value of apprenticeship.

Moderator: Alan Hardcastle, Washington State University

Presenters: Dave Wallace, WA State Workforce and Training Education Board; Shaun Engstrom, Apprenticeship Program Liason, Oregon Apprenticeship

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Dec
4
10:45 AM10:45

Industry Training Authority, BC Completion Initiative (Repeats in Track 2)

Location

Room 407

Description

By working closely with apprentices, employers, and at times, instructors, ITA Completions team is providing support to apprentices along their journey to certification. Michelle will also touch on how ITA engages with their stakeholders to ensure apprentices are achieving certification and all the resources ITA provides to employer and apprentices for successful apprenticeships.

Speaker: Michelle Anderlini, Manager, ITA Completions Initiative

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Dec
4
10:45 AM10:45

Registered Apprenticeship Fundamentals (Repeats in Track 2)

Location

BALLROOM A

Description

Attend this exciting and informative presentation offered by Washington experts on the basics of Apprenticeship. This session is for attendees with little or no working knowledge of the principles of Registered Apprenticeship. Learn basic components of Registered Apprenticeship and discover resources across the state that offer information and assistance for Registered Apprenticeship.

Speakers: Sandra Husband and AhShalla Harris, WA Dept. of Labor & Industries Apprenticeship Consultants

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Dec
4
10:45 AM10:45

Employer Engagement Fundamentals

Location

ROOM 406

Description

Employers are the heartbeat of any apprenticeship, and the key to expanding apprenticeship. To better identify what employers need from navigators and business solutions experts we held a multiple industry roundtable. Hear the results from that roundtable and access key resources developed. Attendees will learn best practices for employer engagement, what to know before you do outreach, learn about online resources, how to prepare, who to talk to, and more!

Moderator: Kairie Pierce, Washington State Labor Council

 Panelists: Melinda Nichols; Rachel McAloon, L&I Consultant; Joe Jenkins, DOL

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Dec
4
10:45 AM10:45

Mentorship Matters (Repeats in Track 2)

Location

ROOM 316

Description

Apprenticeship – it’s a learning experience like no other! One of the major components is the on the job learning experience but are all OJT mentors/journey workers equipped to teach a new employee? Do apprentices have the skills to be effective on the job learners and listeners? Hear how EJTC and Skill Plan partnered to develop curriculum to address these skills gaps and how it is now being implemented beyond Canada and beyond construction! Learn what are the main components of the program, how to successfully implement the program, what employers are saying about results.

Speakers: Fahrid Poursoltani, Electrical Joint Training Committee; Kyle Downie, Skill Plan; Phil Davis, Electrical Joint Training Committee

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Dec
4
10:45 AM10:45

Collaboration across agencies to support apprenticeship expansion and create opportunities for youth

Location

Room 404

Description

A panel that includes representation from Associated General Contractors of Oregon, All Hands Raised, contractors, school and community will discuss various partnership roles and strategies they have used for strengthening the high school to apprenticeship pathway, as well as youth preparation for industry careers.

Moderator: Connie Ashbrook, Ashbrook Consulting, LLC;

Presenters:  Frosti Adams, Associated General Contractors, Oregon Columbia Chapter; All Hands Raised; Steve Malany, P & C Construction.

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Dec
4
10:45 AM10:45

Youth Apprenticeship (Repeats in Track 2)

Location

ROOM 318

Description

This is the current hot topic! How can apprenticeship provide a solution to the high percentage of high school students that do not aspire or desire to attend university after graduation? Beyond technical skills, how do youth apprenticeship programs create a generation that is “job ready”? Hear about models of youth apprenticeship, teen worker safety rules, and system framework in the K-12 system

Moderator: Brittany Craighead, WA State Labor & Industries Apprenticeship Consultant

 Panelists: Josie Bryan, WA State Labor & Industries; Bri Durham, Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee; John Page, Tacoma Public Schools

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Dec
4
10:45 AM10:45

Pre-Apprenticeship Builder (Repeats in Track 2)

Location

ROOM 405

Description

Pre-apprenticeship programs that serve a variety of populations will share their experience in building a successful pre-apprenticeship program. Attendees of this session will learn the components of a pre-apprenticeship program, sources of resource and funding, and how to get recognized.

Moderator: Jim Kaltenbaugh, Wa. St. Labor & Industries Apprenticeship Consultant

Presenters: Karen Dove, ANEW; Erin O’Neil, Peninsula High School; Greg Christiansen, Iron Workers; Kenna May, STP, Spokane Community College

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Dec
4
10:45 AM10:45

What are the Elephants in the Room

Location

ROOM 403

Description

A panel discussion on apprenticeship system issues – what’s good, what should we be paying attention to. From meeting employer demand to diversity, this panel will take a hard look at opportunities to strengthen apprenticeship.

Moderator: Mark Beaufait, Finishing Trades Institute NW

Presenters: Sasha Rayburn, WTIA; Rick Dimmer, City of Seattle; Alan Kniffin, GLY, Kelly Kupcak, Oregon Tradeswomen

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Dec
4
3:15 PM15:15

Mentorship Matters

Location

ROOM 316

Description

Apprenticeship – it’s a learning experience like no other! One of the major components is the on the job learning experience but are all OJT mentors/journey workers equipped to teach a new employee? Do apprentices have the skills to be effective on the job learners and listeners? Hear how EJTC and Skill Plan partnered to develop curriculum to address these skills gaps and how it is now being implemented beyond Canada and beyond construction! Learn what are the main components of the program, how to successfully implement the program, what employers are saying about results.

Speakers: Fahrid Poursoltani, Electrical Joint Training Committee; Kyle Downie, Skill Plan; Phil Davis, Electrical Joint Training Committee

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Dec
4
3:15 PM15:15

Youth Apprenticeship

Location

ROOM 318

Description

This is the current hot topic! How can apprenticeship provide a solution to the high percentage of high school students that do not aspire or desire to attend university after graduation? Beyond technical skills, how do youth apprenticeship programs create a generation that is “job ready”? Hear about models of youth apprenticeship, teen worker safety rules, and system framework in the K-12 system

Moderator: Brittany Craighead, WA State Labor and Industries

 Panelists: Josie Bryan, WA State Labor and Industries; Bri Durham, Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee; Jon Paige, Tacoma Public Schools

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Dec
4
3:15 PM15:15

Registered Apprenticeship Fundamentals

Location

Ballroom A

Description

Attend this exciting and informative presentation offered by Washington experts on the basics of Apprenticeship. This session is for attendees with little or no working knowledge of the principles of Registered Apprenticeship. Learn basic components of Registered Apprenticeship and discover resources across the state that offer information and assistance for Registered Apprenticeship.

Speakers: Sandra Husband and AhShalla Harris, WA Dept. of Labor & Industries Apprenticeship Consultants

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Dec
4
3:15 PM15:15

The Homeless Crisis – Construction Career Awareness through Community Building

Location

ROOM 406

Description

Homelessness is a crisis, not just in Seattle but around the region. Hear how providing opportunities for the community and employers to partner with pre-apprenticeship programs, employers and community partners to learn skills while providing some solutions to this crisis. Hear from pre-apprenticeship programs the impact on students, Low-Income Housing Institute and Saw Horse Revolution as partners, understand what foreclosure alternatives are available.

Moderator: Melinda Nichols

Panelists: Sarah, Sawhorse Revolution; Alice Lockridge; Lawrence Willis, Seattle Vocational Institute; Isaia Vimoto, Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Dec
4
3:15 PM15:15

Compelling Registered Apprenticeship Models Across Industries

Location

Room 404

Description

Hear from leaders in construction, health care, it, and manufacturing and public agencies about apprenticeship as a solution for their workforce needs. Learn about industry based models, strategies for creating an apprenticeship, tips for collaboration with academic partners.

Moderated by: Ann Avary, Director, Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing and Technology

Presenters: Katherine Lechner, WACMAC; Lynn Strickland, AJAC; Arthur Bailly, Nichols Brothers Boat Builders; Mary Shatto, Labor and Industries; Sara Spierling, Labor and Industries.

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Dec
4
3:15 PM15:15

Registered Apprenticeship Online Tools and Resources

Location

ROOM 403

Description

Under the RAISE Grant Washington State put efforts into developing online resources to support registered apprenticeship expansion. You will get an overview of exciting new resources, including ARTS 2.0, Employment Security Microsite, Construction data dashboard, UI for Apprentices.

Moderator: Marie Bruin, WA State Employment Security

Presenters: Chad Pearson, WA State Employment Security; Ken Konyeaso, WA State Labor & Industries; Joel Getzendanner, WA State Employment Security

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Dec
4
3:15 PM15:15

Partnerships for Recruitment and Retention of Women in the Trades

Location

ROOM 317

Description

The Pacific NW leads the country in the diversity of our apprenticeship workforce but its not enough. Hear what leaders in our states are doing locally and nationally to make an impact including the RISE and Respectful Workplace initiatives, Oregon Tradeswomen Green Dot Initiatives, resources and efforts from National Taskforce on Tradeswomen Initiatives, BC Centre for Women in the Trades initiatives.

Presenters: Karen Dove, ANEW; Kelly Kupcak, Oregon Tradeswomen; Connie Ashbrook, Trades Women Task Force; Lisa Langevin, BC Centre for Women in the Trades

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Dec
4
3:15 PM15:15

Support Services: Impacting Success through Resources

Location

ROOM 404

Description

Historically it has been documented that in many instances the key to apprentice completion is supportive services. Whether child care, drivers license or other resources, hear from experts on how to find and access these supports.

Moderator Karen Dhaliwal, Bates Technical College

Presenters: Tina Burnquist, Division of Child Support, Alternative Solutions; Kris Larson, Urban League; Megan Clark, ANEW AOP; Pioneer

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Dec
4
3:15 PM15:15

Pre-Apprenticeship Builder

Location

ROOM 405

Description

Pre-apprenticeship programs that serve a variety of populations will share their experience in building a successful pre-apprenticeship program. Attendees of this session will learn the components of a pre-apprenticeship program, sources of resource and funding, and how to get recognized.

Moderator: Jim Kaltenbaugh, Wa. St. Labor and Industries Apprenticeship Consultant

Presenters: Karen Dove, ANEW; Erin O’Neil, Peninsula High School; Greg Christianson, Iron Workers; Kenna May, STP, Spokane Community College

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Dec
5
8:30 AM08:30

General Session

Location

Ballrooms B, C, D

Description

Welcoming Remarks: Chris Reykdal, Superintendent, Office of Superintendent of Instruction

Employer Engagement Presentation: Joe Jenkins, Department of Labor

Global Perspective of Apprenticeship: Susi LeVine, Commissioner, Washington State Employment Security

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Dec
5
10:30 AM10:30

Standards Builder

Location

ROOM 407

Description

This interactive session led by Labor and Industries experts will walk you through the development and key components of creating apprenticeship standards.

  • Standards Components

  • What is required

  • Best Practices in developing standards

Presented by Jim Kaltenbaugh and Evan Hamilton, WA Labor & Industries Apprenticeship Consultants

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Dec
5
10:30 AM10:30

Women in the Trades Panel

Location

ROOM 316

Description

For this inspiring panel, women whose successful careers were launched through apprenticeship will discuss how to promote and support women currently in programs. From this session, you will understand the history of women in construction trades, and learn to communicate to women of all ages the value they bring to the job.

Moderator: Melinda Nichols

Panelists: Hali Boyd, Sea School Northwest; Lacey Hall, Operating Engineers; Mitchiko Starks, Seattle City Light; Lisa Marx, NWCI

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Dec
5
10:30 AM10:30

ODOT/BOLI Workforce Development Initiative

Location

BALLROOM A

Description

Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and industries will share the results of an extensive workforce development initiative that included a full research and data report on the results

of different programs and supportive services on the retention and completion of apprentices. Hear from WSDOT on success stories from their PASS Grant to support the pre apprenticeship to apprenticeship pipeline. Alaska’s Apprenticeship Program will share their initiatives.

Speakers: Larry S. Williams. Bureau of Labor and Industries, OR; Jane Rockwell, WSDOT; Jauqeline Garcia, AK Apprenticeship Specialist

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Dec
5
10:30 AM10:30

Apprentice Recruitment and Retention: Diversity, Inclusion, and Respectful Workplaces

Location

Room 403

Description

Participants will learn about best practice-based, customizable building trades and construction-specific training to help meet your Washington state EEO requirements and raise awareness of equity best practices for identifying, addressing, and eliminating factors that negatively impact Apprentice retention, productivity, and safety.

Speakers: Sakara Remmu, ANEW, Morgan Stonefield, ANEW

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Dec
5
10:30 AM10:30

National Skills Coalition Policy Academy

Location

Room 317

Description

Hear from the Washington State team participating in this year’s National Skills Coalition Policy Academy focuses on exploring opportunities for policy and resources to impact the opportunity and success of individuals receiving state assistance to move into apprenticeship careers that lead to self sufficiency.

Speakers: Erin Frasier, SBCTC, Louisa Erickson, DSHS

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Dec
5
10:30 AM10:30

Compelling Registered Apprenticeship Models Across Industries

Location

Room 317

Description

Hear from leaders in construction, health care, it, and manufacturing and public agencies about apprenticeship as a solution for their workforce needs. Learn about industry based models, strategies for creating an apprenticeship, tips for collaboration with academic partners.

Speakers: Katherine Lechner, WACMAC; Jordan Shepherd, WITEA; Arthur Bailly, Nichols Brothers Boat Builders; Mary Shatto, Labor and Industries; Sara Spierling, Labor and Industries.

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Dec
5
10:30 AM10:30

Standards Builder

Location

Room 407

Description

This interactive session led by Labor and Industries experts will walk you through the development and key components of creating apprenticeship standards including standards components, what is required, best practices in developing standards.

Presented by: Jim Kaltenbaugh and Evan Hamilton, Washington State Labor and Industries Apprenticeship Consultants

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Dec
5
10:30 AM10:30

Successful Partnerships: Community Colleges and Apprenticeship

Location

ROOM 405

Description

What is Related Supplemental Instruction and who recommends it for approval? What are the requirements and what agencies participate? Are there opportunities for further collaboration with the Community and Technical College system? Hear about degree pathway development with apprenticeship programs.

Speakers: Peter Guzman, WA State Board for Community and Technical Colleges; Jim Kaltenbaugh, WA State L&I Apprenticeship Consultant; Kenna May, Spokane Community College

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Dec
5
10:30 AM10:30

Regional Pre-Apprenticeship Collaborative (RPAC)

Location

ROOM 406

Description

The City of Seattle brought together area pre-apprenticeship programs, contractors, apprenticeship programs and community based partners to develop strategies to support existing and new pre-apprenticeship programs graduate apprenticeship ready students, increase diversity in the trades and pool knowledge and resources to support the students on their career path. Learn about the mission, vision and purpose of rpac, who and why, expansion and next steps.

Moderator: Jon Bersche, City of Seattle. Panelists: Karen Dove, ANEW; Adriana Gamboa, CITC; Christopher Bryant, Nerdboxer

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Dec
5
11:15 AM11:15

Outreach Activities for Engaging Youth

Location

Room 315

Description

The common complaint is that young people are not interested in careers afforded through apprenticeship. Hear from initiatives around the state that are working to change this mindset and how you can bring them to your region. Learn about: Pathways to Apprenticeship, Future Operators of Washington, Career Fairs/Magic Camp/Pizza Pop and Power tools, Construction Trades Ambassadors, and Core Plus Construction.

Moderator: Kenna May, Spokane Community College. Speakers: Thomas Barrett, Performance by Design; Diane Kocer, AGC Education Foundation; Kim Waseca-Love, Spokane Home Builders Association

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Dec
5
11:45 AM11:45

Apprenticeship Practitioner Panel

Location

ROOM 405

Description

Hear from practitioners themselves! Keys to expanding apprenticeship, what resources, support do programs need? Best practices for recruitment and retention, how can

the community support those efforts. What do they see future impacts of technology, workforce demands, etc.

Speakers: Vanessa Carman, SMART; Luis Licea, Laborers, Tami St. Paul, Operating Engineers, Bridgett Quinn, Electricians.

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Dec
5
11:45 AM11:45

Apprentice Recruitment and Retention: Diversity, Inclusion, and Respectful Workplaces

Location

Room 403

Description

Participants will learn about best practice-based, customizable building trades and construction-specific training to help meet your Washington state EEO requirements and raise awareness of equity best practices for identifying, addressing, and eliminating factors that negatively impact Apprentice retention, productivity, and safety.

Speakers: Sakara Remmu, ANEW, Morgan Stonefield, ANEW

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Dec
5
11:45 AM11:45

Tribal Partnerships with Apprenticeship: Opportunities and Best Practices

Experts from Tribal Employment Rights Offices, or TERO, will share opportunities in contracting with Native American Nations and procurement rules and protocols for working on tribal lands. Examples of success in tribal pre-apprenticeship and indigenous initiatives in BC. You will learn the economic benefits of sustaining apprenticeships started during casino, resort and other tribal enterprises. The steps to connect with TERO for bids, contracts and tribal partnerships. Opportunities to support tribal pre-apprenticeship programs that are proven successful in growing the talent pipeline. Best practices of Indigenous initiatives in BC.

Moderator: Evan Hamilton, Labor and Industries; Michael Cameron, Director of Indigenous Initiatives, ITA; Michelle McClendon, Puyallup Tribe; Lisa Telford, Tulalip Tribe; Christina Riley, Laborers

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Dec
5
11:45 AM11:45

Successful Partnerships: Workforce Development Councils and Registered Apprenticeship

Location

Room 406

Description

From supporting development of registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship to hiring navigators and apprenticeship specialists, hear how WDC can support and resource apprenticeship expansion efforts.

Moderator: Anna Nikolaeva, Employment Security.

Panelists: Stacey Anderson, PacMountain WDC; Dawn Karber, Spokane WDC; Jason Petrait, Seattle King County WDC; Elizabeth Gordon, Workforce Snohomish

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Dec
5
11:45 AM11:45

Apprenticeship Program Manager Apprenticeship

Location

Room 407

Description

DACUM Research Chart for Apprenticeship Program Manager to validate the content with a regional audience; identify any missing tasks and work activities; and to confirm that the occupation profile applies to both federal and state apprenticeship systems. Provide an evaluation tool for apprenticeship program managers/directors/coordinators to self-assess their competence levels in performing the Apprenticeship Program Manager tasks. Enable program sponsors, apprenticeship committees, and intermediaries to identify essential job requirements, evaluate job performance, and identify areas where professional development training is needed. Provide a framework for training Apprenticeship Program Managers in federal and state apprenticeship systems, that is relevant at the state, regional, and national levels.

Speakers: John Hakala, Alaska State Director, Ronald M. Johnson Independent Consultant Office of Apprenticeship

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Dec
5
11:45 AM11:45

Employer Perspective

Location

BALLROOM A

Description

Hear from Employers themselves! What are the key reasons an employer participates in apprenticeship. How do they see it impacting their success and the future. What do they need from the community partners to strengthen apprenticeship.

Panelists: Perry England, MacDonald Miller; Ross Leach, Huntington Ingalls Industries; Savlador Arellanes, Sellen

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Dec
5
11:45 AM11:45

Collaboration Toolkit

Location

ROOM 403

Description

The purpose of this session will be to inform the audience on the lessons learned from Washington’s Medical Assistant Collaboration Project. Specifically, the framework (collective impact and collaboration essentials) required to build consensus within a state system of colleges and its effort to create greater alignment in program efficiencies and outcomes across their health workforce programs.

Presented by: Dan Ferguson, Allied Health Center of Excellence; Jennifer Johnston, Highline College; Katherine Lechner, WACMAC

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