The NIIC 2014 program is really shaping up. This year’s conference will feature nine content track areas, covering everything from education to health care to economic opportunity. The tracks are led by preeminent thought leaders in their respective fields. The track working groups are tasked with determining which questions deserve particular attention on the national stage of NIIC 2014.
“Strengthening our Nation through Workforce Development” will be one of the NIIC 2014 content tracks. This track will explore effective policy and program solutions–in the private and public sector–for adult education and training, positioning immigrants to hold family-wage jobs and attain career pathway success.
The Workforce track has assembled an impressive team to develop this exciting program. The working group members include leading demographers, funders, practitioners, and policymakers:
- Audrey Singer, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute
- Jose Ramon Fernandez-Pena, Associate Professor of Health Education, San Francisco State University
- Flavia Jimenez, Senior Fellow, National Skills Coalition
- Margie McHugh, Director, Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration
- Paul Feltman, Director, Global Talent Bridge initiative for World Education Services (WES)
- Felicito (Chito) Cajayon, Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development, Los Angeles Community College District’s (LACCD)
- Trang Tu, Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- Juan Salgado, President and CEO, Instituto del Progreso Latino
- Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Director of Outreach and Program Evaluation, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians (Track Co-lead)
- Luis Sandoval, Development Manager, Building Skills Partnership (Track Co-lead)
- James Witte, Research Director, Institute for Immigration Research (IIR)
- Safiya Khalid, Executive Director, Institute for Immigration Research at George Mason University
- Antonio Bernabe, CHIRLA
- Josh Bernstein, SEIU International
- Luis Barrera-Castanon, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
Based on the varied expertise of their working group, this track promises to be thought-provoking and engaging. Stay tuned for more updates on the conference program!