August 13, 2020
Following recommendations issued by Governor Cooper and the CDC, the NC Chamber’s Education & Workforce Conference will be a virtual event. Our team remains in close contact with state officials and we feel that this decision is in the best interest of the health and welfare of our community. Thank you for understanding.
North Carolina’s CEOs have stated that their number one concern is the availability of skilled talent.
Today’s employers are ever more aware of the need for effective education systems at all levels to ensure students are prepared for the 21st-century global marketplace. This event brings together educators and business leaders to share ideas and collaborate on the roles each can play in ensuring the state’s students are college and career ready for the jobs of tomorrow.
Educators may be eligible to earn continuing education credits for attending. Please check with your LEA for approval.
Thursday, August 13
|8:05 am||Attendees Admitted to Conference|
|8:15 am||Opening Remarks|
Debra Derr, Director of Government Affairs, NC Chamber
|8:30 am||The Future of Jobs in North Carolina: The Impacts of COVID-19|
Dr. Michael Walden, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, North Carolina State University
|9:00 am||Networking Break|
|9:10 am||Protecting a Future Talent Pipeline after COVID-19: Increasing 3rd-Grade Reading Proficiency|
With early literacy rates stagnating in North Carolina and exacerbated by COVID-19, learn how the business community is working to strengthen the foundations for third-grade reading proficiency, including increasing access to the NC Pre-K program and ensuring the effectiveness of early literacy instruction.
|9:55 am||Networking Break|
|10:05 am||Aligning the Skills Needs of Business with Education Post COVID-19|
As the state begins its recovery from COVID-19, increasing education attainment aligned with the needs of business is more urgent than ever. Learn how North Carolina businesses are engaging with education sectors to determine and develop the credentials and degrees needed for the post-pandemic jobs of the future through regional, industry sector, and economic development efforts.
|11:05 am||Networking Break|
|11:15 am||Increasing Educational Attainment after COVID-19|
Overnight, COVID-19 changed the face of education-how students will learn content, interact with teachers, and engage in activities that develop them into adults. Learn how our education sectors, from P-12, community colleges, and four-year universities envision the changes to our education system.
|12:15 pm||Closing Remarks|