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Kim Gillan, Workforce Development Coordinator, 896-5878
Dan Carter, University Relations, 657-2269

April 30, 2008

MSU Billings helps coordinate workforce development conference in May

MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — Montana State University Billings is assisting the governor’s office in a May workforce development conference that will address a myriad of issues related to the state’s vibrant and diverse economy.

The governor’s workforce conference titled “Meeting the Challenge: Montana’s Workforce on the Move,” will be held Wednesday and Thursday, May 21-22 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Downtown Billings. It will feature discussions on dealing with an intergenerational workforce; helping employers train new workers; developing partnerships between labor and education; and building Montana’s “green collar” workforce.

The cost is $35 for the two days and includes a Wednesday evening reception.

Kim Gillan, workforce development coordinator with the MSU Billings College of Professional Studies and Lifelong Learning, is helping with implementation of the conference. Registration can be done through the university’s web site.

The agenda for the conference is below:

Wednesday, May 21 -- Crowne Plaza Hotel
  1:00-1:15 pm Welcome
  1:15-2:00 pm Governor Brian Schweitzer
  2:00-3:00 pm Opening Plenary
Wendy Samson -- "Culture Clash: Managing the Intergenerational Workplace"
  3:00-3:15 pm Break
  3:15-5:00 pm Workshop Break-outs
  · An Economic Study of Montana’s Early Childhood Industry -- Building A Ready Workforce for Tomorrow
Moderator: Mike Halligan, Executive Director, Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation
  · New Partnerships in Apprenticeship: Labor – Education – Business
Moderator: Mark Maki, State Director of Apprenticeship, Montana Department of Labor and Industry
  · Helping Employers Train New Workers
Moderator: Andy Poole, Deputy Director, Montana Department of Commerce
  · Montana’s 21st Century Workforce
Moderator: Dore Schwinden, Deputy Commissioner Montana Department of Labor and Industry
  5:30-7:00 pm Sponsored Reception
Thursday, May 22 -- Crowne Plaza Hotel
  7:30-9:00 am Policymakers' Breakfast
    Keith Kelly, Commissioner, Dept. of Labor and Industry
Linda McCulloch, Superintendent, Office of Public Instruction
Tony Preite, Director, Dept. of Commerce
Sheila Sterns, Commissioner, Office of Higher Education
Dan Miles, Chair, State Workforce Investment Board
  9:00-10:30 am Workshop Break-outs
  · Connecting the Dots: Services through Montana’s DLI
Moderator: Keith Kelly, Commissioner, Montana Department of Labor and Industry
  · Bringing Montana Workers Home
Moderator: Chris Aageson, Governor’s Office of Economic Development
  · Linking Education and Industry: Assessing and Certifying Work Skills
Moderator: Tommy Thompson, Executive Director WIN
  · Montana’s Green Collar Workforce: What We’ve Started
Moderator: Hal Harper, Chief Policy Advisor, Governor’s Office
  10:30-10:45 am Break
  10:45-12:00 noon Closing Plenary - Center for State Innovation: Growing Montana's Workforce
  12:30-2:30 pm Local Industry Educational Sites

For more information, see the registration and agenda form online or call Gillan at 896-5878.

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