Date: August 30-31, 2017
Location: Brookhaven College, 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75244
Hosts: NASCO and Dallas County Community College District 

Given the shifting nature of the global economy, quality education is more important than ever. Personal success and national competitiveness increasingly depend on what are known as 21st century skills. Our program will include leading educators & institutions from the United States, Canada and Mexico converging to discuss technical education, career driven pathways, beneficial employer partnerships, and more.

As North America strengthens its global competitive advantage in advanced manufacturing and logistics, we are facing significant and growing labor market shortfalls. We share a common challenge, and also a common opportunity, to “up-skill” and grow our next generation of front-line manufacturing and logistics workers by streamlining and harmonizing our approach to standards and training, and to bring maximum value to workforce credentials.

Help us implement recommendations as we address this skills gap to keep North America economically competitive by strengthening North American talent pipelines into the workforce. 


Get ready! Registration opening July 1.
Event Cost: $125.00 USD (Includes reception, breakfast, lunch, and materials) 


Hotel Information coming soon


Wednesday, August 30 

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  Welcome Reception
                            Cafe 43 at the George W. Bush Presidential Center 

Thursday, August 31 
8:00 a.m.    Registration & Continental Breakfast 

8:30 a.m.    Welcome Remarks 
                   Dr. Thom Chesney, President, Brookhaven College

8:45 a.m.    Improving Global Competitiveness in the Manufacturing Community 
                   Linda Dempsey, Vice President, International Economic Affairs
                   National Association of Manufacturers (Invited) 

9:15 a.m.    Skills Development Across the U.S., Canada and Mexico 
                   Moderator: Roger Tadajewski, Executive Director
                   National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) 

10:15 a.m.  BREAK 

10:30 a.m.   Improving Growth by Closing the Skills Gap
                    A discussion with Robert Kaplan, President, Federal Reserve Bank (Invited)
                    and Dr. Joe May, Chancellor, Dallas County Community College District

11:30 a.m.    Developing a North American Workforce Initiative 
                     Tiffany Melvin, President, North American Strategy for Competitiveness
                    Matthew Rooney, Director, Economic Growth, George W. Bush Institute

12:00 p.m.    Luncheon Keynote: Workforce in the Changing Face of NAFTA
                     Sara Wilshaw, Consul General of Canada
                     Francisco de la Torre, Consul General of Mexico

1:30 p.m.      BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • Beneficial Employer Partnerships
  • Cross-Border Employment: Best Practices from the Border Regions
  • Automation & Technology Changing the Workforce

2:45 p.m.     BREAK 


  • Winning the Talent Battle
  • Guided Career Pathways 
  • Creating the new Texas Center for Advanced Manufacturing 

4:30 p.m.  Reconvene & Wrap-Up