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. 


To register CLICK HERE
Event Cost: $125.00 USD (Includes reception, breakfast, lunch, and materials) 


Sheraton Dallas Hotel by the Galleria 
4801 LBJ Freeway Dallas, TX
Tel: (972) 661-3600 

We are pleased to offer a special rate of $104.00 USD per night.

To reserve your room by web click here.

Each guest will receive:
• A spacious traditional guest room with the option of a single king or two double beds.
• Access to our Sheraton Fitness Center and Outdoor Pool.
• Transportation within a 3 mile radius.


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 

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


  • Sean Manley-Casimir, Executive Director, Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC) in Tucson, Arizona 
  • Jeff Griffiths, President, Griffiths Sheppard Consulting Group, Inc in Calgary
  • Sylvie Theriault, Director of International Affairs, Federation des CEGEPS in Montreal (voluntary grouping of the 48 Québec public colleges)
  • Raul Martinez, President, National Association of Technological Universities of Mexico (ANUT) and President of the Technological University of Torreon

10:15 a.m.  BREAK 

10:30 a.m.   Improving Growth by Closing the Skills Gap 
                     Moderator: Andres Alcantar, Chairman, Texas Workforce Commission

                     Robert Kaplan, President, Federal Reserve Bank
                     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
                     Leo Reddy, Chairman & CEO, Manufacturing Skill Standards Council  

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

1:30 p.m.      BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • Winning the Talent Battle
    Moderator: Paul Mayer, CEO, Garland Chamber of Commerce & Dallas County Manufacturers’ Association 

    Brad Bentley, President, FASTPORT (Apprenticeship Programs)
    Laurie Bouillion Larrea, President/CEO, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas
    Judy McDonald, Executive Director, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County

  • Beneficial Employer Partnerships

    Moderator: Steve Boecking, Vice President, Hillwood

    Jill Morgan-Frost, Talent Acquisition, Bell Helicopter
    Guy Byars, Vice President, CAT Global
    Benjamin Rand, Associate Vice Chancellor, Economic & Workforce Development , Tarrant County College District

  • Automation & Technology Changing the Workforce
    Moderator: Nick Graff, Executive Director of Advanced Manufacturing Centers, Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD)

    Alma Acevedo, President, Logistics & Manufacturing Association of Port Laredo and President, Global Tooling Specialties, Inc.
    David Setzer, Executive Director, Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas
    Jackie Gill, President, Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology

2:45 p.m.     BREAK 


  • Guided Career Pathways 
    Moderator: Anna Mays, Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational Policy & Student Success, Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) 

    Cheryl Dalsin, Director, Academic Outreach, APICS
    Laurie Denham, Vice President of Education, Transportation Intermediaries Association
    Israel Cordero, Deputy Superintendent, Dallas ISD

  • Cross-Border Employment: Best Practices from the Border Regions 

    Moderator: Dr. Carlos Villanueva, Vice President, Strategic International Relations, Tecnológico de Monterrey

    Heather Gregg, Executive Director, Workforce WindsorEssex
    Gustavo de la Fuente, Director, San Diego-Tijuana Smart Border Coalition
    Rodney Rodriguez, Executive Director of Economic Development & External Affairs, Laredo Community College

  • An Introduction to the Texas Center for Advanced Manufacturing 
    Moderator: Ben Magill, Executive Director of Labor Market Intelligence, Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) 

    Eileen Clements, Director of Research, University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute
    Dr. Rajiv Mishra, University Distinguished Research Professor, Materials Science & Engineering, University of North Texas
    Duane Dankesreiter, Senior Vice President, Business Information and Research, Dallas Regional Chamber

4:30 p.m.  Reconvene & Wrap-Up