The State of the Skills Gap: Connecting Education with Career Outcomes

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The challenge of the skills gap continues to be a priority for higher education and employers alike. Join WCET as we bring together a panel of thought leaders from George Mason University, the Office of Workforce Development for the State of Missouri, and Wiley Education Services to discuss the current state of the skills gap, the paramount role education plays in closing it, and the value partnerships bring as we work toward closing it together. 

Additionally, educators and administrators will be treated to insights from the recent Reimagining the Workforce 2021: Closing the Skills Gap Through Education report. This report highlights responses from a survey of over 600 HR and Learning and Development leaders across a variety of industries. Topics include how the business community values traditional degrees and certifications, the perceived life span of skills, and in-demand skills to consider.

Register today for "The State of the Skills Gap: Connecting Education with Career Outcomes" on May 25 at 11:00 AM PDT / Noon MDT / 1:00 PM CDT / 2:00 PM EDT. WCET webcasts take place via Zoom.

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The webcast will be recorded and available on the webpage shortly after the live session.


" "Marc Austin, Executive Director of Academic Innovation and New Ventures, George Mason University
Marc Austin oversees the Continuing and Professional Education Division at George Mason University, where he focuses on engaging nearly 2,000 working professionals in training, certification and skill development. In addition, Austin is charged with identifying, vetting, and implementing new and transformative efforts for George Mason including micro-credentials, employer-guided experiential learning, and lifelong learning strategy. A thought leader recognized for his work on strategy execution, Austin has authored over 30 publications on strategic planning, finance, and operations, and he teaches and speaks on topics related to strategy and innovation.

" "David Capranos, Director of Market Strategy and Research, Wiley Education Services
David Capranos is the director of market strategy and research at Wiley Education Services. In his role managing the market research team, Capranos conducts extensive research to identify demand, market opportunities, and potential challenges to ultimately highlight academic programs that align with current demand. His team plays a vital role in determining the viability of educational programs in the online market and helping universities stay ahead of industry and market trends. Capranos has a background as a business analyst in higher education marketing, evaluating marketing tactics, and helping implement technologies such as a student relationship management and project management system.

" "Mardy Leathers, Director, Missouri Office of Workforce Development
Mardy Leathers was appointed to serve as the director of the Missouri Division of Workforce Development in October 2017. Since his appointment, he has served an integral role in shaping novel and innovative models to expand apprenticeship and work-based learning programs in Missouri, played a key role in the state’s Talent for Tomorrow and Best in Midwest initiatives, and led the launch of an apprenticeship partnership with the United Kingdom.


" "Deb Volzer, Senior Director of State and Workforce Development, Wiley Education Services
Deb Volzer is senior director of state and workforce development at Wiley Education Services. In this role, she works to identify and align a shared vision and promotes collaboration of next-generation education solutions. Prior to joining Wiley, Volzer worked with corporations including Pearson North America, Barnes & Noble Education Inc., and Community College Futures Assembly, and held administrative and teaching positions at the Ohio Board of Regents, Ohio Learning Network, the Ohio State University, Franklin University and Ohio Dominican University.


" "Megan Raymond, Senior Director, Membership and Programs, WCET
Megan Raymond has been with WICHE since 2007. She directs the programs, events, and sponsorships for WCET, the national leader in the practice, policy, and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. Prior to WICHE, Raymond was entrenched in student affairs at a small liberal arts college. In her spare time she enjoys racing mountain bikes and chasing her son on his bike or feet. Her overly hyper and eternal puppy, Rango, also keeps her on her toes.