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2013 August National Energy Education Network Meeting

Aug 22, 2013 08:00am -
Aug 23, 2013 12:00pm

Event Description


National Energy Education Network

August 22-13, 2013



Westin Indianapolis

50 South Capitol Ave.

Indianapolis, IN 46204


The NEEN Meeting is a learning forum designed specifically for secondary and post-secondary educators and their energy and utility company partners.  The forum provides opportunities to share best practices in design and implementation of energy education curricula and to work through actual solutions and approaches to overcoming challenges in preparing today’s workforce for jobs in the energy industry.  A majority of the agenda will be devoted to hands-on, practical discussion and application.  


Specific goals of this year’s NEEN Meeting are to:

·         Reinforce education’s and industry’s partnership in supplying the energy industry with a skilled workforce;      

·         Provide up-to-date information on relevant “game changers” facing the energy industry, their potential impact on current and future workers and approaches conference participants can apply to prepare for the changes; and

·         Showcase successful implementation of Get Into Energy Career Pathways Program.


 With generous support from Lumina Foundation in Indianapolis, CEWD is able to offer the NEEN meeting without a conference registration fee. 


E2: The Power of Energy and Education

Preliminary Agenda


Thursday, August 22



7:00 – 8:00am




8:00 – 8:10am


Beth Britt, CEWD



8:10 – 8:30am

E2: The Power of Energy And Education

Ann Randazzo, Executive Director, CEWD



8:30 – 9:00am

Game Changers in the Energy Industry

Bob Powers, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, American Electric Power



9:00 – 10:00am

Change, Change, Change!

Education Solutions that Meet the Evolving Energy Industry Requirements

  • Clay Goodman, VP Occupational Education, Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Christine Carpenter, Director, Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE)
  • Terri Sandu,  Director, Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute, Lorain County Community College

Moderator: Ann Randazzo, CEWD



10:00 – 10:15am

Networking Break



10:15 – 11:00am

Tabletop Breakout Groups

Solutions for Responding to Supply & Demand Challenges: What Would You Do?



11:00 – 11:30am

The Business Case for State Energy Workforce Consortia

Pat Whiteside, VP Business Support, Nicor Gas  & Executive Sponsor of the Illinois Energy Workforce Consortium



11:30am – 12:45pm




12:45 – 2:00pm

Panel Discussion: Balancing Supply & Demand: Flexible Curriculum Solutions

  • Aco Sikoski, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana and Kris Emaus, Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO)
  • Bruce Peterson, St. Cloud Technical & Community College and Cindy Shore, Xcel Energy
  • Doug Greenway, Mitchell Technical Institute and Bret Atkins, Black Hills Corporation

Moderator: Dana Berkheimer, CEWD



2:00 – 3:15pm

Breakout Sessions: Solutions for Implementing Get Into Energy Career Pathways

  • Flexible Curriculum Breakout

Dana Berkheimer,  CEWD

  • Implementing a Successful Boot Camp
    • Ray Kelly, DTE Energy – Natural Gas Boot Camp
    • Debra Howell, Georgia Power – Line Worker Boot Camp
    • Allannah Thomas, Helicon Inc. – Math Boot Camp

Moderator: Beth Britt, CEWD

  • Stackable Credentials
    • Alexandria Baker, Pacific Gas & Electric
    • Mindy Mets, Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization
    • Gayla Neumeyer, University of Missouri

Moderator: Rosa Schmidt, CEWD

  • Energy Industry Fundamentals
    • Valerie Taylor , CEWD
    • Deon Clark, Estrella Mountain Community College



3:15 – 3:30pm

Networking Break



3:30 – 4:30pm

Panel Discussion: Game Changers in Education

Moderator: Mindy Feldbaum,  CEWD



4:30 – 5:00pm

Day 1 Wrap-up



5:00 – 6:30pm




Friday, August 23



7:00 – 8:00am




8:00 – 8:15am

Welcome / Recap of Day 1



8:15 – 8:45am

Adult Learners and the Completion Agenda

Holly Zanville, Strategy Director, Lumina Foundation



8:45 – 9:45am

Appealing to Target Demographics: Veterans, Women and Opportunity Youth

  • Matt Feger, Student Veterans Association
  • Gary Kiger, Lakeland Electric Power Academy
  • Lavelle Burr-Alexander, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Karen Grant, Washington Gas

Moderator: Joe Cisneros, American Electric Power



9:45 – 10:15am

Learnings from the Smart Grid Training Grants

Titilayo Ogunyale, Department of Energy



10:15 – 10:30am

Networking Break



10:30 – 11:30am

Working Sessions

  • Lessons Learned Session with DOE SmartGrid Grantees

Deborah Buterbaugh, Department of Energy

  • Industry & Educator Partnerships

Sarah Whitman, Manager, Technical Training, Kansas City Power & Light &

Benjamin Coltrane, Flint Hills Technical College

  • Prior Learning Assessments

Chari Leader-Kelly, Learning Counts.Org



11:30am – 12:00pm

The Changing Higher Education Agenda

Jamie Merisotis, CEO, Lumina Foundation



12:00 – 12:15pm

Conference Recap

Ann Randazzo, CEWD



12:15 pm


Event Type:Conference
Category:Educational Seminar
Early registration ends on May 06, 2013.
Regular registration starts on May 07, 2013 and ends on Aug 21, 2013.
Late registration starts on Aug 22, 2013.
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)



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