The College Graduation Virtual Summit:

Innovative Technologies and Strategies

October 29, 2009 | 10:30am – 4:30pm EDT


Proposed Program Schedule
10:30 - 11:00 Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time
11:00 - 12:00 Modernizing Community College Facilities
Steven G. Sachs, V.P. Instructional & Information Technology, Northern Virginia Community College
Bonnie Ann Dowd, V.P., Finance and Administration, Palomar College Malik Rahman, A.V.P., Technology and CIO, Central Piedmont Community College

Community colleges are struggling to keep up with rising enrollment, deferred maintenance and outdated equipment. A few, however, have managed to create modern, technology-rich learning environments with robust networks. How did these community colleges go about planning for the technology part of the modern facilities? Hear from community college professionals who live through these challenges on a daily basis, and what they do to overcome the obstacles.
12:00 - 12:30 Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time
12:30 - 1:30 Innovative Strategies to Improve College Graduation
Ed Kelty, V.P., Information Services, Rio Salado Community College
William Serrata, V.P., Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, South Texas College

Nearly half of students who enter community college intending to earn a degree or transfer to a four-year college fail to reach their goal within six years, and less than 60% of enrollees in four-year institutions graduate within six years. Learn more about what the promise of technology-based approaches to increase college graduation rates and close achievement gaps should include at the very least:
  • online learning communities of students, professors, and counselors to support students,
  • flexible online curriculum content, courses and/or tutoring programs
1:30 - 2:00 Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time
2:00 - 3:00 Engaging in Successful Business Partnerships
Linda West, Director, Workforce Development, Henry Ford Community College
Clyde M. Sakamoto, Chancellor, Maui Community College
Jim Potantus, V.P., Business Development, Cuyahoga Community College

Business and industry play an important role in defining the needs of the workforce, as well as training the workforce of the future and meeting the on-going demands of the marketplace. Many community colleges are already working with businesses to develop programs and classes—ranging from degrees to certified training courses—that will retrain and provide on-going professional development. Join us to discover why technology companies are leading the way in these partnerships and how colleges and universities can foster successful relationships with businesses and the industry.
3:00 - 3:30 Networking Lounge Live Chat with Industry Professionals
3:30 - 4:30 Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time
4:15 Summit Prize Giveaway
All Times are EST
Schedule is Subject to Change