Join the Coffee Break Conversation for National Apprenticeship Week

November 8th-14th is National Apprenticeship Week (NAW).  Join the Career Pathways and Program Management Communities for an informal coffee break conversation celebrating NAW.  The conversation will be held through Zoom on Tuesday, November 10th, from 10:30-11:30AM EST.   

We'll be discussing what apprenticeships have achieved in 2020; how they are pivoting to address COVID-19; and our goals for 2021.  Come share your experiences, successes, challenges, and questions.

Advance registration is required.  You can register here

We look forward to celebrating NAW with you!


Mike Cruse, Career Pathways Moderator

David Rosen, Program Management Moderator


Thank you again to everyone who joined us for today's coffee chat in recognition of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) (November 8-14).  I want to share the information about the virtual site visit to Pima Community College that we discussed.  This event occurred in early October, and I'm hoping to have a link to share a recording with you soon.  In the meantime, below is some general information about the event, which was held as part of the Advancing Innovation in Adult Education Project.

The Advancing Innovation in Adult Education project is a five-year effort led by Manhattan Strategy Group and Abt Associates, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education to identify and highlight innovative practices in adult education that lead to improved learner outcomes. For more information, visit the Advancing Innovation project online.


Pima Community College Virtual Site Visit featuring a comprehensive look into the Integrated Basic Education Skills and Training (IBEST) model


  • Behind the Scenes Look at IBEST Innovations in Partnerships & Programming
  • Live Q & A with Students and Teachers
  • Live Q & A with IBEST Collaborators

Special Guests:

  • Scott Stump, Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
  • Cheryl Keenan, Director, Division of Adult Education and Literacy, U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education

Collaborator Roundtable Featuring:

  • Laurie Kierstead-Joseph, VP, Adult Education, Pima Community College
  • Wendy Scheder Black, Director of IBEST, Pima Community College
  • Stephanie Dennison, IBEST Program Advisor
  • Michael Gates, Program Manager, WIOA Title I
  • Amanda Abens, Dean of Workforce, Pima Community College