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Pave the Way Virtual

In lieu of an in-person conference in 2020, the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) is hosting a series of webinars focused on strategies to advance equity, increase college readiness, and broaden access to higher education in Washington State. Pave the Way aims to ensure historically marginalized students receive the support they need to succeed. 

Coming Up:

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Events will resume in January 2021. More information to come soon.

 

Schedule & Registration

Schedule & Registration

Pave the Way Virtual webinars will take place via Zoom. Details of upcoming events in this series will be posted as they are available.

Date TIME Topic Registration

November 6, 2020

9:00–10:30 A.M. Labour Market Relevance and Outcomes of Higher Education in Washington State View the Recording

October 22, 2020

1:00–2:30 P.M.

Unlocking Access to Postsecondary Enrollment—FAFSA/WASFA as a Key Strategy During the COVID-19 Crisis 

View the Recording

September 24, 2020

10:00–11:30 A.M.

Lessons on Recovery: The Value and Potential of Higher Education in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

View the Recording

Speakers

Speakers
November 6: Labour Market Relevance and Outcomes of Higher Education in Washington State - Register Now!
PTW November 6 PresentersPresenters: 
Patricia Mangeol, Lead Higher Education Analyst at Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Patricia Mangeol is a Lead Analyst in the Higher Education Policy Team of the OECD Education and Skills Directorate, where she leads projects on the labour market relevance and outcomes of higher education, higher education system reform, and the digitalisation of higher education. Most recently, she led the work leading to the publication of the study “Labour Market Relevance and Outcomes in Four US States: Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington”. Prior to joining the Higher Education Policy Team, she worked in the OECD Centre for Skills, conducting analysis and country work to help governments and stakeholders work together to strengthen national skills systems. Before rejoining the OECD in 2016, she held several policy and leadership positions in the government of Ontario, Canada, where she led policy analysis and development in the areas of higher education, employment and the labour market, and immigration. 

Thomas Weko, Senior Policy Analyst at Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Thomas Weko is a Senior Analyst in the Policy Advice and Implementation Division of the OECD Education and Skills Directorate, where he leads the work of the Higher Education Policy Team.  He has been responsible for reviews focused on higher education, working most recently with Portugal, Brazil,  Mexico, Finland, and Lithuania.  Prior to rejoining the OECD in 2015, he served as Research Manager for Higher Education at the American Institutes for Research; Director of the Policy Planning and Studies Service in the US Department of Education; and Associate Commissioner for Postsecondary, Adult, and  Career Education at the (US) National Center for Education Statistics.  He has also served as a senior analyst for the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board.  

PTW November 6 PanelistsPanelists: 
Hart Hodges, Director of the Center for Economic and Business Research at Western Washington University

Dr. Hodges is an Associate Professor of Economics at Western Washington University, where he serves as a director of the university’s Center for Economic and Business Research. In addition to his work at the university, Hart is a registered investment advisor and President of Waycross Investment Management Company. His academic research interests include natural resource economics and environmental policy, health economics, and regional economics. He is currently working on projects that focus on tax reform and health care finance. Hart volunteers his time on several boards and through the Center helps a variety of nonprofit organizations. Hart is a past president of the Association of University Business and Economic Research and a member of the National Association of Business Economists. He is currently on the board of the Northwest Workforce Development Council in Bellingham and the Pacific Northwest Regional Economics Conference. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington, his Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University, and his BA from Williams College.

Kevin Perkey, Chief Executive Officer of Workforce Southwest Washington

Kevin Perkey is Chief Executive Officer of Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW). WSW leads the public workforce system for Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum counties, including oversight of WorkSource and job training programs for ages 16-24. WSW contributes to regional economic growth by investing federal, state, local and private funds into programs and community-based organizations that improve the skills and education of our local workforce and provide companies with qualified talent. Since 2003, WSW has invested more than $100 million in helping job seekers secure employment and businesses find the talent they need in Southwest Washington. Prior to joining WSW, Kevin was the CEO of South Central Pennsylvania Works (SCPa Works) a regional workforce development board investing more than $12 million of public workforce investment resources annually across an eight-county region of South Central, Pennsylvania. Kevin serves as Chair of the Washington Workforce Association and on the boards of the Columbia River Economic Development Council and the Cowlitz Economic Development Council. He is a member of the STEM Network Governance Committee, the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s Workforce Development Council (serving as Co-Chair of their Policy Committee), the Washington State Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council, and the Employment Security Department Advisory Council. Kevin has a BA in Environmental Studies and a Master’s in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management, both from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Past Webinars

Past Webinars
November 6 Labour Market Relevance and Outcomes of Higher Education in Washington State
View the Recording

In the recent report Labour Market Relevance in Four US States: Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) looked at how graduates fared in the labour markets of four diverse states. While the research was carried out before the COVID-19 crisis, the key findings and policy recommendations in the report are even more relevant in the post-COVID recovery period, as countries seek to harness the potential of higher education to help citizens upskill and reskill. The presentation will focus on findings and policy recommendations for Washington, shedding light on areas of misalignment between graduate supply and demand, dispersion in graduate outcomes, and policies to help align higher education and the labour market and improve outcomes for all graduates in the state. Space is limited.

 

October 22 Unlocking Access to Postsecondary Enrollment—FAFSA/WASFA as a Key Strategy During the COVID-19 Crisis
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View the Slide Presentation

This webinar will highlight Washington’s challenge with improving FAFSA/WASFA completion rates. Increasing completion is the key to students accessing the state’s generous financial aid system, including the Washington College Grant (WCG). Despite the groundbreaking investment of the WCG, the state still has seen a consistently low financial aid completion rate. We will examine recent national evidence that suggests FAFSA filing rates may be lower during the current cycle for low-income students and students of color due to COVID-19 and show state data that points to existing racial disparities in FAFSA filing. 

WSAC is taking steps to address the challenge though Aim Higher Washington, an ambitious initiative to advance equity in postsecondary attainment through the support of FAFSA/WASFA filing. Join us and find out more about how you can be involved, with a presentation of data and research followed by a panel discussion focused on state and local efforts to increase FAFSA/WASFA completion. Space is limited.

 
September 24 – Lessons on Recovery: The Value and Potential of Higher Education in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis
View the Recording

This webinar will highlight findings from WSAC’s recently released report Lessons on Recovery: The Value and Potential of Higher Education in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The report presents lessons from the Great Recession and observations from the growing body of evidence around students' and workers' experiences during the current crisis, highlighting COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on marginalized populations, and discusses priority areas for addressing educational inequities and economic challenges exacerbated by the pandemic. Space is limited.

 


Visit our archives for information about past years' Pave the Way conferences.