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What is competency-based education, and how can it improve workforce development?

More than 400 people registered for "What is competency-based education, and how can it improve workforce development?" presented by College for America's Chief Academic Officer Cathrael Kazin and Chief Workforce Strategist Julian L. Alssid. If you would like to share what you learned with your colleagues, or if you were unable to make the live event, you can download the slides now. 

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This presentation answers questions including:

  • Why is there a need for competency-based education (CBE)?
  • What is CBE?
  • What kinds of institutions can use a CBE approach?
  • How can CBE be used to address labor market needs?
  • How can companies use CBE to advance a workforce development strategy?

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About the presenters

Cathrael Kazin, J.D., Ph.D

Cathrael (Kate) Kazin, Chief Academic Officer, is one of the nation’s foremost experts on higher education assessment.  For the past ten years, she worked as Executive Director for Higher Education at ETS, where she was responsible for strategic outreach to the higher education community, collaborations with presidents, provosts and other higher education leaders, and high-profile strategic initiatives to develop new services. Her previous roles include Director of English Language Testing at the National Institute of Testing and Evaluation in Israel and Special Assistant to U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich. Kate has also been a practicing attorney and assistant professor of English at the University of Iowa. She has an A.B. with Highest Honors in English from Smith College, a Ph.D. in English from Cornell University, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Julian L. Alssid

Julian L. Alssid, Chief Workforce Strategist, is a nationally recognized expert in workforce development innovation and policy. He has over 20 years of experience working with decision makers who seek to grow the economy and create a pipeline of skilled talent. Prior to joining College for America, Julian founded the Workforce Strategy Center, where he advised over 20 states on workforce policy and established himself as a leader in promoting effective, practical solutions for implementing career pathways initiatives. Julian has also held senior positions in education and workforce development at the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce (now the Partnership for New York City), LaGuardia Community College, and the Office of the Mayor of New York City.

College for America at Southern New Hampshire University offers a unique, competency-based college degree program designed for working adults: one that's extraordinarily affordable, flexible for busy lives, and designed to be more applicable in the workplace. Students can achieve a respected associate's or bachelor's degree from the accredited, nonprofit college.  If you have any questions, call us at 1-855-764-8CFA.

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