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70th Annual Convention 2017: Business Management Section

Business Management Summary

Friday, 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
“Developing an Industry Partner Program”
Sam Greer, Director of Employer Outreach and Experiential Learning Programs, Austin Community College
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Friday, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
“Update on Fast Track Supervisor Certificate – Competency-Based Education – CBE4CC”
Dr. Diane Minger, Coordinator Management, Marketing, and Business Administration, Cedar Valley College

Saturday, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
“Getting Active: New Tools and Proven Strategies to Drive Student Engagement”
Lyn C. Maize
, Principle and Co-Founder, Café Learn; and Matt Gurney, Technology Lead and Co-Founder, Café Learn


Friday, February 24th, 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

“Developing an Industry Partner Program”

Learn how Austin Community College aligns employers and their needs resulting in employers sustaining high performing workforces. You will learn how to: know who your stakeholders are; accurately determine employer’s workforce needs; engage employers in a strategic partnership; and determine and map jobs.

Sam Greer, Director of Employer Outreach and Experiential Learning Programs, Austin Community College

Sam GreerSam Greer leads the Austin Community College’s efforts to engage industry partners, develop programs with employers, and place students in positions in their fields of study. Previously, he was Director of Accelerated Programmer Training, a Department of Labor funded competency-based education program developed to substantially reduce the training time required to earn computer programming certificates and degrees. Prior to working at ACC, Dr. Greer worked in the K-12 system as a high school social studies teacher, principal, and charter school superintendent.  He has served as a trustee on numerous nonprofit boards and advisory boards with particular interest in schools and foster care organizations.  He is currently a trustee of the East Communities YMCA and the Metro Area YMCA budget and finance committee.Sam earned a PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin (with a minor in nonprofit management from the LBJ School for Public Affairs), a masters in history from Texas State University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from UT-Austin. He is an avid traveler, History Book-of-the-Month aficionado, gardener, and tinkerer.  He loves to spend time with his wife, Marcy, and his three daughters, Jenny (24), Julia (19), and Delia (9.)


Friday, February 24th, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.

 “Update on Fast Track Supervisor Certificate – Competency-Based Education – CBE4CC”

Last year, Dr. Minger told the Business Administration Section about a competency-based program being developed in the Dallas County Community College District. This year, she will report on what has been achieved.The fast-track supervisor certificate is a course-based, competency-centered program consisting of 6 totally online credit classes created using open educational resources. The program is designed for incumbent workers with some work experience, but no formal credentials. Participants are pre-assessed for each competency and are able to accelerate through the program as competencies are demonstrated. Courses include both student learning outcomes and industry-identified “soft skills.”  The 8-week courses are media rich and engaging for students. Instructors offer one-on-one evaluation of student work providing critical feedback in areas where students require additional focus and study. Students are required to earn 80% or higher on all assessments and projects in order to achieve mastery. Because the courses use open educational resources, students incur no textbook costs for this 18 credit hour program. All courses apply toward a management AAS should students decide to continue their education.

Dr. Diane Minger, Coordinator Management, Marketing, and Business Administration, Cedar Valley College

Diane MingerDiane Minger has been teaching campus-based and online courses in business, management and marketing at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree levels for 30 years. Minger has extensive experience in online curriculum development and evaluation, competency-based instruction, enrollment management, and is a master course reviewer for Quality Matters. Minger holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University and received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Texas Woman’s University. She has also completed postdoctoral work in law and human resources at the University of Texas. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2016 Cedar Valley College Innovation of the Year Award, the 2015 DCCCD Innovation of the Year Award, 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award, 2005-2006 Cedar Valley College Piper Professor Award; the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award in 1999, 2004, 2005 and 2006. Prior to teaching, she worked in retailing and the fashion design industry.


Saturday, February 25th, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

“Getting Active: New Tools and Proven Strategies to Drive Student Engagement”

Learn in this hands on session fun and easy strategies for building new, engaging, active campus based classes. We will show best practices for curating affordable materials, how to use simple technologies to easily convert to outcomes based course design and create personalized learning paths for students, and strategies for using simple low stakes adaptive assessments to track progress. Attendees will leave with ability to convert “topic” based courses into rich, engaging, collaborative learning experiences, with a variety of content, in and out of class!

Lyn C. Maize, Principle and Co-Founder, Café Learn; and Matt Gurney, Technology Lead and Co-Founder, Café Learn

Lyn MaizeLyn Maize is a lifetime executive in higher education publishing and elearning. As co-founder of Café Learn she has brought innovative solutions to bring Café Learn to market and drive business growth. Lyn has worked at Harcourt Brace, ProQuest, PRIMEDIA and Xerox Learning Services to bring new innovation to higher education, Lyn is an author and speaker specializing in transforming face to face learning into active, collaborative learning experiences; and utilizing virtual worlds for competency based training. She works with organizations to help them develop effective, visionary strategies for utilizing both innovative technologies and strategies to drive measurable growth.

Matt GurneyMatt Gurney, is co-founder and the strategic development and technology lead for Café Learn. Matt was instrumental in the initial Café Learn offering given his passion for active and collaborative learning and education. Matt is a graduate from Franklin & Marshall College with a degree in economics. He comes to us after a successful career at A+E Networks working with the Strategic Partnerships organization. Soon his passion for learning, education, and innovation drew him back to Café Learn full time where he works closely with faculty and students to ensure every one we touch has a successful experience.

 

 

Business Management Section Co-Chairs:
Gemmy Allen, North Lake College; and Sheila Guillot, Lamar State College–Port Arthur