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Career Development

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The UW ECHO in Career Development will target career development professionals working in P-16 local education agencies and other community partners working to support and assist students in making informed career and academic decisions.

Network participants include career and technical education teachers (CTE), P-16 school counselors, school administrators, general and special education teachers, case managers, community college professionals, business and industry partners, and other members of an interdisciplinary team working to support students' successful transition to employment or post-secondary education.

UW ECHO in Career Development is a collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Education and the University of Wyoming College of Education.

Sessions are on Mondays, weekly, from 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
via Zoom video conferencing technology.

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Learning Topics - SPRING 2018

Session information subject to change, please check back regularly.

*Registration encouraged but not required to attend sessions*

January 8

Post-Secondary Readiness in Accountability

Julie Magee, Ph.D., Director of Accountability, WDE.

January 15

No Session

January 22

How to work with Legislators / Lobbyists


January 29

Work-Based Learning Opportunities

Kathy D'Antoni, Ed.D., Associate State Superintendent,
Career Technical Education, West Virginia DOE

February 5

Engaging Students in Nontraditional Fields and Under-Represented Careers
NAPE (National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity) will present on encouraging students to enter career fields which are nontraditional for their gender. They will include resources and strategies to help students complete these career prep programs.

Tonya Gerharter, Consultant, Career & Technical Education, WDE

February 12

Why Choose the Military as a Career
The session will cover information about why a military career may be a good choice for some students. Differences in military branches will be discussed, including options for ROTC and officer programs, enlistment and Wyoming National Guard.

Department of Defense Panel Discussion

February 19

No Session

February 26

Differences Between Community College and Tech Schools
Session will cover resources for job placement support at technical schools, the differences between a two-year degree and a technical certificate, and why students may want to pursue one avenue over another.

Todd Gunlikson, Universal Technical Institute

March 5

Becoming Outstanding Educators: What Aspiring Students Need to Know
This panel discussion will cover some of the key qualities and characteristics students would need to develop to become great teachers or school counselors.

Leslie S. Rush, PhD - Director, School of Teacher Education
Scharen Collingwood - 2018 WY School Counselor of the Year
Jared Bowen, Post-Secondary Educator of the Year
Ryan Fuhrman, 2017 WY Teacher of the Year

March 12

No Session This Week

March 19

*Session Rescheduled*

March 26

College Degrees vs. Certification Pros and Cons

Panel of experts

April 2

Pathway Planning - A Quick Show of Career Pathway Planning Tools Used at Riverton High School

Feryne McSweeny, College and Career Counselor, Fremont School District 25

Session Registration*

April 9

Digital Journalism in the 21st Century

Erika Quick, M.Ed, Broadcast Journalism and Ceramics, JEA National Write-off Broadcast Coordinator, Park County SD#6

Session Registration*

April 16

Play Therapy

Eric Dafoe, Instructor University of Wyoming

Session Registration*

April 23

Education and Workforce - Making the Connection
Session will cover how educators and counselors can better align education to career / job requirements, and make the connection between academic skills and job skills.

Mike Griffin, Deputy Administrator, Employment & Training Division

Session Registration*

April 30

Careers in Industrial Minerals and Mining

Daryl Mecham, Technical Sales and Distribution Supervisor, Pete Lien & Sons Inc.

Session Registration*

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Learning Topics - Fall 2017

September 11

Career Explorer:
Wyoming’s New Career Exploration Platform!

Laurel Ballard, Wyoming Dept. of Education

September 18

ZeeMee 101:
Bringing Student Stories to Life for the College Application

Ethan Lin, Head of Education,

September 25

Career Opportunities

Craig Shepherd, UW Instructional Tech
Sarah Zlatkovic
James Kapptie

October 2

Employability Skills - Preparing Students for Professionalism (K-16)
This session will be a panel discussion exploring employability skills form the perspective of industry (retail and contracting) and education.

Mark Madsen, Simon Contractors
Jo Korpitz, Career Readiness Council
Calvin Colling, Pathways Innovation Center

October 9

Virtual Field Trips (K-16)

Molly Aschoff, Digital Learning Coordinator & Media Specialist

October 16

Work-Based Learning Opportunities - IT

Rick Purcell and Arathi Prasad, Public Consulting Group

October 23

Work-Based Learning Opportunities

Kathy D'Antoni, Ed.D. Assoc. State Superintendent, West Virginia Dept. of Education

October 30

Apprenticeship Opportunities in Wyoming

Mike Broad, US Registered Apprenticeships

November 6

Career Counseling in a Digital Society

Tonya Gerharter, Education Consultant, WDE

November 13

Agriculture is More than Farming & Ranching

Stacy Broda, FFA
Stacia Berry, Dept. of Agriculture
Kathryn Lohse, Sheridan College Agriculture Dept.

November 20

Virtual Field Trip - Vertical Harvest, Jackson

Caroline Croft Estay, Director of HR at Vertical Harvest

November 27

Exploring the World of Digital Badging

Dr. John Foster, NOCTI President/CEO

December 4

Industry Credentials and Opportunities in the Lodging & Restaurant Industries

Amy Madera, CWC Culinary Program in Jackson Hole

December 11

Course Alignment for Hathaway and Graduation Requirements

Brad Barker & Jennifer Lahiff

December 18

Hathaway Scholarship
Updates & Ideas for Elementary Students & Beyond

Presenters: Brad Barker & Jennifer Lahiff

December 25 - January 1

No Sessions

January 8

Career Readiness as a K-12 Accountability Measure in Wyoming

Julie Magee, Ph.D., Director of Accountability, WDE.

January 15

No Session

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