Technical Academy Schedule and Experts


  • Julian Alssid

    Julian Alssid

    Chief Workforce Strategist, College for America at Southern New Hampshire University

    Alssid 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 and directed Workforce Strategy Center, a nonprofit organization that works with federal, state and local workforce development and economic development agencies and community colleges to align policies and practices to help workers advance in a changing economy. Alssid has advised over 20 states on workforce policy and established himself as a leader in promoting effective, practical solutions for implementing career pathways initiatives.   [ more... ]

  • David Schejbal

    David Schejbal

    Dean, Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning, University of Wisconsin-Extension

    Since 2007, David Schejbal has been the Dean of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning at University of Wisconsin-Extension. The division works with all 26 campuses in the University of Wisconsin System to increase access to programs, classes and degrees. Schejbal helped launch the new UW Flexible Option, the first system-wide competency-based, self-paced learning option in the nation.   [ more... ]

  • Iris Palmer

    Iris Palmer

    Senior Policy Analyst, National Governor's Association

    Palmer is a Senior Policy Analyst focused on postsecondary work at the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. Prior to joining NGA, she worked at HCM Strategists on the Lumina Foundation's initiative to develop innovative higher education models, including new technologies and competency-based approaches. Palmer also provided policy expertise and thought leadership to the Education Commission of the States as part of its efforts to increase college completion rates and ensure that high school graduates are poised for postsecondary educational success.   [ more... ]

  • James Seidelman

    James "Cid" Seidelman

    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Westminster College

    Reporting directly to the president, Seidelman coordinates and supports the full range of opportunities for student learning. The provost provides leadership for all academic schools and divisions of the college, other key educational resources of the college including student development, information technology, and institutional research. He is also responsible for the implementation and tracking of the college's strategic plan and the facilitation of a campus culture that is innovative, inclusive and collaborative.   [ more... ]

  • Laura Loyacono

    Laura Loyacono

    Director, KC Stem Alliance

    The KC STEM Alliance is a collaborative network of educators, business partners and organizations that inspires interest in STEM careers in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Established in 2011 with a major grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and other local funders as an independent initiative of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Computing and Engineering, the KC STEM Alliance serves as a resource for local schools in implementing STEM initiative including US FIRST Robotics and Project Lead the Way pre-engineering and bio-medical sciences curriculum. Previous positions included Regional Director for Project Lead the Way-Kansas City initiative, Vice President of the Kansas Health Institute and Manager of Public Affairs for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Prior to moving to Kansas City, she worked at the National Conference of State Legislatures as Director of Economic and Cultural Development and on the legislative staff of former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm. Laura holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Stephens College and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas.   [ more... ]

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    Charla Long, JD

    Dean, College of Professional Studies, Lipscomb University

    Long is responsible for designing three to four new academic graduate and undergraduate programs each year in response to time-sensitive workplace development needs; accountable for growing the college to 1,000 students and $10 million in revenue in five years; providing leadership for School of TransformAging®, Adult Degree Program, The Institute for Law, Justice & Society, and a host of other academic offerings.   [ more... ]

  • Laurie Dodge

    Laurie Dodge

    Associate Vice Chancellor, Institutional Planning and Assessment, Brandman University

    Dodge has oversight of undergraduate and graduate degree program outcomes across a distributed campus-system, for blended and online delivery models. She serves as Brandman University's WASC Accreditation Liaison Officer, is a member of the WASC Substantive Change Committee, and is a graduate of the inaugural WASC Assessment Leadership Academy. She helped lead Brandman University's adoption of the Lumina Degree Qualifications Profile and is author of the White Paper posted on the WASC Website. Dodge is a member of a national competency-based education group focusing on policy and new learning models. Laurie has presented on assessment in higher education, meaning of the degree, Degree Qualifications Profile, and competency-based education.

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    Donna Ekal

    Associate Provost, Office for Undergraduate Studies, University of Texas at El Paso

    At UTEP, Ekal's duties include administering the eight departments in Undergraduate Studies, coordinating the university programming with El Paso Community College (EPCC), and participating in other campus programs and activities. The mission of the Office for Undergraduate Studies is to provide integrated, high-quality academic programs that foster and support student success for our students prior to entering UTEP through the entirety of their undergraduate education in order to encourage and enrich students' academic experiences and achievements. Included in OUS are the Academic Advising Center, Center for Civic Engagement, Developmental English, Developmental Math, Entering Student Program, Medical Professions Institute, Study Abroad Office, and the University Honors Program. By establishing a data driven culture of program development and evaluation that is student centered, the OUS is contributing to student success in the El Paso area by creating opportunities that respond to and address student needs.   [ more... ]

  • William Ryan

    William J. Ryan

    Executive Director, Learn on Demand,Kentucky Community and Technical College System

    The Learn on Demand program at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System is a unique online competency-based education program featuring a rolling start and designed in a modular format. Prior to joining KCTCS, Ryan was the Vice President of Education for a regional home health company. He has also held the position of National Leader for Curriculum and Technology Solutions with Humana Inc., serving a global learning community focused on improving performance in the business ecosystem. He has been a VP for Technology/CIO at Lakeland Community College and has worked for Westinghouse and IBM in learning technology roles. Ryan holds a M.S. from Ithaca College focused on Instructional Design, and a Ph.D. in Computing Technology in Education from Nova Southeastern University.

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    Laura Evans

    Director of Talent Development, Cerner Corp.

    Evans creates and oversees strategies and programs to develop, attract, and recruit a diverse and appropriately skilled workforce for future job needs. Her responsibilities include developing and managing relationships with middle, secondary, and post-secondary schools and other education and training organizations in support of Cerner's workforce development and community investment objectives.   [ more... ]

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    Bill Nixon

    Vice President, IT Architecture and Development, DST Systems, Inc.

    Nixon joined DST Systems, Inc. in July 2011 as Vice President of Enterprise Portfolio Management and is currently Vice President of IT Architecture and Development. His responsibilities include Solutions, Application and Technology Architecture, Enterprise Application Development, IT Automation, Data Management and Usability Engineering.   [ more... ]