Curating OER in Workforce Development

Concurrent Session 7
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Brief Abstract

This session will share how California State University's SkillsCommons project is curating over 40,000 workforce development open educational resources and program support materials created by TAACCCT grantees. 


Christian is currently an IMPACTcommunity Ambassador for the California State University-MERLOT SkillsCommons project. His past role was the TAACCCT Learning Network Program Manager in the Workforce and Economic Development Unit at the American Association of Community Colleges providing technical assistance to over 700 community colleges nationwide. He previously served as Consortium Operational Manager for Bossier Parish Community College, where he managed the implementation of the college's $14.7 million grant via the United State Department of Labor's TAACCCT (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training) initiative by retraining workers & accelerating academic achievement and industry certification in IT foundations, leading to careers in Cyber Security, Health Information Technology, and Industrial IT Applications. Christian is a forward-thinking, entrepreneurial, and task oriented leader, with 20 years of diverse industry experience and a track record of implementing and coordinating projects in high stress and upper level business environments.

Extended Abstract

California State University's SkillsCommons project has created the world's largest repository of workforce development curriculum and training materials. As part of the U.S. Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) $2 billion grant initiative required over 700 community colleges to create open education resources for the funded programs in industry sectors such as information technology, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing. During this session, the  California State University's SkillsCommons sponsored Skills2Work IMPACTcommunity will share how SC is curating the training materials for use for community colleges, workforce development boards, and employers. Audience members will have a chance to explore workforce content and collaborate on emerging uses of OER in Workforce learning.