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Aligning Higher Education Pathways with the Skills and Credential Needs of Gig-producing Tech Companies (Presented by WGU)

Elke Leeds (Academic Vice President, Western Governors University)

Location: St Thomas B

Date: Thursday, May 23

Time: 9:00am - 9:45am

Pass type: All Access, Conference, Summits & Workshops, TechFair - Get your pass now!

Format: Vendor Tech Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Western Governors University

Technology education requires agility in learning pathways, skills accumulation, and industry alignment in the same way that gig economy professionals are capitalizing on career opportunities and leveraging high workforce demand. Shifting higher ed into a model that can provide gig workers with credentials that can enhance their careers with timely and relevant employable skillsets is necessary for the changing workforce. Having pathways in higher ed that promote lifelong learning and stacking those credentials into an eventual degree, while providing ongoing value to individual workers, will be pivotal to societal and economic change.

This session will provide attendees with an opportunity to reflect on education choices, determining the best fit to meet career objectives, and gaining the tools and insights needed to develop individual technology learning programs that will deliver return on their learning investment. In this session we’ll explore:
• The role technology plays in shifting the future of higher education.
• To degree or not to degree?
• Staying ahead in industry- and career-relevant education.
• Do certifications matter?

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