HUMAN ASPECTS TRACK | Oct. 11 • 4:00 pm • Room 24–25

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Apprenticeships: Flexible Solutions to Attract & Retain a Talented Workforce

John Duff, PhD, and Susan Biszewski-Eber, St. Petersburg College

Explore a long-term solution to creating and retaining a skilled workforce: the apprenticeship model is a cost-effective way to keep top talent and fill hard-to-fill positions. Examine how industry and education can work closely together to ensure relevance and rigor and discover the economic advantages of applying this traditional training model to the technology industry. Add to the discussion by sharing your ideas on how educational institutions and industry can collaborate to develop a skilled workforce. Key takeaways include information on the benefits of the apprenticeship model, potential economic resources, and an understanding of the components of an apprenticeship and the advantages of being a registered apprenticeship program

About the Speakers

John Duff is currently the Baccalaureate Academic Chair in the College of Computer and Information Technology at St. Petersburg College. John began his professional career with AT&T and Ameritech Corporation, where he held a variety of increasingly responsible positions in information systems. At Ameritech, he was the lead systems architect for one of the first electronic signaturing and filing implementations in the country at the Los Angeles County Superior Court. John then led Eckerd College’s participation in the Department of Defense’s Electronic Commerce Resource Center program, developed the MIS curriculum for the college, and also served as Eckerd’s Director of Information Technology Services. Dr. Duff earned his PhD in management information systems from Kent State University.

Susan Biszewski-Eber is the Apprenticeship Coordinator for St. Petersburg College, which is part of a State College Consortium that received a $5-million Department of Labor Grant to develop apprenticeships in the technology industry. She also sits on the NICE Apprenticeship sub-group.