DEI and Employability in the Global Economy

Strengthening Rural Community Colleges

May 25, 2022
DEI and Employability in the Global Economy

One in ten Americans is foreign born, and local communities—urban, suburban, and rural—are growing more diverse. To take advantage of global market opportunities, companies want employees with the knowledge and skills to work across cultures. This webinar examined what global employability skills are and how they can be integrated into career and technical education programs in order to assist with DEI initiatives, while preparing students to compete, connect and cooperate on an international scale. New free tools and resources, created by the Center for Global Education at Asia Society were shared.

The Center for Global Education (CGE) has worked extensively within the field of career and technical education (CTE) for the last eight years, closely partnering with major organizations like the Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE) and Advance CTE to make the case that global competence is critical for all career pathways. With these groups and through the support of ECMC Foundation and the Project Management Institute Education Foundation, CGE has led the creation of widely used online and in-person professional development resources to support secondary and postsecondary CTE educators in integrating these skills into what is already being taught in classrooms.

Webinar Details

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET
The webinar is available to watch on-demand below with the accompanying presentation slides. 

Speaker Information

HeatherHeather Singmaster Singmaster
Director of CTE and GCEN, Center for Global Education
Asia Society

Heather Singmaster is Director for CTE and GCEN, Center for Global Education at the Asia Society where her work focuses on international best practices and integrating global competence into Career Technical Education (CTE) programs as well as state and national policy. Heather leads the Global Cities Education Network (GCEN), a network of international cities focused on best practice sharing in education. She speaks and writes regularly on global education, including as the former host of Education Week’s Global Learning blog. She previously worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Heather holds a Masters degree focused in Anthropology from New York University and a Bachelors degree in International Affairs from George Washington University.

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Rural Peer Learning Network Opportunity

The Rural Peer Learning Network serves in conjunction with our monthly webinars and is an opportunity to learn directly from other rural community colleges. This is an opportunity for rural community colleges to learn how similar institutions operate while providing supportive resources to potentially utilize. Our next opportunity will be on Wednesday, June 1 where we will discuss best practices that rural community college leaders have learned and implemented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET
Please review the details and register for the Rural Community College Peer Learning Network: Reflecting on Best Practices discussion here.

Watch On-Demand

Access the presentation slides from this webinar here.