OCEA 2018 Conference Agenda
Dublin, Ohio, Embassy Suites, May 23 - 25
The Power of Partnerships
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
9:00 am -11:00am OMIC Meeting (Optional - Free Event)

10:00am - 12:00pm Check-In and Registration
12:00pm - 1:15pm Lunch & Keynote Address:
Ohio Workforce Development
Keynote Speaker:
Ryan Burgess, Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation
1:30pm - 2:30pm Breakout Sessions

  • Nuts & Bolts: Developing an Co-op/Internship Program, Engineering Career Development Center Staff, University of Toledo
  • Connecting the Three C's: Colleges, Companies, and Communities, Tim Harman, Columbus 2020

2:45pm - 3:45pm Breakout Sessions

  • Preparing Students for the Internship/Co-op Job Search, Jonathan Gordon & Martin Roberts, The Lubrizol Corporation
  • Developing Industry Advisory Boards, Sandra English, Cleveland State University  & Amy McMullen, Lincoln Electric

4:00pm - 4:45pm  OCEA Research Grant Recipient Presentation: Employment Change Factors in Co-op Experiences, Christine Tonnis & Brittany Arthur, University of Cincinnati

4:45pm - 5:15pm Board Introductions5:30pm - 7:30pm Dinner on Your Own & Evening Reception in Hotel Lobby

8:00pm - 10:00pm Hospitality Suite


Thursday, May 24, 2018
7:00am Registration
7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast and Networking Conversations
8:30am - 8:45am Opening Remarks and Welcome, Doug Chivington, OCEA President, Honda of America
9:00am - 10:00am Breakout Sessions

  • Engaging in Career Development with International Students, Dean Pidcock, Ohio University
  • Ohio High School Career Centers: Today's Direction and Tomorrow's Vision, Doug Chivington, Honda of America, Dr. Rick Smith, Ohio Hi Point Superintendent, & Tammy Cooper, Marysville STEM Internship Coordinator
  • Finding Value in Atypical Internships: The Northwestern Mutual Way, Courtney Ostig, Northwestern Mutual

10:15am - 11:15am Breakout Sessions

  • Internships in Liberal Arts & The e-portfolio, Kimberly Burke, University of Cincinnati
  • Supporting Diverse Students in the Pursuit of Internships and Co-ops in STEM, Sarah Jurden, Bowling Green State University
  • Developing a Home-Grown Internship Database, Rex MtCastle & Archna Jindal, Sinclair Community College

11:30am - 1:00pm Lunch & Employer Panel

Employer Panel MC: Jeremiah Gracia, Dublin Economic Development Administrator
Employer Panel Participants:
Erin Kinnison, IGS Energy
Adam Highberger, Nestle
Jordan Crow, Speedway LLC

Colleen Door, Velosio

1:15pm - 2:30pm Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law, Tom Dixon, Eastman & Smith Ltd.

2:30pm - 3:00pm Coffee Break
3:00pm - 4:00pm Breakout Sessions

  • Engaging Students through Virtual Career Fairs, Lindsey Hugo, Ohio University
  • Co-op/Internship Pre-requisites: Creating a Strong Foundation, Melody Gast, Clark State Community College
  • Registered Apprenticeship - A Proven Workforce Strategy, Patrick Reardon, State Administrator of ApprenticeOhio

4:00pm - 5:30pm Break
5:30pm - 6:30pm Cocktail Hour
6:30pm - 8:30pm Awards Banquet
8:30pm - 11:00pm Hospitality Suite


Friday, May 25, 2018
7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast

8:30am - 9:30am Board Meeting & President's Address, Doug Chivington, OCEA President, Honda of America and Rich Robles, OCEA President Elect, University of Cincinnati
9:30am - 10:00am Ohio Department of Education, Cheryl Rice, Assistant Vice Chancellor
10:00am - 11:15am Speed Sessions (15-minute Round tables)

  • Developing Employer and Student Appreciation Programs, Sandra English & Danielle Vath, Cleveland State University
  • Developing an Employer List from Scratch, Tracy Hanson, The Ohio State University
  • The Long Game - from Student to Alumni to Employer. Creating meaningful, long-lasting partnerships, Datina Juran & Lisa Barlow, University of Cincinnati
  • Making I.T. Happen - Dublin's Workforce Development Strategy, Jeremiah Gracia, Economic Development Administrator

11:15am - 11:30am Closing Remarks

Mailing Address: 
            Ohio Cooperative Education Association 
            P.O Box 5066
            Cleveland, OH 44101


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