Emsi Conference 2018: Agenda

Published on Aug 8, 2018

Updated on Nov 3, 2022

Written by Emsi Burning Glass

Emsi Conference 2018: Agenda

The Emsi Conference is barely a month away! We’re finalizing a phenomenal schedule and would like to share a few sneak peeks of sessions geared towards higher education, workforce development, and economic development professionals. (Stay tuned for information on sessions for site selection and recruiting.)

Download the agenda. Explore our speakers. Haven’t registered for the conference? There are still a few spots left! Register now. Get important hotel and travel information.


Career Coach Training

Join us for in-depth training about our data sources (traditional LMI and employer postings), how to successfully distribute Career Coach, how students are using the data to find programs and careers, and how to use our newest feature: the Employer Portal. At the end, you’ll take a test to become Emsi Certified! We’ll also give you a peek at our product team’s exciting goals in the coming months.

Analyst Training for Community Colleges

Get the most out of Analyst! The goal of this training is to make you an authority on Emsi data and methodology so that you can create even better results in your community. Don’t be content with merely scratching the surface! Topics: Emsi data overview; strengths and weaknesses of our data sources; industry and occupation data insights; connections between workforce, education, and economic development; best practices.

Analyst Training for Universities

Get trained in Analyst with a key focus on applicable examples and use cases. Together we’ll review the essentials of Emsi data (types, methodology, and uses) and then get right into Analyst. We’ll run live examples, taking every chance to talk through your questions and real-life scenarios. This training session is an opportunity to improve your knowledge of Analyst and discover exciting new ideas to put into practice. It’s ideal for both brand-new users learning how to take advantage of Analyst and experienced users who can share their knowledge with the group.

Workforce Development Training

Take a deep dive into Emsi data in this training for workforce developers. Learn what goes into the numbers, how methodology works, and how to use our data in workforce development. This framework will help you analyze data and select the right information to include in reports.

Economic Development Training

Get inspired with Emsi Developer! We’ll start with a quick overview of the Emsi data essentials: types, methodologies, and which data to use (and why). Then we’ll spend the remainder of the workshop on in-depth training with Developer use cases, how-to details, and applicable examples. You will leave this session feeling confident in the data with improved knowledge of Developer new ideas to put into practice.

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Higher Ed Breakout Sessions

Welding, Food Science, Media, and Manufacturing: How Emsi Data Can Seal the Deal for New Program Development

Dr. Cher Hendricks, University of Idaho; Barb Tucker, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College; Jeff Spain, Columbus Community College

How can you best use labor market data to discover new opportunities, validate successful programs, or identify programs that are at risk? In this panel, three institutions will discuss how they use Emsi’s labor market data within Analyst to ensure their programs stay relevant so their graduates are prepared for in-demand careers. Southwest Wisconsin Technical College’s yearly program review has led to the creation of a new welding program and a new food science tech program. The University of Idaho’s remarkable use of data has not only helped in program development, but also built objectivity and consensus throughout the institution. And Columbus State Community College collaborated with the local Honda manufacturing plant to develop a hugely successful manufacturing program that has turned Columbus State into a talent pipeline for Honda.

Creative Ways to Use Career Coach for Student Engagement

Fred Villa, University of Alaska; Daniel Ortego, McHenry County College; Ross Gittell, Community College System of New Hampshire

When students have career visions, they’re more likely to complete their education on time—and succeed in their careers. In this session, you’ll learn how three institutions in particular are using Career Coach to help students choose the right programs and finish strong. Thanks to a brilliant marketing campaign, University of Alaska has promoted the adoption of Career Coach across its three accredited universities and 13 associated community colleges. Meanwhile, McHenry County College in Illinois is using Career Coach to prepare students for job interviews, as well as counsel community members desiring to change careers or re-enter the job market. And the Community College System of New Hampshire has become the first set of institutions to integrate Career Coach with Navigate, EAB’s student success management platform.

Transforming Students’ Lives Through Strategic Employer Engagement

Darcy Richardson, Arizona State University; Fortin Jean-Pierre, Broward College

Employer engagement is a critical part of every school’s mission. By building robust, mutual partnerships with strategic employers, colleges and universities can develop programs that lead to in-demand jobs, equip their students with skills desired by local businesses, and ultimately help their graduates succeed in their careers. But which businesses should you target? What skills are they asking for? Do you have programs that fit these needs, or should you create new ones? In this panel, learn how Arizona State University and Broward College have used Emsi data to build powerful partnerships that help create relevant programs, skilled workers, and successful businesses.

A Better Way to Track Labor Market Outcomes: How to Get the Most Out of Emsi’s Alumni Insight

Dr. Kevin Long, Montgomery College; Marina Brauch, Northeastern University

How are your students using their education in the real world? As tuition prices rise and young people increasingly question the value of a degree, schools are under the gun to demonstrate the labor market outcomes of their programs. In this presentation, Dr. Kevin Long from Montgomery College and Marina Brauch from Northeastern University will demonstrate how you can use Emsi’s résumé and social profile data within Alumni Insight to 1) track the performance of your students and 2) demonstrate to prospective students that your grads are employed in quality careers.

Economic & Workforce Development Breakout Sessions

The Crunch for Talent and What Communities Can Do About It

Kate Roberts, Monterey Bay Economic Partnerships; Jim Damicis, Camoin Associates; Stewart McGregor, City of Forney; Josh Wright, Emsi (moderator)

The war for talent has never been fiercer. Companies are desperate to attract specific skillsets and communities are feeling the pressure to recruit and retain workers. In this session, three veteran economic development professionals will discuss creative solutions and practical data tips to help communities attract talent, prove available workforce, and point jobseekers toward education and career opportunities. Topics:

  • The need to prove available workforce amid intense labor shortages

  • The data that’s particularly tricky to find but valuable for showcasing your workforce

  • How communities are getting career and education info in front of jobseekers

  • Practical tips for attracting talent to your region and helping businesses find the workers they need

The Science Behind Economic Development: Winning With Super Clusters

John Paul Rea, Macomb County

Every community is selling a great place to live, work, and play, with a glossy brochure and a tagline like “We are the Generic Cluster capital of the nation.” But how do you actually support these slogans? This session will talk about creating an authentic narrative by mining data and developing your own super clusters. Macomb County, Michigan, has done just that by creating a manufacturing super cluster so they can provide industry profile data and comparative analyses to prospective businesses. This data, combined with assets and local knowledge, makes for powerful storytelling. In this session, you will hear multiple success stories, get tips on how to create super clusters, and take back ideas you can implement in your own community.

Workforce Wednesday

John Hawkins, Emsi (moderator)

This special post-conference session is designed for workforce development professionals. The roundtable will feature thought-provoking and informative discussions on developing, retaining, and attracting talent. National, state, and regional thought leaders will explore challenges, share data, and advance strategies in the following topics:

  • The emergence of the gig economy and strategies to adapt to labor market changes

  • The effects of automation on businesses and workforce

  • The importance of career pathways to retain, develop, and attract talent

Sign up for Workforce Wednesday! Contact Cara Christopher with questions: cara.christopher@economicmodeling.com.

Download the conference agenda. Explore our speakers. Haven’t registered for the conference? There are still a few spots left! Register now. Get important hotel and travel information. Contact Gwen Burrow: events@economicmodeling.com