April 7, 2011 – CCC Gas Drilling Curriculum and WorkKeys System, Mike Atchie

Speaker(s):
Mike Atchie (Local Government Specialist, Chesapeake Energy)

Brenda English (Director Academic and Workforce Development Center, Corning Community College)

Lori Gwin (Business Service Specialist, Corning Community College)

George Miner (President, Southern Tier Economic Development)

Shelly Madden (CCC WorkKeys Coordinator, Corning Community College)

Description:
The SUNY Business and Education Cooperative of the Southern Tier (SUNY BEST) hosted an overview of the natural gas industry, Marcellus Shale, and its economic impact on the Southern Tier. The discussion, also provided information about CCC’s new gas drilling curriculum and how the college uses the WorkKeys Pilot Program, a new assessment tool for the center.

PowerPoint:
“CCC Gas Drilling Curriculum and WorkKeys System” 

Location:
Corning Community College, Academic and Workforce Development Center

Present:
Speakers - Mike Atchie (Local Government Specialist, Chesapeake Energy), Brenda English (Director Academic and Workforce Development Center, Corning Community College), Lori Gwin, ( Business Service Specialist, Corning Community College), George Miner (President, Southern Tier Economic Development), Shelly Madden (CCC WorkKeys Coordinator, Corning Community College)
Attendees - Tarik Abdelazim (City of Binghamton), John & Kathleen Bell (Hideaway at  Wold Lake), Scott Bowen (Binghamton University), Jeanne Eschbach  (Corning Community College), Thomas Gorman (Big Flats Business Association), Tim Grippen (NYSDOL), Merry Harris (Binghamton Economic Development Office), Glenn Newcomer  (Newcomer Remodeling Inc.), Glenda Roberts (SUNY Delhi), Norman Schamel (Keller Williams Realty Southern Tier & Finger Lakes), David West (Shumaker Consulting Engineering & Land Surveying, P.C.).

Reports/Discussions

  • S. Bowen opened the meeting, welcomed participants, and reminded everyone of the meeting scheduled for next month in Binghamton, hosted by Binghamton University College.
  • Participants introduced themselves and the organizations they represented.
  • WorkKeys, developed to create a meaningful link between job seekers, education and training providers, and area employers, is a comprehensive system measuring “real world” skills in a workplace context, it consists of three components: job profiling, skills assessment, and skills training.  The program was developed by American College Testing (ACT) and is administered by the WorkKeys Center out of Syracuse University.
  • Featured speakers included Mike Atchie, a government specialist with Chesapeake Energy and George Miner, President of the Southern Tier Economic Development. Other guests included Brenda English, Director of the Academic and Workforce Development Center at CCC; Lori Gwin, Business Service Specialist at CCC; and Shelly Madden, Coordinator of CCC’s WorkKeys Program.

Next Meeting:
The next meeting is Thursday, May 5, 2011 from 10:00am – 12:00 pm, Binghamton University Downtown Center, Room 220, Binghamton, NY