October 31 & November 1 Agenda / Panelists

RTWBC presented how apprenticeships and work-based learning partnerships are offering practical solutions for healthcare and IT sector employers, two industries with widespread demand for trained professionals. Both sectors are making strides in providing under-represented populations with opportunities for career pathways while reaping the business benefits of work-based learning.

RTWBC Convening Part 2 panelists include The Hope Street Group; Mercy Healthcare System; the AHIMA Foundation; Accenture and partner, San Antonio Works.

Convening Takeaways:

  • Employers and educators should designate an apprenticeship ‘champion’ to insure success
  • Employer and educators must set expectations for all parties involved – workforce, employers and educators
  • Initial retention rates appear higher in an apprenticeship model – more data is needed to confirm across business sectors
  • Smaller and mid-sized employers can be engaged in work-based learning including eligibility for government funding by partnering with a non-profit or workforce organization
  • Workforce organizations like Michigan Works and San Antonio Works are excellent pathway programs for employers partnerships
  • Employers must take more of an advocacy role in calling for effective and productive school curricula

This 2-day event was the first in a series of Virtual Leadership Roundtables designed for corporate executives, talent acquisition professionals, workforce organization professionals, school and community college faculty, diversity and inclusion managers and professionals responsible for learning and development.


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Speakers & Panelists

Carolyn LeeCarolyn Lee is Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the nation’s largest industrial trade association. Carolyn drives an agenda focused on improving the manufacturing industry through its three centers: the Center for the American Workforce, the Center for Manufacturing Research, and the Center for Best Practices. In her role, Carolyn leads the Institute’s workforce efforts to close the skills gap and inspire all Americans to enter the U.S. manufacturing workforce, focusing on women, youth, and veterans.
Steve ColburnSteve Colburn is currently a Human Resources specialist in Organizational Development with Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI). In his current role, he is primarily responsible for workforce development, specifically in reference to student training programs and high school relations. He is also the HR controller for the plant wide training budget. Prior to his current role, Steve held the position of specialist in university relations and Co-Op administration. Before joining the HR department, Steve also held the position as a supervisor in the production area. His career with MBUSI started over 21 years ago.
Jason MooreJason Moore is the Associate Dean for Corporate Programs at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. His current duties include working with various companies to implement work-based learning programs such as apprenticeships and coops and develop customized training programs that fit the needs of various industry sectors. Prior to his present role, he served as Associate Dean of Business and Industry Training, Associate Dean of Technical Services, and Instructor for Machine Tool Technology and Computerized Numerical Control.
Al StimacAl Stimac’s career has been accompanied with numerous professional boards and associations. At the age of 16 he began an apprenticeship in precision sheet-metal fabrication with General Dynamics. Concerned about the need for Florida manufacturers having to acquire precision machining capacity out of state, he started his own precision machine shop, Metal Essence. In 2006, Mr. Stimac started a training business called Machining Training Solutions, LLC. He now travels to other machine shops to increase their productivity, assist in training and machine tool issues while reducing overall costs by using a unique systematic engineering approach.
Michele ChangMichele Chang is Vice President of Programs and Services at Hope Street Group, a national nonprofit organization focused on ensuring all Americans have access to economic opportunity. Previously, she served as Acting Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Small Business Administration where she oversaw the day-to-day operations, personnel, and decision-making processes at the Agency, which has more than 2,000 employees in all 50 states. Ms. Chang also previously worked at McKinsey & Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, PepsiCo and Radius, a tech start-up based in San Francisco.
Barbara A. GlondysBarbara A. Glondys is the current Apprenticeship Navigator and SME for the AHIMA Foundation. She has worked in the field of health information management for over 35 years. Post education she managed patient record and health information services in both acute and ambulatory care facilities in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Her career has included work in healthcare consulting, sales, cost management and both classroom and distance education. She currently focuses on outreach efforts to identify employers for the Department of Labor grant awarded to the AHIMA Foundation in 2015 to support HIM apprenticeable roles.
Kelly WilczakKelly Wilczak has had nearly ten years of successful talent acquisition experience in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. In her current role as Regional Senior Sourcing Specialist for Mercy Health, Ms. Wilczak has played a key role in strategic sourcing and workforce development initiatives, including the launch of a US DOL Registered Medical Assistant Apprenticeship program, and participation in MiCareerQuest and Health Career Pathways. She currently serves on the Employer Advisory Committee of the Grand Rapids Women’s Resource Center, the Tactical Advisory Committee of Hello West Michigan, and as Healthcare Employer Champion for the MiCareerQuest Steering Committee.
Ali BokhariaAli Bokharia has been with Accenture since 2003. During this time, he has led several large and complex SI/AO transition programs with clients such as SBC (AT&T), Bellsouth (AT&T), Best Buy, Bristol-Myers Squibb and HealthCare.gov. Ali held responsibility for the NA Application Outsourcing Mobilization team, stood up the Austin Delivery Center, and now leads the AFS Delivery Network. Prior to joining Accenture, he led an application outsourcing startup for 9 years. He started his consulting career doing operational turnarounds for small and mid-size firms. Prior to joining Accenture, he led an application outsourcing startup for 9 years.
Sandy SchlorttSandy Schlortt is a Senior Manager and Delivery Operations Lead for the Accenture Federal Services Delivery Center. Sandy has been in the Technology Industry for more than 20 years and with Accenture for 14 years, serving in a variety of roles in both management consulting and application outsourcing. Sandy previously spent time in software testing and project management for companies and projects both in and outside of Accenture. The majority of Sandy’s career has been in the Health and Public Service sector. Sandy is the Group Lead for the Women’s Employee Resource Group.
Romanita Matta-BarreraRomanita Matta-Barrera is the Executive Director of SA Works and leads efforts to align education, workforce and economic development in meeting the talent needs of San Antonio’s current and future employers. With over 20 years of experience in government relations, public policy and Hispanic marketing, she has served the San Antonio community with SER Jobs for Progress to Washington, D.C. in shaping education policy as Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. She also served as the Director of Hispanic Outreach and Communications at the U.S. DoE. Prreviously, Matta-Barrera served as president and CEO of Fluent Strategy Group.

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