Engage to Empower: Building a Strong Community for Career Readiness Follow Up (morning)

November 15, 2022 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
ESC of Lake Erie West
2275 Collingwood Blvd.
Suite C, Toledo
OH 43602
Lisa Hite, Aaron Weisbrod, and Angela Dietrich

engage to empower, building a strong community for career readiness

Join us for a two-day training focused on building pathways and creating strong partnerships to support your students’ career exploration and preparation. Presented in partnership with the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West, you will hear from two amazing and motivating speakers that will help you reinvigorate your career planning program for students.

Day 1: Wednesday, June 1
(Re)Defining the Goal: The True Path to Career Readiness in the 21st Century
presented by: ESC of Lake Erie West

Explore new paradigms and create new action steps to help all students gain a competitive advantage.

Guest presenter Dr. Kevin Fleming’s inspiring presentation discusses new paradigms and tangible action steps for career and technical education to help all students gain a competitive advantage. Technical skills are the new currency in the 21st century, but how do we balance preparing students for both higher education and the workforce? Producer of the viral animated video Success in the New Economy, he will make a clear case for students to explore career choices early, make informed decisions when declaring their college education goal, and consider technical skill acquisition and real-world application in tandem with general education. Finally, his new video will both invigorate and challenge the evolution of career readiness.  

Day 2: Thursday, June 2
Advisory Boards that Matter
presented by: State Support Team Region 1

Jumpstart your partnerships with employers and advisory boards to develop a strong Work-Based Learning program.

Learn from Hans K. Meeder how to move your business advisory committee from a compliance focus to a program with impact. He will discuss engaging employers as full partners, building and managing effective advisory boards, and developing and managing a robust work-based learning system. Discover how to kickstart (or reboot) your partnerships so you can start 2022-23 with a strong system of support for work based learning, Industry-recognized Credentials, the Ohio Means Jobs Readiness Seal, and the Career Advisory Policy in general.

Follow-Up Day: Tuesday, November 15
Implementation Updates
Hosted by: State Support Team Region 1 and ESC of Lake Erie West

Share what you learned and how you’re putting it into practice! Join us for a follow-up session to discuss your progress on your implementation plans. Choose from a morning (8:30 – 10:30 a.m.) or afternoon (3:30 -5:30 p.m.) session.

Event Hosts

Lisa Hite, M.Ed. and Aaron Weisbrod, M.Ed., State Support Team Region 1 Consultants

Angela Dietrich, ESC of Lake Erie West Consultant

Who Should Attend?

Educator teams with:

  • Industry partners,
  • Community members, and
  • Families

Bring a team of four to seven people, including administrators, educators, guidance counselors, special education teachers, and business partners so all stakeholders have a voice in developing a framework that positively impacts both your students and your community. You may even consider bringing elementary or middle school representatives to develop a pathway to career exploration in your district. Topics covered will be relevant to Career Tech program-specific advisory boards as well as district advisory boards.


Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
2275 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, OH

Date and Registration

Wednesday, June 1 Dr. Kevin Fleming 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 2 Hans K. Meeder 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 15 Follow-up session for implementation updates 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Registration closes April 11


For content questions: Lisa Hite, Aaron Weisbrod, or Angela Dietrich

For registration questions: Jill Barnhisel or Angela Dietrich

About the Presenters

photo of Kevin FlemingDr. Kevin Fleming

Dr. Kevin J. Fleming is an educator, national speaker, entrepreneur and author. He has dedicated 20+ years to changing the dialog around eliminating the skills gap, helping students secure a competitive advantage while equipping their potential, and guiding students to identify and pursue their purpose on purpose. To support this dialog he has produced multiple, viral animation videos including Success in the New Economy, has written three books including the bestseller, (Re)Defining the Goal, has elevated Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs nationally via inspirational professional development, and secured/managed over $75 million to advance economic & educational opportunity.

Dr. Fleming currently leads the Planning and Development unit as a Vice President at Norco College (part of Riverside Community College District, CA) having previously supported over 40 CTE programs as well as multiple state and federal grants as a Dean of Instruction. Dr. Fleming has helped launch a national dialogue about acquiring the right knowledge, skills, and abilities to be successful in the new economy. His message encourages the everyday education leaders (teachers, counselors, policymakers) to support America’s talented students to make informed career decisions through the development of the 4 skills necessary for a great start: academic skills – life skills – employability skills – technical skills.

photo of Hans MeederHans K. Meeder

Hans Meeder is co-founder and President of the National Center for College and Career Transitions (NC3T). The National Center for College and Career Transitions is a mission-driven organization that provides coaching, technical assistance, and technology platforms so every student has the opportunity to participate in Career Connected Learning. Mr. Meeder and his organization, NC3T, have provided consulting, technical assistance, and professional development in over 30 states and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Meeder is the author of several books and online courses, including The Power and Promise of Pathways, the Pathways System Design Suite, the STEM Leader Guide, Career Connected Learning 101, and Pathways Leadership Essentials. Mr. Meeder has an extensive and varied career in education and workforce policy and government leadership, with an emphasis on high school redesign, career and technical education, and workforce quality.

Prior to founding NC3T, Meeder served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Education in the U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education. In this role, Meeder led the Department of Education’s High School Initiative and guided policy development for implementation of the Perkins Act and the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act.

Mr. Meeder served as Senior Vice President for Workforce Development and Postsecondary Learning at the National Alliance of Business and as Executive Director of the 21st Century Workforce Commission, a Presidential Commission that made policy recommendations relating to the Information Technology workforce. Mr. Meeder also worked as Education Policy and Outreach Director for the House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Mr. Meeder lives in Columbia, Maryland with his wife and is the parent of four grown children. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park and also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Maryland’s Global Campus.