Tuesday, February 27, 2018 12:00 PM ~ 1:30 PM ET

Long-term sustainability of training programs requires commitment to strategic goals, a keen eye toward the future, considerable flexibility, and a relentless focus on the needs of your customers – job seekers and employers. In this session, participants will learn specific strategies to leverage industry partnerships to inform, shape, and complement training programs that can build effective talent pipelines and ensure that long-term program goals are met.


There are many misconceptions about program sustainability. Many believe that sustaining a project means finding the resources to continue it “as is” beyond the grant period. However, ensuring sustainability actually means ensuring the goals of the project continue to be met through activities consistent with the current conditions and resources available. In other words, all activities do not need to be sustained—just the ones that are intended to achieve desired outcomes.

This dynamic, interactive, virtual learning session is designed to showcase and discuss effective strategies to support the sustainability your H-1B TechHire program goals through industry partnerships. You will hear from fellow grantees who are actively leveraging industry partnerships to tackle the process termed as the 3 R’s: review, refine, and renew. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to discuss and brainstorm specific action steps to build sustainability plans for your grant objectives through the exploration of questions such as:

  • How might we effectively engage Industry Partners to develop training programs that meet industry needs?
  • How might we effectively leverage Industry Partnerships to secure employer commitments on work-based learning and other job opportunities?



  • High-level overview of effective sector strategy elements
  • First TechHire model community presentation
  • Second TechHire model community presentation
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Wrap Up


Danielle Kittrell, Division of Strategic Investment, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration


Silvia Middleton, Senior Analyst, Maher & Maher

Matthew Poland, Senior Program Manager, Jobs for the Future

Cindy Anderson, Tech Hire Manager, Employ Milwaukee

Tori Strickland, Program Director, Montgomery Technical College

Randy Wilson, Associate Research Director, Jobs for the Future