Thursday, March 08, 2018 2:00 PM ~ 3:30 PM ET

What does program sustainability look like when it works? Listen to experts and peers in the field discuss—and show—how they’re building successful workforce grant programs and transforming them into stronger organizational and regional talent endeavors.


The final session and closing plenary will include several parts. Grantees will engage in discussion and peer sharing on models and practices heard throughout the Institute that they will be adapting. Following that, Beth Brinly, former Deputy Secretary of the Kentucky State Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, will share her story of successfully sustaining federal grants and specific tips for doing so.

Ms. Brinly will then lead a conversation with two model TechHire grantees who have already positioned themselves for program sustainability. This discussion will attempt to draw out the key characteristics of a high quality, sustainable program. It will also examine the importance of the decision-makers in a program and how to get their “buy-in” on the sustainability plan. The last portion of the conversation will revisit the Golden Circle and encourage participants to examine how this concept aligns their potential action plan.

The session will close with final remarks highlighting key insights from across the Virtual Institute sessions.


  • Recap of Institute
  • Discussion on Sustainability Action Plan
  • Grantee presentations on sustainability
  • A Vision for Sustainability: Beth Brinly
  • Discussion with TechHire model communities and Q&A


Megan Baird, Program Manager, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Division of Strategic Investment


Tom Hooper, Associate Vice President, Jobs for the Future

Todd Cohen, Director, Maher & Maher

Beth Brinly, Vice President of Workforce Innovation, Maher & Maher

Jeff Magada, Executive Director and Grant Project Director, Flying High, Inc.