Genesee Community College to Host "A Day in the Future" Focusing Changing Trends in Workforce, Education

Genesee Community College to Host "A Day in the Future" Focusing Changing Trends in Workforce, Education

College and high school educators and administrators along with workforce advocates and economic developers are invited to participate in a free, all-day seminar dealing with the technological advances in education and the workforce. The all-day event, entitled “A Day in the Future” occurs Friday, October 13, 2006 at Genesee Community College.

Jim Brazell of San Antonio, Texas, an entrepreneur and motivational speaker, will present his 5th World Presentation in two dynamic segments, morning and afternoon, in the College’s Conable Technology Building.

The morning session begins with registration at 8:30 AM in the building’s south lobby. Topics of discussion, starting at 9:00 AM, include the Age of Science and Non-Fiction, and 5th World: Video Games and U.S. Competitiveness.

The afternoon session starts at 12:30 PM with faculty and administrators taking part in a strategy and brainstorming session during lunch, followed by a video games camp. The seminar ends at 3:45 p.m.

Space is limited. Reservations may be made on a first-come, first-served basis by calling Debbie Dunlevy at 585-343-0055 x 6316.

Brazell advances the cause of 5th World – the other side of the digital divide – where science, technology, education, workforce and economic development converge to create the platform for 21st Century higher learning.

His program is based on three reports and a project for the U.S. Army for which Brazell served as consulting analyst at the Digital Media Collaborator, IC2 Institute, University of Texas at Austin from 2003-2005. The project studied the implications of using video games to train digital network-centric skills.

“This is mind-blowing stuff,” Brazell says. “Learning has reached the Cybernetic Age where artists, philosophers, economists, historians, psychologists and the like come together to shape the advancement of science and technology.”

According to Michael S. Stoll, dean for Math/Science and Career Education at Genesee Community College, Brazell has “put together an easy-to-grasp picture of what educators need to do to prepare students for the workforce of tomorrow.”

Stoll said Brazell’s work focuses on the connection of workforce, education and economic development in four major areas:
nScience and technology convergence (games-nano-bio-info-neuro);
nResearch, development and commercialization (RD&C);
nLabor market needs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) domains, especially those impacted by attrition between 2005-2015;
nPursuit of the Mars/Moon mission.

Brazell received his Bachelor of Science degree in sociology, Summa Cum Laude, from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., in 1995. This year alone, he has been the keynote speaker at 5th World presentations in Sacramento, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Omaha, Neb.

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