Virtual SUNY-wide Keynote with Michael Collins, Jobs for the Future
Advancing Equity Through Guided Pathways
April 20, 2022

Please join us for the Cohort II, Institute #5 SUNY-wide keynote with Michael Collins, Jobs for the Future.

Zoom link: 

Webinar ID: 836 4813 1026     Passcode: GP     Phone: 1 929 205 6099

During this virtual presentation, Michael Collins, Vice President, Jobs for the Future, will draw on lessons learned from JFF's Racial Economic Equity Initiative that suggests an urgent need to augment guided pathways with a holistic approach that integrates solutions to the specific challenges that Black learners face in our education and workforce training systems and in our nation's labor market.

The event is free and members of any SUNY institution are welcome. However, space is limited, and we request your registration to ensure your virtual seat.

Registration Deadline: April 8, 2022, or until capacity is reached.

To learn more about guided pathways, check out, "Guided pathways: An overview" with Melinda Karp, Phase Two Advisory:

For more information about SUNY Guided Pathways Institutes visit our website:   

Wednesday, April 20
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Advancing Equity through Guided Pathways
About our keynote speaker

Michael Collins is a vice president at JFF. He recently took the helm of a new JFF initiative to directly address the ways in which postsecondary education and training systems can help members of vulnerable populations advance economically—with a special focus on Black learners and workers In this new role, he will lead the development and implementation of a strategy that will serve as the foundation of a JFF effort to influence the practices of educational institutions, workforce organizations, intermediaries, associations, states, systems, and philanthropy. Before joining JFF, Michael served as assistant commissioner for participation and success at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, where he collaborated with state and federal officials, educators, and other stakeholders to develop pre-K to postsecondary education policy. Earlier in his career, he taught English in San Antonio, Texas. Michael is chair of the board of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center and is a member of the boards of the National Student Clearinghouse and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems. He also serves on the Guttman Community College advisory council and on the steering committee for the Scaling Partner Network convened by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Michael says, “JFF’s mission of economic opportunity for all is perfectly aligned with my life’s mission to ensure that people have the opportunity to develop the skills and earn the credentials they need to lead self-directed lives.” Outside of work, Michael and his wife, Dana, are devoted to their family. He says, “I spend the lion’s share of my time running after my son, Dashel, and his sister, a chocolate labradoodle named Nova, around our home in Shaker Heights, Ohio.”

About our keynote speaker
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