Bridge the Skills Gap With Competency-Based Education

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Julian L. Alssid, Chief Workforce Strategist, College for America at Southern New Hampshire University and Aimée Skinner, Director, Professional Development, Anthem

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While 71 percent of employers would prefer to promote staff from within over hiring externally, 85 percent of employees who are considering college degree programs are doing so to get a raise. These two desires align, but it’s not easy to bridge the skills gap. Join two organizations from the White House Upskill Summit—Anthem and College for America at Southern New Hampshire University—to find out how they are working together to advance the careers and lives of working adults while developing a thriving workforce. 

An executive from Anthem will share the company’s commitment to the Upskill Summit and its groundbreaking initiative to make an associate’s or bachelor’s degree available, at no cost, to 55,000 full-time and part-time associates through College for America at Southern New Hampshire University. Learn how you can bring this opportunity to your workforce by visiting www.collegeforamerica.org/partner.

Julian L. Alssid will discuss how College for America develops cost-effective, workforce-applicable degrees specifically for working adults, and how competency-based education (CBE) lets students advance based on what they know and can do, through project-based learning.

In this webinar, you’ll also:

  • Learn how CBE helps fulfill labor market needs.
  • Discover cost-effective solutions for bringing CBE to your organization.


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Julian L. Alssid
Julian L. Alssid

Chief Workforce Strategist, College for America at Southern New Hampshire University

Julian L. Alssid is a nationally recognized expert in workforce development innovation and policy. He has more than 20 years of experience working with decision makers who seek to grow the economy and create a pipeline of skilled talent.

Prior to joining College for America, Julian founded the Workforce Strategy Center, where he advised more than 20 states on workforce policy and established himself as a leader in promoting effective, practical solutions for implementing career pathway initiatives. Julian has also held senior positions in education and workforce development at the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce (now the Partnership for New York City), LaGuardia Community College, and the Office of the Mayor of New York City.

Aimée Skinner
Aimée Skinner

Director, Professional Development, Anthem

Aimée Skinner is a director of professional development at Anthem. She has more than 20 years of experience that includes learning and development, human resource management, talent acquisition, strategic workforce planning, and talent optimization. Aimée joined Anthem more than 11 years ago, and the company has since experienced tremendous growth, as well as significant changes to the industry. Her focus has been on the human capital needs of the business, in particular innovation to accommodate the demand for talent. As a result, Aimée led the implementation of many new processes, systems, and programs to develop talent pipelines. Understanding the key attributes of successful individual performance and a competency framework was critical to these talent acquisition, assessment, and development initiatives.

Currently, Aimée is responsible for the professional development resources offered through Anthem’s corporate university, Anthem Learning Network. The College for America program is the most recent benefit offered through the Anthem Learning Network.