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Preparing the Workforce of Tomorrow

July 23, 2015 El Paso

Today’s students must be well-prepared to succeed in the workforce of tomorrow. Join us for a day of important conversations about the shape of the developing job market. Learn from industry leaders about the training and skills required for emerging careers. Hear about the strength of the regional economy from the Federal Reserve Bank.

Location and date

  • El Paso, July 23
    El Paso Community College Administrative Services Center
    Building A
    9050 Viscount Blvd.
    El Paso, TX 79925


Thursday, July 23

8:30 a.m.

Renard U. Johnson
President and CEO, METI Inc.
Chair, El Paso Branch Board of Directors, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

8:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote Address
The Texas Miracle Depends on Our Students
Andres Alcantar
Chairman, Texas Workforce Commission

9:45 a.m.

A Regional Economic Update
Roberto Coronado
Assistant Vice President in Charge and Senior Business Economist,
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, El Paso Branch

10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

Panel Discussion—Tomorrow’s Jobs in the Border Economy
Moderator: Edward C. Skelton
Business Economist and Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

  • Border Region Business—Lydia Nesbitt-Arronte, Vice President of Education/Workforce Development, Borderplex Alliance
  • Education—Armando Aguirre, Executive Director, Education Service Center–Region 19
  • Government—Nancy Bartlett, Chief Performance Officer, City of El Paso
  • Health Industry—Sally Hurt-Deitch, CEO, Sierra Providence Health Network
  • Utilities—Robert M. Almanzán, Director of Human Resources, El Paso Electric Co.


Lunch and Keynote Address
William Serrata
President, El Paso Community College

1 p.m.

Career and Technical Education Update
Martha M. Dominguez
Texas State Board of Education Member, District 1
Director of Support Personnel, Ysleta Independent School District

1:30 p.m.

Career and Technical Student Organizations
Lupe Mares
Manager, Public Affairs
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, El Paso Branch

1:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions 1: Equipping the Workers of Tomorrow

2:45 p.m.


3 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions 2: Equipping the Workers of Tomorrow

4 p.m.

Wrap-Up and Evaluations