Weston Leads Presentation for National Audience

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WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College’s Laurie Weston led a presentation this month as part a national professional development conference that brings continuing education leaders and business experts together to examine workforce trends that impact students and training programs.

Weston, who chairs Pitt’s Transitional Studies Department, teamed with Brandi Bragg from NENCPathways.org to present “Partners in Opportunity: Strategies for Networking to Develop Community Partnerships.” The virtual seminar, which focused on building partnerships in workforce development and education communities, took place June 11 as part of ProTrain, LLC’s 2020 Continuing Education Training Institute (CETI).

“This was my first-ever virtual presentation for a national conference, and it was very well-received,” Weston said. “More than 300 people registered to attend, and we received a wonderful response and quite a few questions and requests for additional information after the presentation concluded.”

Weston said her presentation covered the processes and strategies that went into developing a local Transitional Studies/Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act advisory group. Participants, she said, received training on effective approaches and strategies for developing partnerships, improved collaboration and networking with partners, increased interaction among partners, and increased access to services, resources, and programs for clients/students.

Originally scheduled to take place in Savannah, Ga., CETI 2020 was held online, instead, due to the coronavirus pandemic. More than 3,400 people participated in the weeklong virtual conference to learn about top trends and techniques for programming, marketing and training operations.