11/8/2011 - UPCOMING EVENT: Ray Marshall Center Co-Hosts Brown Bag Program on Local Workforce Innovations

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Please join the Ray Marshall Center and the Social, Health, and Economic Policymakers (SHEP) on Nov. 10 for a brown bag lunch and discussion entitled "Local Workforce Innovations." The event will be held at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Room SRH 3.124 from 12:45 - 1:45PM. Lunch will be provided. The event is open to the public but attendees are requested to RSVP below.

There will be two guest speakers from local workforce development programs.  Maile Broccoli-Hickey, the Executive Director for English @ Work, and Steve Jackobs, the Executive Director for Capital IDEA, will be presenting on their innovative programs and leading a discussion on issues pertaining to workforce innovations in Austin. Please see the speaker bios below for additional information.

To RSVP for the event, please visit this link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=236212849772738&context=create

maileMaile Broccoli-Hickey
has been involved in immigrant services in Houston and Austin for over 13 years. Maile graduated from the LBJ School in 2006, before the building and course offerings were updated to their current, cutting-edge state. This probably explains why she couldn't find a real job and had to go to work in the nonprofit sector. Maile's research focused on adult language acquisition and immigrant rights. She also draws on the education she received as a secretary, food service, and factory employee in her work supporting Texas' immigrant community. Maile is the founder and executive director of ENGLISH @ WORK. ENGLISH @ WORK was built on the belief that language proficiency can raise families out of poverty. The organization sends paid instructors into workplaces to provide customized language instruction to immigrant employees on site. Since 2005, ENGLISH @ WORK has helped 500 students at over 30 Central Texas employees gain the language skills they need to advance at work and improve their families' quality of life.

steven-jackobsSteve Jackobs
has been Executive Director of Capital IDEA in Central Texas since its founding in 1998.  Capital IDEA helps low-earning adults enter high-paying careers by supporting their career education at community colleges.  Previously he worked for 10 years with the Texas Industrial Areas Foundation and Austin Interfaith on initiatives and public policy of interest to low-income families, including public education, housing, water and sewer infrastructure, and workforce development.  He holds a Master’s degree in Social and Political Thought from the University of Sussex in England and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies from Harvard University.  Steve was recognized by Ernst & Young as its 2007 Social Entrepreneur of the Year and Capital IDEA has received numerous recognitions.
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