MSI 8th Annual Workforce Symposium



Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI)
8th Annual Workforce Symposium

August 8, 2019
9AM – 4:30PM
Liberty University School of Business
Lynchburg, Virginia

Mark your calendar! The 2019 MSI Workforce Symposium will be held at the new School of Business at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.  

This year’s Workforce Symposium program will include participants from the national MSI academic partner network featuring workforce development and educational best practices from industry, NGOs and academic institutions from across the United States. The day will be filled with breakout sessions, keynote speakers and a nationally known headliner.  The innovative format and location is designed to get each of these groups out of their silos and collaborate to close the workforce skills gap.

Program Highlights:

  • The Future of Online Education – Jerry Falwell Jr., President, Liberty University (invited)
  • Overview of the Liberty University School of Business – Dr. Dave Bratt, Dean of the School of Business (former Congressman – VA 7th Congressional District)
  • Creating the 1st Community College “Pay-for-Performance” Industry Credential Training Program in the US:  The Virginia Workforce Credential Grant Program – Virginia House of Delegates Kathy Byron (invited)
  • Creating a Pipeline for Disadvantaged Youth – Deon Clark, CEO, TCI Solutions (invited)
  • Industry Credentials & Training for the Largest Battery Factory in the World:  Lessons from the Nevada Panasonic & Tesla “Gigafactory” – Emily Howarth, Professor – Electronics and Industrial Technology, Western Nevada College (invited)
  • Closing the Career Planning Gap:  Lessons from the Virginia Career Explorer – Katherine DeRosear, Headed2
  • Behavioral Assessments:  Soft Skills for HR – Rick Sizemore, WWRC
  • Ethics in Cyber Security – Dr. Allen Harper, Center for Cyber Excellence, Liberty University
  • MSI Partner of the Year & Fellow Awards – Dr. Victor Gray, Executive Director, MSI
  • Bus Tour of Liberty University

The Liberty University School of Business’s 78,000-square-foot building is scheduled for completion later this spring.  It will feature a number of innovative spaces, including stock trading simulation rooms with ticker boards, information technology labs, networking and data centers, a 500-seat auditorium, and the Center of Entrepreneurship, which will serve both the campus and local communities.  Liberty University now ranks fifth place in a list of “Top 50 Online Colleges of 2018” compiled by  Attendees will be the first to tour the new School of Business before it officially opens to students.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available at this event.  Contact Kimberly Noonan at 804.528.4482 or for details.

Hotel Accommodations:
The Fairfield Inn & Suites at Liberty University (3777 Candlers Mountain Road Lynchburg, Virginia 24502) is within walking distance to the School of Business.  A block of rooms at the discounted rate of $97 per night has been secured for attendees that would like to stay overnight on August 7th.  If you call by phone (434) 845-1700, please make your reservation under the Virginia Manufacturers Association group block to receive this discounted rate or you can make your reservation online here.  The cut-off date to make a reservation is July 17th.