AFN to Share “Real-World Stories about Middle-Skilled Jobs” at the Public Conference 2019

AFN Executive Director Juanita Budd and IT Manager Tinesha Durr will be speaking at this weekend’s Public Conference 2019, hosted by the Texas Lyceum in Austin on a panel titled “Real-World Stories about Middle-Skilled Jobs.” The conference will take place at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

Sessions about middle-skilled jobs are listed below:

12:55 pm – 1:25 pm The Importance of Middle-Skilled Jobs
“Middle-skilled” jobs are those jobs that require more education and training than a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree. The demand for these skills remains high, yet the gap between demand and our skilled workforce remains significant. Hear from experts in these industries on what policies could make a difference in this area.
Introduction: Tam Hawkins, CEO, Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce (Lyceum Class of 2018)
Speakers: Joe Arnold, Senior Manager Government Affairs, BASF; Caroline Watson, Vice President, JP Morgan Chase; Geronimo Rodriguez, Chief Advocacy Officer, Ascension (Lyceum Class of 2006); Jim Perschbach, President & CEO, Port of San Antonio
Moderator: Diane Rath, Executive Director, Alamo Area Council of Governments (Lyceum Class of 1992)


1:25 pm – 1:55pm Real-World Stories about Middle-Skilled Jobs
Hear real-world stories from career technology track graduates and associate degree seekers on the impact their training has had on their professional lives.
Host: Susan Patten, Owner, Susan Patten Consulting, LLC (Lyceum Class of 2004)
Speakers: Lisa Marie Garcia, President of Innovation, Farouk Systems; Juanita Budd, Executive Director, Austin Free-Net; Tinesha Durr, IT Manager, Austin Free-Net


Visit the conference website here for more information and a detailed agenda.