Date & Time: November 4 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Virtual

What are the problems and barriers that keep students from gaining the skills that the labor market rewards? Aside from affordability, students get little support and guidance about what they can realistically achieve in college and what the labor market rewards.

Join this lively panel of 3 workforce development experts – Jake Hirsch-Allen, Misheck Mwaba, and Joey Ortiz Jr. – as they share why workforce development matters for higher education.

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Jake Hirsch-Allen

NAMER Workforce Development & Higher Ed System Lead @LinkedIn

Jake currently works with North America’s governments, workforce development organizations, colleges and universities to leverage LinkedIn Learning Solutions to close skills gaps. He aims to expand economic opportunity for every member of the workforce via LinkedIn’s Economic Graph data and Learning content and platform. ¬ He is passionate about supporting disadvantaged groups such as newcomers and refugees, indigenous populations, the formerly incarcerated and people with disabilities. He is a thought leader, public speaker and as an entrepreneur been the founder of several companies – Lighthouse Labs, Hacking Health, and the non-profit Health Impact Fund. He attended McGill University in Law. His passion – to connect people and ideas to create social and economic impact.

Misheck Mwaba

President & CEO @Bow Valley College

Misheck Mwaba has been appointed to the role of President and CEO, effective November 2, 2020. Dr. Mwaba has held the role of Vice President, Academic at the College since 2017. … Mwaba has been a proud Calgarian since 2017, bringing extensive knowledge to Bow Valley College and to the Calgary community.

Jose Ortiz Jr.

CEO @New York City Employment & Training Coalition (

Jose Ortiz Jr. is CEO of the New York City Employment and Training Coalition (NYCETC), the largest city-based workforce development association in the country. As CEO of NYCETC, Jose leads an association of 180+ independent organizations, including community-based organizations, colleges and universities, and labor unions, that provide skills, training and education to half a million New Yorkers. Jose has been involved in the NYC nonprofit sector for nearly 16 years and has dedicated his career to building equitable pathways for workforce development that align with racial and social justice. In 2021, Jose was announced as one of two new Latinx leaders to join Robin Hood’s Power Fund, an initiative to fund and elevate nonprofit leaders of color. Jose currently serves as an advisor to 92Y’s Center for Arts Learning and Leadership, and currently sits on The Fund for Public Housing Advisory Council, & Human Services Council of New York Priority Strategy Council.

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