University of Phoenix Leadership Joins 2023 PESC Summit

PHOENIX ~ The University of Phoenix is proud to announce that Senior Director of Program Deployment, Hillary Halpern, M.B.A., and Director, Admissions & Evaluation, Monterey Sims, will be attending the PESC Privacy & Interoperability Summit 2023. The summit will take place from November 7-9 at the Hilton Arlington National Landing in Arlington, VA and is focused on leveraging technology to enhance educational experiences.

Halpern will be a panelist for the summit session titled "Workforce Outcomes and Skills-based Hiring" which will discuss the changing educational landscape and demands from employers in today's workforce. Sims will be moderating several sessions at the event including "Microcredentials for Student Mobility and Data Portability" which also features Halpern as a panelist and will examine the role of microcredentials in K-12 and higher education.

Halpern expressed her excitement for the event saying "The PESC summit is a fantastic opportunity to share the many ways in which University of Phoenix recognizes skills-based hiring and has responded by aligning curriculum with the demands of the workforce. I'm honored to be a part of a panel conversation alongside so many accomplished education and workforce professionals, and I look forward to sharing best practices and innovative approaches with my colleagues and event attendees."

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Sims believes that continual alignment of programs, skills, and workforce demands is essential for higher education because it allows adult learners to showcase their skills to potential employers. She said "Both skills aligned courses and microcredentials empower adult learners to demonstrate their knowledge in a way that is timely and meaningful to potential employers. Skills-based hiring does affect the future of education, so we are pleased to share our work on skills-aligned curriculum but also on student mobility and data portability at this event."

Skills-mapped degree programs are designed to meet both job seekers' needs as well as employers'. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, 75% of HR professionals who have difficulty recruiting talent blame it on a skills gap among job applicants. The University of Phoenix Career Institute® 2023 Career Optimism Index® found that 70% of American workers say if their company gave them more opportunities to apply new skills they would be more likely to stay throughout their career.

Halpern has been with University of Phoenix for 16 years where she has developed, improved, maintained the University Program Lifecycle (UPL) process as well as served as a lead examiner for Southwest Alliance of Excellence (SWAE) where she was awarded "Rookie of the Year" examiner award in 2017. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Arizona State University as well as an MBA from University of Phoenix along with a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from University of Phoenix. She recently co-authored a white paper on establishing a skills ecosystem at career-focused higher education institutions.

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Sims serves as Director Admissions & Evaluation at University of Phoenix while also volunteering on Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC) Board Directors where she has participated in various process improvement initiatives such as implementation Electronic Transcript Exchange (ETX) & Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). She is responsible for overseeing acquisition & processing admission documents & transcripts from prior attended institutions for applicants while also serving AACRAO Standardization Postsecondary Education Record Electronic Data Exchange (SPEEDE) Committee & eTrans California Steering Committee.

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