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Dear partners and innovators, 
 

“Humans connect through stories … that’s how you lead change.”  – IDEO


As the Lab continues to innovate and design new models, we're also experimenting with ways to tell our stories. 

Our communications director, Stephanie Ogilvie Seagle, is sharing some new storytelling tools with our Colorado community college partners later this month. We'll give you a sneak peek at one of those tools — the 3 Slide Challenge —  which started as a joke about how we might summarize each of our projects in just three slides. But we realized how it might help us all share our insights more effectively. Here are three examples in the form of a ... 3 Slide Challenge. 

And if you're sharing your slides or successes on social media, please tag us! We would love to amplify your work ... and connect the innovators in our network. Here's an example on Twitter from one of our design partners at Virginia Western Community College, which will now offer career advising, financial aid assistance, and job training in their city's largest public housing project. Inspirational!

Welcome to the Lab!

We're excited to introduce Jessica Lauritsen, EdD, who joins the Lab as a Senior Education Designer working on the Designers In Residence project. She brings 18 years of student affairs work in higher education with a focus on equity and access for all students.
Prior to joining the Lab, Jessica served as the Vice President of Student Affairs at Hennepin Technical College, where she worked for over 10 years. She also worked in student affairs at St. Cloud State University, the University of St. Thomas, and Loyola Marymount University. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys reading, traveling, and outdoor adventures with her family and friends. Learn more about Jessica.

#LabOnTheGo

Join Naomi Boyer, Lisa Larson, and Tara Laughlin at CBExchange — the premier conference on competency-based learning. Our sessions will feature the latest insights from XCredit and the Community College Growth Engine Fund. Follow along with #LabOnTheGo on Twitter.

Lab in the media
Inside Higher Ed:
Bridging a Growing Divide

Sept. 29, 2022
Lisa Larson, head of the Community College Growth Engine Fund at the Lab, was quoted in this Inside Higher Ed story about a new program seeking to bridge the rural divide in Wyoming. Larson encountered similar challenges as president of Eastern Maine Community College and said college leaders have to ask themselves, “What does a partnership look like to change the narrative? … And that starts to build trust.”
WorkingNation Overheard: Naomi Boyer
Sept. 25, 2022
A new campaign from Opportunity@Work and the Ad Council encourages companies to hire people who are skilled through alternative routes, or STARs. In support of the new #TearthePaperCeiling campaign, Naomi Boyer, the Lab's Executive Director, Digital Transformation, talked about using digital transformation to create opportunity with WorkingNation. Watch the 1-minute video.
 
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