Community College and Workforce Development


The re-launch: The Oregon GED Program® Summit has been rebranded and re-launched! After a brief hiatus, we are coming back stronger than ever. Introducing “Elevate the Essentials: The Oregon Adult Basic Skills Virtual Conference 2021​."


The goal: The Oregon Adult Basic Skills Virtual Conference 2021 has a central goal to provide quality, relevant professional development and networking opportunities for adult basic education professionals, administrators, and students including those in GED® test education, Adult Basic Education, Corrections, ESOL, and Career & Technical Education. We will mobilize the energy, talent, training, knowledge, wisdom, expertise, and experience of the adult basic education experts to expand access to education and support services.


The theme: Elevate the Essentials, opens doors for a wide range of presentation topics and to a wide range of possible presenters. It is aspirational, transformational, and productive. It provides a broad lens for inclusivity within the high school equivalency and adult basic education community. Most importantly, it is an invitation for people who serve students without a high school diploma or basic adult education to participate in a one-of-a-kind virtual professional development conference.


Elevate the Essentials recognizes what we already knew: that our students are indispensable. Vital at home, work, and in the classroom. The 2021 Oregon Adult Basic Skills Virtual Conference is a space to address this reality, and more importantly, to imagine collaborations, partnerships, and strategies to aid them to move from students to graduates and open up productive and strategic conversations. Sessions will also show what education could look like for our high school equivalency and adult basic education students.


The schedule: 

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​All times are PSTThursday, October 14Friday, October 15
9:00 AMWelcomeWelcome
9:30 AMKeynote: Dr. Tony AllenKeynote: Representative Janeen Sollman
10:00-10:45 AMConcurrent SessionsConcurrent Sessions
10:45-11:00 AMBreakBreak
11:00-11:45 AMConcurrent SessionsConcurrent Sessions
11:45-12:00 PMBreakBreak
12:00-12:45 PMConcurrent SessionsConcurrent Sessions
12:45- 1:00 PMWrap-upWrap-up

The keynote speakers: 

Keynote presenter, Dr. Tony Allen is president of the most diverse historically black institution in the US, Delaware State University. Dr. Allen also served as the CEO of President Joe Biden's Inaugural Committee. He will kick off our event, share his expertise, inspire us, and set the tone for an impactful gathering. 


Keynote speaker, Representative Janeen Sollman represents Oregon House District 30 and is also the Co-chair of Joint Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Public Safety, and a member of various committees. She will share her personal and professional commitment to serve all Oregon learners.


The virtual platform for Elevate the Essentials is Whova, and will be used for attending the conference and event sessions, networking, and socializing opportunities. Whova is integrated with Zoom.



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The frequently asked questions page for “Elevate the Essentials: The Oregon Adult Basic Skills Virtual Conference 2021" is here (coming soon!), and will be updated regularly.



Email us at Adrienne.Ochs@HECC.OREGON.GOV or call 503-979-5098.