EdInd Collaborate PNG

Wednesday, September 25, 2019


8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Amarillo College Main Campus

Oak Room, CUB, 2nd Floor

* some details still to be determined

NLNE’s first Education-Industry collaboration conference is shaping up to be a groundbreaking event, the likes of which the Texas Panhandle has never before seen. We are inviting educators (secondary and postsecondary) from across Region 16 to collaborate with professionals from the construction, healthcare, and manufacturing industries.
 Our Goals for this Event:

1. Ensure our education programs fit the needs of industry in the Texas Panhandle

2. Facilitate a collaboration that will benefit both students and employers

 Educators will hear first-hand from local professionals of the Construction, Healthcare, and Manufacturing industries. Those professionals will discuss the skills they hope students are able to master before graduating in order to launch a successful career in each industry. The panels are made up of experienced professionals from companies of all sizes, and they are all local! We’ll also discuss possible ways to bring more of a workforce presence into our learning programs at both the high school and college levels.

Virtual tickets to each panel discussion are available! 

We know many of our educators can’t afford to be away from the classroom all day, so we will broadcast each panel discussion on a private web-based channel.
*** Attendees may choose a virtual ticket during registration.

8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Registration (coffee and pastries provided)
9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Manufacturing Collaboration Panel Discussion
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Construction Collaboration Panel Discussion
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m.  Lunch (provided)
1:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions
3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.  Healthcare Collaboration Panel Discussion
ModeratorAC Kim Hays
Dr. Kim Hays E.D
Industrial Technology Department Chair
Amarillo College
xxplacer Pantex David Cole f City Machine Larry Eisenman f Pantex Alonzo Everhart f
Craig Burriss
Amarillo Gear
David Cole
Weapons Operations Advisor
CNS Pantex
Larry Eisenman
Production Supervisor
City Machine & Welding
Alonzo Everhart
Senior Director of Weapons Operations
CNS Pantex
AC Russell Lowery-Hart f  xxplacer  Sage Aaron Sage  Bell Kyle Washburn f
Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart
Amarillo College
 Sri Ramachandran
Director of Operations
City Machine & Welding
 Aaron Sage
President and CEO
Sage Oil Vac
Kyle Washburn
V22 Value Stream Manager
Bell Amarillo



CSCRC John West f

John West
Business Representative
Central South Carpenters Regional Council


Page & Associates Stan Cotgrave TCMTTF David Barron xxplacer Pantex Ian Hughes Pantex Kim Irwin f
 Stan Cotgrave
President and CEO
Page & Associates
David Barron
Training Center Coordinator
Texas Carpenters and Millwright
Nolan Huckabay
AAA Electric
Ian Hughes
Senior Manager Construction
CNS Pantex
Kim Irwin
Senior Dir. Projects Management
CNS Pantex
AC Russell Lowery-Hart f xxplacer CSCRC Kevin Rodgers Western Builders Jerry Rohane  IEC Tyson Willis f
Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart
Amarillo College
Israel Reyna
Regional Organizer/Recruiter
Plumbers & Pipe-fitters Local 404 
 Kevin Rodgers
Apprenticeship Coord.
Texas Carpenters & Millwright
Jerry Rohane
Western Builders
 Tyson Willis
Executive Director
Independent Electrical Contractors
of the Texas Panhandle

TTUHSC Steven Urban f

Steven Urban, MD
Professor, Internal Medicine
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Maxor Bonnie Dugie Pavillion Rene Havel Family Care Panhandle Holly Jeffreys f AC Russell Lowery-Hart f Pavillion Jami Miller
Bonnie Dugie, PharmD, MBA
Director of Implementation
& Accreditation
Maxor National 
Rene L. Havel, MA, LPC
Director of
Case Management
The Pavilion – NWTHS
Holly Jeffreys

Founder, CEO
Family Care Clinic
Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart
Amarillo College
Jami Miller
Director of Assessment
The Pavilion – NWTHS
xxplacer xxplacer xxplacer Turn Center Brad Thompson f xxplacer
Lori Henke, BS, PharmD
Director of Pharmacy
Northwest Texas Healthcare
Libby Moore
Chief Clinical Officer
Texas Panhandle Centers
 Charlyn Snow
Practice Administrator
Amarillo Pathology Group
Brad Thompson, MA, LPC-S
Director of Counseling
Turn Center
 Ruth Whitehead MSN RN
Nurse Supervisor
COHS Nurse Family Partners


Pantex Nicole Eminger

Nicole Eminger
CNS Pantex

Prosci Certified Change Manager

SHRM Senior Certified Professional

In this breakout session, Nicole will provide educators with best practices and practical tips for connecting students with internship opportunities. She will provide insight from the employer’s perspective and share how educators can create a value proposition – identifying the employer’s needs and matching them with students who have expressed interest in those areas.


Nicole is an energetic and resourceful professional  committed to integrity, creativity and excellence in every area of life.Her areas of experience include:
~ Professional and Leadership Development
~ Employee Engagement
~ Succession Planning
~ Talent Development Pipelines
~ Leadership Assessments and Feedback
~ Mentoring Programs
~ Student Intern Programs
~ Internal Communications
~ Facilitation
~ Coaching
~ Event Planning

DOL Kelley Johnson f

Kelley Johnson
U.S. Department of Labor

Apprenticeship and Training Representative 

In this breakout session, Kelley will instruct business owners on how to begin the process of creating accredited apprenticeships.


She will discuss the challenges to creating apprenticeships as well as benefits of having more apprenticeship opportunities in the Texas Panhandle.


Kelley Johnson was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana. She enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in February 1981 as a Personnel Specialist and served more than 11 years active-duty before joining the Air Force Reserves where she served as an Air Reserve Technician in the Education.


In September of 2010 she began working with the Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship as an Apprenticeship and Training Representative.

She is a field Training Representative for the north central Texas and Panhandle areas. Kelley furthered her education through the Community College of the Air Force in both Human Resources and Education and Training Management.

All AC lots are open to the public.