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RCC President Dr. Michael Baston to Speak at Jobs for the Future Horizons 2020 Conference

RCC President Dr. Michael Baston to Speak at Jobs for the Future Horizons 2020 Conference

Dr. Michael Baston

Date: May 27, 2020

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. – Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Jobs for the Future (JFF) Horizons 2020 conference will not be occurring in New Orleans this June as planned. However, a virtual conference will be held June 8 through 11 and will be free for all, offering fresh insights from leaders driving change in business, education, and the workforce. Dr. Michael Baston, President of Rockland Community College (RCC), State University of New York, will be one of the featured speakers.

“The future of work and learning are intertwined,” Dr. Baston says. “We need to examine both worlds in order to transform our systems to ensure there will be a skilled workforce ready for jobs in the changing economy. The COVID-19 crisis has magnified the economic inequality that is already so deeply ingrained in our society, and it is important to look beyond the current emergency to find long-term ways to strengthen economic advancement for everyone.”

Dr. Michael A. Baston is the 7th President of Rockland Community College. A national leader who helps develop comprehensive supports that foster college completion, Dr. Baston’s work has been featured on MSNBC, USA Today, The Atlantic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Community College Daily, The Community College Times, and Black Enterprise Magazine. Additionally, he is a contributing author to Race, Education, and Reintegrating Formerly Incarcerated Citizens and The Handbook for Student Affairs in Community Colleges.

Dr. Baston was a member of the inaugural class of Aspen Institute Presidential Fellows for Community College Excellence where he explored systemic issues affecting the educational access pipeline and student success. As a national Guided Pathways coach for American Association of Community Colleges, he is noted for his work with college leadership teams around the nation, helping them integrate student success initiatives to advance college completion. Dr. Baston is the Co-Chair of Jobs For The Future’s Policy Leadership Trust, a Commissioner of American Association of Community College’s Commission on Institutional Infrastructure and Transformation and member of the National Advisory Board of Center for Community College Student Engagement.

Dr. Baston began his career as a public interest lawyer representing various educational institutions and social justice organizations. His work with academic clients led him to pursue a second career in academia as both a professor of legal studies and business and a student affairs administrator. Dr. Baston holds a BA from Iona College, a JD from Brooklyn Law School, and an EdD from St. John Fisher College.

The Jobs for the Future Horizons 2020 conference series of sessions will start each day at noon Eastern Time. After a main opening plenary, there will be two rounds of concurrent sessions starting at 2 and 3 pm which will end by 4 pm. For more information about networking and other events taking place over the course of the week, or to register for the virtual experience, please visit

About Jobs for the Future

Since its founding 37 years ago, JFF’s mission has been to use the best available research to forecast what the jobs of the future will be, determine what skills people need to fill those positions and to reimagine the education and training systems necessary to prepare workers for that future. Now with technology and other global forces accelerating the pace of worker displacement and economic change, JFF is focused on transforming the workforce and education systems to create economic opportunity for all.

About Rockland Community College

Rockland Community College, State University of New York, offers a safe, supportive learning environment for thousands of students from diverse backgrounds who appreciate small class sizes and personal attention from a distinguished, award-winning faculty that includes Fulbright scholars and SUNY Distinguished Professors. Thanks to the school’s affordable tuition, students who start out at RCC and then transfer to a four-year college can save up to $100,000 on their education. RCC is also proud to provide career training and professional development to adult learners looking to change careers or upgrade their skills. More information can be found at

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