Member & Partner Appreciation Day – October 11, 2019

Join us for this annual event that attracts 150+ professionals from higher education, government and K-12. Attendance is complimentary for all organizational members of both Edge, the region’s nonprofit technology partner, and the Virtual Academic Library Environment (VALE). This event is ideal for information technology professionals (CIOs, network admins, network engineers, etc.), librarians, faculty, instructional designers, cabinet members, and administrators throughout the educational institution (enrollment, admissions, and marketing).

Attendees will hear about the state of technology in education and government across New Jersey and the NYC metro area. We’ll highlight some of Edge’s role at the center of transformations happening as a result of technology and connect our members with industry leading sponsors in a variety of focus areas, including cloud technology, virtualization, cybersecurity, high-performance networking, and operational support services. Participants will also enjoy an engaging panel discussion about the challenges and needs of preparing the future workforce.

And finally, we will recognize outstanding achievements from our member community – professionals who are improving instruction, research, and operations through the use of technology.


10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Check-in and Exhibitor Networking – Exhibit Hall
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m Lunch
12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. “State of the Edge” Address Dr. Samuel Conn, President & CEO, Edge
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  Member Appreciation and Awards Ceremony
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion – Perspectives on the Future of Work
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Dessert and Networking – Exhibit Hall

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Panel Discussion: Perspectives on the Future of Work

Work as we know it is undergoing an unprecedented transformation. Consider the following, and what it means for the future of work:

“65% of students entering college this year will ultimately be working in jobs that don’t currently exist.” -The World Economic Forum

The demands on our workforce and the skills needed by graduates continue to change. Driven by the challenges of a shifting technological ecosystem – including data science, automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence – how can we prepare learners and the existing workforce for the ever-changing work landscape they’ll face?

We’ll explore how the future of work will impact traditional college graduates, nontraditional students, and the current workforce alike. What is the role of certificate and short-term training programs as compared to formal education? Our esteemed panelists bring their unique perspectives on the impact of current technology and work organization and its meaning for workers in the workplace of the future.


  • Dr. John O. Aje, Dean of the School of Applied Science and Technology, Thomas Edison State University
  • Dr. Aaron Fichtner, President of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges
  • Dr. Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, Executive Director for Economic Development and Innovation, Associate Director of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University

Middlesex County College

2600 Woodbridge Ave
Edison NJ 08837

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Registration – Complimentary for Edge Members

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