Meg Shope Koppel
Director of Research
Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board
Meg Shope Koppel is putting the finishing touches on a labor market breakdown of the career and technical education programs in the School District of Philadelphia, and the state-mandated report has been facilitated by EMSI’s analysis tool. She was able to identify high-growth tech-related occupations in Philadelphia and analyze existing and relevant postsecondary program areas tied to those occupations. After delving into the data, Shope Koppel and her colleagues could better explain the need for further education beyond the required 1,058 credit hours in the career and tech ed programs. She used convincing labor market information to conclude that high school graduates need to earn at least a postsecondary certificate to reach a family-sustaining wage.