Education supply gap analyses are a powerful, straightforward way for workforce and education professionals to better understand the potential demand or surplus in training for their regions. They help determine if programs need to be enhanced, established, held steady, or even removed – based on occupation or labor market trends.
Over the past year EMSI has been producing more of these studies, and on July 12 at 2 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Pacific) we will host a webinar to discuss this work.
Here is a quick overview of the two general ways EMSI conducts gap analyses:
For Community Colleges. EMSI typically looks at academic programs within a region and compares output from the college and other regional “competitors” to a set of targeted occupations to determine if a sufficient talent pipeline is in place.
Since other colleges may coexist in the same region (but have a slightly different regional focus), EMSI spends time sorting through the nuances of regional demand and supply to ensure optimal alignment between workforce needs and education offerings. This works particularly well in academic master planning. Over the past year EMSI has conducted analyses for the College of Western Idaho, MiraCosta College (CA), Community College of the District of Columbia, and Anne Arundel Community College (MD).
For Workforce Investment. From a regional and state-level perspective, education supply gap analyses address shortcomings in the workforce development and talent pipeline. Sometimes regions (or states) are overproducing in certain educational programs and underproducing in others. This creates challenges from either perspective. Gap analyses help to provide key data on this and can help workforce professionals determine the best course of action for a region. Over the past year EMSI has conducted analyses for the Will County and Northern Cook County Workforce Boards (IL), the Center for Energy Workforce Development’s Get Into Energy program, Jefferson County Alliance (AR), Mid-Iowa Growth Partnership, The Oregon Consortium and Oregon Workforce Alliance, and the Kentucky Department of Education and Workforce Development.
During the webinar, participants will learn more about EMSI’s educational supply gap analysis, how we conduct a study, what data we use, and what clients typically do with the information.
EMSI GAP ANALYSIS WEBINAR
Date and time: July 12, 2 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Pacific)
To sign up: email Josh Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org)