Here at EMSI, we love data. But, even more than data, we love seeing what we do making a difference for real people. That’s why we were so excited to see one of our clients, Monroe Community College, featured in a recent cover story in Community College Week.
Monroe Community College is located in Rochester, N.Y. As the Community College Week piece makes clear, Rochester was – until recently – a company town, with a labor market based on three major employers. But with all three employers suffering major adversity and having to make significant cuts, Monroe Community College has been playing a significant role in helping Rochester residents find themselves places in a radically new set of labor market conditions. And how are they doing that? With help from EMSI’s data and from Career Coach:
MCC has made strides to erase confusion over jobs. It created a summer program designed to get high school students interested in the field. [Head of MCC’s Division of Economic Development and Innovative Workforce Services] Todd Oldham spearheaded creation of the MCC Career Coach, a free web-based search tool designed to show students connections between areas of study and related job opportunities. The job search tool has up-to-date local employment data, job descriptions and openings, estimated earnings, the number of people in a specific field, the number of workers near retirement and what programs MCC’s offers to prepare for one of those jobs.
Oldham has been an enthusiastic proponent of Career Coach and EMSI before. In fact, he recently hosted a webinar discussing the ways he and MCC have put Career Coach to use.
As MCC goes forward, the Community College Week highlights the importance of using data to better understand labor market data conditions to creating better careers for Rochester residents. In MCC President Ann Kress’s words,
The future of workforce development at MCC will depend on more than new technological tools. A new imperative in equipping students with requisite skills to earn a middle class wage is an effective commingling of the college’s academic and workforce development functions.
With over 160,000 visits to the MCC Career Coach tool already logged, Rochester’s workforce is well on its way to a better-informed, better-educated future. Read the original piece at Community College Week here.