Over the last ten years, Adams County (CO) has added over 40,000 jobs—an impressive accomplishment in an area with a 2012 population of about 459,000. Much of that growth is due to the good work of the Adams County Workforce and Business Center, which supports workforce growth and economic development in the area, which is northeast of Denver. For years now the Workforce and Business Center has been incorporating Emsi labor market data from Analyst into its work, with excellent results. Recently, they added Career Coach to their resources. We talked with Joel Parriott, the county’s business services supervisor, to hear about the Workforce and Business Center’s experiences integrating Career Coach into what they do.
Even before Career Coach, Joel said that both the Business Center itself and the Business Services department of the county government have been heavily using labor market data: “we use [Analyst] a lot for [talking to] employers and economic development people in the chamber of commerce.” They also use Analyst to gather site selection data, or to do research for studies.
Since purchasing Career Coach, however, Joel says that he and his team have found that in many ways Career Coach makes doing presentations and other work—especially evaluating Workforce Investment Act scholarship applications—much easier. Speaking about applicants for WIA scholarship, Joel said:
“We make them go in [Career Coach] and print out reports for the occupations they are expecting to go into, and then we examine that in one document. The WIA scholarship applicants go through orientation here, and part of the orientation is how to pull reports from Career Coach… from there they will go and apply for training or make a job search decision.”
One of the most important things Career Coach does for the WIA process is provide readily-available data on wages, and on the relationship between wages and education. A big part of the WIA process is being able to prove that the training being paid for leads to a sustainable wage. With Career Coach it’s easier than ever to get that information and put in applicants’ hands.
But that’s not all Career Coach does for Joel and Adams County. Because it’s public-facing, Career Coach has proved useful for generating presentations to EDC’s and other business groups. Overall, Joel especially noted the importance of being able to generate reports easily, with one click: “Career Coach is used because of its clean report, which is a selling point for the job seeker and for us…. As I type in “machinist,” for example, to be able to have that graph, and the complete, concise report is really easy.”
With the combination of Analyst’s in-depth, detailed data, and now the clean, easy-to-generate reports from Career Coach, the Adams County Workforce and Business Center is in an exciting position to keep Adams County growing.