With EMSI Certification going strong for several months, we’ve started to roll out Certification events in cities across the United States. One of the first such events was in Columbus, Ohio, in late June. Thirty-five of our clients from Ohio, Indiana, and West Virginia converged at Columbus State Community College for one day of Certification classes and one day of in-depth training for Analyst, EMSI’s labor market research tool.
The Columbus event was a big success on a number of levels. More than 25 attendees became EMSI Certified after going through the classes, quizzes, and final exam. Plus, the meeting served as a chance for workforce and economic development practitioners from more than 20 organizations (colleges, EDCs, consultants, workforce groups) to meet and share best practices.
Organizations that attended included JobsOhio—a private, non-profit statewide economic development corporation that includes a network of six regional offices, all of which attended—TPMA, Partners for a Competitive Workforce, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, the Alliance for Strategic Growth, and 10 community colleges and universities.
“The certification training process was helpful in that it laid the conceptual framework for how the data are derived and produced by EMSI. I think even people who are veterans of using Analyst like myself picked up some things from Certification that are valuable.” — Matt Waldo, JobsOhio
Matt Waldo, senior research manager at JobsOhio, found Certification constructive in part because he gained a stronger understanding of the data that goes into EMSI’s Analyst tool. This immersion in EMSI data included finding out more about the core data sources that EMSI uses, and how EMSI harmonizes those different sources despite their different publication dates and time lags.
“The certification training process was helpful in that it laid the conceptual framework for how the data are derived and produced by EMSI,” Waldo said. “I think even people who are veterans of using Analyst like myself picked up some things from Certification that are valuable so that if and when we’re asked, ‘OK, what’s really behind these data?’, we can talk more intelligently about that—not just to clients but also to other staff internally in our network. And that makes us more credible analysts—analysts with a small ‘a.’ When we know how the data are derived and the sources of those data more intimately, it makes us more credible within our respective organizations.”
Participants also told us they appreciated the opportunity to meet face-to-face with colleagues as well as build relationships with practitioners outside their normal circles, whether they were in higher education, workforce development, or economic development. They shared ideas about not only Analyst but other tools that they all share in common.
EMSI will travel to Georgia in August and Florida and New York in September for similar on-site trainings. If you’d like to host your own training event, please contact Valari Miller (email@example.com).