Just over two months till kickoff, we are excited to give you a more detailed look at some of the presentations that will be featured at the EMSI Leadership Conference, taking place October 20-22 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The speakers, including Todd Oldham from Monroe Community College, Tim Herbert from CompTIA, and Khaki Wunderlich from Tompkins Cortland Community College, will discuss the various ways they’ve put EMSI data and tools to work in their regions and organizations.
Big Data: Opportunities and Challenges in Today’s Competitive Environment — Nancy Fair-Szofran (Provost, Community Colleges of Spokane)
For businesses and industries, the big data movement represents an opportunity to identify correlations, connect new dots, and unlock unprecedented business opportunities. Companies often call this “competing on analytics”—that is, finding their competitive edge, and it has been a long-standing approach in business. Now, however, the data discussion is also growing within the broad K-20 education arena.
As states continue their disinvestment in higher education, and as increased accountability is demanded of schools, we in higher education have recognized the vital importance of big data. Partnering with external sources for access, we are taking the data, processing and analyzing it, and watching it transform student experience. The digital footprints that our students generate provide an opportunity to collect and leverage information about students in new ways. With revolutionary analytic tools/technology such as forecasting and predictive, the future trend in higher education is the development of holistic big data strategies and the discovery of ways big data can be an enabler to solutions.
5 Trends Shaping the Tech-Driven Workforce of the Future — Tim Herbert (Vice President of Research and Market Intelligence, CompTIA)
Technology affects more organizations in bigger ways than ever before. From SMBs and not-for-profits to large enterprises, every business is now a digital business on some level. And disruptive technologies and business models continue to force organizations to assess how they do business, manage staff, and engage with customers. In this presentation, Mr. Herbert will focus on the intersection of people, process, and technology as these factors shape our workforce and emerging digital economy. He will how CompTIA uses EMSI data to confirm primary research and support other data sources that take a more forward-looking approach.
Putting Big Data to Work: Measuring the Middle Skills Economy to Drive Programming — Todd Oldham (Vice President, Economic Development & Innovative Workforce Services, Monroe Community College) & Lomax Campbell (Assistant to Vice President, Economic Development & Innovative Workforce Services, Monroe Community College)
Recognizing the growing importance of using relevant labor market data to drive program development, Monroe Community College has launched several ambitious initiatives to both identify and address middle-skills gaps experienced by employers within the Greater Rochester economy. In the presentation you will learn how MCC has created a dashboard template to measure regional completions against annual demand for over 20 locally defined middle skills occupational groups and how this process has resulted in the creation of new accelerated degree and training programs to address these gaps.
Also discussed will be MCC’s generation of labor market information through frequent surveys of local industry around persistently unfilled positions, and their use of real-time and big data as well as program-based economic impact analysis in support of stronger grant narrative. Ultimately, Mr. Oldham and Mr. Campbell will demonstrate how these initiatives can be pulled together to complement an institution’s overall economic and workforce development strategy in successfully securing additional funding and program support from the regional, state and federal level using a big-data approach.
Beyond a Reporting Tool: Leveraging Analyst to Assist Strategic Economic Development Efforts — Bob Potts (Research Director, Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development)
Starting in 2011, the state of Nevada has taken a very deliberate and strategic approach to reinvent their economic development program. Central to that effort is an increased use of data and solid analysis to grow the economy, drive decisions, make policy, and track performance. Analyst has become the centerpiece tool of choice because of its innovative approach to data integration and its timeliness, flexibility, and ease of use. Learn about some of the specific and innovative ways Analyst is being used for sector development, identifying primary businesses, guiding workforce development, communicating with legislators and stakeholders, and tracking progress to successfully help grow Nevada’s economy.
Reaching New Heights in Regional Competitiveness with Value-Chain Analysis — Marty Romitti (Senior Vice President, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness)
Constructing successful industry-cluster building strategies requires a strong understanding of how companies interact with one another. Combining value-chain mapping with EMSI data and tools can help inform planners and policy makers on these linkages. In this session, Dr. Romitti will present on how the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness utilizes EMSI for this analysis, which determines the structure and strength of the buying and selling relationships between an identified core industry and the many other industries present across the economy.
Dr. Romitti will also discuss how an increased awareness of inter-industry linkages is being applied by different states, regions, and communities across the country to determine a targeted industry’s growth potential, to optimize supply chains, and to leverage more investment.
Using EMSI to Create Data-Driven Career Pathways — Scott Sheely (Executive Director, Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board)
This workshop has two parts. The first describes how to build demand-driven career pathways using labor market information from EMSI. These pathways are unique to local economies, though the process of building them is similar for any location. The second part speaks to using this data for curriculum development and career counseling. We generally find one-stop centers to be weak in their rationale for curriculum and in the career information that they provide practitioners—a shortcoming which career pathways helps to overcome.
In the course of the workshop, Mr. Sheely will move from theory to praxis with the goal that participants leave the session armed with new confidence in their ability to move beyond the career pathway processes that are normally provided (sometimes with suspect motives) by the education system.
Using Data to Optimize Business Engagement Strategy — Brad Turner-Little (Director of Mission Strategy, Goodwill Industries International)
Workforce development intermediaries continue to evolve in their understanding of the importance of business engagement in connecting people to the world of work. Optimal business engagement strategies are grounded in knowing your local or regional economy: its ebbs and flows, its challenges and its projections. This knowledge comes from a thorough understanding of data—both quantitative and qualitative. Goodwill Industries leverages quantitative data from EMSI to supplement qualitative data gathered from relationships with local business partners. This session will examine these techniques and the value they bring to Goodwill as we develop service and training strategies that lead to real opportunities for the people we serve.
From a $2.3M Grant to Enhancing Student Advising: One College’s Experience in the First Year — Khaki Wunderlich (Dean of Organizational Success and Learning, Tompkins Cortland Community College) & Kris Altucher (Associate Dean of Institutional Research & Organizational Learning, Tompkins Cortland Community College)
Join us in this presentation to hear one college’s first-year experience using EMSI data and tools. Khaki Wunderlich and Kris Altucher will present on how TC3 used data from Analyst to customize grant applications and other capital funding requests for their new Farm to Bistro initiative, which resulted in more than $5M of anticipated funding. TC3 also engaged their faculty to customize Career Coach information and develop a robust tool to enhance academic and career advising for new and continuing students. Finally, TC3 used Analyst to bust the myths and deepen the college’s understanding of the local and regional job market to support program development and redevelopment.
What Trends in Historic Industry Earnings Tell Us About the Labor Market — Josh Wright (PR Manager & Senior Editor, EMSI) & Hank Robison (Senior Economist & Founder, EMSI)
EMSI chief economist Hank Robison and senior editor Josh Wright will highlight EMSI’s research on industry earnings and employment over time to show the sectors and metropolitan areas that are leading the U.S. recovery.