Monroe Community College is making headlines once again.
MCC’s foundation received a $320,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase to expand upon the college’s Measuring Middle-Skill Occupational Gaps Within the Finger Lakes Economy report—a cutting-edge, comprehensive, online document that uses labor market data to measure skills gaps in the Rochester, New York, region. The report will be transformed into an online database, allowing for more labor market analysis, easier updates, and broader dissemination of the community’s labor market information. The grant will also fund other programs intended to help address regional workforce needs.
MCC plans to use the grant, which is part of JPMorgan Chase’s New Skills at Work program and its $1 million investment to support advanced manufacturing training programs in four upstate New York regions, to expand the college’s labor market intelligence initiatives. EMSI data will be critical to the development of these initiatives. (MCC used Analyst, Career Coach, and program-specific economic impact analysis, as well as other sources, to construct the report that much of this new work will be based on.)
“Good-paying, middle-skill jobs in fast-growing areas, including advanced manufacturing, are going unfilled because of a shortage of qualified workers… Together we can put more people in the workforce and bolster the region’s economy.” — Todd Oldham, Monroe Community College
These LMI initiatives are “designed to serve anyone in the community seeking accurate and timely data-driven information on middle-skill occupations within the Finger Lakes region,” says MCC’s press release. The new LMI database will promote regional planning, help close middle-skill gaps, and create a strategic framework for addressing the gaps, such as providing educational requirements for specific careers. Partners from the region’s secondary and postsecondary institutions will use the data for planning capital investments as well as institutional and regional pathway development; these partners will also provide feedback to MCC about the database, so that continued improvement is possible.
The grant will also fund a new middle-skill bridge program. This program will help students get academically prepared before they enroll in one of MCC’s accelerated certificate programs. Once enrolled in the accelerated programs (which were created to respond to regional workforce needs), students are able to earn a certificate in half the typical amount of time and gain employment upon completion.
“Good-paying, middle-skill jobs in fast-growing areas, including advanced manufacturing, are going unfilled because of a shortage of qualified workers,” said Todd Oldham, vice president of MCC’s Division of Economic Development and Innovative Workforce Services. “Thanks to JPMorgan Chase’s significant support, together we can put more people in the workforce and bolster the region’s economy.”
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