Working together to address the local skills gap, Richland Community College, the City of Decatur, and the EDC of Decatur and Macon County collaborated to bring Emsi Career Coach to the community.
In a recent Emsi webinar, the three partners talked about the impact Career Coach has had on their community and how working together has helped them address workforce shortages and misalignments.
“Immediately, we and our partners saw the potential in how [Career Coach] would connect Richland’s programs with local and sustainable careers,” said Gianina Baker, Richland’s Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning.
Patrick Hoban of the City of Decatur agreed, saying of Career Coach “we saw that this could fill the gap itself.”
Watch the recorded webinar below to learn more and download the slides here.
How do you get several organizations to work together to improve local workforces, economies, and communities?
“The first conversation is making sure that the business community and the education community understand how closely they are related to each other and how they directly impact each other,” said Ryan McCrady, President of the EDC of Decatur and Macon County.
Career Coach has become a valued community resource. McCrady said Career Coach and collaboration help the partners “connect business to education.” Bolstering the Decatur workforce aides local economic development efforts and raises the profile of Richland.
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