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Industry Partnerships Masterclass: How to Talk to Employers

September 10, 2019 by Remie Verougstraete

Good partnerships between educators and industry are the quintessential win-win scenario. They help colleges create high-ROI programs, give students a chance to apply their learning with valuable hands-on experience, and provide employers with badly-needed talent to fill skill gaps in their workforce.

For most institutions, the question isn’t whether to pursue these partnerships, but how

To help answer this question, Emsi is hosting a masterclass webinar on Tuesday, September 24 at 2pm EDT (11am PDT) with Jeff Spain, workforce solutions senior consultant, and Scott Wegeng, director of employer engagement and experiential learning at Columbus State Community College

Spain and Wegeng will offer a behind-the-scenes look at how Columbus State Community College has developed thriving partnerships with 26 leading companies (including Honda, Target, Accenture, and more) across multiple disciplines.

Don’t miss out as they share lessons they’ve learned along the way, and get into the nuts and bolts of cultivating and maintaining industry partnerships. Attendees will also have the chance to submit questions for Q&A at the end. 

Key takeaways include: 

Jeff Spain

  • How to best create and leverage the role of a Business Relationship Manager (BRM)
  • How to understand and address technical skills gaps
  • Best practices for validating and demonstrating the viability of your degree programs and how they meet industry needs

Register now to save your spot and ensure you receive a link to the recording. 


About the presenters

Scott Wegeng

In their roles, Jeff Spain and Scott Wegeng work with regional partnership leads to build clear and concise partner strategies with established, scalable models; from which both employers and students are seeing the benefits of talent development and growth opportunities. By leveraging labor data analysis and college access systems, Columbus State can identify new programmatic areas for potential expansion. In conjunction with internal partners, Spain and Wegeng maintain a robust and growing network of contacts in the Manufacturing and IT industries by managing the life-cycle of strategic partnerships: Strategize, Identify, Engage, Create, Implement and Disseminate.

To learn more about Columbus State Community College’s track record of successful partnerships, read the case study about their modern manufacturing program. If you have questions or would like to learn more about using Emsi data at your institution, please let us know

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