For many community colleges, articulating the full impact of their non-credit workforce development programs is a challenge. But now, through a research partnership with Emsi, Grand Rapids Community College has solid numbers backing up the notion that their non-credit programs are a powerful economic development engine, supplying the critical talent that many local employers are desperately looking for.
Israel Dominguez, director of economic and workforce development, had the gut feeling that liberal arts students possess skills that prepare them for a variety of careers beyond the academic world. He knew he had worked with many professionals in areas such as sales, marketing, or public relations who also hailed from a liberal arts background. But what could mere stories prove?
From its State of the Sector reports to the creation of an employer-driven education program called GNOu, Greater New Orleans, Inc. is a model for how economic development organizations can develop and market their workforce.
As participants in Complete College America’s ‘Purpose First’ initiative, the Community College System of New Hampshire is combining Career Coach and innovative academic programs to help students discover and prepare for meaningful careers. We spoke with Dr. Ross Gittell, chancellor of the CCSNH, to learn about the early results they are seeing and how they plan to expand their work in the future.
The acceleration of knowledge, skills, and ability required in the workforce today is confronted with an education system that still has not adapted to the demands of the last change. New thinking is necessary to develop workforce skills at warp speed. Learn more about the trends shaping the future of work and what EDOs can do to help their communities be prepared.
Economic developers are tasked with telling their community’s story because they know it better than anyone. They could decide to market a niche industry cluster, a concentration of a specific type of talent, a creative coworking space, an effective partnership with workforce or education providers, or dozens of other unique assets. Read about our six tips for effective data story telling.