When educators connect their institution’s mission to the needs of their regional economy, employers thrive, communities prosper, and students’ lives are transformed. In this industry partnership masterclass, Jeff Spain and Scott Wegeng of Columbus State Community College offered a behind-the-scenes look at the strategies and best practices they’ve used to develop thriving “earn and learn” partnerships with 26 leading employers in their region, including household names like Honda and Target. Watch the full recording, or jump to a specific part of the presentation using the detailed outline.
In the latest sign of a tight labor market, Amazon made headlines again by hosting a nation-wide career day event to help fill 30,000 open jobs. For educators, news like this raises a familiar question: “Are our students and adult learners prepared to seize these opportunities and thrive in these roles?” You may not have an Amazon facility in your backyard, but most institutions have at least one major employer in their region that drives prosperity by offering quality jobs and opportunity for advancement. So, using Amazon as an example, let’s look at how a college or university might identify the needs of a major employer, and use that data to proactively pursue a strategic partnership.
Here are some key takeways and a video recording of Dr. Jenna Crabb’s presentation on leveraging alumni outcomes data to drive college effectiveness. Speaking from her experience as Director of Career Services at the University of New Mexico, Jenna demonstrates how she uses Alumni Insight to quickly run reports and deliver valuable information to students, faculty and administration, and the university’s employer partners.
Last week, we announced an exciting new report available in Analyst called the Company Talent Profile. In this post, we consider how the Company Talent Profile can help colleges and universities take an informed, proactive approach to developing strategic partnerships in their region.