Build a thriving economic ecosystem. Continuing the research that we first presented in The New Geography of Skills, we now show how speaking the common language of skills can bring educators, companies, and workforce/economic developers together to address the talent needs of a specific region or industry. By combining broad labor market data with more nuanced skills cluster data, we provide a snapshot of the existing strengths—and the shifting landscape—of a key regional industry and demonstrate how this data can inform local talent strategies.
Location quotient (LQ) is a way of discovering the industries or occupations that are truly unique and specialized in your regional economy as compared to the nation. It can be used to identify industrial or occupational gems that can be nurtured to drive the success of your economy.
Do your graduates have work opportunities waiting for them post-graduation? As students consider which program to enroll in, they want to know they’ve picked one that will give them valuable skills and lead to high-wage, in-demand jobs. That’s why it’s important for educators to begin with the end in mind when reviewing existing programs or developing new ones. Aligning programs with target occupations that are projected to grow in your region can help you offer students a high-ROI education that equips them to accomplish their career goals.
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.
Good partnerships between educators and industry partners are the quintessential win-win scenario. 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. 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!
Every year, hundreds of colleges and universities use Career Coach to help their students explore careers, find the right academic program, and take the next step by applying for jobs in their local area. Here are two updates we introduced recently to make Career Coach an even more effective tool for educators and the students they serve.