Strengthening Your Career Pathways Forum – November 7, 2013

Many of us have heard of Career Pathways but what do we mean by Career Pathways? How as education and workforce providers can we partner to ensure high quality outcomes for students and employers alike? By 2018, some 70 percent of jobs in Minnesota will require training beyond a high school diploma. But today, only 40 percent of Minnesota workers have such training. This is the skills gap. There is a growing sense of urgency felt by employers, educators, workers, students and others, as unemployment rates are dropping, more people are retiring and the mismatch in skills between what employers need and what workers have, is increasingly being felt.

Greater Twin Cities United Way, in partnership with CLASP (Center for Law and Social Policy), will address these questions and more at its upcoming forum –Strengthening Your Career Pathway Systems: Tools, Tips and Tactics. Career pathways are gaining momentum as a strategy to improve regional economies and individual economic mobility. At this conference you’ll explore strategies from across the country for strengthening, scaling and sustaining current career pathway innovations and best practices. This is an opportunity for leaders in higher education, including Chief Academic Officers, Deans, and instructors, to learn, share and discuss strategies, tactics and tools for meeting employers’ and the regions’ need for a skilled workforce, particularly in relation to sector-based career pathways.  There will be speakers from the U.S. Department of Labor, National Governor’s Association, CLASP, National Skills Coalition, and from programs and institutions across the country.

 Special Group Rate Through October 18: $150 for 8-10 people (over 50% off). For more information or to register a group or individual, you can use the links in the Evite below.

 

 

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2013 Career Pathways Forum

Join United Way and CLASP (Center for Law and Social Policy) for Strengthening Your Career Pathway Systems: Tools, Tips and Tactics. Career pathways are gaining momentum as a strategy to improve regional economies and individual economic mobility. At this conference we’ll explore strategies for strengthening, scaling and sustaining current career pathway innovations.

DATE: Thursday, November 7
TIME: 9 a.m.– 3:15 p.m. (light breakfast at 8:30 a.m.) See Agenda
LOCATION: Crowne Plaza, St. Paul
COST: $35
Special Group Rate: $150 for 8-10 people; email Amanda Simmer to register.
Scholarships available for individuals, email your request to communities@gtcuw.org

 

Lunch General Session:
Innovative Ways that Federal, State and Local Leaders are Advancing Career Pathways and Industry Partnerships
Speakers will reflect on challenges and opportunities to implementing, scaling and sustaining career pathways – including those related to policy, funding and accountability.
Toni Randolph, Minnesota Public Radio (moderator)
Eric Seleznow, U.S. Department of Labor
Jessie Hogg-Leslie, National Skills Coalition
Pat Schramm, Workforce Development of South Central Wisconsin

Expert practitioners and leaders from the workforce, adult basic education, nonprofit and higher education communities will also share their wisdom, including:
Erick Ajax, EJ Ajax
Cynthia Bauerly, Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
Elizabeth Creamer, Office of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell
Vickie Choitz, CLASP
Jaclyn P. Dowd, Office of Indiana Governor Mike Pence
Garrett Groves, National Governors Association
Scott Sheely, Lancaster County (PA) Workforce Investment Board

 

FROM THE BLOG
Will Minnesota Lose Lake Wobegon?
by Vickie Choitz, CLASP

 

“All the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.” Although Garrison Keillor’s hometown of Lake Wobegon is fictional, Minnesotans are often associated with the characteristics of its residents. There is, in fact, some truth to Keillor’s radio monologue. READ MORE

 

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