Skills on Purpose:
Creating the Next Generation
of Manufacturers

Skills on Purpose is a series of webinars focused on how to put together regional consortia that align education and training programs with the needs of industry in advanced manufacturing. It is an opportunity for useful stories to be told about how to overcome practical obstacles that are commonly faced by various partners in making such consortia effective.

June 5, 2015

1:00PM - 2:00 PM EDT

In this webinar, small- and medium-sized companies shared workforce development strategies that efficiently and effectively engage training and education stakeholders and institutions. Such engagements are critical in assuring the quality and prepardness of incoming talent, and have become an essential part of the growth strategy for many manufacturing firms.

Presenters

  • Brent Weil, Senior Vice President for Education and Workforce Development, The Manufacturing Institute
  • Mary Isbister, President, GenMet
  • Dante Fierros, President, Nichols Precision
  • Rosalyn Boxer, Vice President–Workforce Development, Arizona Commerce Authority

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June 29, 2015

2:00PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Workforce partnerships are built upon the coordination of efforts between colleges, schools, and employers to assure the skill needs of the workforce. This webinar described ways that state governments can serve the work of local partnerships, helping effective approaches to spread, and magnifying the impact on growth and employment.

Presenters

  • Lindsay Woolsey, Director, The Woolsey Group
  • Stephanie Steffens, Director, Colorado Workforce Development Council
  • Scott Stump, Chief Operating Officer, Vivayic

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July 10, 2015

2:00PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Career pathways are based in the coordination of efforts between colleges, schools, and employers to assure the skill needs of the workforce. By avoiding haphazard approaches, pathway programs put in place a coherent, articulated sequence of rigorous academic and career-technical courses— secondary to postsecondary that support career development for individuals, and fuel the growth of industry. This program highlighted the process of constructing effective career pathway programs in the manufacturing sector.

Presenters

  • Debbie Mills, Vice President, Director, National Career Pathways Network
  • Libby Livings-Eassa, Founding Partner, the Divergent Group
  • Ann Ifekwunigwe, Career Pathways Supervisor, Newport News Public Schools

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July 24, 2015

2:00PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Firms of all sizes face a similar challenge— to find 'work-ready' employees who need minimal additional training. Some large companies have found ways to attend to the talent "supply chain" challenge by engaging with colleges and schools in creative ways. This program described ways two large companies have found to engage with educators, including the challenges they faced, and possible paths moving forward.

Presenters

  • John Colborn, Director, Skills for America's Future, Aspen Institute
  • Pooja Anand, Head of Strategic Projects, Talent Acquisition US/Americas, Siemens
  • Shujath Ali, Head, Traction Business Segment, USA & GA400 Operations, Siemens
  • Dennis Parker, Assistant Manager, Toyota North America Production Support Center

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September 8, 2015

3:00PM - 4:00 PM EDT

To meet the skill needs of our economy requires we know what those needs are, and what they will be. Traditional data sources are valuable, but only provide a starting point. Developing an effective skill pipeline requires data from many sources. In this program, two national experts shared insight on where to find the data you need— information that can drive public and private investment, drive solutions, and lead to job creation and job matching.

Presenters

  • Emily DeRocco, Director, Education and Workforce, LIFT
  • Maria Flynn, Senior Vice President, Jobs for the Future

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September 21, 2015

2:00PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Now that you have a working partnership, how can it be sustained for the long haul? Maturing partnerships may require a shift in strategy to shore up foundations and capture emerging opportunities. This program brought together leading voices that have helped partnerships to build momentum, expand capacities, and embed themselves in each partner-institution.

Presenters

  • Judy Mortrude Director, Alliance for Quality Career Pathways
  • David Cruise, Director of Business & Employer Services, Regional Employment Board of Hamden County
  • Angie Taylor, Vice President of Business and Industry Services, Gateway Community College

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