Highlights: Commerce Communities that Work Partnership Program Building Talent Pipeline in Dalton, Georgia; NACIE Member Spotlight; DOC Talks
May 2016 Newsletter
Commerce Communities that Work Partnership Program Building Talent Pipeline in Dalton, Georgia
Secretary Pritzker and Assistant Secretary Williams tour Engineered Floors in Dalton, Georgia
The recent ManpowerGroup's annual Talent Shortage Survey noted that 32 percent of U.S. employers report difficulties filling job vacancies due to talent shortages. Through its Skills for Business Agenda, the Commerce Department created the Communities that Work Partnership with the Aspen Institute to facilitate industry-led training partnerships that help prepare workers with the skills they need for in-demand jobs.
Secretary Pritzker and Assistant Secretary Williams got a first-hand look at how area businesses, secondary and post-secondary education institutions, non-profit organizations, and other workforce intermediaries are working together to develop a talent pipeline for local employers to fill job openings that are vital to growing the regional economy.
Assistant Secretary Jay Williams and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker participate in roundtable at Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy
Through the Northwest Georgia Regional Workforce Partnership, the local advanced manufacturing industry has developed a collaborative model with the region’s secondary and post-secondary education institutions.
The program works with industry leaders to:
- Generate interest in manufacturing at the high school level, and STEM fields at the middle school level;
- Increase enrollment in technical fields, including high school dual enrollments, to meet the demand for workers in the floor covering industry; and
- Develop accelerated training to bring those who have “dropped out” of the labor force back to work in the region’s manufacturing sector.
Assistant Secretary Jay Williams and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker meet with Mayor Dennis Mock of Dalton, Georgia
The CTWP is currently focusing its efforts to promote employer engagement to build strong talent pipelines in seven regional areas:
- Greater Phoenix
- San Francisco Bay Area
- Buffalo and Niagara Falls, New York
- Greater Houston
- Greater Washington, District of Columbia
- New York City
- Northwest Georgia
For more information about the Skills for Business Agenda and the CTWP, visit https://www.commerce.gov/tags/skills-business.
NACIE Member Spotlight
Eric Severson discusses his NACIE experience: At NACIE, Diversity is the Mother of Invention.
Andrew Reid, EDA’s Economic Development Representative for New York and Pennsylvania, delivered an overview of bureau efforts to help Columbia County, Pennsylvania recover from devastating flooding as a presenter in the “DOC Talks” speaker series. View Andrew’s presentation here.