School to Career Task Team

PROBLEM:  YOUTH ARE UNPREPARED FOR EMPLOYMENT

SCHOOL TO CAREER TASK TEAM GOAL:  PREPARE YOUTH FOR FUTURE EMPLOYMENT

Strategies:

  • Use technology to introduce youth to various jobs
  • Increase paid work experience opportunities
  • Increase awareness of workforce opportunities
  • Create connections between industry and education

The Lane Workforce Partnership School to Career Task Team last met on March 9, 2018 to review the work of Elevate Lane County and identify alignment/duplication, of their work, to that of the prioritized strategies identified by this task team.  The consensus of the team was that Elevate Lane County has done an outstanding job of developing a comprehensive model for connecting Lane County high school students to work based learning opportunities in high wage, high demand positions within our community.

The task team did agree that workplace and/or post-secondary preparedness and next steps sometimes remains a missing piece for many students and would like to continue discussion on this topic – what is currently offered in the schools and what might benefit industry/post-secondary education in this area.  In addition, Elevate Lane County is working on several industry pathway documents that relate to this discussion.

The next Lane Workforce Partnership School to Career Task Team meeting is scheduled for June 25, 2018.

School to Career Task Team Members

Jennifer Adams (Director of People Development, Forrest Technical Coatings); Dennis Dover (Business Representative, Sheet Metal Workers International); Bob Halligan (Director of Manufacturing, Willamette Valley Company); Shondra Holliday (Deputy Executive Director, Lane County Medical Society); Lena Kostopulos (Human Resources Manager, Eugene Water & Electric Board); Heidi Larwick (Director, Connected Lane County); Peter Lauf (Career/Technical Education Outreach Coordinator, Lane ESD); Celeste Marshall (Director of Human Resources, IDX); Grant Matthews (Dean, Adult Basic & Secondary Education, Lane Community College); Stan Pickett (President/General Manager, Delta Sand & Gravel); Tony Scurto (Superintendent, Pleasant Hill School District); Amy Stranieri (Counselor, Thurston High School); Lyle Lang (Senior Workforce Project Manager, Lane Workforce Partnership).