School to Career Task Team
The Lane Workforce Partnership School to Career Task Team will transition to an industry advisory group for Elevate Lane County (ELC). The School to Career Task team was created in fall 2016 in response to the LWP Strategic Planning Meeting. The workgroup’s goal was to prepare youth for future employment and identified the following strategies to help meet that goal:
- Use technology to introduce youth to various jobs
- Increase paid work experience opportunities
- Increase awareness of workforce opportunities
- Create connections between industry and education
During this same time, Elevate Lane Co – https://elevatelanecounty.org/ , funded by Oregon Department of Education, was created with the mission to “Help Lane County meet the very real and immediate challenges of economic development, student achievement, and global competitiveness. ELC wants to develop our most valuable resource – our people – helping them gain the skills, technical knowledge, academic foundation and real world experience they need to prepare themselves and our youth for high skill, high demand, high wage careers.”
Since the LWP goal/strategies and ELC’s mission closely align and ELC coordinates the bulk of work based learning opportunities, the transition was an easy solution to avoid duplication. The newly formed ELC industry Advisory group will be made up of past participating LWP industry partners and newly recruited industry partners. These representatives will meet quarterly to work towards the above ELC mission and provide ELC work based learning guidance, identify industry challenges with these efforts, assist with fundraising and help promote ELC to industry partners.