School to Career Task Team
PROBLEM: YOUTH ARE UNPREPARED FOR EMPLOYMENT
SCHOOL TO CAREER TASK TEAM GOAL: PREPARE YOUTH FOR FUTURE EMPLOYMENT
- 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 task team will initially focus on school to career projects for the following industry sectors: tech; health care; manufacturing; construction/aggregate/utility.
- Short term – Monthly School to Career Calendar. The group acknowledged there are multiple school to career activities that are already happening. These activities often are completed by multiple organizations/school districts and have resulted in fragmented, duplicated school to career work. LWP will work with Lane County School Districts to write a consolidated monthly summary/overview to be distributed to school counselors, instructors, and representatives of the four industry sectors. This summary will promote current and upcoming school to career projects, and help the task team identify gaps and/or opportunities.
- Short term – Develop a skills set summary for the four identified sectors. This tool would be used as a way for employers to identify the common skills, both work readiness (soft) and technical – those most important to their work. This will be developed through industry meetings or through an electronic survey. Once finalized, these skills sets will be shared with educators and counselors. A tech skills set survey is in process. The construction-aggregate workgroup will meet in February to work on their skills set. Manufacturing and health care summaries will follow. Career path and career choice information may be included with this.
- Long term – School to Career Database. The task team discussed strategies to improve industry to education connections and communication. Lane ESD will take the lead to research implementation of a centralized electronic data warehouse to capture industry interest in school to career activities and range of project participation/commitment. This tool may contain career information (much of the same information mentioned above for the skills summary) and school programs that align with industry opportunities. Videos for each industry could be added as resource for students, counselors, and instructors.
The work that Elevate Lane County is doing addresses the first two strategies listed above. Elevate Lane County operates under the umbrella of Connected Lane County with an overall goal of developing a comprehensive/coordinated model for connecting Lane County high school students to careers in high wage, high demand positions within our community. The Elevate Lane County platform will become operational in Winter 2017. After that time, the LWP School to Career Task Team will meet for a closer review, provide industry feedback, and discuss impact of related school to career projects for the 2017-2018 school year.
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); Marc Steinbaugh (Vice President Banking Officer, Pacific Continental Bank); Amy Stranieri (Counselor, Thurston High School); Lyle Lang (Senior Workforce Project Manager, Lane Workforce Partnership).