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1 Ready to Work! Education and Industry Partnering to Improve South Dakota’s Future Workforce

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3  Not enough people  Wrong skills  Perception problem with skilled trades  Misdirection of resources The Workforce Problem

4 1. Not Enough People – US

5 Not Enough People – JRV

6 Not Enough Youth—District III

7 Not Enough Graduates

8 2. Wrong Skills 2007 Supply vs Demand SD Degrees SD Annual Grads SD Annual Demand Psychology17012 Sociology1096 History1180 Power Line54110 Electrician43140

9 A Recent HR Experience

10 Tactile Learners

11 Wrong Skills “..of the 31 million jobs created by 2018 that will require post- secondary degrees…nearly half of those will go to people with an Associate’s degree or occupational certificate. Most of these will be in ‘middle-skilled’ occupations.”

12  Post-secondary education is the key to future middle class success ◦ 1973—73% HS diploma or less ◦ 2007—41% HS diploma or less  But “College for All” mantra has made students and parents think that college is the ONLY road to success  NCLB squeezed out CTE courses  Skilled worker careers have become careers of last resort—somebody else’s kid  SD has only public Tech “Institutes” in Nation— others are Tech “Colleges” 3. Perception Problem

13 Results 45% of SD Public “College” students graduate in 6 years—40 th in nation  71% of SD “Tech” students graduate in 3 years—1 st in nation College Board 2010 Report

14 Results Why the disparity? Education must be seen as relevant to a career.

15  National statistics indicate that those that drop out of College “wander” for an average of seven years before settling in on a career The Workforce Gap

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17 Reality The fastest job growth is likely to come “among occupations that require an Associate degree or post-secondary vocational award.”

18 Reality “27% of people with post-secondary licenses or certificates— credentials short of an Associate’s degree—earn more than the average Bachelor’s degree recipient.”

19 Industry Perception

20  Wasted federal Pell grant money ($5,500/student annually)  Wasted state aid  Increased personal student loan debt  Lost opportunity for student and SD economy urces 4. Misdirection of Resources

21  No silver bullets!  Not a new problem—we need to address it  Need to get Education path aligned with the workforce demands  Must be a multi-dimensional approach with different solutions over time Solving the Workforce Problem

22 Solutions

23 Short-Term Solutions

24  Beware of wage wars, the shell game and eating your own seed corn  Recruit from in/out-of-state unemployed ◦ Training ◦ Living wages ◦ Family housing ◦ Spouse Employment ◦ Facilitate cultural adjustment  Partnership among Industry, Community, Government and Education Short-Term Solutions

25 Mid-Term Solutions

26  Continue Short-Term Strategy  Shift recruiting primarily in region/state ◦ Establish or expand training programs ◦ Incentive to go into in-demand careers  Recruiting a joint education/industry function  Tuition assistance with job at end  Internships Mid-Term Solutions

27 Long-Term Solutions

28 1. We need balance in our workforce efforts to meet our economic needs Systemic Long-Term Changes

29 1. We need balance in our workforce efforts to meet our economic needs 2. Change the perception of technical careers- -Industry and Education need to collaborate in creating interest in technical careers Systemic Long-Term Changes

30 Changing Perceptions

31 SD MyLife – Students Career Opportunities InterestsSkillsKnowledge Career & academic planning 7 th – 12 th graders (and their educators/parents) All SD schools – Public, Private and BIE 61,000+ students

32  Each high school student required to develop a Personal Learning Plan (PLP) in 8 th grade and update annually  PLP based upon interest assessment matched to possible career clusters  PLP helps student strategically choose courses based upon career goals  Results in more relevance SD MyLife – Students

33 SD MyLife Network Integrated with SDMyLife.com Went live in schools in August Experiences (WLE) Company tours, job shadowing, internships, etc.

34  Free industry interface so student is exposed to your business and career ◦ Company Profile ◦ Career Coach volunteers ◦ Provides Work-based learning experiences  Guest speaker  Company tour  Teacher externship  Job shadow  Internship  SD MyLife Network

35  Hold ALL post-secondary institutions accountable for publicly reporting employment data ◦ Feds Gainful Employment requirement ◦ Are they employed? ◦ Are they employed in area of study? ◦ Are they employed in state? ◦ What is their salary/wage level? Changing Perceptions

36 1.We need balance in our workforce efforts to meet our economic needs 2. Change the Perception of Technical Careers 3. Change the CTE Education Model Systemic Long-Term Changes

37  Anoka Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP) Model ◦ Marriage of Technical College and High School CTE ◦ HS instructors teach college credit courses in CTE ◦ Share curriculum and labs ◦ College atmosphere and rigor (CTE Advanced Placement) ◦ Provides pathway to Technical College and Industry ◦ Industry advisors and support critical for success Change the CTE Education Model

38  Must have a good match on partner program instructors for Tech College and CTE  Attracts higher quality HS students  HS student drop out rate decreased (relevancy)  Good model for a trial in SD  Instructor qualifications need to be changed  Funding changes would need to be made for SD secondary and post secondary systems Lessons Learned from Anoka

39 1.We need balance in our workforce efforts to meet our economic needs 2. Change the Perception of Technical Careers 3. Change the CTE Education Model 4. Invest in educating the workforce Systemic Long-Term Changes

40  The writing is on the wall—your post- secondary educated population must grow for economic growth  Funding balance between post-secondary types of education needs to be achieved Invest in Educating the Workforce

41 State Financial Support of SD Post-Secondary Ed 2007-Present

42 “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago—the second best time is now!” We need to take actions NOW to solve the workforce problem is South Dakota.

43 In Short— “We simply need more ‘GOOD’ employees!” —Bruce Yakley CEO, Trail King

44 Employee of the Month

45 Questions?


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