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.”
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
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
Results Why the disparity? Education must be seen as relevant to a career.
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
Wasted federal Pell grant money ($5,500/student annually) Wasted state aid (@$6,120/student/annum) Increased personal student loan debt Lost opportunity for student and SD economy urces 4. Misdirection of Resources
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
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
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
1. We need balance in our workforce efforts to meet our economic needs Systemic Long-Term Changes
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
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
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
SD MyLife Network Integrated with SDMyLife.com Went live in schools in August Experiences (WLE) Company tours, job shadowing, internships, etc.
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 WWW.SDMYLIFE.COM/NETWORK SD MyLife Network
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
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
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
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
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
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
State Financial Support of SD Post-Secondary Ed 2007-Present
“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.
In Short— “We simply need more ‘GOOD’ employees!” —Bruce Yakley CEO, Trail King