Why Sector Partnerships Emily Lesh, Assistant Director, Colorado Workforce Development Council Elise Lowe-Vaughn, Acting Director- Workforce Development Programs, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Scott Stump, Assistant Provost for Career and Technical Education, Colorado Community College System Kari Linker, Director of Regional Development, Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade Toya Speckman, Human Resource Manager of Talent Acquisition, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and Chair- Elect, CWDC.
“The past two years have been transformative for workforce staff. Designing and implementing sector strategies have re-designed how we work with industry and business partners and how we focus and leverage our resources. We have become the conveners for sector groups, and as such are able to facilitate meaningful workforce and economic development initiatives.” – Jennee Miles, Director Mohave/La Paz LWIA “In the past, we felt that employers came to us for solutions that we didn't necessarily have formed yet. Sector partnerships are different. The private sector sees this as a way to get involved. In fact, they are now coming to us, they want to help, they want to get involved, they are so excited. It’s almost overwhelming. In reality there’s no need to push or sell this concept. All we did was explain what we’re doing – it’s not about asking for something from them, but about a discussion of needs and opportunities. And they have lots of ideas, which is the whole point. The private sector knows what they need.” – Al Carlow, City Councilman, City of Prescott, and Vicki Mastriani, NACOG
Cochise Utilities Partnership, AZ Problem: Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative (SSVEC) realized no local pool of skilled line workers Cost: Recruiting from outside the area expensive, and relocating workers risky College could not create a program for just one company – no economy of scale Convener: SSVEC Corporate Partners: SSVEC, Sierra Southwest Cooperative, Apache Nitrogen Products, Southwest Gas, Valley Telecom, Cox Communications Public Partners: Southeast Arizona Workforce Connection, Cochise Community College Outcomes: –New 1-year Utility Industry Certificate –Industry guest speakers and instructors –Company sponsored, for-credit internships –Shared job fairs across corporate partners –Company-to-company networking formerly non-existent “Getting approached by a peer company was a breath of fresh air, someone who is actually a competitor. The resulting utility program and certificate would not have happened without that outreach. And there’s so much more to do.” – Elaine Babcock, HR Manager, Southwest Gas
Maine Pulp and Paper Partnership 2 nd Largest Paper producing state in U.S. 40% of 7,300 pulp & paper workforce will retire in 5-10 years Current workers have steep learning curve: job has changed – highly technical Huge Opportunity: average salary $64,000 Corporate Partners: Sappi Fine Paper, Verso Paper Corporation, UPM Madison, Maine Pulp & Paper Association Convener: Kennebec Valley Community College; Other partners: Workforce Solutions, economic development Outcomes: –New 1-year certificate –New 2-year applied science pulp & paper degree –First module offered AT NO COST to 30 students each semester, including 2 hands-on tours at Mills –Head start for those who complete first module successfully and apply to full program –Other: early discussions about shared suppliers, and shared marketing campaigns by corporate partners “To remain competitive, Maine mills must attract workers with skills and knowledge to operate highly complex equipment and processes.” - John Williams, President, Maine Pulp and Paper Association
Pueblo Manufacturing Consortium Convener: Pueblo Workforce Council Partners: 3 workforce areas, Colorado State University, Pueblo Community College, Pueblo Economic Development, Colorado Association of Manufacturing and Technology, Small Business Development Center Champion Employers: Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel, Holcim Cement, Krage Manufacturing, Kurt Manufacturing, Oliver Manufacturing, and Vestas Outcomes: Revised machining and welding curriculum and programs; incumbent worker training focused on electrical and mechanical maintenance and quality control; mobile learning lab trailers to expose youth to careers in manufacturing; leveraged industry funding for a Manufacturing Center of Excellence focused on R&D, technology transfer, and career pathway development. Employer members now requesting that the partnership expand to Colorado Springs.
Get into Water! Front Range Partnership Co-convened by Rocky Mountain Section of the American Water Works Association (RMSAWWA) and Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Members: water/wastewater utilities, workforce boards, local school districts in Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, and Douglas Counties Water Utility Science Program established in high schools Sector partnership successfully replicated in NoCo in 2012 (Larimer/Weld counties) and future plans to expand to multi-state region. Existing project work groups transitioned to RMSAWWA subcommittees to institutionalize and sustain work As a result of the initiative, Colorado Water and Wastewater Facility Operators Certification Board approved a policy change to allow individuals to apply to take a certification exam prior to receiving their high school diploma. Curricula and model considered “state-of-the-art nationally” and are being presented at national conferences
Results from an Energy Efficiency Industry Partnership in PA J&J Mechanical, a small commercial HVAC company, quadrupled their employee base as a result of expanded connections to residential retrofitting needs = 20 NEW JOBS Maccabee Industrial, a steel fabricator, expanded product line to include windmill skeleton construction = NEW PRODUCT LINE, 10 NEW JOBS Gerome Manufacturing, steel fabricator, expanded wind mill parts production, added new product line to product brackets for construction of green buildings = NEW PRODUCT LINE, 18 NEW JOBS Therm-O-Rock East, Inc., manufacturer of vermiculite (material used to insulate batteries) discovered through the Partnership that the material could be used in retrofitting insulation, as well as in green soil for potted plants and gardens = 2 NEW PRODUCT LINES, 20 NEW JOBS Tri-State Biofuels, a small woodstove pellet manufacturer, connected with Marsalis Shale oil and gas drilling companies via the Partnership, researched uses of wood pellets as absorber of drilling waste, and invented a new product. = NEW PRODUCT LINE, 25 NEW JOBS = TRIPLED PURCHASES FROM LOCAL SAWMILLS (SUPPLIERS OF SAWDUST) World Kitchen, formerly Corningware, now makes pyrex glass for solar panels. Via Partnership networking, added an entirely new production line to meet regional demand = NEW PRODUCT LINE = 60 NEW JOBS * Launched in 2010, Results as of July 2012