Growing talentfor the future of work
Everyone is challenged with the overwhelming task of adjusting to a digital-driven economy. And while educators are trying to keep up, technology companies are looking for workers with adaptable skill sets. This happened in our community. A local technology company reached out to educational leaders for help filling workforce gaps. Schools were left wondering how to respond in light of their few courses and activities that supported learning for high-tech, 21st-century skills.
Create a community-wide framework for collective impact that nudges youth towards tech-based careers. Engage a broad range of stakeholders from industry, to higher education, to nonprofits. Design experiences for students to engage in tech in a variety of ways and all all levels of the student journey. Integrate activities that allow them to have real, world experiences with professionals in the field.
Project lead and concept creator, data gather and analysis, user research, storytelling, onboarding of all stakeholders, journey mapping, process mapping, implementation strategy, funding strategy, and project management for execution.
New partnerships with state and local authorities as well as higher education. An entirely new way of thinking about vocational school and the high tech components that could be added led to a dramatic increase in enrollment. Ultimately an entirely new $26M facility was built called the Paducah Innovation Hub.
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