the Skills Crisis And Workforce
Challenges of the New World Economy
2, Number 9, August 2008
submit articles and news items to the NOCC
for inclusion in future newsletters and on the CRCC web site.
State and Regional Summits--Professional Learning
and break-outs on the PLC at WorkTM
model; Great Lakes Summit, September 24-27, Dearborn,
MI; Missouri State Summit, October 22-25, St. Louis; Washington
State Summit, November 12-15; www.go.solution-tree.com/Summits
2008 Summit on Economic and Workforce
Development (October 27-28, Oklahoma
City) is presented as the combination of the Oklahoma Governor’s
Summit on Economic and Workforce Development and the Midwest Regional
Employment and Training (SETA) Conference,
September 14-17 in Biloxi, MS
Workforce Development Partnership Conference,
October 22-24, in Greensboro, NC
WorkKeys Conference, Good To Gold, November
19-20, Warren, MI. The Call for Presentations is open now. Click here
or call Cindy Lehrer at 517-244-1338
Tampa, FL, November 29-December 2, 2008. Visit www.nwaonline.org
for more details.
on Education and Work Careers Conference: From Inspiration to Application,
WI, January 27-28, 2009. The Call
for Proposals is now open. The deadline is August
Annual Southeastern WorkKeys Conference, February
4-6, 2009, Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk Hotel, Jacksonville, FL.
The deadline for proposals is September 30, 2008. Visit www.southeasternworkeysconference.com
for more details.
first item under Conference News might be worth further investigation.
The concept of a learning community
is not just another buzzword although the term may not be used when
it is being put into practice. More and more commonly, cities and
regions are consolidating resources, forming partnerships, and coming
together for the mutual benefit of residents and students. While
this may be spurred initially by financial considerations, the result
is often a hub of intellectual, social, and economic activity that
results in better-informed career seekers, better educated/trained
potential and incumbent workers, and more vibrant economies. The
original function of University Centers at community colleges, one-stop
career centers on college and high school campuses, advanced technology
centers and multi-institution training centers (MITCs) is often
quickly expanded to include activities that encompass the arts,
the economy, and social activities.
Revisiting Professional Learning Communities
at Work: New Insights For Improving Schools is the latest
publication by Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, and Robert Eaker. Look
for a review in this newsletter soon.
get another perspective on the younger generation, their goals, and
approaches to learning and work you might like to add Millenials
Go To College 2 to your reading list. An extract is available
at the NOCC web site under Resources,
courtesy of Lansing Community College.
our hurry to fill openings in vital areas such as health care, a considerable
amount of money may well be wasted if we do not ensure that we are
spending precious resources on people who are capable but are not
prepared. It is very common for students to be placed in training
programs in community colleges without the necessary educational pre-requisites.
The result is often a painful situation when the student's technical
and professional training sequence hinges on passing a single academic
class for which he/she has not been prepared. The stress on student
and instructor is very often enormous. There are two obvious solutions.
One is to ensure that each student has ALL the necessary academic
pre-requisites BEFORE either starting or completing more than half
of the technical training. The other is to revisit the academic requirements
for the training program. An assessment of the skills required ON
THE JOB may well show that an academic course is too detailed or not
necessary. Substitution of a more realistic course of study would
result in an increased graduation rate and a well-prepared, UNSTRESSED,
recent (radio) report from US military sources reveals that many potential
recruits are denied due to poor academic capabilities. Gone are the
days of military service as a viable alternative to other employment
for the less academically able or the poor student! The current academic
standards are NOT much higher than they used to be. The military sources
state that it is more likely a case of lack of preparation in our
school systems. And the problem is further exacerbated by the poor
level of physical fitness for training in our youth. Whether you are
a proponent of military service or not, as a person interested in
the economic future of our country, you should be concerned about
the content of this report.
new publication, It's The Educonomy, Stupid!
is now available. As the title suggests, this is an intelligent treatise
on the connections between education, economic development, and workforce
development. The WIN, IncTM
is distributed by CareerFirst.
You recently received information on Career Development Facilitator
training offered in WI. This terrific program is also offered in both
classroom and e-learning formats, and for bachelor's and master's
Oakland University in MI. Click here
or contact Cathy
Smith for more details.
excerpt below is part of a press release that heralded the official
kick-off for the Wyoming statewide CRC initiative. It is good to hear
this degree of understanding of the role of the CRC from a governor!
a news conference yesterday in the State Capitol, the Wyoming
Department of Workforce Services joined Gov. Dave Freudenthal,
Wyoming community colleges, the Wyoming Department of Education
and the Wyoming Department of Corrections in launching the Career
Readiness Certificate program.
is one of those things that wins all the way around, and it is
a practical, identifiable step," said Gov. Freudenthal. "People
will say, 'Well does this solve workforce?' No, it doesn't, but
what it does is put in context that you are not going to solve
workforce. Just like every other problem we confront there isn't
a silver bullet, there is a series of steps that you are going
to take that will ultimately lead you to an improved circumstance.
But those steps have to be concrete, they have to be real, and
they have to be steps that I think are based on partnership, and
I think that this particular program has all of those."
the press conference, the first Career Readiness Certificates
were signed by the Governor.
for more information.
those who may have missed it in the last newsletter, here again is
the link for the CRC article published in the July 9 edition of Inside
Higher Ed. Articles are archived daily on this e-newsletter
so you can find it here.
a result of this article, the NOCC office has received many phone
calls and e-mails from around the country and overseas. I have referred
everyone of the correspondents to the CRC web site for more information,
although many of them have already visited the site. The NOCC receives
compliments on the quality and currency of the site so it is imperative
that the news be as up-to-date as possible. In response to a request
last month, the NOCC office received several updates on news and CRC
numbers. Thanks to those who responded. We would still like to receive
news and updates from the following states:
CO, NM, AR, WA, OH, GA, LA, KY, TN, IA and UT.
to Stephanie Deese and author Pam Gobel, you may read a summary of
the evolution of the CRC in North Carolina from July 2006 to the present
time. Look for it on the NOCC web site under Resources.
This document is a chronological, bulleted list so it's
easy to read and is a terrific reference. There are some great ideas
for different, innovative ways to use the CRC.
Gregoricus is with the Governor's Office in TN, and he is a strong
supporter of WorkKeys and the CRC. He is interested in hearing from
anyone in the CRC Consortium who has used the CRC with the incarcerated.
Bill directly if you can help him.
Council on Labor and Economic Growth in MI has recommended that the
third WorkKeys assessment, Locating Information, be given to high
school students in the state (in addition to RFI and AM already required)
and that the NCRC be issued to successful graduates. This will strengthen
the quality of the potential workforce in a state that is in desperate
need of an economic boost. Hopefully, the CRC data will encourage
businesses to locate in the state, and existing businesses to expand
or remain in the state.
of the delay in transferring the CRC web site to a new server, you
may not have been keeping up with the latest numbers from across the
country. Considering that there is usually a slow-down during the
summer months, the progress continues to be extraordinary!
Click here to see the latest matrix
of CRC numbers.
the server transfer is completed, please access the CRC Consortium
web site by clicking here.
Professional Learning Communities at Work: New Insights For Improving
Schools by Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, and Robert
Go To College 2,
Neil Howe and William Strauss
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The Educonomy, Stupid! available
Thought For The Day:
climate change is a hoax, it's the greatest hoax ever perpetrated. Where's
the downside? . . . In our lifetime, the population of the world will
have tripled. The demand for resources, the demand for energy, the demand
for goods and services, will be so enormous that having clean power,
efficient power systems, and smart grids is going to be a huge advantage
in the world we're going into--even if global warming doesn't exist
Friedman, Reader's Digest, August 2008.
for Friedman's new book, Hot, Flat,
Why We Need A Green Revolution--and How It can Renew America,
due out next month.
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