the Skills Crisis And Workforce
Challenges of the New World Economy
2, Number 12, November, 2008
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that the elections are over, there will be significant changes in
the world of workforce development. Obvious changes involve new governors,
members of Congress, Senators, and state legislatures--and of course,
over the last two months, there have been dramatic changes across
the global economies. This is not a time for speculation but rather
we must be patient, vigilant, and responsive. It is most likely that
2009 will bring new directives from the Departments of Labor, Education,
and Commerce, and although our economy is struggling, be watching
for new funding opportunities for training and retraining job seekers.
The NOCC will report on any new developments as soon as they are finalized.
his book Eco-Economy--Building an Economy for the Earth (see
Suggested Readings below), Lester Brown offers his view of expanding
professions in an eco-economy. Here are some of his predictions: Meteorologists;
Foresters; Hydrologists; Recycling engineers; Geothermal geologists;
Aquaculture veterinarians; Environmental architects; Wind turbine
engineers; and Bicycle mechanics.
Colorado Community College System has
prepared a series of "Innovation Profiles" that describe
how Colorado's schools, community colleges and community partners
are creating innovative strategies to improve their programs on behalf
of students.One of these profiles, the Loveland
High School Geometry/Construction Program is described below:
In the 2006 school year,
Loveland High School launched its Construction/Geometry
Program under the guidance of veteran Geometry teacher Tom
Moore and Construction teacher Scott Burke. This fully integrated
program presents Geometry in the context of a Construction
program. One cohort of 40 freshman and sophomore students
takes the course in two block classes which are offered
back-to-back, so they are seamless. All students in the
program are gaining deep knowledge of geometry concepts
by immediately applying these concepts in a real-world application.
Students in this program are scoring among the highest in
the school district in terms of measurement and geometry
While business and industry leaders needed competent employees with
solid math skills, Loveland High School needed a way to improve the
math skills of students. Meeting both needs, the Geometry in Construction
Program benefits Loveland High School, business and industry, and
most importantly, the students. Recently the Geometry in Construction
Program partnered with the Interfaith Hospitality Network to build
a small, affordable housing unit for a homeless family.
Business and industry gets involved in the program
by sending guest speakers or allowing the class to take a field trip
to their site. Guest speakers are from fields such as engineering,
architecture, surveying, real estate, marketing, construction management,
construction trades, and heavy equipment operations. Students have
a chance to go on field trips to job sites to study the stages of
The teachers observed that [in this program,] the learning dynamic changed.
Some students learn[ed] very well in an abstract setting, while others
learn[ed] well when they c[ould] see the concept come to life. Having
both settings in one program offers a balance, where both kinds of learners
can capitalize on their strengths and rely on others to help them improve
Contact: Elizabeth J. Garcia, (970) 613-5027
Innovation Profile was created by Meeder Consulting, LLC (www.meederconsulting.com),
a firm specializing in leadership and aligning education systems with
workforce needs, on behalf of the Colorado Community College System
(CCCS). CCCS administers and leads career and technical education
in Colorado on behalf of secondary education, community colleges and
other CTE providers. Information about CTE in Colorado can be found
at www.cccs.edu and www.ColoradoStatePlan.com
On November 4, 2008, former Governor Mark
Warner of Virginia was elected
to the US Senate. Because many readers of these newletters are
new to the CRC Consortium, it is worth repeating the history of
the CRC and to give credit where it is due. Gov. Warner supported
the development and deployment of the CRC across the Commonwealth
of Virginia in 2003, and he suggested that a Consortium of states
be formed to ensure that the CRC would be truly portable across
regions and the entire country. Consequently, in January 2004,
seven states (including DC) developed a charter document that
defines the CRC name, its definition, and the role of the CRC
Consortium. Over the last five years, many other states have asked
to be included in the CRCC so that now 46 states are represented
in the CRCC matrix. Since 2004, hundreds of thousands of public
(aka tax) dollars have been spent by governors, community colleges,
and workforce development agencies on this economic development
tool that is helping employers and career seekers across the country.
The portability and value of the CRC has been repeatedly demonstrated,
and state web sites and data bases associated with it have proven
their worth. The governors of Georgia and Oklahoma are leading
the nation by using the CRC as the basis for certifying cities
and counties as Work Ready Communities.
a Senator, Mark Warner will continue to be a strong advocate for
education, skills training, and credentialing. If you have not already
done so, you are urged to make your state congressional delegation
aware of the work you are doing with the CRC, and perhaps you could
mention Mark Warner's visionary role as the initiator of the CRC
Warner wrote an introduction to the Virginia
monograph that was written to explain the CRC and its development
to other governors and organizations. This monograph and two others
from Louisiana and Kentucky are available for download on the CRC
web site. For a more complete history of the development of the
there will be a change in the department or agency you represent as
a result of the recent elections, please be sure to let the NOCC know
what these changes will be so that the mailing list can be modified
and kept current.
latest numbers of CRCs issued are now available on the
CRC web site.
Alabama CRC web site is back online. Visit www.careerreadyalabama.com
to catch up with the latest news from that state. Other state web
sites are listed on the Contacts
page of the CRC web site.
an Economy For the Earth, Lester
R. Brown (2001)
Brown is president of the Earth Policy Institute. He writes a compelling
treatise on the realities of stretching the earth's resources beyond
sustainability. Brown is optimistic however, and he describes how
to restructure the global economy to make it compatible with the
earth's ecosystem. If we do that, he says, we will continue to make
economic progress. Eco-Economy provides a "roadmap"
of how to get from here to there.
Shakes The World: A Titan's Rise and Troubled Future--and the Challenge
for America, James
relates stories of the people who are driving China's transformation.
He describes China's breakneck rise, the massive problems the country
now faces, and the astonishing consequences of both.
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