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    • Metro Denver’s WIRED Initiative G rowing our Own: A Model for Reducing our Dependence on Imported Skills
      • Presentation to Edmonds Community College
      • Vicky Lea, Aerospace Coordinator
      • October 31, 2007
    • The Metro Denver WIRED Initiative
      • 9 Counties - total population of almost 3 million people (total CO 4.7 million people)
      • 8 Workforce Investment Boards
      • More than 25 school districts, representing 65% of statewide enrollment
      • Active involvement of industry, education, workforce, and economic development stakeholders.
      • The Metro Denver WIRED Initiative
      • WIRED partners: implementing transformational and sustainable changes in our education and workforce systems to further develop a labor force skilled in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) that supports the region’s fastest growing industries – aerospace, bioscience, energy, and IT/software .
      • 80% of Metro Denver’s WIRED grant dedicated to funding new and innovative regional initiatives that respond to the needs of industry.
      • Process
      • Assess the needs of industry
      • Conduct asset mapping
      • Analyze gaps
      • Conduct polling
      • Action Plan for Sustainable Solutions
        • Funding Promising practices
        • Developing regional programs and partnerships
      • Assessing Industry Needs
      • Compiled Jobs Matrix through working with a Industry Panels and company interviews.
      • Conducted Business Survey through online survey instrument and industry focus groups.
      • Gathered input from industry on:
      • High-demand jobs
        • Jobs that are critical, difficult to fill
        • Jobs that are filled frequently due to expansion and/or turnover
      • Education and skill requirements
      • Years of experience required
      • Gathered input from industry on:
      • Difficulty/criticality in filling high-demand jobs
      • Sources and methods for recruiting employees
      • Industry perceptions of K-12 and higher education systems
      • Public perceptions of careers in industry
      • The Aerospace Industry in Colorado
      • Develops products & systems for commercial, military, and space applications
      • Focus areas include R&D and Design & Manufacturing for:
      • Navigation & Detection Instruments
      • Guided missiles
      • Space vehicles
      • Satellites
      • Communications Equipment
      • Planetary Spacecraft
      • Launch systems
      • Mission support
      • The Aerospace Industry in Colorado cont.
      • Second largest cluster in the nation for private target industry employment (26,650)
      • Location of 7 Major Aerospace contractors
      • (Ball Corporation, Boeing Company, ITT Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Company, United Launch Alliance)
      • Location of leading Geospatial companies: GeoEye and DigitalGlobe, Inc.
      • Home to 4 Military Commands (employing 29,200)
      • 124 businesses classified as aerospace companies (+200 additional companies directly serving aerospace cluster)
      • Approx 50% of aerospace companies employ fewer than 10 people
      • Recent Developments
      • United Launch Alliance
      • (merging of Lockheed Martin and Boeing Corporation’s commercial rocket launch divisions)
      • Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle
      • Lockheed Martin begun work on $8,2 billion NASA contract for shuttle replacement
    • In-Demand Aerospace Occupations Aerospace Engineers (58% of in-demand jobs): Aerospace, Electronics, Systems, Software, & Mechanical Technicians : Assembly & Test Managers : Mission Assurance, Business, Engineering & Program Business Operations Personnel Analysts : Business, Mission, Structural & Thermal
    • In-Demand Business Operations Occupations in Aerospace
      • Business Analysts
      • Contracts & Proposal Specialists
      • Strategic Product Managers
      • Programming Consultants
      ***Industry-specific experience often required***
    • In-Demand Occupations Shared by WIRED Industries
      • Engineers : all types, but particularly System and Software
        • All sectors
      • Technicians : Manufacturing, Test, Lab/High Precision
        • Aerospace, Bioscience & Energy
      • Scientists
        • Energy & Bioscience
      • Business Operations Personnel
        • All sectors
    • Level of Experience Required For In-Demand Occupations
        • 6-14 years
        • 0-5 years
        • 15+ years
      6-14 years experience is the most frequently required experience level for in-demand occupations across the sectors
    • Industry Perceptions
      • Aerospace
      • Everyone’s a “Rocket Scientist” (lack of awareness about the many other aerospace occupations)
      • Not “cool” for high school students to be interested in space (in contrast to enthusiasm of younger grades)
      • History of instability (based upon large scale staff consolidation & downsizing in the 90s)
      • Bioscience
      • Unstable, & relatively few jobs for workers displaced when small companies are sold to larger companies (leads to “jumping ship”)
      • “ White Lab Coat” /”CSI Forensics” image (little awareness of the 24/7 production environment)
      • Relatively few entry-level positions (most require 3-5 years experience)
    • Skills Required For WIRED Industries:
      • Strengthened basic core skills
      • Leadership and personnel skills
      • Project management
      • Communication skills
      • Business skills
      • Technical literacy
      • Critical thinking
      • Teamwork, and Team-Building
      • Complex problem solving
    • Feedback from WIRED Aerospace Industry Panel on Required and Projected Skill-Sets
      • Active listening
      • Complex problem solving
      • Critical thinking
      • Instructing
      • Judgment and decision-making
      • Leadership
      • Learning strategies
      • Management of financial resources
      • Management of material resources
      • Management of personnel resources
      • Mathematics
      • Monitoring
      • Negotiation
      • Persuasion
      • Programming
      • Quality control analysis
      • Team-building
      • Technology design
      • Time management
      • Troubleshooting
      • Reading Comprehension
      • Science
      • Service orientation
      • Social perceptiveness
      • Speaking
      • Systems analysis
      • Systems evaluation
      • Earned Value Analysis
      • Remote sensing
      • Satellite operations
      • Image processing
      • Security Clearance
      • Digital signal processing
      • Board design
      • High reliability manufacturing/soldering
      • Aerospace electronics enclosure packaging design
      • Geospatial software
      • Optical engineering
      • Soldering
      • Image science
      Feedback from WIRED Aerospace Industry Panel on Special Skills/Certification/Knowledge Requirements
      • IDL, C/C++, Java, Visual Studio, UNIX, LINUX, Windows, HTML, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, QuarkXpress, FrameMaker, Adobe Acrobat, ENVI
      • Math/scientific programming languages (Matlab, Mathematica, ArcGIS, ERDAS)
      • Object oriented & software design skills
      • Multispectral/hyperspectral theory
      • MSI/HSI-specific algorithm development/validation
    • Feedback from WIRED Aerospace Industry Panel on Minimum Education Requirements
      • Undergraduate degree: 73%
      • HS/GED: 10%
      • Graduate degree: 8%
      • Associate degree: 4%
      • Vocational certification: 2.5%
      • Professional certification: 2.5%
      • Key Issues:
      • Undergraduate degree requirements, when associate degree and/or combination of experience and professional certifications is sufficient
      • Lack Career Ladder Information – particularly for manufacturing and production occupations
    • Analysis Undergraduate: 58% Graduate: 28% Associate: 14% Business Functions Undergraduate: 73% HS/GED: 18% Professional Certification: 9% Engineering Undergraduate: 85.5% Graduate: 6.5% Associate: 5% Vocational Cert: 3% IT & Software Undergraduate: 67% HS/GED: 17% Associate: 8% Vocational Cert: 8% Management Undergraduate: 100% Manufacturing & Production HS/GED: 100% Operations Undergraduate: 86% Graduate: 14% Scientists Graduate: 100% Feedback from WIRED Aerospace Industry Panel on Minimum Education Requirements Breakdown by Occupation Category
    • Where else is the Metro Denver Aerospace Industry recruiting from?
      • California, Virginia, Washington D.C.
      • Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, Louisiana, Kansas, Indiana, NY York, Arizona, Montana, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Wyoming
    • WIRED Industry Needs and Issues
      • Lack of connectivity between industry & education :
        • Difficulties identifying education partners
        • Better connections needed with Tech Transfer Offices
        • User-friendly access points needed for internship information (for industry & students)
        • “ Structural” issues, or lack of “marketing”?
      • STEM skills :
        • Better STEM skills needed for high-level jobs
        • More rigorous STEM education required for K-12 population
      • Better business and “soft” skills needed :
        • Leadership, project management, communication, team-working
    • WIRED Industries Needs & Issues Cont…
      • Technology Education Standards (lacking or inconsistent)
      • How to address unbalanced information from career counselors/teachers/parents
      • How to develop & retain student interest in STEM, provide positive influence on career choice
      • Experience and skill set most important requirement for new hires
      • Lack of diversity in applicant pool
      • Lack of awareness about Workforce services
      • Perception that Workforce System does not provide qualified applicants
      • Emerging jobs hard to fit into Workforce System’s standardized job descriptions
    • Key Findings Shared By All WIRED Industry Panels
      • Workforce pipeline requires larger talent pool, with improved STEM, soft, business and technology skills
      • High value placed on industry experience and internships
      • Industry perception “make-overs” needed
      • More targeted assistance required from the Workforce System
      • Greater awareness needed of Workforce services
      • Increased connectivity and alignment with Education
      • Research and reports available from our website: http:// www.metrodenver.org/Wired/RandR.icm
      • Metro Denver WIRED – Supply & Demand Panel Recommendations Summary (10/07)
      • Case Studies for Metro Denver WIRED Region Best Practice Analysis Report (5/07)
      • Metro Denver WIRED Region Strategic Findings, Best Practices Analysis Report
      • Metro Denver WIRED Region Workforce Competencies Analysis Report (7/07)
    • Contact Information: Vicky Lea Aerospace Industry Coordinator Metro Denver WIRED Initiative 1445 Market St. Denver, Colorado 80202 303.620.8083 [email_address]