Symposium on Technical Education

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The Berks Business Education Coalition, the Berks County Workforce Investment Board, the Greater Reading Economic Partnership and the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry collaborated to bring together a symposium to address workforce needs and evaluate the status of present efforts to address these needs.

The program reviewed:
• the need for technical skills as expressed by Berks County employers and
• the programs and resources presently in place to address this need.

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Symposium on Technical Education

  1. 1. SYMPOSIUM ON TECHNICAL EDUCATION
  2. 2. Welcome Jon Scott President and CEO Greater Reading Economic Partnership
  3. 3. Commitment to Berks County Companies
  4. 4. Commitment to Berks County Companies • Business retention interviews with 100+ Greater Reading companies: • 47% identified the lack of necessary skill sets • 26% identified the lack of technical skills as their hiring challenges
  5. 5. Careers in 2 Years • Collaboration • Reading Area Community College • Career and Technology schools: • Berks Career and Technology Center • Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center • Business community
  6. 6. Testimonial Mike Oswald Supervisor - Process Controls Technicians East Penn Manufacturing
  7. 7. Where are the Jobs? Moderator: Edward J. McCann, CEO Berks County Workforce Investment Board Panel: • Robert Harrop, Vice President Human Resources East Penn Manufacturing Co. Inc. • Gretchen Adams, Director of Talent Acquisition Reading Health System • Frank Heins, Executive Vice President Weidenhammer
  8. 8. The Need for Technical Education • Rapid growth in computer- controlled technologies and automation systems • Deployed in complex networks, blurring the lines between operating and IT systems • Critical shortage of people to install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair these complex manufacturing systems Tools of the Trade +
  9. 9. The Need for Technical Education Ongoing Opportunities: Process Control Engineer Design Engineer Process Control Technician Electro Mechanical Technicians Machinists/Toolmakers Electricians/Mechanics
  10. 10. 12 The Need for Technical Education • No. of Employees: 6866 • Turnover Rate: 21.70%* • Vacancy Rate: 2.20% • No. of Hires in FY13:1461 • No. of Applicants received in FY13: 38,158 * 5% higher due to reduction in force
  11. 11. 13 The Need for Technical Education Hard to Fill Jobs within Healthcare: • Requiring Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD or MD • Physicians • Advanced-Level Practitioners • Physician Assistants • CRNAs (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists) • CRNPs (Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners) • CRNM (Certified Registered Nurse Midwife) • Nurse Managers • Clinical Nurse Specialists • Emergency Room, Operating Room and Critical Care RNs • Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapists
  12. 12. 14 The Need for Technical Education Hard to Fill Jobs within Healthcare: • Requiring 2 year degree • Ultrasound Sonographer • Vascular Technologist • Cardiac Ultrasound Technologist • Medical Technologists • Radiologic Technologist (X-Ray Technologist)
  13. 13. The Need for Technical Education Three Divisions • Commercial System Engineering and product Resale • Commercial Software Development • Education Financial Administrative Software
  14. 14. The Need for Technical Education Technical Education Positions • Network Specialist • Network Administrator • Network Engineer • Customer Service Representative - Network Support Calls
  15. 15. What are we Doing About it? Moderator: Dr. Solomon Lausch, Executive Director Berks Business Education Coalition Panel: • Dr. Anna Weitz, President Reading Area Community College • Christopher Spohn, High School Principal Hamburg Area School District
  16. 16. PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THE WORKFORCE OF 2014 - 2020 A Partnership of Hamburg Area High School and Reading Area Community College
  17. 17. Technical Academy: BCTC, RMCTC & RACC Accelerated pathway to technical education—preparation for advanced manufacturing, IT, and other high demand technical fields. • Grades 10 or 11: 3.0 overall GPA • PSSA Math and Reading Proficiencies • Students must complete a college prep academic sequence throughout high school • Successfully complete RACC placement testing prior to taking the final three courses on the RACC campus
  18. 18. Technical Academy: Get a Jump on College The Technical Academy Provides: • Pathway for developing advanced skills and college credits toward an associate and/or bachelor’s degree while still in high school, at no cost! • Opportunity to earn recognized industry certifications and prepare for jobs that are in high demand. • Students may earn up to 18 RACC credits while at the CTC— tuition-free. • Tuition for the final courses taken on the RACC campus may be subsidized by the CTC, and is dependent on state and federal funding and possible scholarship funds.
  19. 19. Reading Area Community College: Stackable Credentials • Multiple points of entry and exit—employment and/or college • Science and Technology Programs • Credit certificates • Nanoscience Technology • Career Track Associate Degrees • Nanoscience Technology (Penn State & Millersville) • Machine Tool Technology • Mechatronics Engineering Technology (Penn State, Purdue University at Calumet & California University of PA) • Technology Studies (Bloomsburg)
  20. 20. Hamburg Area School District Mission Mission: The Hamburg Area School District will develop a program that will prepare current (2013-2014) 10th through 12th grade students with the prerequisite skills necessary to be successful in the Careers in Two Years program. This program will be in place no later than the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. This program will be the basis for a model that can be adapted for use in any other Berks County high school.
  21. 21. Current Status • Technical Academy Model • Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and an Integration Course • Team taught – 2 periods • 8-9 classes over three years • Advanced mathematics and science along with engineering design & integration • Requires summer classes or internship
  22. 22. Moving Forward • Expand dual enrollment • MET 140 & Digital Electronics • Academic courses • Offer weighted course status • Technical Academy • Pre-engineering Academy • Market to parents • Use business partners
  23. 23. Closing the Skill Gap Roundtable Discussion Gail Landis Vice President Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  24. 24. Questions to Guide Discussion • How can we get more students interested in acquiring technical skills? • What programs do schools have that presently address technical skill development? • Once a student is identified how do we cultivate and support technical career pathways? • What can business do to create technical career interest? • Can we better integrate technical skill development within our Higher Education System?
  25. 25. Next Steps for Business & Educators • ―Closing the Skill Gap‖ • Roundtable Insights: Challenges & Opportunities • Workforce Pipeline – Career Awareness • Evaluate opportunities – Leverage Resources • CHOICES Education Group Made possible by:
  26. 26. THANK YOU!

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