GRADUATE ST. LOUIS DEVELOPING COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS MAWD CONFERENCE 2011PresentersMichael Holmes, Rod Nunn, Tom Jones
Graduate St. Louis• Community-Based Job Training Grant - $4.4 million – U.S. Department of Labor• 3 key industries – Healthcare, IT, and Emerging Green Jobs• Modeled after Graduate Philadelphia
Challenges?• Degree and certificate completion for adults• Unemployment vs. Educational level• Skills Gap• Poverty vs. Educational level
Adult Completion• Over 451,000 working age adults with some college and no degree – Many are Dislocated Workers • In portions of St. Louis City/County only 8% have college degree • 30% live at or below poverty level • 67% no certificate or degree
Unemployment vs. Educational Level• Individuals with lower levels of education were hit harder by the recession• Unemployment rate by educational attainment level U.S., 1992-2010
Skills Gap• Missouri Middle Skills Occupations Report – September 2009 – “Demonstrable middle skills gap” – positions that require more than high school diploma or certification but less than a four-year degree – MERIC data “over 50% of all jobs in Missouri can be classified as “middle skills” – Most are Healthcare and IT jobs
Poverty vs. Educational Level• Education decreases the likelihood of living in poverty.• According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 2009 poverty threshold for an individual was $10,956.• The percentage of individuals living in poverty whose highest level of educational attainment is a high school diploma is about three times higher than for those with a bachelor’s degree or more.
What did we do?Established a regional consortium to address the challenges: *Workforce Investment Boards *Area Community Colleges *Regional Commerce and Growth Association (RCGA)
Workforce Investment Boards– St. Louis City– St. Louis County– Jefferson/Franklin Counties– St. Charles County– Mid-America Workforce Investment Board (Illinois)– Madison Bond Workforce Board (Illinois)
Area Community Colleges• Community College Partners – East Central College – Jefferson College – Southwestern Illinois College – St. Charles Community College – St. Louis Community College
Proposed Outcomes• Leverage – Training for Tomorrow Funds• Increase the number of adult learners – 2,200 over 3 years – Dislocated Workers, unemployed and incumbent workers• Greater access to financial resources, career guidance, flexible education and training offerings• Increase the number of credentials of value – Associate Degrees, Certifications, Licenses, etc.
Outcomes To Date• Capacity Building – Strategic Alliances – Engaging Business – Course Design and Development – Hiring more Instructors – Work-based learning – Internships – Scholarships
Graduate St. Louis Workforce Consortium• Evolving Strategy• Increased community partnerships – Talent Council – College Access Pipeline – Area 4 year Universities/Colleges
Economic CompetitivenessMany of our competitor regions havesignificantly higher proportions of collegegraduates.St. Louis is tied for 17th with Pittsburgh out of 27peer regions in bachelor’s degree or higherattainment for the population aged 25 to 64.
Bachelor’s degree or higher attainment for population aged 25 to 64 49% BostonResearch Triangle 45% Denver New York 37% Chicago Atlanta 35% Philadelphia Indianapolis St. Louis 32% Dallas United States 30% Houston Phoenix 27% Riverside 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60%
Financial Benefits of Education• Education pays financial dividends to individuals.• On average, individuals with a bachelor’s degree or higher earn more money and are less likely to be unemployed.• Between 2005 and 2009, the average unemployment rate for those in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree or higher was 2.7 percent, compared to 8 percent for those with a high school diploma.
Talent Council• The RCGA’s 16-member Talent Council, chaired by Brown Shoe Co. Chief Talent Officer, Doug Koch – Talent Council purpose: • working with employers, educators, civic groups, government agencies, job seekers and students, • advocate talent as an advantage in the retention, attraction, and development of business in the St. Louis region;• Briefings and consultation with DWD and local area WIBs• Educational institutions, non-profit groups, professional orgs, talented people themselves
College Access Pipeline• St. Louis Regional College Access Pipeline Project – Key Strategies: • Achieve goal of 50% of adults who have a post secondary degree by 2020 • Establish a college-going culture in schools and your organizations • Supporting students to complete post secondary degrees
What’s Next?• Strategic Planning• Expansion to 4-year colleges/universities• Public Awareness – Importance of college completion• Adult friendly institutions