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Facilitating Critical Education-to-
Employment Conversations and
Pathways in Indiana
The Long-Term Challenge Facing Indiana:
Developing, Acquiring, and Retaining Talent
I N D I A N A U N I V E R S I T Y 1
In...
Strengthening Connections between Higher
Education and Employers to Develop Talent
I N D I A N A U N I V E R S I T Y 2
“Em...
The Case for Experiential Learning in
Developing Talent
• 2/3 of Indiana jobs require education beyond high school; howeve...
Addressing The Talent Challenge Through
Collaboration
• To tackle this challenge, Round III of the
Lilly Endowment Inc. (L...
IU’s Key Convening Role
IU is committed to supplying Indiana businesses and communities
with talented IU graduates by enga...
Convening Education-to-Employment Conversations
I N D I A N A U N I V E R S I T Y
6
Indiana
Colleges and
Universities
Indi...
2015 Inaugural Annual Event: E2E Convergence
Thursday, June 25, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Hine Hall Ballroom
IUPUI Campus...
• Indiana Wesleyan University
• Ivy Tech Community College
of Indiana
• Marian University
• Purdue University
• Rose-Hulma...
E2E Convergence: Areas of Focus
Primary questions/issues addressed include:
• What skills gaps currently exist in Indiana’...
Moving Forward:
New Actions Reported by Participants Post-Event
• Leveraging new connections from the event to create addi...
Innovation using Strategic Doing
Building a Digital Technology Hub
Shoals FutureTech Core Team
August 2015
UNA College of ...
Shoals Digital Technology Timeline
ShoalsFuture-tech
•Jan2014
Innovation
Engineering
•Aug2014
StrategicDoingWorkshop
•Oct2...
Strategic Doing enables people to form action-
oriented collaborations quickly, move them
toward measurable outcomes, and ...
Oct 20-21, 2014
University of North Alabama
Florence, AL
Workshop attended by
over 50 people
Focused on Digital
Technology...
Brainpower
•Big Idea Competition
• March 11
• Launched Tech Meetup
• August 13
Innovation
•Student Coding camp
• 8 camps h...
UNA College of Business 16
3 Minute Business Pitch Contest
UNA College of Business 17
32 pitches- 1
winner!
• Obtained startup
funding
• Incubating at SEC
Idea Audition 2015
Novembe...
• Feb 27- Mar 1, 2015
• 35 students
• 25 mentors
• 5 panelists
• over 3 days formed and advised
• 6 startups
• April 8-10,...
Shoals Big Idea – Building the Digital Community
March 10, 2016
Innovation Pathfinder
Project
• Over 150 students served
• Black Rocket served 20,000
students last year
• Scholarships av...
Held Monthly on the 2nd Thursday
Over 50 participants each session
Meets every Wednesday at 9:00
A fast hour of learning and exchanging ideas
Over 20 participants each week
UNA’s student incubator under construction
Opening October 17, 015
Mane Capital Fund LLC
• Creating local Angel Investment Fund
• Aligning with national organization
• Fund goal is to inves...
Expanding the
capability of the
region with
training and
certification
13 people trained
and in process of
certification
O...
UNA College of Business 27
Human Computer Interaction / User Experience (HCI/UX) Minor
The University of North Alabama partnered with Northrop Grumma...
UNA MBA Concentration
Innovative Economic Development
Starting Spring 2016 Online MBA
Partnered with University of Purdue:...
2015/16 Innovation Initiatives
Upcoming Events
• Tech Meetup 2nd Thursday monthly – Oct 8, 2015
• Biz Buzz weekly started ...
Innovating using Strategic Doing
Building a Digital Technology Hub
Shoals FutureTech Core Team
August 2015
UNA College of ...
Growing our Own Engineering
and High-Tech Workforce:
Community-based, Industry-Integrated
Strategies in Rockford, Illinois...
Engaging with Rockford
Challenges and Opportunities
The Bad News
• First in, last out of economic
downturn
• Educational attainment 7%
below stat...
Regional strategies for workforce development
have evolved over a decade
• Collaborative and inclusive approach
• Engageme...
Rockford Area Aerospace Accelerator Project
• NIU convened a group of higher education, economic development and
workforce...
Collaborative workforce development pathway
Rockford area engineering
workforce development issues
• Local companies report that 50% of engineering
talent will turn o...
Rockford area engineering
workforce development issues
• Underrepresentation of minorities in women
• NIU offers 2 + 2 pro...
NIU-RVC Engineering Program
• Just announced: NIU will offer classes beginning Fall 2016
on campus at RVC
– Bachelor’s in ...
NIU-RVC Engineering Program
Community Declaration of Support
“Our NIU-RVC Engineering Program is a regional game-changer. It will
build and enhance ou...
Workforce Development Outcomes
• Higher level of engagement between higher
education and local manufacturers
• Increased u...
UEDA 2015 Annual Summit - 9/29 - The New Collaborative Landscape of Talent Development and Retention: Employing Effective ...
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UEDA 2015 Annual Summit - 9/29 - The New Collaborative Landscape of Talent Development and Retention: Employing Effective Regional, Metropolitan, and Statewide Strategies

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As the “global war for talent” continues to escalate, shortages of high-skill, college-educated workers are increasing, producing challenges for all stakeholders vested in developing and retaining talented employees. To address this growing knowledge-based skills gap, higher education institutions, economic developers, and workforce development intermediary organizations, and employers must proactively work together as engaged partners in educating and retaining employees to meet workforce demands. Creating integrated pathways for students to transition successfully from the classroom, to experiential learning, to employment requires planning, relationship-building, and collaboration. This interactive session provides replicable examples of talent development / retention strategies implemented at the regional-, metropolitan-, and state-levels. An outcomes-oriented facilitated discussion follows, enabling participants to identify solutions to talent-based challenges.
Rebecca Carl, Associate Vice President, Chief of Staff, Office of the Vice President for Engagement, Indiana University (moderator)
Rena Cotsones, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Engagement and Innovation Partnerships, Northern Illinois University
Janyce Fadden, Executive-in-Residence, College of Business, University of North Alabama
David Gard, Assistant Vice President for Economic Development, Indiana University
Todd Greene, Vice President, Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

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UEDA 2015 Annual Summit - 9/29 - The New Collaborative Landscape of Talent Development and Retention: Employing Effective Regional, Metropolitan, and Statewide Strategies

  1. 1. Facilitating Critical Education-to- Employment Conversations and Pathways in Indiana
  2. 2. The Long-Term Challenge Facing Indiana: Developing, Acquiring, and Retaining Talent I N D I A N A U N I V E R S I T Y 1 Indiana stands out as a leading generator of bachelor level and higher college degrees Indiana’s economic growth- generating industries are increasing high-skilled employment at a slower pace than the nation Indiana produces more annual college graduates than available high-skill job openings Ongoing net migration of recent college graduates from Indiana due to relative lack of career opportunities An Indiana workforce lagging the nation in educational attainment and per capita income However Thus Producing Leading to 1 5 4 3 2 Challenge: Indiana must leverage its strong higher education pipeline by implementing strategies to increase high-skill employment opportunities for young workers while ensuring its college graduates are prepared to join and contribute to the workforce 6 Battelle Technology Partnership Practice Study for Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, 2012
  3. 3. Strengthening Connections between Higher Education and Employers to Develop Talent I N D I A N A U N I V E R S I T Y 2 “Employers are demanding more educated and trained employees, and employers must be active and engaged partners in helping higher education create the employees they need to succeed. New models that blend educational preparation with workplace experience are emerging.” - Teresa Lubbers, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education
  4. 4. The Case for Experiential Learning in Developing Talent • 2/3 of Indiana jobs require education beyond high school; however, only 1/3 of Hoosiers have it. • Indiana needs at least 500,000 more Hoosiers with a degree or credential by 2018. • Nationally, 76% of CEOS say finding qualified people is a major problem. • 53% of small business leaders report challenges recruiting non-management employers. • 97% of CEOs and executives believe colleges should expand opportunities for experiential learning. • 80% of employers want new hires to have completed an internship. • Only 8% of students report having invested time in internship experiences. I N D I A N A U N I V E R S I T Y 3 CareerReadyIndiana.org  Per a recent TechPoint study, disconnects exist between Indiana colleges/universities and the state’s technology sector employers with regard to providing sufficient experiential learning opportunities and real-world experience.
  5. 5. Addressing The Talent Challenge Through Collaboration • To tackle this challenge, Round III of the Lilly Endowment Inc. (LEI) Initiative to Promote Opportunities Through Educational Collaborations provided $62.7M in grant funding to 39 Indiana colleges and universities to help improve employment opportunities for Indiana college graduates. • Indiana University received (IU) a $5M grant matched by a $3.7M institutional commitment. I N D I A N A U N I V E R S I T Y 4 LEI is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 as a separate entity from Eli Lilly and Company committed to advancing community development and education in Indiana.
  6. 6. IU’s Key Convening Role IU is committed to supplying Indiana businesses and communities with talented IU graduates by engaging in integrated activities supported through the grant: • Facilitating degree completion through IU Online and on-campus opportunities • Launching the Career EDGE Program across all IU Campuses (Exploration, Development, Graduation, and Employment) • Convening Education-to-Employment (E2E) Conversations:  Hosting campus-based discussions throughout the year across all campuses  Convening an annual conference event involving higher education administrators and faculty from Indiana colleges and universities, employers across key industries, policymakers, and community leaders. I N D I A N A U N I V E R S I T Y 5
  7. 7. Convening Education-to-Employment Conversations I N D I A N A U N I V E R S I T Y 6 Indiana Colleges and Universities Indiana Employers, Policymakers, and Community Leaders Provide feedback: Identify on emerging economic development and workforce needs, priorities, and challenges Take Action: Increase investment, influence, and input into improving educational outcomes and degree attainment Take Action: Implement needed programmatic improvements Provide feedback: Identify emerging educational needs, priorities and challenges
  8. 8. 2015 Inaugural Annual Event: E2E Convergence Thursday, June 25, 2015 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Hine Hall Ballroom IUPUI Campus 850 W. Michigan Street, Indianapolis Presented by: Speakers and Panelists representing: 7
  9. 9. • Indiana Wesleyan University • Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana • Marian University • Purdue University • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology • Trine University • University of Evansville • University of Notre Dame • University of Southern Indiana • Vincennes University • Wabash College • Western Governor's University Indiana • Ancilla College • Ball State University • Butler University • DePauw University • Earlham College • Franklin College • Grace College • Holy Cross College • Indiana State University • Indiana University • IU Bloomington • IU Northwest • IPFW Fort Wayne • IUPUI Indianapolis • IUPUC Columbus • IU South Bend • IU Southeast Indiana Colleges and Universities Participating in E2E Convergence I N D I A N A U N I V E R S I T Y 8 28 Campuses of 22 Institutions and 150 Individuals were represented at event
  10. 10. E2E Convergence: Areas of Focus Primary questions/issues addressed include: • What skills gaps currently exist in Indiana’s workforce? • What do employers need to be globally competitive and how can universities help? • How can universities optimize curriculum to better prepare students to enter the workforce? • How can employers more effectively connect and partner with universities? • What pathways need to be expanded or created to facilitate successful transition from education to career? • What programs exist or need to be created to sufficiently retrain and upskill individuals from other industries to meet pressing workforce needs? 9
  11. 11. Moving Forward: New Actions Reported by Participants Post-Event • Leveraging new connections from the event to create additional internship opportunities for students. • Developing greater connectivity with businesses statewide for specific input regarding university programs and employer needs. • Assessing current levels of student workforce preparedness and implementing program enhancements where needed. • Developing online internship program for adult learners. • Engaging across the regional business community to better understand local workforce needs through facilitated discussions. • Refining the professional/personal development program and soft skills training currently being implemented for students. • Matching career services and community engagement efforts to stated priorities at the state and local level in workforce development. I N D I A N A U N I V E R S I T Y 10 Post-event Participant Survey
  12. 12. Innovation using Strategic Doing Building a Digital Technology Hub Shoals FutureTech Core Team August 2015 UNA College of Business 11
  13. 13. Shoals Digital Technology Timeline ShoalsFuture-tech •Jan2014 Innovation Engineering •Aug2014 StrategicDoingWorkshop •Oct2014 IdeaAudition2014 •Nov2014 3DayStartUp •Feb2015 ShoalsBigIdea •Mar2015 StrategicDoingCert. •Apr2015 TechLionsCodingCamp •Jun/Jul2015 TechMeetup •Jul2015 BizBuzz •Sept2015 IdeaAudition •Nov2015 Launching an Innovation Pipeline Building a Digital Technology Cluster
  14. 14. Strategic Doing enables people to form action- oriented collaborations quickly, move them toward measurable outcomes, and make adjustments along the way. University Centric Regional Collaboration • From Purdue Center for Regional Development • October 20 and 21, 2014 event at UNA campus • Over 200 people involved over 2 day event • Pathfinder projects underway • www.una.edu/strategicdoing
  15. 15. Oct 20-21, 2014 University of North Alabama Florence, AL Workshop attended by over 50 people Focused on Digital Technology Hub and a team from Corinth, MS
  16. 16. Brainpower •Big Idea Competition • March 11 • Launched Tech Meetup • August 13 Innovation •Student Coding camp • 8 camps held • 150 students served Quality Connected Place •Broadband Capability • Mapped current network • 3rd party broadband franchise agreements with Mayors New Narratives •Visually Express the Shoals • Website underway Building a Digital Technology Cluster Pathfinder Project Status- Sept 2015 Capacity for the future comes from actions we take today!
  17. 17. UNA College of Business 16 3 Minute Business Pitch Contest
  18. 18. UNA College of Business 17 32 pitches- 1 winner! • Obtained startup funding • Incubating at SEC Idea Audition 2015 November 19, 2015
  19. 19. • Feb 27- Mar 1, 2015 • 35 students • 25 mentors • 5 panelists • over 3 days formed and advised • 6 startups • April 8-10, 2016
  20. 20. Shoals Big Idea – Building the Digital Community March 10, 2016
  21. 21. Innovation Pathfinder Project • Over 150 students served • Black Rocket served 20,000 students last year • Scholarships available • Taught by UNA faculty • Building the digital economy pipeline
  22. 22. Held Monthly on the 2nd Thursday Over 50 participants each session
  23. 23. Meets every Wednesday at 9:00 A fast hour of learning and exchanging ideas Over 20 participants each week
  24. 24. UNA’s student incubator under construction Opening October 17, 015
  25. 25. Mane Capital Fund LLC • Creating local Angel Investment Fund • Aligning with national organization • Fund goal is to invest $1M-$3M • Focus is North Alabama companies • Initial work funded by ARC • Seeking interested parties • Launched in Sept 2015
  26. 26. Expanding the capability of the region with training and certification 13 people trained and in process of certification Offered annually
  27. 27. UNA College of Business 27
  28. 28. Human Computer Interaction / User Experience (HCI/UX) Minor The University of North Alabama partnered with Northrop Grumman to create new minor program in HCI/UX. Leading Speaker Series Featuring Jared Spool Oct 15, 2015 Jackson Center Huntsville, AL
  29. 29. UNA MBA Concentration Innovative Economic Development Starting Spring 2016 Online MBA Partnered with University of Purdue: • 21st Century Economic Development (1 credit) • Regional Innovation Ecosystems (3 credits) • Collaborative Leadership (3 credits) • Economic Development & Innovation Strategy (3 credits) • Economic Development & Innovation Policy (3 credits) • Capstone Project (2 credits) Targeting state, regional and local economic development organizations
  30. 30. 2015/16 Innovation Initiatives Upcoming Events • Tech Meetup 2nd Thursday monthly – Oct 8, 2015 • Biz Buzz weekly started - Sept 16, 2015 • HCI/UX speaker series – Oct 15, 2015 • UNA Student Incubator Oct 17, 2015 Opening • Shoals Idea Audition – Nov 19, 2015 • Innovators Series – Feb 16, 2016 • Shoals Big Idea – Mar 10, 2016 • 3 Day Startup – Apr 8-10, 2016
  31. 31. Innovating using Strategic Doing Building a Digital Technology Hub Shoals FutureTech Core Team August 2015 UNA College of Business 32
  32. 32. Growing our Own Engineering and High-Tech Workforce: Community-based, Industry-Integrated Strategies in Rockford, Illinois Rena Cotsones, Ph.D. Associate Vice President for Engagement and Innovation Partnerships Northern Illinois University University Economic Development Association September 29, 2015
  33. 33. Engaging with Rockford
  34. 34. Challenges and Opportunities The Bad News • First in, last out of economic downturn • Educational attainment 7% below state average • Per capita income below state average • High unemployment • Challenged K-12 public school system The Good News • Center of aerospace and advanced manufacturing excellence • 1.5 times national average of engineers per capita • Close proximity to Chicago • Top 25 U.S. cargo airport with UPS hub and new AAR MRO facility being built
  35. 35. Regional strategies for workforce development have evolved over a decade • Collaborative and inclusive approach • Engagement of higher education, industry, government and economic development partners • Federal JIAC grant energized and substantiated the collaboration • Focus on both current needs and vision for the future
  36. 36. Rockford Area Aerospace Accelerator Project • NIU convened a group of higher education, economic development and workforce development leaders to discuss how to accelerate innovation, job creation and global competitiveness in the robust aerospace cluster. • In 2010, the collaborative was awarded one of 20 competitive federal Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge (JIAC) grants, creating a $2.4 million investment in this effort
  37. 37. Collaborative workforce development pathway
  38. 38. Rockford area engineering workforce development issues • Local companies report that 50% of engineering talent will turn over in 5 years • Woodward expansion increases demand for engineers • Best and brightest Rockford area students leave town for college and start their careers elsewhere • Local companies report difficulty in recruitment and retention due to public school challenges and comparatively limited local amenities
  39. 39. Rockford area engineering workforce development issues • Underrepresentation of minorities in women • NIU offers 2 + 2 program with local community college • NIU College of Engineering & Engineering Technology located at main campus in DeKalb, 32 miles away from Rockford
  40. 40. NIU-RVC Engineering Program • Just announced: NIU will offer classes beginning Fall 2016 on campus at RVC – Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering – Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering – Bachelor’s in Applied Technology – Master’s in Integrated Systems Engineering • Community-based, industry-integrated program • Industry partners are – providing access to world-class labs and expanding internship, mentorship and co-ops for students – committed to employing graduates – leading fundraising to support capital and operational needs • Economic development partners helping to connect to SMEs for program support, internships, co-ops
  41. 41. NIU-RVC Engineering Program
  42. 42. Community Declaration of Support “Our NIU-RVC Engineering Program is a regional game-changer. It will build and enhance our community’s culture of higher education and our workforce and develop our economy.” “We all have a part to play in this historic collaboration. Please sign your name to indicate your support of this effort to grow our own high- tech workforce from within. We really are better together.”
  43. 43. Workforce Development Outcomes • Higher level of engagement between higher education and local manufacturers • Increased understanding of high-tech workforce needs • Collaborative, assets-based approach to regional innovation, economic and workforce development and global competitiveness

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