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Creating New Opportunities for Your Region's Workforce: Stansbury

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This presentation was delivered at NADO's Annual Training Conference, held in Anchorage, Alaska on September 9-12, 2017.

RDOs can play a variety of roles in ensuring a region has a skilled and engaged talent pool of workers. These efforts include spearheading training and workforce development programs, supporting educational and mentoring opportunities, and providing networking assistance and advice for job seekers. Learn what new programs have been established by RDOs across the country that are providing wide-ranging support to both local workers and employers, which in turn are making their regions more competitive and prosperous.

Jenifer Buford, Community Development Director, East Central PDD, Newton, MS
Lisa Hankins, REDI Director, Southwest Tennessee Development District, Jackson, TN
Danna Stansbury, Deputy Executive Director, Land of Sky Regional Council, Asheville, NC
Carol Jackson, Executive Director, Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, Parkersburg, WV, Moderator

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Creating New Opportunities for Your Region's Workforce: Stansbury

  1. 1. Presentation to National Association of Development Organization (NADO) on Backpacks to Briefcases
  2. 2. B2B Program Design • Available to unemployed or underemployed two-year and four-year college graduates who graduated in December 2016 or earlier • Interns must be a resident of Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, or Transylvania Counties • AB Tech and Blue Ridge Community College will serve as the “employer of record”
  3. 3. Overwhelming response from employers • Over 40 businesses and organizations in all four counties (and one out of the region) are participating • Over 60 internship opportunities
  4. 4. What organizational structure is your business? Answered: 47 Skipped: 0
  5. 5. In what department(s) is your organization interested in hosting a Backpacks to Briefcases intern? Answered: 47 Skipped: 0
  6. 6. 95.24% say “yes” or “maybe” they would hire the intern if the internship goes well.
  7. 7. If the internship(s) goes well, would you consider hiring the intern(s)? Answered: 42 Skipped: 5
  8. 8. • 40 college graduates applied for B2B, 20 matches made • Colleges and universities represented included AB Tech, Blue Ridge Community College, UNC Asheville, Western Carolina University, Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Southern Adventist University, Gulf State College, UNC Greensboro, and Wheaton College • Soft skills class designed by AB Tech and Blue Ridge Community College offered at WCU Biltmore Park • Partnership with Talent Jam College Edition • B2B networking event and Talent Jam College Edition at Highland Brewery on April 18
  9. 9. • Each internship cost about $5,000 • 12 weeks x 32 hours per week x $12 per hour = $4,608 • FICA and worker’s compensation • Maximum of 384 hours
  10. 10. As of now, seven B2B interns have been hired for full-time positions and more hires are in the pipeline . . .
  11. 11. Questions?

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