Representatives from several industries were brought together for professionally facilitated sessions in each of the following areas:
- BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
- CULINARY AND HOSPITALITY
- ADVANCED MANUFACTURING
- IT, COMPUTER SCIENCE AND CYBER
- TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS
The discussions focused on actually defining what a particular skill looks like in an entry level position in the related job market. As a result, specific skills were identified as top priorities and those that were repeated across industries became obvious as “common skill competencies.”
The Chamber is working alongside each school district to link education and career readiness, through the development of needed skills, in order to ensure all high school graduates are prepared for career and college upon graduation.
The Chamber will also help inform area businesses on how our public schools are already working to ensure graduates have the skills they need and the specifics of how they are achieving that goal.
The districts and Chamber are also discussing the most effective ways to communicate skill needs with students, parents and teachers.