Industry and Educational Advisory Roundtable Discussion

On Saturday, March 29 2014 the South Central Regional Consortium Deputy Sector Navigators (DSN) collaborated on an “Industry and Educational Advisory Roundtable Discussion” at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ventura, California. This project engaged over 30 educators from high school, community colleges and state universities on emerging and evolving industries within our service region to prepare students for workforce readiness.

The roundtables aroused in-depth conversations on the emerging and priority trends in various sectors with industry input about skills gaps and knowledge sets required of the future workforce. A panel of industry experts from areas of Biotechnology, Health Information Technology & Security - Big Data/Analytics, Advance Manufacturing and Agricultural/Water/Environment were facilitated by our keynote speaker, Robert S. Tipton change agent and author of “Jump! Get Unstuck”. Industry provided insight into direction that education needs to prepare the workforce of today and tomorrow for the job market.

In addition to the attendees, students were present to also discuss their views and translate their needs in education from high school to college to better prepare them for the workforce. This event has created great dialogue for the DSNs to move forward within sectors to develop a work plan for further work toward attaining career pathways from high school to college, and developing stackable certificates to a more valued future workforce.

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