The second academy session was held on January 24, 2014 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
The theme of this session was “Using Data to Drive Practice” and it featured presentations by UMass and MIT researchers, and a panel discussion featuring leaders from the workforce development, vocational education, and community college systems. Video excerpts and links to the materials presented at this session can be found below.
The session began with a highly informative presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Reynolds, the Executive Director of MIT’s Industrial Performance Center and Andrew Weaver, a Ph.D. candidate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Their presentations identified key lessons that can be learned from their work in support of the Institute’s groundbreaking Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) project.
Dr. Reynold’s Presentation:
Andrew Weaver’s presentation
Audience Q+A with Reynolds and Weaver
(The presentation slides for Reynolds and Weaver can be viewed here.)
The focus of the session then shifted to a discussion of the emerging findings of the Academy’s regional profiling efforts that are being led by UMass Amherst Professor Henry Renski in collaboration with Ph.D. candidate Ryan Wallace.
Henry Renski’s Presentation
(The Renski presentation slides can be viewed here.)
UMass Dartmouth Professor Michael Goodman then led a distinguished panel of experts from the educational and workforce development communities through a discussion of some of the key policy and practical implications of the UMass Amherst work. Panelists included:
Patricia Crosby, Executive Director, Frankllin-Hampshire Regional Employment Board
Jacqueline Belrose, Vice President of Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development, Mount Wachusett Community College, and James Brosnan, Superintendent, McCann Vocational Regional High School
Panel Discussion and Q+A with Professor Renski
The session concluded with a live demonstration of the firm level contact database developed for the Commonwealth’s Advanced Manufacturing Regional Partnerships by Daniel Hodge, Director of Economic and Public Policy Research at the UMass Donahue Institute.
(The slides for the Hodge presentation can be viewed here.)