The third academy session was held on April 17, 2014 at the Worcester Technical High School in Worcester, Massachusetts.
To view the agenda for the session, please click here.
The theme of this session was “Understanding Employer Needs” and it featured presentations from UMass researchers, and a panel discussion featuring leaders from the workforce development, employer, and higher education communities. Video excerpts and links to the materials presented at this session can be found below.
The session began with a review of the findings of the Academy’s Employer Needs Assessment Survey by Dr. Michael Goodman, Associate Professor of Public Policy at UMass Dartmouth and the Academy’s principal investigator. (A copy of Dr. Goodman’s presentation can be viewed here.)
(Questions and answers of Dr. Goodman’s presentation can be viewed here.)
The focus of the session then shifted to a discussion of successful strategies for engaging employers with an expert panel that was moderated by Nancy Snyder, President of the Commonwealth Corporation and featuring Professor Goodman, Tom Wesley of the Waters Corporation and MACWIC, and David Cruise, President and CEO of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County.
The session concluded with an engaging discussion facilitated by Marybeth Campbell, Director of Education and Workforce Development for the Executive Offices of Education, Labor and Workforce Development and Housing and Economic Development.