Archive for April, 2011

Fisheries and workforce in southeast Louisiana

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

RTS is working as part of a team, led by Senior Associate David Dodd of DADCO, Inc., with the St. Bernard Parish Economic Development Foundation on a Strategic Workforce Contingency Plan for Fishing and Related Industries in Coastal Louisiana. The team, which also includes The Johnson Group of New Orleans and Ann Guissinger & Associates of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is examining impacts and developing strategies to help Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes deal with the cumulative impact of hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the BP oil spill. The focus is on the fishing industry and the devastated livelihoods of the fishermen but we are also looking more broadly at issues of strategic economic targets and relevant workforce development strategies to help the region. The project, funded by the US Economic Development Administration, will be completed in early fall of this year.

Latest TA3 Connections released

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

The TA3 is a membership consortium of more than 30 leading community and technical colleges, and several state system offices, in the U.S., Europe and South Africa that promotes community colleges’ efforts to support their regional economies, and promotes the value and importance of a global perspective on community college missions.

The latest TA3 Connections provides updates on the May 1-4, 2011 TA3 Symposium in San Sebastian in the Basque Region of Spain and brings you up-to-date on member activities including an interesting outreach program by EUC-Syd with Dung Quat College of Technology (DQC) in Viet Nam. York Technical College in South Carolina, USA is profiled. Along with other innovations, York Tech has created the Hive Business Center (HBC), a work-based learning cooperative that opened in February of 2011. The cooperative offers start-up and small business support with a focus on Internet marketing and web design and development.

Learn more about TA3 here.

New CraftNet Sketches released!

Monday, April 4th, 2011

CraftNet is an international alliance of community colleges, created and supported by RTS, in North America, Europe, and Africa that work together to enhance their own arts and crafts-based teaching programs and to develop local and regional artisan-based economies. Please go to to learn more about this exciting network.

Monthly, RTS publishes a newsleter, CraftNet Sketches, highlighting the network’s recent activities including the efforts of member colleges. The most recent edition highlights Haywood Community College and Western Piedmont Community College in North Carolina, the Montana Arts Council, and Hazard Community College’s Kentucky School of Craft. In addition the issue describes some recent events and news of interest and profiles CraftNet member Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology’s Furniture College at Letterfrack, Ireland. Click here to download the issue. All past issues are available on the RTS website.