Archive for the ‘Workforce’ Category

Three new RTS publications available

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

The first is our recently released report for the Appalachian Regional Commission assessing the workforce trends and needs of the ARC region’s increasingly important renewable and non-renewable energy clusters. The report, Energy Workforce Trends and Training Needs in Appalachia, also includes compelling case studies of exemplary training programs in all 13 ARC states meeting the needs of the industry.

The second is Growth from the Ground Up: Community Colleges and Sustainable Food Systems, a conference report from the Alliance for Sustainability, a creation of RTS to network community colleges, held in September 2011 in Pittsboro, NC.

Lastly, we’ve added a report from TA3, an international network of community and technical colleges, that details the information and best practices found during a study tour of Denmark that demonstrated their commitment to sustainability and green building and the technical training supporting it. The full report is available here.

Webinar on green building & sustainability in Denmark

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

For those of you unable to make the February 21 webinar on green building and sustainability in Denmark, beginning with a visit to EUC-Syd, a technical vocational school in Denmark, you can still view and hear the material at this link.

Below are some photos from the TA3 report on the study tour of Denmark that demonstrated their commitment to sustainability and the technical training supporting it. The full report is available here. (more…)

New report documents the increasing importance of STEM jobs

Friday, October 21st, 2011

STEM PuzzleThe Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce just released a report on the role of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in the future workforce. They find that STEM jobs will be the second fastest growing occupational category after health care. The reports, state-level data and a webinar are available at their website.

While the report focuses mostly on the 4-year and graduate degrees our research and discussions with companies also finds that STEM skills are increasingly needed for those in manufacturing production occupations that do not require a 4-year degree. Manufacturers consistently describe the need for STEM backgrounds in the increasingly high-tech environment of modern manufacturing, whether in reading blueprints, working in production teams or solving problems within the production process.

A proposed policy response is to push the STEM focus further down into the k-12 system with geometry and algebra introduced in general middle school classes.

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.

Building a stronger workforce in NC’s Southeast

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

The new year finds us embarking on an exciting new project with North Carolina’s Southeast Partnership.  NC’s Southeast is one of the seven established economic development partnerships within the state and includes 11 counties.  They have brought together all of the workforce boards, community colleges, local economic developers and other stakeholders into a process to look at the region’s workforce and its ability to support it’s existing and emerging clusters.  RTS will be working with NC’s Southeast throughout 2011 to analyze the workforce needs across this diverse region that includes Wilmington and its port, Fayetteville and the expanding Fort Bragg Army post and several counties with long-term economic challenges.  The Partnership and RTS expect to end the project with a compelling strategic vision and a number of short- and medium-term practical and implementable projects to build the workforce and economy of the region.

The Wilmington Business Journal has an interesting article describing the project.