Workforce Development & Education Committee Update
Staff Contact: Amber L. Mooney
September 21, 2017
SUNY Regional Skills Gap Forums
The Business Council of New York State has partnered with the State University of New York’s Empire State STEM Network for their statewide STEMx Challenge Grant from Battelle to convene State and national leaders to address the “Middle Level Skills Gap.”
SUNY will be hosting a number of meetings around the state with the regional STEM hubs to advance New York's workforce of the future and close the skills gap. Business Council members will be invited to participate in regional meetings to bring the industry perspective.
Below is the current meeting schedule. Individual invitations will be sent out with region-specific event information.
- Friday, September 29, 2017 in Watertown, NY – Hosted by the North Country STEM hub in collaboration with the Jefferson-Lewis Workforce Development Board and the Jefferson-Lewis Industrial Development Agency. Keynote speaker is Melinda Mack, Executive Director, New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals.
- Friday, October 27, 2017 in Alfred, NY – Hosted by the WNY STEM hub in collaboration with the Greater Southern Tier STEM hub. This meeting will have a special focus on closing the STEM Workforce Gap in rural communities.
- Thursday, November 2, 2017 in Plattsburgh, NY – Hosted by the North Country STEM hub. Guest panelists include Ty Stone, President of Jamestown Community College and Ray DePasquale, President of Clinton Community College.
- Thursday, November 16, 2017 in Rochester, NY – Hosted by the Finger Lakes STEM hub featuring a keynote presentation by Todd Oldham, Vice President for Economic and Workforce Development, Monroe Community College titled, “The Middle Skills Gap-What is it? How is it measured? Strategies to address the Gap.”
- Friday, December 8, 2017 on Long Island, NY – Hosted by the Long Island STEM hub.
- Date TBD in Saratoga, NY – Statewide SUNY STEMx Challenge Convening.
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If your company uses interns at any point during the year, or if you are considering using interns in the future, we urge you to set up a company profile on InternShop.
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ESSA & Next Generation ELA + Math Standards
At the September 11, 2017 Board of Regents meeting, the Board approved the draft Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan. New York State’s plan will now be sent to the U.S. Department of Education for approval in advance of its September 18, 2017 due date. ESSA is the new federal legislation that replaces the Bush Era “No Child Left Behind Act.” The Business Council was active in advocating for changes to the plan, along with the NYS ESSA Coalition, a statewide coalition of civil rights, education, parent, and business organizations advocating for New York to take advantage of ESSA to advance an equity agenda. While the draft plan had areas that could be improved upon, The Business Council was supportive of the inclusion of the College, Career and Civic Readiness Indicator, which will incentivize school districts to provide students access to advanced course work, career and technical education, and industry-recognized credentials. Read more.
The Board of Regents also adopted the Next Generation Learning Standards for ELA and Math at the September 11 meeting, to be fully implemented in September 2020 with new assessments measuring the standards in the spring of 2021. The Business Council supports these standards as we believe that these higher standards are necessary to ensure that students are ready for college and career. Read more.