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.


Have you checked out our recently re-launched InternShop platform yet?

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.

InternShop is a FREE benefit for Business Council members that connects students seeking internship opportunities to Business Council members across the State. Our custom developed platform allows students to search internship postings from member businesses and businesses to search for interns from over 70 colleges and universities in New York State.

InternShop takes the legwork and guesswork out of searching for qualified college interns, saving hours of staff time for small and mid-sized companies. Larger companies can benefit from using InternShop to either complement or supplement their existing intern and recruitment methods.

Members of The Business Council can create an account on www.internshop.bcnys.org. For questions, please contact Amber Mooney or Liz Mancini.

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.