Today we heard from Matt VanSant who spoke about the Clermont County Workforce Development and the Chamber Foundation.
Clermont County hit a growth boom around the 1980’s and is still continuing to grow. Our economy is shifting from the manufacturing of goods to conception, design, marketing and delivery of service and ideas. Clermont County’s economic prosperity depends on the success of our major industry clusters to serve global markets. Economic competitiveness is increasingly driven by talent...the demand for high skill workers will grow dramatically. It is essential that more of our students achieve bachelor degrees and that begins with class choices made by families of middle school students. For example, to choose not to take certain science and math classes can determine the student’s ability or inability to attain a high-level career. The community must also support our school districts and schools need to do a better job of targeting dual income, no children families and grandparents.
Workforce development strategies come is 3 varieties. Short term includes adult education, recruiting and placement. Moderate term includes job training and career ladder. Long term includes youth and development of 21st century skills. The chamber is trying to partner with schools in long-term development strategies. The foundation of these skills can be best developed at K-12 levels. These strategies are best implemented through private sector involvement. Next steps include things like talking to the various systems, identifying workforce needs and identifying ways workforce development can be improved through school and business collaboration.
Matt finished by describing how the Chamber Foundation has been formed. Areas of the foundation include the Leadership Development Council, the Organizational Development Council, The Asset Development Council and the Community Linkages Council.
Next week we will hear from a representative of the Green Umbrella Regional Trails Plan.