Skilled Workforce Summit: What we learned

 

Thank you to all who attended and participated in March 13th's Skilled Workforce Summit. Thanks to the amazing work done by the Collaborative Lab at St. Petersburg College, CFCAN has a real time record of the event. Below is a summary of the event as well as a downloadable version of the real time record. 

 
We have to face talent how they are choosing to live, not how we think they should live.
— Carl Camden, Keynote Speaker
 

Summary: Keynote Speaker Carl Camden

Carl Camden is the former president and chief executive officer of Kelly Services Inc., whose expertise is in the changing workforce of today. Camden explained what he sees to be the main changes: talent today is less likely to want to be an employee and more likely to strive to make their living through contracts and individual partnerships. Due to this evolution, universities and government need to shift away from a traditional model of helping people find jobs to become employees, and towards making themselves the booking agent of choice for talent. With this shift, universities can both assist individuals in getting the work they are asking for, and incentivize degree attainment within the institution. Overall, we cannot reach our degree attainment goals unless we transform the way we approach talent with regards to the needs within the workforce.  

 Robin Oliver (Adult Learners Workgroup, Orange Technical College) Sharon Lusk (Adult Learners Workgroup, Rollins College) Carl Camden (Keynote Speaker, Former CEO of Kelly Services Inc.)

Robin Oliver (Adult Learners Workgroup, Orange Technical College)
Sharon Lusk (Adult Learners Workgroup, Rollins College)
Carl Camden (Keynote Speaker, Former CEO of Kelly Services Inc.)


  Panelists (left to right) : John Davis (Orlando, Inc.), Jessica Gibson (TN Higher Ed. Commission), Tim Giuliani (Orlando Economic Partnership), Pam Nabors (CareerSource Central Florida)  N  ot pictured : Adrienne Johnston (Bureau of Labor Market Statistics)  Moderator:  Chancellor Pumariega (Florida College System)

Panelists (left to right): John Davis (Orlando, Inc.), Jessica Gibson (TN Higher Ed. Commission), Tim Giuliani (Orlando Economic Partnership), Pam Nabors (CareerSource Central Florida)
Not pictured: Adrienne Johnston (Bureau of Labor Market Statistics)
Moderator: Chancellor Pumariega (Florida College System)

Summary: Panel

The Summit's panel consisted of experts from government, business and higher education, as well as a guest from Tennessee Reconnect. They discussed what is happening in our region and looked to Tennessee's programs with focus on how we will "Rise to 55". Using statistics provided by Adrienne Johnston on licensing outcomes in our workforce and existing skill gaps, the panel discussed the importance of collaboration, clarity and ease of programming, and innovative strategies to draw in and retain adult students. 

Attainment is not just about rushing to a degree. Attainment is your way to prosperity.
— Chancellor Pumariega

Summary: Audience Activity

Audience members huddled to discuss 4 main areas of interest: Increasing the Talent Pipeline, Leveraging Best Practices in Developing a Skilled Workforce, Bridging the Skills Gap and Building Strong Partnerships. Some popular responses include: collaborating to create opportunities, encouraging wrap-around services, marketing success through individual stories, focusing on soft skills, quarterly round tables with leadership in our community, and more.  

How can we make it easier and get people to use the tuition credit if part of the thing holding them back is the traditional structure of the job itself?
— Speaker, Team 5
  Audience huddle participants, left to right:  Sharon Lusk (Rollins College), Rachel Stewart (Osceola Technical College), Ashley Gastel (Osceola Technical College), Brian Lucas (University of Phoenix) 

Audience huddle participants, left to right: Sharon Lusk (Rollins College), Rachel Stewart (Osceola Technical College), Ashley Gastel (Osceola Technical College), Brian Lucas (University of Phoenix)