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Westchester Community College and the New Skills at Work-Lower Hudson Valley Stakeholder Collaborative are pleased to announce the release of CONNECTING TO PROMISING CAREERS Middle-Skill Jobs in the Lower Hudson Valley. This major report contains findings on the changing nature of the regional economy and recommendations for educators, businesses and government to support the education and training required to empower the local workforce. The report will be released to the public and the media on Tuesday, May 24 at 8:00 a.m. in Westchester Community College’s Gateway Center.
The development of this report was funded by a $150,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase through the firm’s New Skills at Work initiative, a five-year $250 million commitment to support demand-driven skills training for adults. New Skills at Work reports have been funded in several metropolitan areas throughout the United States and abroad with the intent of educating local leaders and accelerating the support of middle skills training.
Middle skills jobs are defined as those jobs which require education beyond high school but less than a four-year degree. The National Skills Coalition reports that key industries in the United States are unable to find enough sufficiently trained workers to fill middle skill jobs. In New York, 46% of anticipated job openings from 2012-2022 will be in the middle skills category.
In order to access middle skill jobs, people need education and training that is truly aligned with what employers say they need, now and in the future. Jobs that might once have required a high school education are becoming more sophisticated and now require higher-level skills, including communication and customer service, presentation, analytic, and computer skills.
The report focuses on three middle skill occupational clusters in the Lower Hudson Valley: health information management, tech support, and hospitality management. These fields include jobs that pay well, are in-demand and are projected to continue to grow, have opportunities for career advancement over time, and may not have an adequate supply of qualified candidates. Key report findings in each cluster include:
Health Information Management: an area with multiple career pathways where industry credentials are key to securing jobs, there is a need for entry-level employees with sound customer service skills, and the valued Registered Health Information Technology credential is not offered as an in-person program by regional education and training providers.
Information Technology: it is difficult for employers to find people with the appropriate combination of technical and customer support skills. Industry-recognized credentials and hands-on experience enhance marketability. While individuals can start IT careers with a high school diploma and industry certification, an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree is required for supervisory and management positions.
Hospitality Management: customer service skills are “the currency” in this industry, many employers prefer to promote from within, there are many middle skill management positions, but candidates must have at least an Associate degree to be considered for them, and hospitality-type jobs are found in a variety of settings, including luxury residences and healthcare facilities.
“The employment landscape in the Hudson Valley is changing, and we must ensure we are training people for the jobs of the future, and jobs in demand,” said Sarah Steinberg, Vice President, Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase. “This report provides a detailed pathway to help correct the mismatch between job skills and employment needs, and it arms government officials, job trainers and employers with the data they need to close this gap.”
Dr. Belinda, S. Miles, President of Westchester Community College, states that “Preparing individuals with the education, training, and workplace competencies necessary to ensure a qualified pipeline of employees to fill these middle skill positions is an essential part of the community college mission. Responding to the workforce needs of regional employers and supporting a diverse labor force in skills training and general education requires a network of interested and committed partners.”
In order for the Lower Hudson Valley to continue to thrive, local employers must be able to rely on talent drawn from the workforce in the region. The education and workforce community must work collaboratively with industry to align the skills of the workforce with the needs of the workplace. The regional stakeholders that convened for this project are committed to continuing this work to insure a skilled employee pipeline; the group includes workforce professionals, employers, government agencies, business associations, and education and training providers.
Media and interested members of the community are invited to attend the public release of CONNECTING TO PROMISING CAREERS Middle-Skill Jobs in the Lower Hudson Valley. The May 24 event will include a panel discussion featuring workforce experts: Ronnie Kauder, Senior Research Director, New York City Labor Market Information Service of the CUNY Graduate Center, Thomas P. Della Torre, Associate Vice President of Academic and Community Partnerships, Rockland Community College; Laurence Gottlieb, President & CEO at Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation; David Singer, Chair, Westchester Putnam Workforce Development Board; and Diane M. Woolley, Chief Human Resource Officer, White Plains Hospital. The panel will be facilitated by Sarah Steinberg, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
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Starting in the Fall of 2016, the college is implementing a new organizational structure to help guide students toward their degrees more quickly and more affordably. With student success in mind, Academic Affairs will change from Divisions to Schools with Guided Pathways to help students more easily navigate college systems, processes and degree requirements.
The four Schools are:
In addition, there will be an academic support unit: the Center for Learning Resources, Library, Media and Instructional Technology.
Through the new School Structure, students will be introduced to a specific academic pathway based on their interest. Together with counselors, advisors and faculty, students will receive guidance on completing their program of study through the guided pathways model. Research on guided pathways suggests that an intentional and focused curriculum has the potential to contain costs while improving student outcomes. The guided pathways approach helps students move through the general education requirements while focusing on specific certificate or degree requirements.
This model is based on research suggesting that community colleges have been operating under a “cafeteria” model that was appropriate to their primary mission in the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, which was to dramatically expand access to higher education—a mission they fulfilled beyond expectation. According to Redesigning America’s community colleges: A clearer path to student success, (by T.R. Bailey, S.S. Jaggers and D. Jenkins), the new guided pathways redesign is a framework that helps students choose, enter, and complete a program of study aligned with their goals for employment and further education. The guided pathways process starts with student end goals for careers or further education in mind and “backward maps” programs and supports to ensure that students are prepared to thrive in employment and education at the next level.
COMMENCEMENT DAY INFORMATION
The Graduation Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm at the County Center, located at 198 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY. Graduates should plan to arrive at the County Center between 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Upon arrival, graduates should proceed to the lower level of the building. Graduation procession will begin promptly at 5:45 pm. Admission into the County Center for guests (non-graduates) will only be given to those with a Graduation Guest Ticket. Due to the limited parking and increased traffic in the area of the County Center, please include extra time in your travel plans in order to arrive safely and on time for the Ceremony. Parking is not free at the County Center and all graduates and their guests will have to pay a nominal fee. If you have any questions or concerns about the Graduation Ceremony, please contact the Department of Student Involvement or at (914) 606-6731 or visit us in the Student Center, Room 103.
For any friends or family members that are not able to join you at graduation, they can watch the whole ceremony online! The graduation ceremony will be live streaming starting at 5:45 pm on Thursday, May 19. Just click on the following link to watch. http://www.sunywcc.edu/gradlive
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Visit academic and student services tables, participate in a campus tour and information session. Speak with faculty, staff and students about academic programs, student services and career and transfer opportunities.
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Need help filling out FAFSA and TAP applications? Financial Aid counselors will be available Monday, April 18 – Thursday, April 21 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm in the Student Center Lobby. Just stop by, no appointments necessary.
Beginning May 2016 all diplomas and certificates of graduates will be mailed directly from our vendor to the home address listed in your student center in MYWCC.
Please be sure to verify your address on file is correct to assure receipt of your diploma/certificate. Verify or make changes BEFORE May 1, 2016.