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Business Partner Specialist

Lake Area Technical Institute
http://www.lakeareatech.edu
Many businesses in South Dakota are not able to expand because they lack the skilled workforce to keep up with current demands. Couple that with the state’s low unemployment rate, number of retirements in the next 5-10 years, and number of young people available for the workforce, they won’t be able to keep up with employment projections, especially in the advanced manufacturing sector. Employers need better, more efficient ways to access and support a skilled and competent workforce for high demand jobs. LATI is using TAA Grant funds to address this issue.

Helping industry recognize their role in student success is crucial. Particularly for low income students, industry support can be the key to their ultimate success. LATI is focused on being part of the workforce solution through the Business Partner Specialist position. The Business Partner Specialist is tasked with enhancing and expanding business and industry relationships, updating the image of advanced manufacturing to provide a more accurate depiction of what these jobs entail to the public, and finding ways to increase the pipeline of skilled workers.
More defined duties of this position include:
• Promote programs of study to fill high demand jobs with non-traditional students.
• Work with businesses to identify potential entry level employees for upskilling.
• Develop an individualized training plan for businesses.
• Identify off-campus lab sites through employer partners and community facilities.
• Create a model for businesses to use to “Grow Their Own”.
• Assist with a marketing campaign to re-image Advanced Manufacturing jobs experiencing shortages.
• Promote Build Dakota Scholarship and LATI’s Stretch the Million program to provide full ride scholarships in high-need workforce programs at SD’s technical institutes.
This model is being put into effect with a precision machining company called Graco. In the Fall of 2016, a precision machining e-Degree student approached his employer, Graco, to develop a plan to allow him to complete the coursework online and to do the hands-on labs at his employer’s. Graco is in Sioux Falls, 90 miles south of Watertown. The Business Partner Specialist, Curriculum Administrator, and PM Instructors approved a plan allowing the student to work and earn a credential. The student is currently enrolled, completing online coursework, and learning skills required by the program that also help his employer meet work production demands.

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Terri Cordrey

terri.cordrey@lakeareatech.edu

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Business Partner Specialist

Lake Area Technical Institute
http://www.lakeareatech.edu
Many businesses in South Dakota are not able to expand because they lack the skilled workforce to keep up with current demands. Couple that with the state’s low unemployment rate, number of retirements in the next 5-10 years, and number of young people available for the workforce, they won’t be able to keep up with employment projections, especially in the healthcare and advanced manufacturing fields. Employers need better, more efficient ways to access and support a skilled and competent workforce for high demand jobs. LATI is using TAA Grant funds from Rounds 3 and 4 to address this issue.

The state of South Dakota is aware of and concentrated on developing solutions to workforce shortages. LATI is focused on being part of the solution by piloting a Business Partner Specialist position through TAA Grant funds. The Business Partner Specialist is tasked with enhancing and expanding business and industry relationships, updating the image of the healthcare and advanced manufacturing fields to provide a more accurate depiction of what these jobs entail to the public, and finding ways to increase the pipeline of skilled workers.
More defined duties of this position include:
• Promote programs of study to fill high demand jobs with non-traditional students.
• Work with businesses to identify potential entry level employees for upskilling.
• Develop an individualized training plan for businesses.
• Identify off-campus lab sties through employer partners and community facilities.
• Create a model for businesses to use to “Grow Their Own”.
• Assist with a marketing campaign to re-image jobs experiencing shortages, such as Healthcare and Advanced Manufacturing.
In December 2014, Denny Sanford and the state of South Dakota contributed $50 million towards the development of a fund to provide full ride scholarships in high-need workforce programs at SD’s technical institutes. Even though this wasn’t part of the original job description for the position, it quickly became a way for LATI to work with businesses to fill job openings with skilled workers. What evolved was LATI’s Stretch the Million program. Industry partners who support a skilled scholar with half of the total college tuition and qualifying expenses can request Build Dakota funds to be used to cover the remaining costs. The overall goal of Stretch the Million program is to add even more skilled employees, with industry support, to the critical needs workforce pipeline in SD.

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Terri Cordrey

terri.cordrey@lakeareatech.edu

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Best Practices Booklet - Uses of Grant Funds

Colorado Community College System
http://www.cccs.edu

Perkins federal funds are formula funds and have been available for so long that they are taken for granted. In the past, the funds tended to be used for program maintenance. A new project-based design for grant fund Local Plans was implemented and a paradigm shift was needed. A field based advisory council was implemented to support innovation and to facilitate strategic use of the grant funds. Business and industry council members especially liked to visit sites and see the use of the funds in action.

A cost effective method to evaluate results of the uses of the grant funds in a fair and non-threatening manner. Business and industry representatives enjoy onsite visits and become advocates of the programs and the funds. Peers learn from each other. Models of best fund usage are provided to all eligible grant recipients. The public and policymakers can see how the funds are used to enhance career and technical education program quality. The volunteers act as a liaison between the state’s grant director and the sub-recipients. The visits by the volunteers are not audits or monitoring so the atmosphere is relaxed and open. The volunteers can provide insight to state staff about professional development needs. The process becomes an indirect train the trainer system that distributes best strategies and adds voices from the field to promote innovation and continuous improvement. The selected sites can share the publication with their own boards and constituents and be proud of the recognition. More sets of eyes are watching how the money is being used.

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Lorrie Toni

lorrie.toni@cccs.edu

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Colorado CTE Advisory Committee Handbook

Colorado Community College System
http://www.cccs.edu

The purpose of this toolkit is to help educators and business/industry representatives to strengthen career and technical education programs within a career pathways system through the use of advisory committees. The toolkit includes tips, techniques, and worksheets for adopting a systematic process for working with committee members.

The Colorado CTE Advisory Committee Handbook is an interactive online toolkit that explains the benefits of program advisory committees and provides templates and forms to assist faculty with advisory committee set up and maintenance; the handbook also includes direction on program evaluation, committee member roles, and tips for program sustainability.

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Jennifer Jasinowski

jennifer.jasinowski@cccs.edu

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The Degree Dividend- Colorado's Strategic Plan for Higher Education

Colorado Commission on Higher Education
http://highered.colorado.gov/

In 2009, Governor Bill Ritter, appointed a twelve member bi-partisan steering committee in December, 2009. The HESP was chaired by citizen volunteers Jim Lyons and Dick Monfort, and comprised of representation from business and industry, higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations and members of the CCHE. The Governor charged the steering committee with defining state higher educational needs and examining institutional missions; reviewing the governance and structure of the system of higher education; addressing higher education funding; and increasing and improving student access and success. The Steering Committee developed four subcommittees to address specific areas (Mission & Governance, Pipeline, Accessibility & Sustainability). The Higher Education Strategic Planning Committee concluded its work on November 4, 2010 with the production of its final report: The Degree Dividend.

The Strategic Plan for Colorado's system of higher education was developed by a Governor appointed, bi-partisan steering group of citizen volunteers, business and community leaders, policy makers and higher education advocates. It provides an overview of Colorado's higher education landscape, describes its key challenges and recommends strategies to achieve attainment goals.

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Kim Poast

kim.poast@dhe.state.co.us

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