Last week, I had the opportunity to visit with my colleagues in Berks County, Pennsylvania, who are part of a county-wide pathways coalition consisting of over a dozen school districts, a regional career technology center, a community college, the chamber of commerce, and a workforce development council among others.
Specifically, I attended an event hosted by Berks Career Ready. There were over 90 educators and school administrators in attendance and business partners from the Science and Agriculture sectors who talked about workplace trends, key shortage areas, key knowledge and skills, and partnership opportunities. It was an excellent example of meaningful dialogue between business and education – getting beyond simple platitudes into very specific industry knowledge that can be translated back into the classroom.
Here’s a nice video that gives an overview of the coalition, recently minted as “Career Ready Berks.”
By the way, Dan Richards, one of the facilitators of the coalition who works at the Berks County Intermediate Unit, and I will be presenting on this work at the National Career Pathways Network conference in Louisville, Kentucky on October 11, 2018.
Hans Meeder is President of NC3T, the National Center for College and Career Transitions (www.nc3t.com). NC3T provides planning, coaching, technical assistance and tools to help community-based leadership teams plan and implement their college-career pathway systems and strengthen employer connections with education.