This committee was created in response to input from Chamber member companies about the increasing difficulty in finding qualified applicants for their businesses. There was also concern for the community’s ability to compete effectively for new commercial and/or manufacturing businesses if the local labor pool could not support the quantity and quality of job skills needed. This group has hosted panel discussions and forums, created a successful regional Business-Education Exchange in which school administrators, counselors, and teachers and an equal number of business/industry representatives spend 2 to 4 hours in each others’ worlds to better understand the demands and limitations each faced; and a Teacher Academy where participating teachers spend half or whole days in four different businesses in the community to learn about the job and career options that exist, the skills that are required in those jobs, and examples of the everyday application of academic areas such as math, science, and language skills. The group has also created a jobs database for our county, and, eventually, our region. The newest endeavors include working to improve Internet access to all parts of the County and early childhood education advocacy.
2015 Workforce Development Committee Update
The Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce continues to focus on workforce development initiatives. This committee has been actively working in this area for eight years. Some of the events undertaken this year have included our eighth Teachers Academy that brings five counties and eight school systems' educators into the work place to learn what skills businesses need in their future employees; a Magical Manufacturing Mystery Tour took superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals and other educators into three businesses to see the modern technology required to run facilities and the clean environment required today in industry.
Steve Rinehart, committee chairman, and Paula Fowler, Chamber Executive Director, both attended the KY Workforce Summit, sponsored by the state chamber and the KY Association of Manufacturers, and the Pritchard's Committee early childhood meeting in the Governor's Mansion where five current and former governors attended. Steve continues to present at Reality Worlds and in classrooms in our local schools.
The committee is looking to expand its membership and welcomes members to join us. They are also seeking data analysis from the KY Center for Education & Workforce Statistics to aid in their efforts. The group will continue to advocate for early learning policies, for expanding and retaining technical education options and exploring new ideas like a Parents Academy.
New committee members are always welcome. To participate on the committee, contact Paula Fowler, Executive Director of the Chamber, at 859-236-2361, ext. 121 or by email at email@example.com