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Welcome to the August 2007 edition of Driven by Demand,
Workforce3 One's news and information update. You've
heard it before: be innovative! Or, support
innovation! But, did you ever wonder just what either of those
directives entail? Innovation occasionally has lofty definitions, like
"adding value to society" or "realizing a future state". But being
innovative or supporting innovation in education, economic development,
or workforce investment is simply a matter of introducing, implementing,
or supporting something new or creative.
Workforce3 One's Innovations in Action showcase
creative and original approaches to issues facing different communities,
and several of those initiatives are featured in this newsletter. Also
featured are different resources about supporting innovation elsewhere,
and there are even more resources on Workforce3 One!
And speaking of being innovative, in the coming week,
Workforce3 One will be undergoing a major
renovation of the Web site. The new site will be easier to navigate and
will include links to all of the products produced to date from the
President's High Growth Job Training Initiative. Look for an e-mail that
will explain all of the new features.
In this edition:
Workforce3 One: Innovations in Action
Applied Engineering Degree from Delaware County Community College
partnered with Drexel University: This partnership
between Delaware County Community College (DCCC) and Drexel
University allows students to earn both an associate degree in
applied science from DCCC and a bachelor of science in applied
engineering technology from Drexel at the same time. The program was
developed in response to a regional shortage of entry-level workers
with the skills needed by local manufacturing companies.
Education, Training Help Bring in New Chrysler Plant:
This article, from the American Association of Community Colleges
and the Community College Times, describes how St. Clair County
Community College in Michigan used its educational resources to
convince DaimlerChrysler to build a new $366 million plant in the
Filling the Training Demand for a Growing EMT Industry:
This on-going program for training emergency medical
technicians (EMT) launched in 2003. It is jointly sponsored by South
Louisiana Community College and the Louisiana-based Acadian
Ambulance Service, one of the largest emergency medical service
companies in the Deep South.
Institute for Manufacturing Competitiveness, Tri-County Technical
College: South Carolina's Tri-County Technical College
(TCTC) recently received a grant from AdvanceSC to establish an
Institute for Manufacturing Competitiveness (IMC). The IMC is a
partnership between the college and local manufacturers designed to
enhance and expand TCTC's ability to assist local industry in
introducing new manufacturing technologies, implement advanced
manufacturing concepts and train local workers to meet current
industry demands. The Institute provides local manufacturers with
access to the training and information needed to retain or regain
their competitive edge.
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One: Resources for Supporting Innovation
National Innovation Initiative: 21st Century Innovation Working
The 21st Century Working Group has focused its effort on discovering
the attributes of innovation success, identifying priority issues
and connecting insights into an overall framework for guiding
innovation policy. This report makes a case for the importance of
innovation, proposes a definition for innovation, describes the
changing nature of innovation and makes action recommendations.
Measuring Regional Innovation: This guidebook,
published by the Council on Competitiveness, provides regional
leaders a method to inventory and assess their regional innovation
environment. It points to the importance of regions as "hotspots"
for innovation and their value as a nexus for innovation. The
guidebook is designed to be an easy-to-use tool for economic and
workforce development practitioners.
Rural Entrepreneurship and Innovative Leadership: This
publication, distributed by the U.S. Department of Commerce's
Economic Development Administration, includes several articles on
the topic of rural entrepreneurs and innovation in small towns.
Regional Innovation Grants: Utilizing National Emergency Grant Funds
for Strategic and Transformative Regional Planning (Recorded
Version): This webinar will teach you how activities
from RIGs can result in a strategic and transformative regional plan
that, when implemented, will counteract the effects of events
resulting from an economic shock in a region and will prepare
workers and businesses to compete and succeed in a global economy.
- An Energy Skilled Trades Summit and Workforce Solutions
Forum of industry leaders and members of the Southern
Governors Association was held this week in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Workforce development experts and educators developed action plans
designed to raise community awareness about the coming skilled
trades labor shortages and their impact on the energy industry's
efforts to develop and maintain infrastructure, elevate the image of
skilled crafts careers, and align investments and workforce
development initiatives to generate collaboration. It's worthwhile
to note that Workforce3 One also hosts a number of
webinars and "Innovations in Action" focusing on the energy
industry. Just type in "Energy" in the search box to begin your
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