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April Meeting

In April the LR NSEM Team conducted focus groups with employers, youth service workers and counselors in high schools and Little Rock’s community college, UA-PTC.

 

Meeting Notes

After School and Summer Programs

Saturday, April 7th, LR Regional Chamber, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

How do they fit into this equation?  We will invite some young people to join us. (Age 14 through 17)  Mainly, we want the adults in the room to talk about our programs: are they working, how can we get better outreach, and how can we measure success? These questions will be relevant to the youth participants, too.

High School Education in Little Rock

Saturday, April 7th, LR Regional Chamber, 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Traditional, Charter and Private Schools. What programs are actively working to expose kids to work?  EXCEL and other program reports. What do teachers need to help students get excited about working opportunities?  What do our counselors need to refer students to post-secondary options? Include counselors and students. What innovations are needed to reconfigure our system? How might we all work together – saving the energy wasted in conflict – and applying that energy to student achievement across all approaches? How are we tying the six employment strands (below) needed in our programming for students?

Three occupations requiring High Skills most in demand in our area:

  • Registered nursing
  • General, sales, financial and operations managers
  • Teachers at all three levels: elementary, middle and high school
  • Moderate Skills (gateway or pathway career occupations) most in demand in our area:
  • Health Professions: 1200 openings right now for LPNs, CNAs, medical and dental assistants
  • Paramedics
Six Strands

In career planning for the LRSD, they are looking at aligning their skills development with the following strands:

Health Professionals

Technology

IT Solutions

Data Analysis

Construction Trades

Construction Management

Advanced Manufacturing

Retail Technologies

Digital Commerce

Marketing/Development

Digital Media eCommerce

Visual Arts/Production

Logistics/Supply Chain

Merchandising/Point of Sale

Hospitality/Entertainment and Culinary Arts

Business Management, Specialty Retail and Supplier Support

Post-secondary and Trades Certification Leadership in Little Rock and Arkansas

Sunday, April 8, 1:30 PM – 4 PM

Discussion with post-secondary counselors, teachers and students. What can we do to help meet the needs of students, schools and employers? If we are focused on these six high-powered strands for work, how do we get students focused on mentorship, apprenticeship and other connections that lead to the job market? What do we know about those who are really succeeding as they move from education to post-secondary to career? If we have a linked system that is working, how many low-income and people of color are on this path?

Can you all next help us understand how career and career tech counselors and college advisors use this system?

Do we know much about the students from HS thru post-secondary that are experiencing and/or traveling these pathways (how many, with what completion or results? Etc.)

Do key employers in these sectors know about and utilize these in seeking or supporting new talent?

Is it your sense that all the necessary systemic pieces of a connected pathway to good jobs is “in place” or operating here in the city?

Is it possible to find out how many low income or students/people of color are already plugged into these strands and paths? In other words, does it look like we will have equitable opportunity paths all the way to high demand, high wage careers?

How are we connecting students to the specific skills gaps (below) in our region?

Three occupations requiring High Skills most in demand in our area:

  • Registered nursing
  • General, sales, financial and operations managers
  • Teachers at all three levels: elementary, middle and high school

Moderate Skills (gateway or pathway career occupations) most in demand in our area:

  • Health Professions: 1200 openings right now for LPNs, CNAs, medical and dental assistants
  • Paramedics
Six Strands

In career planning for the LRSD, they are looking at aligning their skills development with the following strands:

  • Health Professionals
  • Technology
  • IT Solutions
  • Data Analysis
  • Construction Trades
  • Construction Management
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Retail Technologies
  • Digital Commerce
  • Marketing/Development
  • Digital Media eCommerce
  • Visual Arts/Production
  • Logistics/Supply Chain
  • Merchandising/Point of Sale
  • Hospitality/Entertainment and Culinary Arts
  • Business Management, Specialty Retail and Supplier Support

Meeting Summaries

April 6th, FRIDAY, 7:30-8:30 AM @ Chamber
FOCUS GROUP of HR Directors and Other LR Employers

Talent Pipeline Challenges & Successes | Recruitment and Engagement w Education on Skills Gap

April 6th, FRIDAY, 2 PM to 5 PM
CORE TEAM MEETING on Priorities and Plans

SATURDAY, April 7th, LR Regional Chamber, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
FOCUS GROUP of City and Community Youth Services Leaders

Wrap-around Services, After School and Summer Programs: How do our programs fit into the talent pipeline and equity equation? 

SATURDAY, April 7th, LR Regional Chamber, 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
FOCUS GROUP of LRSD Administration and High School Counselors

High School Education in Little Rock. Traditional, Charter, Public School and Private School education in Little Rock including career education and counseling challenges

SUNDAY, April 8, 1:30 PM – 4 PM, LR Regional Chamber
FOCUS GROUP of UA-PTC Counselors and Enrollment Administration

Post-secondary and Trades Certification Leadership in Little Rock and Arkansas. What can we do to help meet the needs of students, schools and employers?

 

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