CAEL and our long-time economic analysis partner, Avalanche Consulting, worked with The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce in Charleston, South Carolina to conduct research and analysis and create regional recommendations for the education and training ecosystem which resulted in a strategy which supports talent development in key industry sectors in the region. The main goal of the project was to build on an Economic Development Strategic Plan for the region that will assess the degree to which education credential attainment and graduation output is aligned to support the workforce pipeline into the target economic sectors: Advanced Security and Information Technology, Aerospace and Aviation, and Biomedical Services and Energy Systems. The resulting strategy has been the main roadmap for new education initiatives and further efforts to align talent production with labor demand.
“Through our work with CAEL, we have been able to literally change the conversation around education in our community. CAEL was able to help us understand exactly what steps were necessary in order to create a World Class workforce within our region. The continued growth of Charleston requires a deep talent pool and CAEL partnered with us to develop a thoughtful and actionable strategy to get us there.” - Mary Graham, Chief Advancement Officer, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
CAEL conducted an in-depth inventory of postsecondary education and training offerings that support skill development for target sectors in the Kansas City region to inform efforts to better align these resources with industry need. CAEL also researched and developed a white paper highlighting best practice models for employer engagement.
“CAEL has been an essential partner in our work to increase postsecondary attainment. CAEL’s education asset inventory of postsecondary education and training programs in our region, along with research on effective employer engagement practices, served as a foundation for ongoing discussions among community stakeholders including K-12 partners, higher education, economic and workforce development, and local companies. As a result of the resources CAEL provided, the Kansas City partnership has launched a sector-based, business-led strategy around workforce development and will establish an initiative to support adults going back to school to and through college. The partnership with CAEL helped accelerate our work and the expertise and national perspective provided has been a valuable resource.” - Sheri Gonzales Warren, Community and Economic Development Manager, Mid-America Regional Council
CAEL supported the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) of the City of San Francisco and their city-based training provider the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) to create structure around a city sponsored training and internship program developing the Information Technology workforce called TechSF. CAEL created a toolkit of resources to support program structure and help training providers, employers, students and potential interns carry out effective and meaningful internship experiences across the city. CAEL conducted several interviews with San Francisco technology companies and former program interns to inform the development of the toolkit and recommend new programmatic processes to enhance structure for the city partners, employers and interns. The project completion included the creation of the toolkit for employers and interns as well as the development and deployment of guidance materials for BAVC and other city-based training providers to use for further evolution of the internship program. CAEL will continue to leverage this work through the recently awarded Department of Labor Apprenticeship Grant to TechSF.
“CAEL has helped provide real structure around our internship process in the Technology industry. We look forward to implementing their thoughtful process and leveraging its impact to develop future business partnerships and create more employment opportunities for San Franciscans.” Patrick D. Mitchell, Tech SF Program Manager, City and County of San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development
Working with economic analysis and site selection partners, CAEL provided research, facilitation and strategy development for the skills and talent development component of the regional economic development strategy – One Community One Goal (OCOG). CAEL worked to align educational and workforce assets with the healthcare, tourism, information technology, international banking and finance, life sciences, and logistics sectors. Following completion of that strategy, CAEL was engaged by Miami Dade College and Miami Dade County Public Schools to develop a five-year strategic plan for a renewed and revised Adult Basic Education initiative that connected to and aligned with the regional economic development and job growth strategies.
The Nashville Chamber of Commerce, and its partners at the Middle Tennessee Regional Workforce Alliance, reached out to CAEL to get a more detailed understanding of career pathways within two key industry sectors: Manufacturing and Information Technology. CAEL worked with industry leaders to map job families within both sectors as well as all the possible career progression connections within and across job families including additional educational requirements and typical years of experience. In the short term, this raw career pathway information served as an advising tool for workforce and education providers as they work with job seekers and students. Ultimately, this content will function as the foundation for a CAEL interactive Career Action Platform which the Nashville Chamber is actively working to get funded.
“Nashville has been blessed to experience significant growth within the regional economy; but in order to maintain that growth we needed to make sure we were aligning messaging around the biggest career opportunities. CAEL has been a great thought leader, strategist and facilitator in working with our industries to get to the core of what they need and how we communicate that to our residents.” – Nancy Eisenbrandt, Chief Operations Officer, Nashville Chamber of Commerce
The Centralina Council of Governments has prioritized skills development and workforce capacity as a key feature of their plan to grow their economy. As a part of their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), the Centralina COG engaged CAEL to assess the how the current mix of education and training assets align with target industries, and how increasing the capacity of the education and training system might further enhance economic growth. Based on the economic analysis and assessment of the education and workforce assets, CAEL created a strategy to increase workforce skills, including increasing target sector industry and career awareness, increasing program availability in key sectors, enhancing communication and collaboration among education and training stakeholders, and addressing the needs of adult and non-traditional learners.
“As a region we’ve been able to galvanize momentum, increase coordination and form dynamic partnerships using the Workforce Alignment Strategy CAEL developed with us. The CAEL team helped us coordinate the many moving parts which are critical to producing the talent our industries need. CAEL also shared best practices to better collaborate and regionally increase our efficiency in terms of education and training. CAEL was able to provide sound guidance and a clear roadmap to take us from where we were to where we needed to go.” Michael L. Manis, CEcD Director, Community and Economic Development Centralina Council of Governments
The Tulsa Regional Chamber recognized that general prosperity and high employment in the region was not reaching all neighborhoods and members of the community. CAEL worked with stakeholders in the Tulsa region to create a plan to better connect all Tulsa residents to learning and job opportunities. CAEL analyzed Tulsa’s target sector and employment growth projections, local education and training systems supporting skill development in the target sectors and the various barriers to gainful employment and access to education in three highly underserved neighborhoods in East, North and West Tulsa. CAEL used the analysis to develop a comprehensive strategy and set of recommendations for the region to support a stronger workforce pipeline. The strategy focused on improving programmatic and sector-focused content within the education and training system, communication mechanisms designed to increase the awareness of careers and education pathways available in the region and collaboration among the many and varied workforce stakeholders and leaders in Metro Tulsa. The project culminated in an action planning session with key regional leadership to bring the strategy CAEL developed into an implementation work plan for Metro Tulsa.
“We have engaged CAEL on a number of projects including our comprehensive regional Workforce Analysis Project. They continue to provide insightful, engaging and creative thinking around some of our most complicated workforce challenges and goals. We highly recommend partnering with CAEL – they are smart, collaborative and provide innovative consultative guidance.” - Denise Reid, Executive Director Mosaic and Workforce, Tulsa Regional Chamber