Training Students For a New Workforce:
Established in 1929, Carlow University, a Catholic, liberal arts institution, engages its culturally diverse community of 2,400 students in lifelong learning, scholarship, and research, and plays an important role in supplying talent to the region. In 2015, 95% of the university’s graduates who sought jobs found employment within six months in the healthcare, education, and social services sectors.
Dramatic changes in the workforce in the coming decade are expected to create 930,000 positions as baby boomers retire; automation and technology require new preparation and training; and parents take time off to raise children. These changes will require employers to enhance the skills of current employees and increase reliance on Carlow and other training institutions for adult learners.
A Foundation grant of $500,000 will provide two-year support to Carlow to establish the Hub for Workforce Development and Innovation. This competency- based education model helps demonstrate that students possess the knowledge that employers demand. Working in Hazelwood, Homewood, and other high unemployment and underemployment communities, Carlow will use appropriate strategies to engage individuals on paths to certification or degree programs. Specifically, the Foundation grant will support a coordinator to manage the hub’s corporate and community partnerships and an academic coach to guide students along these new pathways.