Economic Development

Investment Area: Talent Development

Focuses on advancing the education, training, and development of adults in the region, to help all our adults gain the skills and training necessary to succeed in the evolving economy. We will look to help build and support people-centered workforce systems, career pathways, and pipelines to employment that accommodate the many different ways adults map their careers.

Priority: Workforce Development Systems - An employment and skills-driven education and training system prepares people for the jobs of today and imparts the skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow. The Foundation’s investments will support a systems approach to workforce development, such as public-private partnerships around high priority industries in the new economy.

Priority: Career Pathways - The Foundation’s investments will aim to build and support pathways and pipelines to employment that are person-centered and accommodate the wide variation in the ways people in our region sequence their education and careers. This could include efforts that enable individuals to secure industry-relevant certification and obtain employment within an occupational area; flexible, stackable, and micro-credentialing efforts that provide sustainable pathways for adults to improve their life opportunities; giving new skills to incumbent workers; transitioning vulnerable workers into viable and high-quality new economy jobs; or efforts that raise individuals’ awareness about career opportunities.

Priority: 21st Century Skills - Individuals with transferable 21st century skills—such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and other workplace competencies—will have the ability to navigate the new economy, improve their employment status and wages, and enhance their resilience to industry-specific shocks. Foundation investments will focus on education and training opportunities that convey skills and are performance-based, rather than solely knowledge or content-based. This could include novel approaches to deploying instructional methods that are hands-on and practical in which a variety of delivery models are employed such as on-line as well as brick-and-mortar programming; and in which work-based learning and on-the-job opportunities are embedded within programming.


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