MCC's Economic and Workforce Development: Annual Impact Report, September 2013 - January 2015

A Message from the Vice President Economic Development and Innovative Workforce Services (EDIWS)

Dear colleagues and students:

The Career Coach site has netted over 171,000 visits since its launch in January 2012 and has been incorporated into various curricula including Junior Achievement, Academic Foundations and Career Technical Education exploration courses. Our corporate partners tell us that their human resources staff use Career Coach to benchmark salary data. In September 2013, we launched the MCC Corporate College which offers professional development and training solutions for people, businesses, and community based organizations throughout Monroe County. In the 2014 academic year, MCC Corporate College served 172 businesses, had 5,769 enrollments, and generated 38 student FTEs for the College. MCC also launched a second effort, an ambitious data project that seeks to quantify and estimate the skills gap across five key middle-skills occupational groups within the Finger Lakes regional economy. They are advanced manufacturing, skilled trades, information and computer technology, health care, and hospitality and tourism. Dashboards have been developed to identify and measure certificate and degree completions against estimated annual openings for twenty-three middle-skills occupational groups. The economic value of each completion to the Finger Lakes Region’s economy is also estimated and provided to many of the twenty-three groups being measured. The 188-page interactive flip book equipped with EDIWS produced career videos was released in its web-based format in January 2015 under the title Measuring the Middle-Skills Occupational Gaps Within the Finger Lakes Regional Economy. I encourage you to take a look, . It is my hope that this information will complement discussions around regional workforce policy, and demonstrate how vital are investments in newer models for competency-based and career oriented education. MCC is serious about our economic and workforce development purpose and will continue to provide more precise, data-driven analysis of local workforce dynamics. This Annual Impact report reflects some of the fine work of the EDIWS faculty and staff to move our purpose forward. Over the last three years, MCC has invested significant time and effort to better understand the needs of our regional economy. We’ve taken that a step further by using what we’ve learned to develop programs, including a new and innovative education model, to move our workforce forward.


Todd M. Oldham, M.B.A. Vice President

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