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

The ROCHESTER AREA SKILL NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND BUSINESS CLIMATE SURVEY, MAY 2014, came out of the EDIWS initiative, in partnership with the Center for Governmental Research and the Rochester Business Journal, to gather current area labor market information. The data collected informs training program design, grant strategies, identifies skills gaps and helps prospective students plan for their future. Respondents to the survey totaled 400 across the industry and local employment size spectrum. The questions asked covered the workforce skills needs and general questions about the business EDIWS has developed a communication “channel,” or MCC BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY DATABASE, with the area business community. This “connection” is both proactive and systemic. We use it to recruit new business partners and inform current allies. The database includes approximately 3,400 area businesses. All have “opted-in” and have access to MCC targeted information, grants, credit and noncredit industry related training opportunities, and advisory board/focus group service. We keep them informed, they give us their feedback. They fill out the surveys. We respond to the findings as possible. Join the database today at: . climate. For the complete 2014 survey visit .

Ongoing projects led by the EDIWS Vice President’s Office that support the efforts of the entire College, include: The increased awareness, both locally and nationally, of a growing skills gap within industry for occupations requiring less than a bachelor’s degree, but more than a high school diploma – the so-called middle-skills gap – has become a dominant theme in conversations within the business community, among public leaders and within the workforce development community of practice. In response Monroe Community College embarked on an ambitious data project to quantify and estimate the likely middle-skills gaps across five key workforce clusters within the Finger Lakes regional economy. The report, MEASURING MIDDLE-SKILLS MCC PROGRAM BASED ECONOMIC IMPACT ANALYSIS, January 2015 - This report describes the economic impact attributable to twelve different educational programs offered by Monroe Community College. “Economic impact” describes the full range of economic effects that can be directly attributed to each of the academic programs in terms of the increased wages for graduates, the increased productivity for employers, and the increased earnings for other workers who either get jobs or are enabled to be more productive due to the contributions of MCC graduates. Visit to read the complete report. OCCUPATIONAL GAPS WITHIN THE FINGER LAKES REGIONAL ECONOMY, is available at .

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