Greater Burlington Partnership


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West Burlington, Iowa

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Workforce Advisory Council

Workforce Advisory Council

Purpose Statement

To develop our area’s future workforce by providing students and their families with a deeper understanding of career opportunities and aligning skills with current workforce needs; engaging employers directly with students, education and training providers; and better-aligning programs and curriculum to the realities of the SE Iowa economy.


Main objectives

·         Improve the ability to recruit a skilled and able local workforce

·         Provide an avenue for area businesses and educational institutions to effectively work together and understand each other’s needs and processes

·         Maintain an Advisory Council structure that is inclusive and encourages collaboration between higher education institutions, K-12 educators and business leaders.

·         Pursue heightened engagement from more schools in the area, including homeschool community

·         Assure that tracking is in place to measure impact for all projects


The Approach

·         Provide tools that help students discover their interests and aptitudes to help guide their school and career choices

·         Change the conversation FROM “where do I want to go to college?” TO “what do I want to do?”

·         Provide tools that help students develop work-ready and marketable skills while in high school then pursue higher education path

·         Align programs and tools with high demand, good pay opportunities in local marketplace


Proposed Talent Pipeline Projects/Activities for 2019-20: (Theme – Heighten Visibility. “The Future You”)

·         Grand Hank Magic & Wonders of STEM – Feb. 11-12 Target audience:  7 thru 10 grade

·         Support STEM Festival – Feb. 22

·         5th & 8th Grade Career Exploration Days – March 16 – 18, 2020

·         Senior Signing Day

·         30 Under 30 – Trained Young Professional Speakers Bureau

·         Careers promotional video project 

·         Complete and distribute AIM (Asset Inventory Map) identify Tools/Resource & Programs/Initiatives in place in Des Moines County, including business, education and non-profits

·         Pilot - CEO in Classroom to 8th grade – fall 2019 – survey educators and students to assess impact/value.


Additional projects - Transforming the Talent Pipeline:

·         Teacher Externships

·         Pilot - Guided Pathways and/or credential program and assess impact

·         Mentors to students with emphasis identified career fields

·         Red Carpet Industry Tours (teachers)


For more information on the Workforce Advisory Council please contact Dustin Roth.

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