"Bridging the Skills Gap: Title I and II Working Collaboratively"
Date: Friday, August 10, 2018
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST
Presented by: Jesse McCree and Tim Shenk
Pennsylvania is faced with the same challenges as other states across the country; many employers cannot find skilled workers to hire, and numerous job seekers have barriers to getting back into the labor force. This webinar will explore some data about the skills gap that Pennsylvania faces, especially with the challenges of helping to educate and upskill those with barriers to employment (such as low literacy levels or inconsistent work history). It will also outline a couple of solutions that adult educators and workforce development boards can invest in (such as integrated education and training) that will help bridge this skills gap and help our communities grow and will provide best practices that can be used across the nation.
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BIOS OF PRESENTERS
Jesse McCree is the CEO of SCPa Works, the regional workforce development board whose mission is to unlock the human talent that drives the development of businesses and individuals, creating opportunity for growth and prosperity for the South Central PA region. Under Jesse's leadership, SCPa Works invests over $14M of public funds, annually supporting a labor force of over 740,000 people. SCPa Works invests in, evaluates, and advances high impact workforce development programs, training centers, and policies that drive our regional economic growth by connecting the needs of business and job seekers. Jesse has a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College (Maine) and a master's degree in public administration from Cornell University (NY), and 11 years of experience in nonprofit management, public policy, and workforce development. He is currently enrolled in Harvard Kennedy School's Executive Education program for nonprofit leadership, and serves on numerous boards of community organizations such as the PA Workforce Development Association and U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council.
Tim Shenk is the community education program director for Lancaster Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13) where he has worked for the past 22 years. IU13 Community Education's mission is to educate and inspire lifelong learners, build partnerships, and unite communities to transform lives. The program provides HSE, ESL, and family literacy instruction, serves reentering citizens through a national Improved Reentry Education grant, coordinates after-school activities through 21st Century funding, provides Title I employment and educational services to youth, facilitates a health careers academy in coordination with local postsecondary schools, and operates a refugee center and community school for an inner-city middle school. Tim's staff of 50 serves over 2,000 learners annually.