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Working Together To Build Tomorrow’s Workforce

  • By: Communications
  • November 16, 2012
  • Category: Culture

Earlier this week, GLOBALFOUNDRIES launched the Tech Valley Connection for Education and Jobs, an initiative in New York’s Capital Region involving educators, administrators, and businesses interested in developing the workforce of tomorrow.

The Tech Valley Connection for Education and Jobs is a 13-county regional laboratory that will:

  • Collect and build on the most innovative practices and best ideas in education.
  • Leverage the strengths of all stakeholders.
  • Articulate the vision of the future education system.
  • Identify road blocks in achieving that vision.
  • Systematically eliminate those roadblocks.

Initial work began in 2009 when the Obama administration suggested that GF design a new workforce development initiative to define a clear path to tomorrow’s education system.  Led by GF and facilitated by the Center for Economic Growth (CEG), the initiative is intended to be a pilot to facilitate, coordinate and communicate best practices between K-12 and higher education institutions and businesses in the region. The initiative is designed to be able to scale upward in size in order to help improve the education system nationally.

Mike Russo, director of government relations at GF.

“The initiative will collect and build on the most innovative practices and best ideas,” said Mike Russo, director of government relations at GF, who is responsible for the corporation’s U.S.-based education initiatives.  “The goal is to articulate the vision of the future education system, identify roadblocks in achieving that vision and systematically eliminate those roadblocks, ultimately helping to improve the system nationally.”

To date, the Tech Valley Connection for Education and Jobs has engaged businesses, government, labor, and education entities; has surveyed over 100 school districts about their existing and desired programs and roadblocks to achieving them; and has a growing roster of business, teacher, and student “ambassadors” serving as communication links to the initiative.  There are 20 regional chambers of commerce, 111 school districts and 345 schools involved in the initiative.   As a significant employer in New York State, this initiative will develop a world-class education pipeline across the region that will enable not only the success of GF, but other high tech businesses in the region.

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