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STLCC’s Workforce Solutions Group to Sponsor Industry-Specific Workshops

September 17, 2012

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Healthcare industry issues will be the first topic for discussion at workshops sponsored by St. Louis Community College. This session is slated for Oct. 3 at the STLCC Corporate College.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insights into the healthcare and manufacturing industries will be the topics for discussion at two workshops sponsored by St. Louis Community College’s Workforce Solutions Group.

The first workshop, focusing on the healthcare industry, is slated for 8:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Oct. 3, at in Room 219 at STLCC’s Corporate College, 3221 McKelvey Road in Bridgeton. Speakers include Mary Becker, senior vice president of the Missouri Hospital Association; Laura Lester of the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC); and Rod Nunn, STLCC’s vice chancellor for economic development and workforce solutions.

While healthcare has become the leading employment sector in our region, workforce issues continue evolve as healthcare organizations undergo significant periods of change.  Becker will share facts and myths about the healthcare workforce and the state of the healthcare industry and workforce, including an environmental assessment, health demographics as well as impacts on healthcare employment, occupational demand and skill requirements. Current and projected healthcare labor market demands will be discussed along with new models of educating the healthcare workforce followed by an interactive Q & A with the audience.

The second workshop, focusing on manufacturing, will be 8:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Center for Workforce Innovation at 3344 Pershall Road, adjacent to STLCC’s Florissant Valley campus. Speakers include Jennifer McNelly, president of the Manufacturing Institute, the educational arm of the National Association of Manufacturers; and Alan Spell of MERIC.

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Manufacturing industry-related issues will be discussed at a
special workshop Oct. 9 at St. Louis Community College's Center
for Workforce Innovation.

Manufacturing employs nearly 12 million U.S. workers, produces $1.6 trillion in value each year and has an average compensation package $23,000 higher than other industries. Manufacturing in Missouri employs more than 250,000 individuals, making up 9.6 percent of the state’s total employment. Yet, even at this time of high unemployment, our nation’s manufacturers cannot find qualified workers.

In this discussion of the critical challenges facing our local manufacturers, speakers will reveal a series of truths that modern manufacturing must confront regarding the current workforce. They also will examine the challenges collectively and develop strategies to ensure an educated and skilled workforce and a climate that supports a globally competitive manufacturing industry.

These workshops, which serve as an extension of the State of the St. Louis Workforce research, provides an opportunity for industry peers to look exclusively into the data specifically impacting the healthcare and manufacturing industries. Participants will have the opportunity to help shape the workforce solutions into the future.

Registration for each workshop is $49. To register, contact the STLCC Continuing Education department at 314-984-7777.