Here's last year's report and summary:
State of the St. Louis Workforce
Taking a Regional Leadership Role in the Study of the St. Louis Area Economic Landscape
“We are pleased to be able to provide for the fifth consecutive year, this unique workforce intelligence to the St. Louis region. I look forward to collaborating with business and community partners to utilize the research results to proactively advance our region,” stated Roderick Nunn, D.M., Vice Chancellor, Economic Development and Workforce Solutions, STLCC.
Innovative Approach to Regional Workforce Responsiveness
Many community colleges use evidence-based decision making to drive academic programming but very few effectively utilize it for workforce responsiveness. At St. Louis Community College we believe that “without data you are just another person with an opinion” and without robust workforce intelligence, a community college is just another institution delivering programs that are perhaps not as relevant or innovative as they should or could be. Acquiring and using actionable data is critical in today’s economic landscape. Economic pressures demand that community colleges seek innovative approaches to develop and deliver the right mix of workforce solutions. The strategic partnerships and extensive research process involved in the State of St. Louis Workforce is an exemplary example of this type of innovative approach led by a community college. This workforce report has and will provide reliable and valid data that directly addresses the needs of our strategic business and industry partners.
The State of St. Louis Workforce report is an annual research study of the St. Louis area economic landscape that uncovers timely and critical workforce intelligence. It is a regional initiative that involves community, government, industry and media partners. The results of the study are unveiled publicly each year with the college’s media partner, the St. Louis Business Journal. Community Engagement for the event has steadily increased with 250 in attendance the first year, 400 in the second year and in years since averaging 450.
What issues will the 2013 Examine?
- What are the jobs in our region?
- Why is there a skills gap in St. Louis?
- What’s the labor market value of degrees and certificates?
- How do employers value traditional degrees versus online degrees?
- Do employers prefer an experienced worker over a highly skilled new graduate?
- How will the Affordable Care Act affect employment levels?
Join us August 7 at the Missouri Botanical Garden to hear how regional employers responded to these questions and much more. RVSP Now.