Let’s talk workforce development! The Eastern Iowa Community Colleges invite you to join them as they bring together business, industry, organizations, and educators to identify and solve systemic workforce challenges in our area’s key industries.
Join 150 regional leaders from across advanced manufacturing, healthcare, information technology, and logistics/transportation from 7-10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, to discuss ways to expand and leverage our workforce to build business and economic growth as part of the fall Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois Super Sector Board Meeting. Held in the Mississippi Hall at the RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, the meeting will include two separate panel discussions on workforce development from both education and HR perspectives.
This meeting will also bring together the four regional sector boards (healthcare, information technology, logistics/transportation, and advanced manufacturing) to determine focus and goals for the year.
Sector boards are involved in long-term efforts that integrate workforce and economic development strategies. Sector boards focus attention on the needs of multiple employers in a specific industry and serve multiple customers (employers, workers, educational institutions, and agencies). They build in-depth knowledge of the industry and develop solutions to industry issues, changes, and concerns, as well as promote community change that results in positive outcomes for business, industry, and the workforce.
7:30–7:45 a.m. Check-in and continental breakfast
7:45–8:45 a.m. “A Workforce Conversation with K-12 Educators”
A teacher, counselor, principal and superintendent from the community will share what the career development process looks like in their district, what business and industry can do to help education, what they wish employers knew about today’s youth and more.
9–10 a.m. “Human Resources Panel: Hiring and Retaining Workers”
Representatives from business and industry will discuss how the hiring process has changed, what the most challenging positions are to fill, how work-based training has impacted their ability to recruit and hire employees, what issues prevent them from retaining employees, and the innovative ways they retain employees.
10–10:30 a.m. Sector Board updates