National Network Members Participate in Learning Lab

Posted: February 26th, 2014

Within days of outlining their five-point agenda in Washington on February 20, several members of the National Network of Business and Industry Associations (National Network) began putting those efforts to work by participating in a panel discussion and focus group in Orlando, Florida, at The Transformative Change Initiative’s Learning Lab for community colleges.

On February 22-24, the Learning Lab participants, which included Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) consortium grantees, as well as leaders in education and workforce development, policy, and business, exchanged ideas and held discussions on the central theme of  “evolving innovation and scaling impact”.

Facilitated by Emily Stover DeRocco, strategic advisor, ACT Foundation, the National Network panel included Steve Kramer, senior vice president, National Restaurant Association Education Foundation; Maureen Lambe, executive vice president, National Apartment Association Education Institute; Ann Randazzo, executive director, Center for Energy Workforce Development; James Wall, executive director, National Institute for Metalworking Skills; and Jacey Wilkins, project manager, National Network of Business and Industry Associations.

The group shared its agenda to expand industry’s role in defining necessary skills and forging new learning pathways. In a discussion with community college leaders, the group also discussed:

  • setting national standards for industry credentials
  • identifying cross-sector knowledge, skills, and abilities to make educational programming more effective and efficient
  • expanding work-based learning
  • changing HR practices to “hiring for competency”
  • scaling learning pathways that yield employment outcomes

The National Network will continue to work with education institutions, including community college grantees of TAACCCT, to develop competency-based education programming that integrates industry-recognized credentials and positions students for success in a variety of jobs.