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The Partnership Imperative: Community Colleges, Employers, & America’s Chronic Skills Gap
New research on the community college-employer partnership highlights the urgent need for changes in how we equip workers with the skills needed to keep the U.S. economy competitive and fill the millions of vacant positions. The disconnect between educators and employers is prevalent. Employers complain they cannot find the talent they need, while many students emerge from the community college system unable to find employment in their field of study or at a living wage. In order to repair the relationship and build a work-ready workforce, employers and educators must work together to offer training and education that is aligned with industry needs, establish relationships that result in the recruitment and hiring of students and graduates, and ensure transparent and effective communication. Join the Massachusetts High Technology Council on Wednesday, February 1 for a thought-provoking virtual event examining the findings from the new report, "The Partnership Imperative: Community Colleges, Employers, and America's Chronic Skills Gap." Published by Harvard Business School’s Project on Managing the Future of Work and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the report takes a deep dive into the state of collaboration between community colleges and business leaders and calls on employers to more actively partner with educators. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about the state of the community college-employer partnership and discover strategies for cultivating a steady pipeline of qualified candidates to meet the demands of a competitive and thriving economy. Register now to attend the event and be a part of the solution.

Feb 1, 2023 03:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Joseph Fuller
Professor of Management Practice; Co-Head, Managing the Future of Work Project; Co-Head, Project on Workforce @Harvard Business School
Joseph Fuller is a Professor of Management Practice in General Management at Harvard Business School & co-leads the school’s multi-year initiative, Managing the Future of Work. He teaches the Becoming a General Manager course in the 2nd year of the MBA program & formerly headed The Entrepreneurial Manager course. A 1981 magna cum laude graduate of the school, Joe was a founder & 1st employee of the global consulting firm, Monitor Group, now Monitor-Deloitte. His research has probed the "skills gap" & investigates the paradox that many employers have difficulty filling jobs while millions of Americans remain unemployed or have left the workforce. Joe has spoken at numerous management conferences & written extensively. His work is used in the curriculums of dozens of MBA programs worldwide. He’s a member of the Executive Committee of the Harvard College Fund & was named to Governor Baker’s Commission on Digital Innovation & Lifelong Learning in 2018.
Christopher Zannetos
Founder; Co-founder & CEO @STEMatch; Covered Security
Chris Zannetos is a tech and education entrepreneur, cybersecurity industry pioneer, and community builder. As founder and CEO of security software companies, he has helped create hundreds of jobs in Massachusetts and products that have defined the cybersecurity market. He is currently CEO of Covered Security, which has created the industry’s first personal assistant for identity theft prevention. Chris is also founder and Chairman of STEMatch, a non-profit that brings companies together with schools to make the opportunities created by STEM education equally visible and accessible to all. STEMatch has brought companies such as State Street Bank, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Salesforce.com, and Mimecast to work with Boston Public Schools to deliver hands-on Career Days for hundreds of 6th graders – and with MassBay Community College to build a new path to tech jobs that doesn’t require a 4-year college degree.
Gary Beach
Publisher Emeritus @CIO Magazine
Gary Beach is a director-at-large at the High Tech Council, a position he's held since 2015. For 43yrs he held management positions in the tech industry’s most influential magazines & newspapers, most notably serving as publisher of CIO Magazine for 17 yrs. Inspired by reading A Nation at Risk–the 1983 seminal critique of the US public education system–he began a 6yr research project that resulted in The US Technology Skills Gap, a bestselling book published by Wiley in 2013 & reviewed by US News & World Report as the “best written contextual history” of STEM education in the US. Shortly after publication, he was invited to join the WSJ to write commentaries on workforce development & the skills gap. In 1995 he founded, & continues to serve as co-chair, of Tech Corps a national nonprofit focused on honing the computer science skills of young Americans. In 2014, he created the “Skills Gap Misery Index," the only national index that measures the economic impact created by the skills gap.