The FBC board selected workforce development as the priority initiative in 2015. In partnership with educational leaders at all levels the organization launched a strategic planning process to learn more about existing assets, where there are gaps and to develop an apparatus to align resources and initiatives as an ecosystem. Recognizing that improving education without a close relationship with employers, the FBC is also focused on building a strong Advanced Manufacturing Cluster in partnership with the Office of Community and Economic Development at Fresno State.

For success employers and educators must be true partners at the level of design, execution, funding and continuous improvement. Today’s workplace requires students to have higher levels of personal, social and technical skills than in the past. They must also sustain a life-long passion for learning and mastery. Germany is viewed as an outstanding example of how to achieve this. Lessons from Germany and the Future of Vocational Education

An initial white paper, CTE in the San Joaquin Valley 032515 was developed following a Town Hall Meeting convened by the California Community Colleges System as part their comprehensive effort  http://doingwhatmatters.cccco.edu/Overview.aspx Fresno continues to work closely with the Deputy Chancellor’s office to align efforts and leverage resources

To quickly grasp the significant changes in the economy and the workforce that require us all to change check out this video–Success in The New Economy.  https://vimeo.com/67277269 It will inspire you and make you a believer.

Most encouraging we already have a model of success, the Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART). http://cart.org/ The story of CART is a story of learning by doing. As a collaboration between two very different school districts–Clovis Unified and Fresno Unified–it is a testament to how by thinking and working together we can build community, great citizens and graduates good to go.

We have  identified some short term and long term objectives to scale and accelerate the CTE movement including:

  • Create a network of employers and educators to ensure that every student has opportunities for internships, apprenticeships and a range of interactions with workplaces and employees across a range of industries and disciplines.
  • Create a central online hub to facilitate connections and engagement.
  • Identify, assess, connect and enhance the various CTE efforts in the Fresno Area.
  • Determine metrics and include them on the Fresno Community Scorecard.
  • Align efforts to enhance civic learning and social emotional development with the CTE Initiative.

We welcome you to join us in this effort.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Contact us at dnankivell@www.fresnobc.org  to find out how.