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A Podcast to Help You Assess, Develop, and Grow Your Workforce

We all have a stake in making our communities more competitive. Closing the skills gap and driving economic growth starts at the grassroots level. Tune into the Ready for Work podcast for a bimonthly discussion about str
Latest Episode5/21/2021

Joplin's Road to Recovery as a Work Ready Community - Ten Years After Devastating Tornado Disaster

Season 2, Ep. 27
One of the nation's deadliest tornados struck Joplin, Missouri ten years ago this week.On episode 27 of Ready for Work, we take a closer look at Joplin's recovery through the lens of the workforce ecosystem and the nation's first ACT-certified Work Ready Community.A recurring theme is the priceless value of partnership connectivity and innovation.The workforce ecosystem was fortunate to have integrated partnerships with education and economic development that helped respond directly to the needs and urgency required.Check out interviews with a few of those partners, such as Dave Rockers from Franklin Technology Center, Julie Gibson, a former state workforce development director, and Rob O’Brian, the developer at the helm of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce during the recovery effort.This edition showcases clips from participants and leaders in Joplin's Disaster Recovery Jobs Program.Guests and Featured ResourcesRob O’Brian, O’Brian and Associates, former President of the Joplin Area Chamber of CommerceDave Rockers, Director, Franklin Technology CenterJulie Gibson, GPS Impact, former director of Missouri Workforce DevelopmentCitizens Advisory Recovery TeamSouthwest Missouri Workforce BoardACT Press Release on Joplin Tornado 10th AnniversaryDisaster Recovery Jobs Program Statewide Video JournalDisaster Recovery and Resiliency Series – Ready for Work PodcastResiliency Toolkit and Disaster Recovery Resources from ACTACT Work Ready Communities
5/21/2021

Joplin's Road to Recovery as a Work Ready Community - Ten Years After Devastating Tornado Disaster

Season 2, Ep. 27
One of the nation's deadliest tornados struck Joplin, Missouri ten years ago this week.On episode 27 of Ready for Work, we take a closer look at Joplin's recovery through the lens of the workforce ecosystem and the nation's first ACT-certified Work Ready Community.A recurring theme is the priceless value of partnership connectivity and innovation.The workforce ecosystem was fortunate to have integrated partnerships with education and economic development that helped respond directly to the needs and urgency required.Check out interviews with a few of those partners, such as Dave Rockers from Franklin Technology Center, Julie Gibson, a former state workforce development director, and Rob O’Brian, the developer at the helm of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce during the recovery effort.This edition showcases clips from participants and leaders in Joplin's Disaster Recovery Jobs Program.Guests and Featured ResourcesRob O’Brian, O’Brian and Associates, former President of the Joplin Area Chamber of CommerceDave Rockers, Director, Franklin Technology CenterJulie Gibson, GPS Impact, former director of Missouri Workforce DevelopmentCitizens Advisory Recovery TeamSouthwest Missouri Workforce BoardACT Press Release on Joplin Tornado 10th AnniversaryDisaster Recovery Jobs Program Statewide Video JournalDisaster Recovery and Resiliency Series – Ready for Work PodcastResiliency Toolkit and Disaster Recovery Resources from ACTACT Work Ready Communities
2/3/2021

25 - Rebooting Economic and Workforce Development for 2021

Season 2, Ep. 25
Keeping the future in mind is a necessary function for persisting through disaster recovery.As regions continue to overcome the pandemic, there is a balance in preparing for future opportunities and obstacles at the same time.Episode 25 features Chad Chancellor, Co-Founder and CEO of the Next Move Group.Listeners can gain insight on the ever-changing skills marketplace in economic development and how that translates to expectations for workforce development and career education leaders.Chad explains how smaller markets and rural areas could see increased viability.Prospects and investors appreciate a simple, user-friendly approach with the buckets of recruit, screen, and train.Chad helps listeners find the right balance in wage competitiveness as well.Rounding out episode 25 are recaps from Mark Arend of Site Selection magazine as new rankings are out for 2021.Preble County, Ohio’s economic development chief, Brenda Latanza, shares her experience in the site selection process as a Work Ready Community.Guests and ContributorsChad Chancellor, Next Move GroupMark Arend, Site Selection MagazineBrenda Latanza, Preble County (OH) Development PartnershipResourcesNext Move Group2021 State of the States and Regional Workforce Rankings from Site Selection MagazineEpisode 18 with Mark Arend of Site Selection MagazineEpisode 10 Work Ready Communities OverviewEpisode 1 Using Work Ready Communities for Economic DevelopmentACT Workforce NewsletterACT Workforce SolutionsACT Work Ready Communities
9/30/2020

24 - Deploy and Analyze Recovery and Resiliency Initiatives

Season 2, Ep. 24
In our third of three episodes dedicated to Skills-Based Recovery and Resiliency, episode 24 brings us to the Deploy and Analyze phases in the five-part ALEDA framework. Sean McCoy from Public Consulting Group shares some factors worth considering in the deployment of recovery services remotely. We’ll check out some best practice examples in remote work-based learning with Kelly Dyer in Missouri, and remote instruction with Brownwyn Robertson in Mississippi.Mike Longo and Mary LeFebvre are back with us to share tips and perspectives in analyzing recovery and resiliency efforts.Episode 22 covers the Adapt phase while 23 explores the Lead and Engage phases. Guests and ContributorsSean McCoy, Public Consulting GroupKelly Dyer, Missouri InternConnect and ApprenticeConnectMike Longo, Lorain County Workforce Agency and OhioMeansJobs CenterBrownwyn Robertson, Mississippi Adult Education Smart StartMary LeFebvre, ACT Governmental Affairs ResourcesSign up for the ACT Toolkits on Skills-Based Hiring for Recovery and ResiliencyPublic Consulting Group and VERA SolutionMissouri InternConnect and ApprenticeConnectEpisode 11: Next-Level Apprenticeship and Work-Based LearningACT Case Study on Ohio Re-Employment Success in Lorain County/Northern OhioACT Case Study on Ohio Statewide Re-Employment SuccessEpisode 20: Adult Education Success in Mississippi with WorkKeys CurriculumMississippi Adult Education Smart StartWorkKeys CurriculumEpisode 22: Adapt Phase of ALEDA Framework (Part 1 of 3)Episode 23: Lead and Engage Phases of ALEDA Framework (Part 2 of 3)ACT Workforce NewsletterACT Workforce SolutionsACT Work Ready Communities
9/29/2020

23 - Leading and Engaging Recovery and Resiliency

Season 2, Ep. 23
Workforce ecosystem leaders encounter plenty of challenging layers to disaster recovery and economic resiliency. ACT curated a five-part toolkit with a framework we call ALEDA. We covered the Adapt phase in Episode 22. In this installment, we explore the Lead and Engage phases. We have an interview with Lisa Rice, a former Workforce Director turned leadership consultant.Lisa offers perspectives on three qualities of a leader in disaster recovery, and advice for those new to skills-based recovery systems. Mike Longo, a workforce director in the certified Work Ready Community of Lorain County, Ohio. Through the OhioMeansJobs centers, Mike’s team deployed the Make Your Lay Off Pay Off initiative. Mike shares lessons learned from the last economic downturn, and how they reformed training and quality standards in their deployment.Guests and ContributorsLisa Rice, Every Strength CountsMike Longo, Lorain County Workforce Agency and OhioMeansJobs CenterEd Morrison, Agile Strategy Lab and co-author of Strategic DoingResourcesSign up for the ACT Toolkits on Skills-Based Hiring for Recovery and ResiliencyEvery Strength Counts Leadership Development, Consulting, Peer EngagementLorain County OhioMeansJobsACT Case Study on Ohio Re-Employment Success in Lorain County/Northern OhioACT Case Study on Ohio Statewide Re-Employment SuccessEpisode 22: Adapt Phase of ALEDA Framework (Part 1 of 3)Episode 24: Deploy and Analyze Phases of ALEDA Framework (Part 3 of 3)Episode 4: Getting Strategic About Doing Agile Strategy Lab ACT Workforce NewsletterACT Workforce SolutionsACT Work Ready Communities
9/28/2020

22 Adapting for Recovery with Data, Skills, and Systems

Season 2, Ep. 22
Ready for Work episode 22 is the first of three on the ALEDA Framework using Skills-Based Hiring for Disaster Recovery and Economic Resiliency. The five-part framework is Adapt, Lead, Engage, Deploy, and Analyze. We focus this episode on the Adapt phase in Data, Skills, and Systems.The Adapt phase helps us re-position traditional disaster recovery models to meet the needs of your local economy.We must adapt our local data to be current and actionable in order to address each issue organically.Skills for the jobs that remain or return often change dramatically based on the pivots employers make to adapt to their new market realities. Disaster recovery often requires unbundling of your current services to create the flexibility needed to convert options for remote access and other safety protocols.Guests and ContributorsMary LeFebvre, ACT Governmental Affairs Eric Canada, Blane-Canada Ltd.Chris Manheim, Manheim Solutions and Certified WorkKeys ProfilerVirginia Hamiliton, WorkforceGPSSean McCoy, Public Consulting GroupResourcesSign up for ACT Toolkits on Skills-Based Hiring for Recovery and ResiliencyBRE Covid Response Network from Blane Canada LtdACT WorkKeys JobPro Database (for probing skill levels by job title)Customer-Centered Design Community of Practice from WorkforceGPSWorkforceGPS Pathway to Recovery ResourcesContact Risk Database for Return to Work PlanningEpisode 23: Lead and Engage Phases of ALEDA Framework(Part 2 of 3)Episode 24: Deploy and Analyze Phases of ALEDA Framework(Part 3 of 3)ACT Workforce NewsletterACT Workforce SolutionsACT Work Ready Communities