Event highlights how industry, education can work together

January 07, 2014

Leaders in business and education from across the region will gather at Monroe Community College on Jan. 22 to discuss partnerships that will better prepare young and mid-career workers for current and future jobs.

The event is sponsored by the trade group Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise and called “Driving a New National Skills Policy: Why Local Partnerships Like FAME Make a Difference.”

The conference runs from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Monroe Community College’s Warshof Conference Center, R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center on the Brighton Campus, 1000 East Henrietta Road. Registration is required but the fee is waived for educators at the online site: www.nyfame.org.

The keynote speaker is Andy Van Kleunen, founder and executive director of the National Skills Coalition, which campaigns for policies that will ensure a stable supply of the 21st century “middle-skill” workers. The term middle-skill refers to jobs that require more than a high school education but not necessarily a four-year degree.

Van Kleunen will address the relevance of public-private partnerships and how they influence education and related workforce policy.