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Larimer County Workforce Investment Board

August 8, 2012 – 7:45 am to 9:30 am

Larimer County Courthouse 200 West Oak Street – Hearing Room 1st Floor



A.    Call to Order  (Mike Reiff)                                                                                                                                 (7:45 - 7:50)

1.   Roll Call


WIB Members

PRESENT / ABSENT

 

Guests, Staff, Youth Council and Ex-Officio Members Present

Joshua Birks

Absent

 

Robert Bishop

Flood & Peterson

Bradley Buum

Present

 

Deb Callies

Staff

Cynthia Christie

Present

 

Michele Christensen

FCHA

Al Dill

Absent

 

Mary Cook

Staff

Robin Fallon

Present

 

Adam Crowe

Staff

Betsey Hale

Absent

 

Cheryl DeGrave

Staff

Kathy Hanson

Absent

 

Joni Friedman

Staff

Ann Hutchison

Absent

 

Lew Gaiter

BOCC

Heather Lelchook

Present

 

Ella Gifford-Hawkins

Staff

Ryan Lennartson

Present

 

Gary Horvath

Consultant

Richard Martinez

Present

 

Fawn Leaf

Youth Council

Tracy Mead

Present

 

Catherine MacGowan

Staff

Gregg Meisinger

Present

 

Jody Margheim

Poudre School District

Yvonne Myers

Absent

 

Barbara McBride

CDLE

Jim Neubecker

Present

 

Deborah Moeck

SBDC

Tracy Oldemeyer

Present

 

Linda Murphy

CUWA

Kathy Olson

Absent

 

Ed Pilkington

Guest

Nancy Patton

Absent

 

Pranaya Sathe

Youth Council

Kelly Peters

Absent

 

Nicole Surber

Staff

Rob Phillips

Present

 

 

 

Geniphyr Ponce-Pore

Present

 

 

 

Mike Reiff

Present

 

 

 

Miki Roth

Present

 

 

 

Ed Rutherford

Present

 

 

 

Jeffrey Smith

Present

 

 

 

Deb Spotts

Present

 

 

 

Carol Steinbock

Absent

 

 

 

Eric Stenner

Absent

 

 

 

Kory Stolte

Absent

 

 

 

Susan Strating

Absent

 

 

 

Jerry Thurber

Present

 

 

 

Lynn Vosler

Present

 

 

 

Julie Zinn Patti

Present

 

 

 

 

 

2.   Review agenda

3.   Public Comment on topics not on the agenda

       

B.    Consent Calendar   (Mike Reiff)                                                                                                                     (7:50 - 7:52)

1.   Approval of Minutes  (June 13, 2012) **Vote Required**

The June 13, 2012 minutes were approved as written.

C.    Welcome New WIB Members   (Mike Reiff)                                                                                                (7:52 - 8:00)

Mike introduced the four new WIB members:

·  Robin Fallon, Center Partners

·  Tracy Oldemeyer, Cline, Williams, Wright, Johnson & Oldfather, LLP

·  Nancy Patton, Public Service Credit Union (not present)

·  Deb Spotts, CSU Center for Community Partnerships

D.    Business Development Manager Position Update (Joni Friedman)                                                  (8:00  - 8:05)


The Business Development Manager position, recently vacated by Kathy Dotson,

has been separated into two positions, a Business Development Manager to
lead the  internal Business Development Team and a WIB Liaison and Enterprise Zone
Administrator.  Adam Crowe has accepted the Business Development Manager

position.   Joni shared the key functions of the WIB Liaison position, which will be
posted in the next few weeks, and asked everyone to refer qualified applicants.

Applications can be submitted at larimer.org/jobs.

E.    Get Into Water Grant Update  (Mary Cook, Workforce Center)                                                             (8:05 – 8:10)

Mary Cook shared an overview of the Get Into Water Grant.    The grant provides free
training for people interested in careers in the water industry.

 

F.    Youth Council Updates  (Nicole Surber, Workforce Center)                                                                    (8:10 – 8:15)

 

Nicole Surber gave an update on Youth Council activities including the possibility
of a youth summit. 
The model for the youth summit is still being discussed but it may
include opportunities for youth to compete for short term internship or job shadowing
opportunities.
 

G.    WIB Areas of Focus  (Mike Reiff and Joni Friedman)                                                                                 (8:15 – 9:25)

1.    Support and train for middle skill occupations

2.    Build math and science skills

3.   Leadership and upward mobility training

    i.   What’s happening now?  Existing Workforce Center Initiatives  

    ii.   Small Group Discussion  - Next Steps

·  How can the WIB best address the focus areas?  Should the WIB support existing Workforce Center initiatives and help them grow or work on the focus areas in a different way? 

    iii.   Proposed outcomes

    iv.   Report out to group

Joni provided background data on how we arrived at our areas of focus for 2012 -2013 and reviewed the WIB mission and strategic objectives.   She shared information on some current Workforce Center and community initiatives pertaining to the focus areas.  Three groups were formed to discuss:  How can the WIB best address the focus areas?  Should the WIB support existing Workforce Center initiatives and help them grow or work on the focus areas in a different way?  The sub-committee chairs, and others interested, are invited to attend the Executive Committee meeting on September 4, 2012 from 1:00 – 2:30 at the Larimer County Courthouse to review proposed outcomes, determine priorities and assign tasks.

Please see below for the flip chart notes from each group. 

 

H.    Other                                                                                                                                                                    (9:25 - 9:30)

 

Rob Phillips shared that the advocacy sub-committee recently met and would like to change the
name of the group from advocacy to outreach, no decision has been reached.   More members are needed on the committee, please contact Rob is you are interested in joining. 

               

I.    Adjourn               

 

Next Meeting:

October 10, 2012 from 7:45 – 9:30 am at the Larimer County Courthouse (200 W. Oak Street) 1st floor Hearing Room.

 

 

August 8, 2012 WIB Small Group Discussion

WIB Areas of Focus – Flip Chart Notes

 

Leadership & Upward Mobility

 

Recommendations to the Executive Committee:

 

ü  Leadership & Upward Mobility is a large category.  Three “buckets” were identified:

o  Youth soft skills, professionalism, and career preparation

o  Mid-career professionals; transitioning from Individual Contributor to Manager of People or Projects

o  Organizational Leadership and Long-Term Success- COO / CEO

ü  Our preference is to support, strengthen, or enhance one or more initiatives that already exist; however, we feel we need a more complete understanding of all initiatives before doing that.
(Examples: LCWC, CSU, FRCC, SAGE Advisors, Innosphere, MSEC, PSD, SBDC, etc.)

ü  Would like to perform a community-wide inventory of all existing initiatives and services available.  

o  Do businesses know what exists and is it accessible?

o  Is the curriculum effective?

o  Is funding needed to prolong initiatives?

o  Cohesive or scattered?

ü  When inventory complete, have Gaps been identified?

o  May consider launching new initiative at that time; for example, partner with FRCC to develop new program / curriculum.

ü  When appropriate, initiate effort to connect businesses to available resources. 

 

Other considerations:

ü  Offer platform for multiple small businesses to participate in trainings together (economies of scale- small business often cannot afford leadership consulting services & training)

ü  It was noted that the September Symposium has been canceled while that is an opportunity for leadership training

ü  Don’t underestimate the importance of investing in mid-management to achieve long-term company goals- critical yet often over looked. (CEO/COO)

ü  Want to make sure we are solving the right problem and playing the appropriate “WIB” role in the process

ü  Some discussion around SAGE advisors and are they teaching the right information?  Perhaps a “train the mentor” initiative is needed

 

Building Math & Science Skills

 

Recommendations to the Executive Committee:

 

  1. Implement math and science curriculum into internships

·  Target groups

-  K-12 school                               -   Post secondary                             - Adult and youth workforce

  1. Identify community resource for remedial math (and other STEM programs that already exist)
  2. Connect business tour to related math class such as the Adams County 9-5 program

 

 

Support and Train for Middle School Occupations

Recommendations to the Executive Committee:

ü  Develop a marketing program to promote middle skill employment opportunities.

 

·  Job Information

-   What are the jobs?

-   What do they do?

-   What are the current opportunities?

-   What is the outlook for the future?

-   What is the income potential?

 

·  Training/Skills

- What are the educational requirements?

-   What are the required skills?

-   What occupations possess skills that are easily transferred

-   Career ladders

 

·  Partners will be:

-   Schools  / Career and Tech Education Programs

-   Employers

-   Veteran’s Administration

-   SBDC

 

·  Promote to the community! 

–   Businesses

–   Youth

–   Parents

–   Schools

–   Women

 

Identify and Measure Outcomes

 

Other ideas discussed:

·  School/Business Partnerships

–  Work with schools to offer classes as an intro to these occupations and then partner with businesses to provide internship opportunities at completion of the class.

·  Offer a Power / Utilities training program similar to Get into Water.

–  Partner with schools.

·  Utility Infrastructure Academy - A project currently in California of an academy that offers training and education opportunities involving utilities, power, water, etc.

·  Promote to Veterans

–   Current opportunities offered by workforce centers

–  Transferable skills

·  Offer Certifications/Licenses based on current/transferable skills to Veterans

–  Fill the gaps by utilizing military skills sets

·  Apply for a grant to provide computer training

–   Software Interaction

–   Programming

 

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