Breakthrough Employer Engagement Practices

This Genz presentation discusses the gap between what students learn in the classroom and what employers need in the workplace.  There are few venues for long-term strategic employer engagement, and employer roles have been limited to narrow advisory functions.

Employers find it difficult to play the long game for many reasons, including:

  • Fragmented employer outreach
  • Educators set the agenda
  • Few opportunities for employers to find their collective voice
  • The right business leaders are difficult to engage

The alternative?  Maricopa Community Colleges which recognized the need to better align programs with the needs of industry sectors that have high demand for workers with STEM skills.  The distinguishing characteristics?

  • Agenda is led by industry
  • Complementary roles with advisory boards
  • Alignment with broader regional industry engagement efforts
  • Faculty weighed in early on

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