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It should examine, question, and compare theoretical bodies of knowledge. Possible new areas of study should be articulated. Your research paper should be 15 to 20 pages in length (excluding cover page and reference page). It should include a literature review with at least five peer reviewed sources. The paper should include a research question to further pursue, an area to study further, or a new theory or direction. Save a copy of this paper in your personal Portfolio folder for later in your degree program. The schedule for completion of your project is: Research Question: How can Kansas City Kansas Community College impact how the community prepare individuals to meet employers and impact the unemployment needs? Background Information: The national employment picture followed the same general pattern as Kansas City. The employment loss associated with the 2001 recession was slightly steeper in Kansas City, but U.S. employment loss in the 2008-09 recession was significantly worse than Kansas City’s. The Information and Transportation sectors were hit hard in the 2001 recession. Those are two industries that the Kansas City area specializes in, so we felt the brunt of that recession more than the nation. The 2008-09 recession has resulted in job losses in most every industry, but manufacturing and construction were particularly hard hit. Kansas City is not as invested in those industries; thus, we are weathering this recession better than other parts of the country. With an aging population, it is not too surprising that health and social assistance was the fastest growing sector for employment nationally, and
second-fastest growing locally. Professional and technical service employment was the fastest growing sector in the Kansas City area.
Kansas City Employment by Industry
Mining, Logging and Construction 5% Local Government 11% State Government 2% Federal Government 3% Financial Activities 7% Education Services 2% Health Care and Social Assistance 11% Information 4% Leisure and Hospitality 9% Manufacturing 8% Admin and Waste Services 6% Other Prof. and Business Services 2% Professional, Scientific, and Tech. Services 7% Other Services 4% Retail Trade 11% Transportation and Utilities 4% Wholesale Trade 5% In general, the mix of industries in Kansas City is a mirror of the national mix of industries.
Wyandotte County, located in Kansas City, Kansas, has a long history of industrial business. From our earliest base of meat-packing plants to current corporations like General Motors, Procter & Gamble, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Owens Corning, and Kellogg’s to name a few, industries have flourished here due to Wyandotte County's highway accessibility, availability of skilled labor and work ethic, and available sites and buildings. With nearly 26.5 million square feet of industrial space in Wyandotte County, we are proud to boast a strong manufacturing presence and the emergence of quality distribution space throughout our county. In communities such as Wyandotte County in Kansas City Kansas, the unemployment rate had been in the double digits until recently. The question becomes, what changed, and how can we continue moving the unemployed figures in a downward motion? The ability of the workforce individuals to complete the circle of jobs, workers matched together would be key. This would require some changes in the existing systems for several entities.
An area to further study: http://www.ehow.com/facts_5707749_definition-workforce-development_.html What Is the Definition of Workforce Development? By Kay Wiki, eHow Contributor Read more: What Is the Definition of Workforce Development? | eHow.com
http://www.ehow.com/facts_5707749_definition-workforcedevelopment_.html#ixzz1HQuNKQvp Read more: What Is the Definition of Workforce Development? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_5707749_definition-workforcedevelopment_.html#ixzz1HQtjEphc The key components to consider are the workforce and workforce development is one of the most important aspects in a globally competitive world and an economy more and more driven by knowledge and innovation. The global definition of workforce is the total number of a country’s population employed in the armed forces and civilian jobs, plus those unemployed people who are actually seeking paying work. (http://www.investorwords.com/11320/total.html) The primary concern of businesses when looking to relocate into any area is the workforce and increasingly more important than some traditional economic development factors. Having trained and skilled workers for existing and potential businesses in our community is vital. The challenge becomes matching the existing workforce with the skills needed for the particular industry. Workforce development is a term used to describe employment initiative services offered by agencies and government programs. Across the United States, cities and small communities advocate workforce development because it is an essential component in creating, sustaining and retaining a viable workforce. Through workforce development, communities are able to create social and economic prosperity. New companies and small business can tap into
new markets and grow nationally or globally. Workforce development focuses on the communities as well as the individual. It is through workforce development that companies are able to increase their cultural competences to create an international presence. Workforce development provides training for the individual so they can increase their competency and helps them to be a stronger asset in the workforce. For those individuals that are finding it difficult to reenter the workforce, they can benefit from the services that many workforce development agencies provide, such as resume assistance, career counseling and job matching. Leadership development is also essential to a strong workforce. Through workforce development, the capacity of local leaders is increased, and they are better equipped to create new opportunities and recruit more individuals into the workplace.
A new direction: The community in which I live, there is a high disparity of unemployment rate between those that are employed and those that are seeking employees. While our economy seems to be turning around and jobs are being created at a slow but steady rate, there is still a big gap. I see the roles of the professionals in the area of workforce development being one of bridging the gap. It is not as simple as make it and they will come. Finding a way to connect the employers with the employees is a community and/or national issue.
We believe that new economic realities and a globally competitive environment require new approaches to economic and workforce development. Missouri community colleges have always played a critical role in economic and workforce development and we stand ready to play such a role within a new strategy. We believe that we are among the key stakeholders in the success of job creation and retention in Missouri. indeed, our communities are depending on it. In today’s economic development environment employers are evaluating locations in terms of the existing workforce and the skills they bring to their particular industry. They want to locate in areas that already serve companies in their industry sector to take advantage of supply chains, including education and training. They are looking for local educational institutions and existing training programs that fill the pipeline with workers trained for that industry. Where gaps remain, programs like Georgia’s Quick Start Training Program provide turn-key solutions to providing a trained workforce on the ground and at start- up, all accomplished with a minimum of paperwork. Missouri has a foundation in place from which a new model of economic and workforce development can be built. Missouri has a vibrant community college system with a strong history of economic and workforce development. A system of career centers across the state serve job seekers and employers and is well positioned to screen and assess applicants for training or employment. The Division of Workforce Development is staffed by many experienced workforce professionals who have developed partnerships with the community colleges and the career centers.
Although random acts of collaboration occur often, a more coherent strategy is needed to maximize these assets. This strategy must be based upon three principles: Targeting, Collaboration and Flexibility.
With Wyandotte County having a long tradition of industrial and manufacturing businesses, workforce has always been a true asset to this community and we will continue to build on our strengths with new innovations and emerging industries. Knowing how important a workforce delivery system is for local, emerging, and new businesses in the community, Wyandotte County is proud to boast a cutting edge workforce development system – the Workforce Development TEAM (Total Employment Asset Management). The TEAM approach is a one stop shop formed by a collaboration of multiple community partners including chambers of commerce, economic development groups, public school systems, higher educational and training institutions, and local, state, and federal governments. The goal of the Workforce Development TEAM is to have a single point of contact as an access point, coordinate the components necessary to address individual workforce needs, and implement an action plan to address the workforce necessity. The TEAM can address a multitude of workforce needs from screening to recruiting, from apprenticeships to industry marketing, from public school curriculum to internships The spring board and lead agency for the Workforce Development TEAM is the Workforce Partnership, which was formed with funding from the Workforce Investment Act through the local Workforce Investment Board and the State of Kansas.
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What needs to be changed? How will the change be implemented? What are the levers and how will they be dealt with? What are the desired outcomes? How do we get the three sectors on the same page? Who are the partners and how do we get them to come to the table? Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development groups, colleges and university, small business, large business. Develop a career pathway concept for K-12
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