COMPACT, institutions of higher education, local employers, and community leaders came togher for an afternoon discussion on the collaborative partnership at the post-secondary level happening in McLean County that are sparking interest in career and college pathways.
The Education to Employer Fall Summit began with a fireside chat; with appearces by ISU President Dr. Larry Dietz , IWU Interim President Dr. Georgia Nugent , Heartland Community College President Dr. Keith Cornille, and Lincoln College Interim VP for Academic Affairs Michelle Baldwin.
Connecting Employers and College Students through Career Services
Discuss how career services offices at local institutions of higher education are impacting the talent pipeline in McLean County. Hear from a panel of representatives from ISU, IWU, Heartland and Lincoln College about innovative work they are doing to prepare students and how employers can engage! Facilitated by Vance Laine, Executive Director of the Normal Campus for Lincoln College.
Illinois State University: Pamela Cooper, Director of ISU Career Center
Illinois Wesleyan University: Warren Kistner, Director of the IWU Career Center
Heartland Community College: Ann Schick, Academic Advisor for Career Connections
Lincoln College: Aaron Hurley, Assistant Professor of Business and Internship Coordinator
Upskilling the Workforce
This session will focus on opportunities and resources available to assist local employers with developing skills for employees to prepare them to handle their jobs well. Upskilling is an ongoing necessity that helps in reducing costs of supervision and on the job accidents; as well as helps with increased productivity and meeting the needs of today's industries. Join us for an interactive look at local means to upskill your workforce.
David Vaughn, Technical Specialist /Planner with Career Link- An Illinois workNet Center
Christina Schulz, Associate Director, Business and Industry Solutions with Heartland Community College
The Economic Impact of Being a "College Town"
Participate in an open dialogue session regarding why being a "college town" helps our community and businesses thrive. Discuss the economic impact of college students in McLean County and how we as a community can assist with student retention.
Dr. Frank Beck, Illinois State University Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development
"Economic Impact Analysis of Illinois State University" by Hassan Mohammadi and Frank Beck