Nurturing Human Capital

Reform our education system to better prepare our children and youth to become proficient, skilled, competitive and productive members of our workforce.

Challenges

  • Finding employees with specialized skills: Addressing the brain-drain that has driven individuals with specialized skills to other jurisdictions in search of better pay and improved quality of life. A lack of workforce development initiatives.
  • Employee retention: Organizations are not encouraged to understand the importance of developing the next generation of organizational leaders due to the political nature of government work. Providing competitive benefits and compensation is challenging.
  • Our Brain Drain: Many of our students go off to college never to return. They become degreed specialists and professionals whose expertise is sorely needed to rebuild the territory.
  • Lack of college access and workforce training programs for a large number of graduating seniors from the public schools: A number of our students drop out of high school and do not pursue their GED. Some graduates lack funding for college or to pay for special skills training or workforce development programs.
  • A lack of a targeted and focused curriculum in our schools: Our public schools do not focus on integrating curriculum objectives that expose our students to the world of work. Programs such as “School-to-Work” that are no longer in our schools provided the opportunity to guide our students in making intelligent choices regarding their future workforce participation and career choices. Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are minimal.

Solutions

  • Develop a strategic organizational plan for each department to align skills, tasks, and resources for best use.
  • Work with public and private sector industries to identify gaps in worker capacity and develop a strategy to implement workforce training programs.
  • Expand and fund vocational training facilities and programs across a broad spectrum of industries to meet the demands of our recovery efforts and our vision for a new business-centric economy.
  • Expanding mentoring opportunities, particularly in urban areas where workforce is concentrated.

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