A2Y Chamber Workforce Pipeline Initiative
An interactive day of discovery & action for the future of work & economic prosperity in Michigan on Monday, March 18 at Washtenaw Community College in Ypsilanti.
workforce, workforce pipeline, workforce development
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Discovery and action for the future of work and economic prosperity in Michigan

Workforce Pipeline Initiative

The Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber presents:

The Workforce Pipeline Initiative: Event 1 of 3 for 2020

March 25, 2020  //  Washtenaw Community College  //  Morris Lawrence Building

Join other learners and leaders for a hands-on, productive discussion, planning, and execution of our preferred now and future as Michigan residents, employers, employees, and students.

We will start our day learning more about the resources we already have in place for employers to use, especially as it relates to helping veterans and returning citizens return to the workforce with skilled trades careers, and young people entering and developing their careers, either in the skilled trades and any number of other careers which make use of professional development through apprenticeship programs. We have these resources in hand, so now we need to find out how to grow our workforce by making the best use of them. Hear from our panel featuring:

  • Loren Townes, Manager of Community Engagement and Partnerships, WCC
  • Ryan Husse, Business Manager, IBEW Local 252
  • Scott Jedele, Administrative Manager, Apprenticeship Expansion MI Department of LEO
  • Ed Koledo, Director, Michigan Helmets to Hardhats Program

The second part of our program will feature the innovative new workforce pilot program partnership between Eastern Michigan University, the YMCA, YCS, MI Works, WCC and the Family Empowerment Program. This coordinated effort will help businesses to meet their employees’ childcare needs by training more certified early childhood education providers, and teaching “stackable” skills to participants. It will help participants find employment and educational opportunities. It will help its educational partners provided these vital training services, and it will help all community members by reducing the challenges of shifting individuals off of MI Works caseloads and into successful employment. Featuring:

  • Caroline Sanders, Asst. Director, Community Relations and Engagement, Engage@EMU
  • Teresa Gillotti, Director, Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development
  • Annette Sobocinski, Executive Director, Child Care Network

Our morning will close with a round table discussion on how employers can make the best use of local, state, and non-profit resources to find the talent they need from returning citizens. With the knowledge and services our presenters can provide, this talent pool can provide a wide array of skills for any number of organizations, though more needs to be done. We will also hear from a business owner who has made this work through a personal commitment to the issue, but can attest to the need to fill important gaps in our systems that keep many returning citizens from succeeding. This panel will give us a chance to hear about how we are getting it right, how we still get wrong, and where we need to change. Hear from:

  • Al Newman, A Brighter Way Board Chair
  • Ashely Blake, Regional Director for Center for Employment Opportunities
  • Herb Fluker, Michigan Works! Southeast
  • Phillis Englebert, Owner of The Lunch Room

The mission of the Workforce Pipeline Initiative is to strengthen our local workforce and community through alleviating the short- and long-term pipeline shortage. We are committed to identifying, investing in, training, and shining a light on the available and willing hidden talent pool in our community.

By promoting locally owned businesses and employing people from wide swaths of the community, we can realize sustained community growth for the benefit of all.

“We all do better when we all do better” – Senator Paul Wellstone

Who should attend?

Business owners, leaders, and employees

Economic development organizations

Educators, administrators, and students

Policymakers at the local, county, and state level

Members of the hidden talent pool which includes: creatives, the underserved, underprivileged, age 55+, formerly incarcerated, persons with disabilities, Veterans, and other populations

Social services organizations working with homeless, addiction recovery, low-income, low-education, dislocated worker, neurodiverse, and other populations

Why should we attend?

The workforce pipeline deficit is a community wide problem that has massive economic sustainability ramifications. We as a community, especially businesses, need to come together to determine how we can look local, build local, and hire local talent for the diverse range of jobs we need filled.

Registration Information:

Early (on or before Feb 28):

$50 for non-chamber members
$35 for A2Y Regional Chamber members
$15 for students (scholarships available)

Standard (starting March 1):

$60 for non-chamber members
$45 for A2Y Regional Chamber members
$15 for students (scholarships available)

Group table discounts available – contact us for details!

Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the Summit.

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Community Sponsors:

Yes! The Summit is accepting additional sponsors. Contact us for details.

The Workforce Pipeline Summit is brought to you by a committed group of volunteers from all walks of life in Washtenaw County and beyond. We extend a mountain of our thanks to the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber for backing this event through outreach among its fine member organization and grant funding.

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Register now, or even better, join the A2Y Regional Chamber and enjoy a reduced registration fee for the Workforce Pipeline Summit.