Next Generation Sector Partnership Community of Practice

Next Gen COP Partners

Partners & Sponsors

The National Next Gen Community of Practice was founded with generous support from the JP Morgan Chase Foundation and the states of Colorado, California and Oregon. Each of these states has invested in and supported next gen sector partnerships across their local areas and provided invaluable collaboration in developing the national Next Gen toolkit.  A growing network of Next Gen Community of Practice affiliates across the country have adopted the next gen model as the preferred approach to building sustainable, industry-driven regional partnerships. 

FOunding Members of the Next gen community of practice

JPMorgan Chase believes every person deserves a pathway to economic success. We proudly support efforts to increase workforce development opportunities.

The Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC), a dynamic, public-private partnership, it is a Governor appointed, business-led, coalition of industry, state agencies, and their local system partners, as well as statewide and community based organizations.

 The vision of the CWDC is that every Colorado business has access to a skilled workforce and every Coloradan has access to meaningful employment, resulting in statewide economic vitality. This coalition works to create an integrated talent development network meeting the needs of students, job seekers, workers, and businesses by aligning education, training, workforce development, and economic development efforts with the needs of industry.   

The CWDC and its coalition of partners utilize sector strategies and career pathways as the methods to accomplish its work.  Colorado piloted the Next Generation of Sector Partnerships in 2013, and has since worked with national leaders to create tools such as the Sectors Convener Guide and Career Pathways Step-by-Step Guides.  Colorado is intentional in its definitions; sector strategies include our Next Generation Sector Partnerships as well as other sector-specific and cross-sector public-private partnerships that follow proven practices in industry engagement and leadership.  Career pathways have multiple layers and components, including a statewide system, regional systems, a variety of programs, maps, and tools.  Career pathways include work-based learning programs and models such as career exploration, internships, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training.  Colorado is seen as a national leader in blending these systematic solutions with strong local customization.

TalentFOUND is Colorado’s brand for this work. Through it we are helping students, job seekers, workers, and businesses design their own unique path to success. Learn more at


The State of California, the California Workforce Development Board and the Slingshot Initiative were pleased to co-sponsor the 2017 Next Generation Sector Partnership Academy. Slingshot picked up where the Academy left off by supporting the national community of practice network throughout 2017. The CWDB is a strong advocate for industry-driven, community supported partnerships, and has launched an innovative set of initiatives to its regions, including Slingshot and the Workforce AcceleratorFund, focused on regional prosperity and income mobility.

The State of Oregon was proud to co-sponsor the 2017 Next Generation Sector Partnership Academy. Oregon has embraced the industry-led, sector partnership model, investing over $1.6 million in two years to  support their development at the local and regional level. Oregon’s sector partnerships demonstrate our diverse economy, ranging from an Advanced Manufacturing partnership in southern Oregon, Advanced Textiles in the northwest corner of the state, and Outdoor Products in central Oregon.




Next Gen Affiliates

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