Over seventy-five Next Gen Sector Partnerships exist across the country. A dozen states have embraced the Next Gen approach as a means of building sustained and authentic partnerships with business and industry. Here is what these partnerships are achieving:
The Northeast Louisiana Healthcare Partnership has engaged nearly forty healthcare organizations (large hospitals and small rural clinics) in building a real career pathway system that improves advancement from CNA to LPN, including new certificate add-ons along the way. This partnership is also developing process and legal agreements for an acute care network that allows large hospitals to use under-utilized bed space and skilled nursing staff in rural hospitals.
The Kingman and Mohave Manufacturers Association in Arizona created a freight sharing program that allowed for regional manufacturers to coordinate shipments, saving on transportation costs. Member manufacturers also helped create a shared training space in a member company's facility, co-funded a mobile training unit for upskilling existing workers in rural manufacturing facilities, and significantly expanded existing manufacturing-related apprenticeships.
The Lane County Technology Collaborative, a sector partnership convened by the local workforce board in Eugene, Oregon, brings together over thirty technology companies to collectively tackle shared issue areas. In its first 6 months, the Collaborative successfully secured a direct flight from Eugene to Silicon Valley. Members cite this as a powerful early win that allowed them to get to the harder issues at stake: improving technology education in the K-12 system, and creating a new computer science curriculum in local colleges.
The Gallatin Valley Manufacturing Partnership in Bozeman, Montana is designing a 9-day manufacturing curriculum module to be offered in local high schools throughout the region. The curriculum was developed by a team of manufacturers working with education partners and will be taught by guest instructors from regional manufacturing companies. It includes guest speakers, field trips to local manufacturing companies, and classes offered by Gallatin Community College.
The East Bay Advanced Manufacturing Partnership in California created a customized education pathway for their top critical occupations, which quickly became the common framework for multiple high schools, junior colleges and the Workforce Board to align curriculum.