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Newsletter Article March 09, 2021

Newly Released Profiles from Next Generation Sector Partnerships’ Benchmarking Project

A new resource released by Next Generation Sector Partnerships, Profiling Six Next Generation Sector Partnerships, explores the lifecycle of six new partnerships across the nation. The resource is intended for use by private and public partners interested in aligning education, workforce and economic development in their regions and communities.

One of our investment priorities within the Streamline Key Learner Transitions focus area is to smooth transitions between postsecondary education and the workforce. We support the promotion of postsecondary alignment and collaboration with workforce and economic development. The profiles from Next Gen offer ideas on how and why these six partnerships have been successful within their communities, which can benefit learners from low-income backgrounds as they continue their academic or career journey.

The six partnerships profiled include:

  • Seattle Healthcare Industry Leadership Table, which credits patience, persistence and a commitment to collaboration with industry and public partners as major ingredients for success in the Seattle-King County region.
  • Kingman and Mohave Manufacturing Association, a long-standing partnership that has been thriving because of its industry-led, community-supported approach to a workforce development agenda.
  • Northern Colorado Manufacturing and Health Sector Partnerships, which saw an opportunity to break down industry and community silos and gather around a shared mission to help their communities through their unique partnership.
  • Northeast Louisiana Healthcare Alliance, which embraced a sector-focused, coordinated approach to the regional impact they could have in the most impoverished areas of Louisiana.
  • Calumet Manufacturing Industry Sector Partnership, a steady force in the Calumet region of Chicago, Illinois that made reorganizing education and training around skills needed for 21st century manufacturing a priority.
  • MADE in Central Pennsylvania Manufacturing Partnership, a nearly three-year partnership that saw the COVID-19 health crisis as a catalyst for progress around immediate regional needs.

Be sure to look for more information stemming from this Ascendium grant to Next Gen, which supports the analysis of the impact of more than 80 Next Gen partnerships nationwide. The analysis will inform the development of best practices and training materials for use in the expansion of rural public and private partner networks interested in aligning postsecondary education with workforce and economic development.

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