Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College’s Division of Career and Technical Education engaged in an open dialogue with local businesses, industry and community members during its Spring 2015 Advisory Committee Meeting.
The advisory committee meets annually and was designed to assist in assuring the relevance of CCC’s Career and Technical Education programs as well as foster partnerships and increase the public’s awareness of programs available. Committee members include representatives from local businesses, industry and labor in CCC’s five-county district.
“You are our voice—you let us know what’s trending in our community,” said CCC Career and Technical Education Associate Dean Lucy Chatman-Scott as she welcomed guests. “You’re our mouthpiece—you let us know what we need to prepare our students for to be globally successful in their respective industry. Not only that, you hire our graduates and for that we are truly thankful.”
This year’s meeting, themed “Turning Visions Into Reality”, included an update from the state of CCC’s Division of Career and Technical Education by Dean Anne Clark as guests enjoyed a lunch prepared by CCC’s Culinary Arts Department.
“In order to turn visions into reality we have to be well-prepared, and to be well-prepared means continuing education or training beyond high school,” said Clark.
According to Clark, by the year 2020, almost two-thirds of jobs will require a post-secondary education or additional training. Statistics from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics also show an unemployment rate of 5.9 percent or 9.3 million individuals with 14.3 percent of 16 to 24-year-olds unemployed. However, 4.8 million jobs are currently open in the economy.
“Fifty-four percent of American companies report that they don’t have qualified workers for these jobs. This means that we are not keeping up with the skill demands,” said Clark. “Our President (Dr. Valmadge Towner) always tells us that we have to think outside of the box. That’s why we need you to tell us what we need to train our students to do. We have the capability, we have qualified instructors, but we need your input.”
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