Create a standardized and seamless career education system that coordinates curricula between high school and higher education, based on employer hiring needs and job qualifications in regional growth industries.
Increased gainful employment across the region.
- Leverage ShaleNet's central database of current and projected employment opportunities, standardized curricula aligned to industry requirements, and a job matching service.
- Begin with the Energy Alliance which will adapt the ShaleNET model to other energy-related industries. Ultimately, the ShaleNet model could eliminate the geo-political impediments to training and hiring by any regional employer, regardless of industry sector.
- Once a model is developed in the energy sector, it is anticipated that industries having regional workforce demand, like healthcare, can refine and adopt the model.
Energy Alliance of Greater Pittsburgh
"These (career) schools are absolutely critical to every type of opportunity for the region. I think of them as 'gateway institutions' because they're the gateway to bigger and better things. A significant percentage of their students will take the next steps to four-year degrees and graduate programs. Before you know it, that's the pipeline of leadership for the region."
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