Santa Fe Advance is a collaborative working group of Santa Fe Birth to Career Collaboration. Santa Fe Advance CWG’s mission is to advance the development of educational and training workforce initiatives that support career transition and success, job creation, and economic development.
Target Area: Workforce Development & Career Pathways; Prevention & Re-engagement of Disconnected Youth
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Opportunity Santa Fe: opportunitysantafe.org/
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Albuquerque, NM - Innovate+Educate announces the 2nd Annual Job-Ready Hire Fair on May 11, 2017. Over 40 leading Albuquerque companies will bring high-demand jobs to out-of-school and unemployed young adults as part of the national effort to support skills based hiring.
Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas has become a national leader in implementing holistic approaches to improving the quality of life for the people they serve.
On February 16, 2017 Mayor Javier Gonzales announced a partnership with I+E and Santa Fe Advance, A Collaborative Working Group of the Santa Fe Birth Career Collaboration, working together to build a workforce ecosystem for economic advancement.
SANTA FE, NM - Today, The Hope Street Group announced Innovate+Educate (I+E) is one of five National Retail Challenge award recipients. The National Retail Challenge, made possible with funding granted by Walmart to ACT Foundation, recognizes the need to reengineer the workforce–spanning the training, hiring, and promotion process–to support a rapidly evolving employment marketplace.
DALLAS, TX — Today, Innovate+Educate, a national nonprofit focused on new employment pathways leading to economic advancement, announced a 16 month $1.48 million-dollar grant from Walmart to continue their work to improve economic mobility in retail and adjacent sectors across Dallas and surrounding regions.
Innovate+Educate framework maps education-to-employment landscape; profiles the entrepreneurs, wonks, and investors that are challenging traditional models of corporate hiring, education, and training
“Shift Happens” was the theme of the Close It Summit held in Dallas, Texas just a few weeks before the election, without knowledge that a big shift in leadership for our country was on its way. Companies gathered to look at new ways to hire talent, find talent, develop talent. And a newly formed Innovative Business Hiring Council was unveiled to focus on a new business model for companies to employ youth based on skills and competencies.
The leaders of two nonprofit organizations new to the Dallas Region discussed their missions to bridge the gap from entry-level jobs to higher-skilled, higher-paying positions on Nov. 29 at the Dallas Regional Chamber’s third Education to Employment Outlook Series.
Jamai Blivin, Founder and CEO of Innovate+Educate, and Garrett Moran, President of Year Up, said Dallas’ growing economy in information technology, health care and retail services made the region a logical next step for their work.
WFSDallas is pleased to recognize the accomplishments of Innovate+Educate for our retail sector strategy. This partnership, Dallas Retail+Plus, is led by Innovate+Educate funded by the Walmart Foundation. The engaged retail employers include Kroger, AT&T, El Rancho Foods and others. The additional sector members include the Dallas Regional Chamber, Dallas County Community College District, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and WFSDallas.
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The skills gap is generating unprecedented attention — and with good reason. Nearly 8 million Americans are unemployed and looking for work while an estimated 6 million jobs remain unfilled. Fifty-three percent of college graduates students believe they’re ready to apply their skills and knowledge in the workforce, but only 23% of employers agree. It is increasingly clear that misalignment between post-secondary education and workforce needs is suppressing economic productivity and growth, as systematic reliance on degrees as a skills-proxy, exacerbated by an epidemic of upcredentialing, prevents individuals and employers from achieving their potential.
Global business analytics leader SAS, workforce leader Geographic Solutions, New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions and Innovate+Educate announce a vision to create a Workforce Systems Analytics Dashboard to support community decision making and action plan development with regard to local employment ecosystems
SANTA FE, NM - Today, Innovate+Educate in partnership with global data analytics leader SAS and national workforce provider Geographic Solutions has announced a new collaboration with NM Department of Workforce Solutions to design a Workforce Systems Analytics Dashboard that would potentially pilot in New Mexico in 2017. The project, “Advanced Community Analytics (ACA),” would be the first of its kind to take key data sets from communities to create a predictive visualization tool to support communities in shifting their workforce strategies to skills and competencies.
How the shifting economic landscape is reshaping work and society and affecting the way people think about the skills and training they need to get ahead
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 6, 2016) – A changing economic landscape is driving significant shifts in the American workplace. Employment opportunities increasingly lie in jobs requiring higher-level social or analytical skills, while physical or manual skills are fading in importance, according to a new Pew Research Center report issued in association with the Markle Foundation.
DALLAS, TX - The 4th annual Close It Summit brings together over 500 attendees, 160 presenters, 35 Ed & Employment Tech Showcase companies, and thought leaders from across the country to highlight, explore, and scale competency-based education, training, and hiring.
SANTA FE, NM - Today, Innovate+Educate (I+E) and the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) announced the winners of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) Two-Gen Grant. This work will advance new pathways to employment for parents and families with young children (0-8 years) while providing linkages between early childhood development and employment that will lead to economic advancement.
SANTA FE, NM - In cooperation with Innovate+Educate and Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Santa Fe Community College will offer a low-cost workplace skills preparation class for those interested in an entry level job as an Engineered Systems Technician Level I or II at the Lab. This is a re-launch of a recent project launch, but course details have been changed to better fit students’ needs with classes on Saturdays and online modules.
Santa Fe, New Mexico – August 9, 2015 – Taylor Wilson has joined Innovate+Educate to take on the newly created role of Employment Tech Strategist. Wilson adds to the A-team being built by founder Jamai Blivin and Chief Technology Officer Stephen Yadzinski as the national nonprofit focuses on creating new employment pathways across the U.S. The Innovate+Educate Employment Tech Division develops enabling technologies that support demand-driven solutions creating economic opportunity and success for all.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Innovate+Educate (I+E) and the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) announced a $1,500,000 grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) to advance new pathways to employment for parents and families with young children (0-8 years) while providing linkages between early childhood development and employment that will lead to economic advancement. This grant is unique in that it addresses two-generation families through the lens of early childhood learning and employability of the parent/family.
Innovate+Educate, Alcoa Foundation and partners launch initiative with a focus on Hamblen and Blount Counties for new pathways to manufacturing jobs.
KNOXVILLE, TN – Today, Innovate+Educate, in partnership with Alcoa Foundation, announced the launch of Tennessee Manufacturers Works. This initiative is aimed at creating clear pathways to manufacturing jobs, with training and curriculum that is aligned to industry demands.
SANTA FE, NM - In cooperation with Innovate+Educate and Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Santa Fe Community College will offer a work place skills preparation class for those interested in an entry level job as an Engineering Systems Technician Level I or II at the Lab. The low-cost class will cover skills in the areas of applied mathematics, reading for information, locating information, and listening for understanding. Los Alamos National Laboratory Staff will also present an overview of the Lab, the Engineering Systems Technician job descriptions, minimum qualifications for the jobs, and requirements for applying (cover letter, resume, interview, and how to navigate the online application system). The boot camp will conclude with the students taking the WorkKeys skill assessment.