Santa Fe Advance

Santa Fe Advance

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. 

Innovate + Educate is one of five National Retail Challenge award recipients

Innovate + Educate is one of five National Retail Challenge award recipients

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.

Shift Happens - Job Ready Hire

Shift Happens - Job Ready Hire

“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. 

DRC Panel: Growth of Retail, Health Care and IT in Dallas Region Fueling Worker-Training Nonprofitss

DRC Panel: Growth of Retail, Health Care and IT in Dallas Region Fueling Worker-Training Nonprofitss

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.

Innovate+Educate Receives Partner Award from Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas

Innovate+Educate Receives Partner Award from Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas

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.

Competency-Based Hiring: 10  Signals The Shift  Is Happening

Competency-Based Hiring: 10 Signals The Shift Is Happening

Post written by Ryan Craig and Jamai Blivin

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.

Workforce Systems Analytics Dashboard to pilot in New Mexico

Workforce Systems Analytics Dashboard to pilot in New Mexico

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.

The State of American Jobs

The State of American Jobs

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.

THE CLOSE IT SUMMIT 2016

THE CLOSE IT SUMMIT 2016

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.

Winners of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Two-Gen Grant Announced

Winners of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Two-Gen Grant Announced

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.

SKILL-UP COURSE BEING OFFERED FOR PATHWAY TO CAREER

SKILL-UP COURSE BEING OFFERED FOR PATHWAY TO CAREER

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.

Taylor Wilson joins Innovate+Educate to take on the newly created role of Employment Tech Strategist

Taylor Wilson joins Innovate+Educate to take on the newly created role of Employment Tech Strategist

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.

Innovate+Educate and National Association of Workforce Boards join forces to advance two-generation approaches to workforce development

Innovate+Educate and National Association of Workforce Boards join forces to advance two-generation approaches to workforce development

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.  

‘Tennessee Manufacturers Works’ seeks to tackle Manufacturing Workforce Demands

‘Tennessee Manufacturers Works’ seeks to tackle Manufacturing Workforce Demands

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.

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP TO FILL MORE JOBS

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP TO FILL MORE JOBS

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.

Big Hiring Fair at Isotopes Park later this month targeted at youth employment

Big Hiring Fair at Isotopes Park later this month targeted at youth employment

20 leading Albuquerque companies bring jobs to out-of-school and unemployed young adults
(May 12, 2016 – Albuquerque, NM) – As part of the national effort to promote skills based hiring, Innovate+Educate, a national nonprofit founded and located in New Mexico, announced the Job-Ready-Hire Fair slated for Thursday, May 19th at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque. The work is supported by The Rockefeller Foundation.  The fair will be held across from the Isotopes field in the Pit parking lot, TLC2, and will be followed by food, music and the baseball game.

 “A great first job can truly open up a pathway to lifelong opportunity for a young person,” said Mayor Richard Berry, Mayor of Albuquerque. “The City is proud to partner with the numerous community organizations across Albuquerque to connect youth to jobs. I believe companies across the county have a role and responsibility to create opportunities for young people across the economic spectrum, and we applaud those participating in this event.”


The Job-Ready-Hire Fair is designed to give young adults, ages 18-24, an opportunity to apply for and get work based on their skills rather than their experience. 20 major companies in the Albuquerque area will be on hand for applicants to meet with and talk with about open positions. 

“This job fair is the first of its kind in the State - and perhaps the U.S - that will work to create a “skills badge” for young adults that come to the job fair, helping employers see these entrants for what they have learned, and what skills they have acquired for the jobs,” said Jamai Blivin, CEO of Innovate+Educate.

Jobseekers are encouraged to arrive at the event early to receive their badges and training. The actual hiring event begins at11:30 and runs until 3:00 in the afternoon, followed by music, giveaways, and food provided by Fuddruckers. Gates will open for the Isotopes baseball game at 5:30 p.m. and tickets can be bought at a discount at the hire fair.

Currently, there are more than 20-thousand young adults, ages 16-24, out of school and out of work in Bernalillo County. 

“Young adults today face the biggest youth employment crisis of our time, and we need to ensure that America’s youth are seen for the skills that they bring to the job,” said Abigail Carlton, associate director at The Rockefeller Foundation. “The Rockefeller Foundation is proud to support Innovate+Educate’s efforts to address youth unemployment in Albuquerque by creating meaningful employment pathways for opportunity youth, while providing businesses with needed talent.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with so many other local employers across Albuquerque to give young people the opportunity to thrive and grow in today’s economy,” said   Mike Berlint, District Manager, Starbucks District 613.  “Starbucks is pleased to be part of this work, and looks forward to continuing to support the effort as it grows and gets the word out to more young people.”

"Through this important work, we plan to continue to focus on workforce strategies that will help integrate workforce funds, partners and employers to effectively meet the needs of the community, said Jerilynn Sans, Administrator, NM Workforce Connection.  “It takes strong partnerships to do this right, and we will continue to seek new ways to employ young people in the region.”

Pre-Register for Job Ready Hire Fair NOW!

Interested candidates are invited to register for free and pre-schedule their interviews for theMay 19 hiring event by contacting Samantha Garza sgarza@innovate-educate.org or going tohttp://job-ready-hire.org

This event includes community partners from the City of Albuquerque, NM Workforce Connection - Central Region, NM Department of Workforce Solutions, Youth Development Inc, Jobs for America Graduates, JobCorp, and ABC Community Schools Partnership. The work is funded through a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation of New York.

About Innovate+Educate

Innovate+Educate is a national nonprofit 501c3 with offices in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM.  I+E is focused on creating new employment pathways based on skills and competencies, ensuring economic vitality for all.   To learn more visit www.innovate-educate.org

About Rockefeller Foundation

For more than 100 years, The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission has been to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Today, The Rockefeller Foundation pursues this mission through dual goals: advancing inclusive economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, and building resilience by helping people, communities and institutions prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. To achieve these goals, The Rockefeller Foundation works at the intersection of four focus areas—advance health, revalue ecosystems, secure livelihoods, and transform cities—to address the root causes of emerging challenges and create systemic change. Together with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyze and scale transformative innovations, create unlikely partnerships that span sectors, and take risks others cannot—or will not. To learn more, please visit www.rockefellerfoundation.org .