2018 - 2019 Polk Vision Annual Report PV Annual Report 2018_WEB - Page 18

17 Talent Pipeline LEAD Team ABOVE: Dr. Naomi Boyer of Polk State College with Dr. Neslon Marquez of Webber International University , conducted a series of Think Tank sessions across the county on the topic of Employability Skills. The Talent Pipeline Team was formed cooperatively by Polk Vision in partnership with the Central Florida Development Council and is focused on filling the gap of high skill, high wage jobs necessary to meet Polk County’s current and emerging industry workforce needs. The Polk County economy requires a pipeline of qualified workers to meet the demands of local employers. This pipeline is highly dependent upon high school graduation, post- secondary enrollment and college completion rates. ABOVE: Information gathered during these sessions will be used to design an employability skills program for students in high school and beyond to better prepare local students for entry into the workplace. The plan is to increase educational attainment - substantially altering local conditions, improving quality of life and serving as an economic catalyst for increased productivity. Goals for the Team include increasing the number of students who graduate high school with a diploma and a direct pathway to a career or post- secondary education. This will provide a more robust pipeline of talent and skills and reduce the existing gap of employable individuals in particular jobs and sectors. Outcomes are measured by the number of high school graduates who then enter college or technical school; or directly enter the skilled workforce; or elect to enter the military. ABOVE: The Team is aligning resources between business, education, philanthropy and government and is focused on helping students achieve success beyond high school. POLK VISION JOINS FCAN The Florida College Access Network (FCAN) is Florida’s first collaborative network