Annual Report 2016 - Page 14

EDUCATION Vision Before 2030, Polk County will have a world-class, fully integrated education system that supports the needs of a vibrant, progressive community. Natalie Baum, Legoland Florida Resort Mark Bennett, Ridge Professional Group Naomi Boyer, Ph.D., Polk State College Sarah Breed, Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce Brian Carroll, Ph.D., Southeastern University Matt Clark, Broadway Real Estate Services Hal Coffman, Clean Energy International, Inc. Kyle Fedler, Florida Southern College TALENT PIPELINE LEAD TEAM Forged through an alignment between Polk Vision and the Central Florida Development Council, the Talent Pipeline Team is committed to filling the gap of high skill high wage jobs through innovative collaborations with businesses, educational institutions and the community at all levels. Their work is focused on developing a systemic way to create a pipeline of welltrained, credentialed and skilled individuals ready to meet Polk County’s current and emerging industry workforce needs. The Team is creating a multi-faceted tactical plan which includes: Fred Gore, Southeastern University Barbara Hammock, Wauchula State Bank Morgan Holmes, Central Florida Development Council Marc Hutek, Polk County Public Schools Jesse Jackson, Lake Wales Charter District Cyndi Jantomaso, Haines City EDC Kyle Jensen, Clark Campbell Lancaster & Munson Nelson Kirkland, Central Florida Media Group Leah Lauerdale, Polk County Public Schools • Creating and deepening partnerships between post-secondary advisors and high school college & career advisors. • Establishing an inventory of existing and creating additional opportunities for apprenticeships, mentoring and internships that align the needs of students and industry. • Promoting broad community understanding of the steps leading to career and college readiness. • Communicating to businesses and members of the community the positive elements of Polk County educational opportunities. Joby Lee, Haines City EDC Susan LeFrancois, Florida Polytechnic University Larry Madrid, Madrid Engineering Group Sean Malott, Central Florida Development Council Leonard Mass, Drummond Company, Inc Phil Minden, Bartow Regional Medical Center “Polk Vision is focused on the biggest challenges in our community. I’m personally involved with Polk Vision because it is an opportunity to collaborate with other leaders and speak collectively as one voice to work towards solutions. Each participant strives to make Polk County a better place to live and succeed.” – Sean Malott, CEO, Central Florida Development Council Devyn Montalvo, Webber International University David Petr, Central Florida Development Council Ryan Reis, Keiser University Pauline Simmonds-Brown, College 4 Everyone Network 14 Lynn Wilson, Polk County School Board “I have been honored to serve as the chair of the Talent Pipeline Team, facilitating alignment through the merging of the Central Florida Development Council Education Committee with the Polk Vision framework, to address the wicked problem of improving educational attainment to impact the economic vitality of the region.” – Naomi Boyer, Ph.D., Polk State College