Monthly Archives: March 2013

Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation to launch training customized to in-demand industries

In April, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, which operates the city’s three One-Stop Centers, will be launching a series of trainings customized to particular industries in growth sectors. Grant Associates provides case management and related services for DESC’s One-Stops. The first of these will be a contextualized work readiness and manufacturing assembly simulation course which will train 100 Detroit residents. It will be followed by a health care training program developed in collaboration with Henry Ford Health Systems to create 50 to 100 slots in ICD10 certification. DESC finances training exclusively for in demand occupations in targeted growth clusters identified by state.

Grant Associates presents at three NAWB National Conference workshops

At the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) Forum 2013 in Washington DC, held on March 9 through 12, Grant Associates and several partners shared best practices on three different panels covering a diverse set of activities: The first of these, “Combining Workforce Development and Education: Why It Must Happen”,  was moderated by Dale Grant, President of Grant Associates, with Carol Robbins, Ed.D, Director, CUNY Off Campus College & Distinguished Lecturer, Shayne Spaulding, University Director of Workforce Development, City University of New York City and Brent Weil, Senior Vice President for Education & Workforce, of the Manufacturing Institute presenting the views from the education, workforce and business perspectives.

Doug Cotter, Vice President of Grant Associates, shared his experience in launching the NYC Transportation Workforce1 Career Center operated by Grant Associates and Transportation Work Advance, a sector center operating under a Social innovation Fund Grant in Tulsa where Grant Associates provides consulting services on the panel “Implementing and Replicating and Effective Sector-Focused Workforce Development Approach”. Michelle Light, Executive Director, NYC Office of Human Capital Development moderated the panel,” with presenters David Berman, Deputy Director, Programs and Evaluation, NYC Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) and Jim East, Consultant, George Kaiser Family Foundation in Tulsa, OK, both of whose organizations fund sector approaches.

Finally, Doug Cotter, moderated the panel “Workforce Development: Addressing Detroit’s Changing Business Landscape” with presenters Jose Reyes, COO, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation and Malinda Jensen, Director of Business Development, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.

The three panels generated substantial discussion and debate about the future of workforce, its integration with education and economic development and what strategies achieve the best results.