WIRED updates August 19, 2006Posted by Tom in Community, Economic Development, Innovation, WIRED, Workforce.
I’ve wanted to give more attention to the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration’s WIRED (Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development) program than I have, so please permit me to offer a few links to WIRED-related news from the regions around the country that have appeared over the last couple months as a catch-up post:
- Ceryph Inc. a Pensacola, Florida company that markets and services CmapTools developed by Pensacola-based Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, also received a $100,000 WIRED grant. (Florida’s Great Northwest press release)
- Johnson County Community College in Kansas received $778,000 in WIRED funding for career and technical training in biosciences.
- The Piedmont Triad (North Carolina) partnership is hiring WIRED staff.
- Norwalk Community College (Connecticut) hosted a WIRED-inspired gathering to discuss the challenges of globalization within the constructs of WIRED. Asst. Secretary Emily DeRocco also revealed that a second phase of WIRED will be coming, with this comment: “I believe that this second group has the potential to demonstrate to the rest of the country how to undertake regional transformation without the infusion of a large amount of money.” Interesting, seeing as WIRED is a HUGE infusion of money into the target regions.
- O & M Steel Fabricators of Pensacola, Florida received $100,000 in WIRED funding to train workers at its steel home frame fabrication plant. (Florida’s Great Northwest press release)
- The West Michigan WIRED project organized its policy council.
- The National Association of Manufacturers‘ “Dream It Do It” promotional campaign to boost manufacturing employment was launched in the greater Kansas City area and expanded to include Nebraska by WIRED.