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WIRED update: Alabama-Mississippi September 15, 2006

Posted by Tom in Community, Economic Development, Education, Innovation, WIRED, Workforce.

Another inspired WIRED essay from the community college leadership of the Alabama-Mississippi WIRED initiative:

An “enterprise-ready” workforce has several layers of competency. It begins with readiness and willingness to learn skills. Next come basic competencies like computer skills, applied math, teamwork, problem solving, and organizing. Third come health and safety competencies plus logistics, production, and maintenance abilities. These competencies extend across virtually all business and industry.

Regions that can prove the depth and breadth of such competencies in their workforce can attract and keep industry and jobs. They win in the cutthroat competition for new major employers. Rural regions like ours have many skilled and top quality workers. It is the depth and breadth factor that hurts us.

The authors, Dr. Rick Rogers of Shelton State Community College and Dr. Scott Elliott of Meridian Community College, indicate that community convening in this WIRED region will start soon.



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