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Shelby County School Instructors Learn More About Job Readiness Programs

SCS Instructors tour ASU Mid-South

On Friday, September 18th, approximately 51 Shelby County School technical career teachers toured Arkansas State University’s Mid-South campus (ASU Mid-South) in West Memphis, Ark. For a District Learning Day to see the college’s nationally recognized dual enrollment programs.

This program has been recognized by the Department of Labor and the Southern Regional Education Board as a model for successfully creating a pipeline of qualified technical workers. The program regularly provides high school students with 25-30 college credits, which they can use on their transcripts when they graduate high school.

ASU/Mid-South Lead Instructor for Diesel Technology, Donnie Brown, showing an several technical career instructors their Diesel Maintenance Tech facility.

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson reached out to the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMAC Workforce) to facilitate the tour between SCS and ASU Mid-South. Dr. Glen Fenter, CEO of GMAC Workforce and formerly the President of ASU Mid-South gave a presentation to instructors. GMAC Workforce is partnering with SCS and area colleges to provide similar programs in Memphis.

“When you talk to some of these instructors, you can see they’re very excited about the potential this represents for their students,” said Dr. Glen Fenter, CEO, GMAC Workforce.

“It’s a tremendous step forward in helping us create the vision of what we believe to be an important part of our work at the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, which is to create a steady pipeline of students coming out of our K-12 institutions that have a skill set ready to hit the workforce and put them in a position to create career opportunities. At the same time, put our business community in a set of circumstances where they see that there are programs designed to meet their needs, and they’ll have access to a steady stream of workers who are skilled and prepared in an unprecedented manner coming out of our school system.”

Here are some points from Dr. Fenter’s presentation to the instructors:
  • Only 11% of employers believe that college graduates have the skills needed by employers.
  • Obtaining a good job, one capable of providing a family-sustaining wage, has become the ultimate standard for educational adequacy. 
  • GMAC Workforce Mission: To close the skills gap by:
  1. 1) Driving better alignment of training and education programs with employers’ skill requirements
  2. 2) Delivering innovative new strategies and tools to help Mephis citizens successfully navigate career pathways.
  • GMAC Workforce Vision: To provide employers access to the talent they need to compete and people access to the skill they need to get good jobs.

If you have any questions or need workforce assistance, contact GMAC Workforce at 901-614-1099.
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