The Missouri ACT conference, February 22nd in Columbia, included a breakout session from the Southwest Missouri WIB on the evolution of career pathways and the WIB’s SectorReady framework. Presented by Jasen Jones, an ACT State Council member and the director of the WIB, the session covered the need for career pathways to evolve, emerging models and innovations, considerations of K12 vs. adult pathways, system performance, and deliverables for the region. The presentation handout is now available online for review.
Jones also provided insights for a panel presentation on Certified Work Ready Communities. The panel provided a solid introduction and Q&A opportunities for education stakeholders new to the workforce initiatives. Joining Jasen for the panel (pictured above) were Cheri Tune, statewide CWRC coordinator with the Missouri Department of Economic Development and Mardy Leathers, Executive Director for the Center for Workforce Development at East Central College.
“Missouri educators and ACT have been partners for a long time, committed to achieving success for all students,” according to Brian Huff from the Raytown School District and current state council chair. “This statewide conference seeks to inform, educate, and inspire education professionals who spend time and energy working with students to prepare them for college and work success. This conference is a result of the Missouri’s ACT State Organization’s commitment to host a professional development event for the benefit of Missouri’s education and workforce community. From the Keynote to the many varied and stimulating break-out sessions, we want you to come away informed and with new ideas regarding best practices for helping all Missouri students prepare for success after high school,” Huff added.
In addition to representing the workforce sector on the Missouri ACT Council, members of state councils across several midwestern states elected Jones as a workforce sector rep for the new Steering Committee of State Organizations. Located in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, ACT State Organizations are groups that work collaboratively with ACT to help people achieve education and workplace success. The organizations bolster thought leadership by influencing education and workforce policy, and provide a forum for the exchange of quality education and workforce practices.
ACT State Organizations are grouped into five regional districts, each encompassing eight to 14 states allocated to a State Organization District Manager. Three members from each district will serve on the State Organizations Steering Committee, providing representation for every state and the District of Columbia as well as a range of perspectives across K–12, postsecondary, and career segments. The Steering Committee format will enable the State Organizations program to operate more efficiently and effectively through shared resources, streamlined communications, and standardized processes across state councils. The Steering Committee will help identify State Organization initiatives and ensure their alignment with the mission, goals, and objectives of ACT. Additionally, the Steering Committee will chair ad hoc sub-committees that will be assembled to provide insights and guidance to numerous units across ACT, Inc.