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Senior Corporate Executives to Provide Oversight on San Antonio’s Workforce Development Program
Alamo Colleges and San Antonio Chamber of Commerce co-lead effort to align private sector engagement, workforce training, and education.
SAN ANTONIO (August 24, 2015) – Mayor Ivy Taylor and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff announce that the Alamo Colleges and the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce will co-lead the community-wide effort to oversee, align and execute key strategic initiatives that impact the workforce delivery system in San Antonio.
The San Antonio – Talent for Economic Competitiveness (SA-TEC) initiative is established to manage this work. SA-TEC is an alignment and integration model developed from best practices and proven industry led efforts. This industry-led pathways system will provide a comprehensive approach to workforce oversight, coordination and delivery.
“Improving our workforce development system must be one of our top priorities because a comprehensive, industry-led system will support and connect our citizens to San Antonio’s continued prosperity,” said Mayor Ivy Taylor. “The alignment created by the SA-TEC board is crucial to our future economic competitiveness as a city and to improve quality of life and opportunity for our residents. We appreciate each industry representative who has agreed to serve on this board.”
Lead responsibilities will be undertaken by two organizations – the Alamo Colleges and the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Each organization will bring with them the power to combine and connect industry with education in a robust and coordinated fashion, which is crucial to the successful economic expansion of this city
“The Alamo Colleges has long been committed to expanding the talent of every member of our diverse communities,” said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. “We are proud to be co-leading with the San Antonio Chamber to achieve the Mayor and County Judge’s vision under the direction of such a distinguished board.”
The new SA-TEC Board, chaired by Peter J. Holt, Senior Vice President, HOLT CAT, and composed of corporate leaders, is designed to engage, focus and nurture collaborations among educators, community-based organizations and employers. It’s charge will be use this collective impact model to improve the availability of skills employers need, increase employment and family income, and provide a competitive workforce that will encourage the expansion of local companies and attract new industries to San Antonio. The Alamo Colleges and San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, collaborating together, will facilitate the communication and effective execution of broadly collective strategies to achieve this purpose.
“The City and County have successfully focused on bringing high quality jobs to our community,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. “We’ve also taken countless steps to improve the education system. However, this is the first time we’ve aligned both efforts, so that the companies that provide the jobs identify the skills they need, and the people who need the jobs are fully trained for them.”
Mayor Ivy Taylor and County Judge Nelson Wolff have appointed the following corporate leaders to serve on the SA-TEC Board:
“I am thrilled to be part of the team of dynamic, experienced leaders from diverse industries that is willing to lend their time and resources to positively impact workforce development in San Antonio,” said Peter J. Holt, Senior Vice President, HOLT CAT. “Through my involvement with the Alamo Academies, I have seen first-hand how the collective impact model has worked by partnering various private and public entities to achieve successful outcomes. The San Antonio Talent for Economic Competitiveness initiative will look to expand the collective impact model throughout the City and County to ensure aggressive workforce development goals are achieved, and I am honored to be asked to lead this effort.”
“With today’s dynamic business environment and an increasing focus on technology, we need nimble and creative models to meet the workforce demands of our employers,” said San Antonio Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Richard Perez. “The Chamber is proud to partner with the Alamo Colleges to ensure the employers we work with provide essential information and outline the skills needed to fulfill current and future job requirements.”
The SA-TEC initiative will begin its work in August 2015 and begin a nation-wide search for an executive director in the coming weeks.
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