December 2019 — 2019 was a busy year in McLean County. They piloted Becoming BN for summer interns, grad students, and recent college graduates to learn more about the opportunities Bloomington-Normal has to offer, they developed the Education to Employer Summit in Spring and Fall, launched the Essential Workplace Skills in partnership with Heartland Community College, and continued their work with the College and Career Pathways Endorsement efforts.
September 2019 — With grant funding assistance from EdSystems, committees are working to complete education and training pathways and stackable credentials in identified industry clusters. This work is being coordinated with relevant programs and resources from state and federal agencies.
Based on a recent employer survey, COMPACT partnered with Heartland Community College (HCC) faculty and staff to develop an Essential Workplace Skills curriculum consisting of five, 4-hour workshops that may be taken in any order:
- Using Effective Tools for Decision-Making and Goal-Setting
- Navigating Challenges and Stressors
- Understanding Customer Service Essentials
- Practicing Professionalism at Work
- Communicating Effectively
Certificates of completion and college credit are available. In addition, HCC will offer train-the-trainer classes for employers choosing to instruct their own employees. For more information, see www.heartland.edu/continuingEd/professionalDevelopment/eWS.html
Summer 2019 marked the inaugural season of Becoming BN, a program designed for all summer interns in McLean County to learn more about social events and cultural attributes of the area, as well as opportunities for networking and volunteering. The program is part of a broader talent attraction and retention focus of the Chamber of Commerce, COMPACT and their partners. For more information, see mcleancochamber.org/programs-and-services/becoming-bn
COMPACT has a Program Evaluation and Process Improvement Committee that is currently reviewing and updating the strategic plan, examining potential refinements to committee/task force structures, creating updated logic models, and developing key metrics to gauge progress toward its education and employment goals.
September 2018 — Over the last several months the McLean County Compact action teams have developed a logic model that outlines resources, activities, products and outcomes related to joint goals, including the 60 by 25 goal. The teams are using the logic model to identify areas for collaboration, joint execution and to leverage resources.
March 2018 — The McLean County 60 by 25 Network leadership team has taken a big step to strengthen their efforts toward the 60 by 25 goal. Final bylaws have been written and will be approved this month to merge the McLean County Community COMPACT with the BN Advantage Workforce Development Task Force, under the auspices of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce. This merger is expected to result in unified communications, employer engagement and financial/logistical planning and execution. Also, an Indicators and Metrics team led by the Regional Planning Commission with advisement from a cross-sector team including industry, government and education is building a county economic/workforce development dashboard, which will feature multiple indicators, and will complement the 60 by 25 dashboard. The dashboard will link to information developed by the newly reorganized COMPACT, to include progress on coordinated strategic plans across 17 entities, including education, civic, and economic development organizations. Team members are working to benchmark data to comparable communities and will set targets across a range of metrics.
December 2017 — The McLean County 60 by 25 Leadership Community team has had a very busy and productive fall season. Fifteen collaborative entities are now formally involved in strategic planning regarding the 60 by 25 goal. These include school districts, higher education institutions, and not-for-profit community agencies. Coming soon are shared activities and products along with joint metrics for impact. Read more
September 2017 — In McLean County, over a dozen education, employer, and community entities adopted the 60 by 25 goal and have made it part of their strategic planning toward workforce development. Read more
June 2017 — The McLean County Leadership Community effort is utilizing existing structures to promote the 60 by 25 goal, while embarking on a comprehensive strategic planning process that will help it to streamline and leverage its education to careers efforts more effectively. You can learn more about recent accomplishments and current projects in McLean County here.
Prioritized STEM Industry Clusters
- Information Technology
- Distribution & Logistics
- Health Sciences
Key Successes to Date
- Established Chamber of Commerce as backbone
- Strategic plan
- Curriculum & employer engagement committees
- Employer survey (jobs outlook/skills needed)
Key Activities for Upcoming School Years
- DOL/DCEO grant proposal for IT
- Secure employer funding and in-kind contributions
- Industry cluster pathways and programs of study
- Employability skills
- Hire project manager(s)
- Inspire Platform launch