Committee Happenings & the CSG National Conference
As 2024 quickly approaches, it's important to reflect on the fundamental work that has been achieved this year by our new Midwestern Legislative Conference Education & Workforce Development Committee.
As was referenced in the previous quarterly newsletter, the primary purpose of this committee is to encourage an open dialogue among legislators and policymakers from across the region on issues relating to the school-to-career pipeline and the preparedness of young people and adult learners alike for a dramatically changing labor market.
The Future of the Midwest Energy Workforce
In November, the committee co-hosted an in-person policy workshop (see workshop photo on left) for its members, members of the MLC Energy & Environment Committee, and other legislators from the Midwest. Attendees who traveled to Schaumburg, Ill. gained a better understanding of labor market needs in the renewable energy sector, learned the fundamentals of the German apprenticeship model, visited companies in the Chicagoland area that are incorporating on-the-job training experiences, and engaged in a robust roundtable discussion.
Thank you to the policymakers who took the time to travel to this event and participate in the workshop, and a special thank you to the German Consulate General's office of Chicago for its support of this meeting.
For those of you who were not able to attend, you can still access the various presentation materials HERE
CSG National Conference
The CSG National Conference was held in December in Raleigh, N.C. It was great to see so many representatives from the Midwestern region in attendance and even leading some policy sessions at the conference.
In particular, it's important to highlight the achievements of two members of this committee. Kansas Rep. Mari-Lynn Poskin (pictured to the left) and committee co-chair Ohio Sen. Hearcel Craig (pictured above) were recognized at the CSG National Conference as graduates of the 2023 Henry Toll Fellowship Program. Congratulations to you both!
As for the various policy sessions offered at the national conference, quite a few touched on issues relating to education and workforce development, in areas such as state policies to expand the use of apprenticeships, improve educational outcomes, bolster the long-term-care workforce, reskill and upskill state workforces, and address child care and housing needs.
To access the presentation materials from these sessions, click HERE and be directed to a shared Google Drive folder.
In closing, this year has proven to be an incredible start of the biennium, and here's hoping 2024 is just as productive and rewarding.