Volume 02 | June 2018
Workforce Development is a collective approach to economic development that sees the future of our community's economic stability and prosperity resides in people. COMPACT brings employers, educators, trainers, not-for-profits, local leaders, and industry leaders together to develop and support the current and future workforce in McLean county through the collective impact of their investments, knowledge, and time.

COMPACT champions the region's educational and training institutions, resources, and programs that enables Bloomington-Normal's existing and future employers to cultivate, retain, and attract the talent that they need.
"Thank You" and "Good Luck" to Rob Widmer
Rob Widmer has long been a key community partner for the COMPACT. Prior to the current COMPACT structure under the Chamber, Rob provided supportive staff and administrative resources to permit the Community COMPACT to fulfill its mission of partnering with community employers to advance workforce development. He also served on the Community COMPACT board and continues to this day in that capacity. Rob has shown a high level of engagement in integrating the needs of area employers with timely and well-aligned curriculum development. In doing this, he has contributed significantly to work-ready programs that have placed our community at an advantage as we continuously strive to build more economic diversity regionally and enhance our quality of life and place. We will certainly miss his energy, persistence, knowledge, and leadership, but wish him all the best in his transition to retirement!
COMPACT Updates Website
The COMPACT website has undergone changes to provide more information about the work COMPACT is doing and to provide opportunities for our partners to share information, events, and stories about workforce and talent development in McLean County. Its a work in progress, but visit the site and let us know what you think!

To visit the site click: COMPACT
COMPACT Stories:
An Impact on the Community
District 87 Showcases STEM Programming

An article written by Kristi Sutter, Library Media Specialist at Sheridan Elementary School in Bloomington and the District 87 STEM Team Technology Coordinator, was published in the Illinois Association for supervision and Curriculum Development Journal. The ILASCD is a professional organization dedicated to studying issues, trends, and research related to learning, teaching, and leading.

Kristi's article highlights the innovative ways that District 87 integrates STEM into their curriculum and the impact it is having on students as they grow their interests. The lessons to be found in how District 87 is making progress in STEM initiatives are useful for any organization that are working to introduce students to STEM opportunities.

To view the full article click here: District 87 Spotlight

For more stories about workforce and talent development in visit COMPACT News.
Truck Driver Training program partners with Midwest Food Bank
Some of the first routes driven by students in the Heartland Community College Truck Driver Training program will be hauling loads for the non-profit Midwest Food Bank.

City, NAACP Launch Diversity Recruitment Initiative
The City of Bloomington Human Resources department and the Bloomington-Normal Branch of the NAACP have partnered to establish a Diversity Enhancement Group (DEG) to boost the City’s diversity recruitment. A partnering agreement was signed on April 9 to being the initiative. The DEG will be comprised of members of community agencies. Interested groups are invited to contact Michael Hurt, the City’s Talent Acquisition and Development Manager.

A primary goal of BNSTEM.org is to expand the STEM opportunities provided to McLean County students by connecting students and teachers to industry experts who are passionate about their field and passionate about educating students. To date, BNSTEM.org has partnered with many organizations and individuals who engage our students through innovative and dynamic STEM programming. BNSTEM has compiled a list of supporters who are willing to devote their time and expertise to build students' interest in STEM activities.

To see the list of supporters and find out how you can join the growing team of supporters, visit BNSTEM.org.
Employer Engagement
The COMPACT Employer Engagement Committee is establishing a Student Retention Task Force to design and implement a student retention program with the intent to engage high school and college age students to help them make Bloomington-Normal their first choice in places to work and live.

Objectives of the Task Force include:
  • The development of a marketing plan directed at our target demographic, highlighting these themes: 1) BN is a great place to live. 2) BN is a great place to work. 3) BN is a great to play. 4) And BN is a great place to engage with the community.
  • Implementation of the marketing plan across all media; to include creating content, creating a web presence, and social media.
  • Development of a BN Ambassador program that will engage with the targeted population and support these efforts. The program will consist of educating and training BN Ambassadors that can support business and college retention efforts by providing guides, training, and information.
If you are interested in participating on the Task Force, please contact Andy Bender at andy@mcleancochamber.org

To get connected to COMPACT and learn about other exciting opportunities to make an impact on the community click here: Get Involved!
Program Development & Alignment
The PD&A Committee is working in conjunction with leaders from the school districts, higher education, and employers to develop the career pathways that support student future success and employer needs. This month the committee outlined the plan to create the pathways for the six key industries outlined in BNAdvantage and are establishing the program for integration into the schools, including teacher and counselor professional development opportunities.

For more information contact your Workforce Development Manager at andy@mcleancochamber.org
Program Evaluation & Process Improvement
The Program Evaluation and Process Improvement has been working on updating the COMPACT Logic Models to ensure that our efforts remain aligned with the goals outlined in BN Advantage and the 2018 Program of Work that was approved by the COMPACT Board this spring. The logic models are important to synchronizing the work of the various committees and partners to eliminate duplication of effort, protect vital resources, and to guide our teams to reaching our desired end state.

Over the course of the next few months the committee will assist other committees and our partners in updating their logic models and aligning our work to. To learn more about the logic models and how they fit, please use the link below. For more information on how logic models can help your organization, contact your Workforce Development Manager at andy@mcleancochamber.org.

To Learn More: Logic Models Presentation
Get Involved!
Community Workforce Events
2018 College & Career Conference
Saturday, September 15, 8:45 AM - 3:00 PM
ISU Alumni Center | 1101 North Main St, Normal, Illinois 61761

Working for Workforce
Tuesday, September 18, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Heartland Community College - Astroth Career Education Center | 1500 West Raab Road
Normal, Illinois 61761

To get your event added contact Andy Bender  for assistance. 
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