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Project Information

Project Information


Meeting Regional STEMM Workforce Needs in the Wake of COVID-19: A Virtual Workshop Series


Project Scope:

A committee will plan and host a series of six virtual workshops to identify immediate and near-term regional science, technology, engineering, math, and medical (STEMM) workforce needs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has impacted workforce demand that includes, but is not limited to, data analytics for logistics and operations, health care, manufacturing, agriculture, and IT infrastructure. The workshops will highlight promising practices that 2-year and 4-year higher education institutions, as well non-academic training programs, can utilize to respond urgently and appropriately to those needs. In this context, effectiveness of the practices will be judged, in part, on the number of learners who can be reached, especially in the skilled technical workforce. A series of five regionally-specific virtual sessions will address the following questions:

  • How have the current and near term regional STEMM labor market needs changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly the needs for the skilled technical workforce (e.g., in IT and computing fields, health tech sectors, manufacturing)?
  • To what extent can a regional profile be created that links STEMM educational and training resources with COVID-19 impacted workforce needs, including retraining of professionals?
  • What practices and policies can local higher education institutions and workforce training organizations adopt to respond to local industry STEMM workforce needs, both individually and as part of regional coalitions? Which effective practices and policies are replicable and scalable? What barriers, if any, exist that inhibit these programs from meeting COVID-19 shifts in regional STEMM workforce needs?
  • What actions are needed to assist local higher education institutions, training organizations, industry, and policy makers at the local, state, and federal levels in fostering improved linkages between education and training resources and STEMM workforce needs at the regional level as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?
Following the five regional sessions, the Committee will convene a concluding virtual workshop, and a designated rapporteur will prepare a brief proceedings of the workshop series.

Status: Current

PIN: PGA-POLICY-20-06

RSO: Beninson, Lida

Topic(s):

Computers and Information Technology
Education
Health and Medicine
Industry and Labor
Policy for Science and Technology



Geographic Focus:
North America

Committee Membership


Jeff Bingaman - (Chair)
Jeff Bingaman is a former United States Senator from New Mexico, serving from 1983 to 2013. He served as Chairman of the Committee on Outreach for the Senate Democratic Caucus. Senator Bingaman held several committee assignments during his tenure in the U.S. Senate including: the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Committee on Finance, Joint Economic Committee, Committee on Armed Services, and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. On the Senate Energy Committee, he contributed to every major piece of energy policy legislation over two decades. Prior to serving as a U.S. Senator, he worked as a private practice attorney, served as counsel to the New Mexico Constitutional Convention of 1969, and was Attorney General of New Mexico from 1979 to 1983.
Stuart Andreason
Stuart Andreason is the director of the Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He conducts research and works across the country to support Federal Reserve and partner organization efforts in workforce development, the labor market, and economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income workers. Andreason has been at the Federal Reserve since 2014 and previously served as a senior adviser on human capital and workforce development. In that role he has published articles on workforce development practice and policy and labor market trends, including deep analysis of opportunity occupations, or middle-skill jobs that pay high wages. He is the editor of Developing Career-Based Training and Models for Labor Market Intermediaries.

Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed, Andreason was a research associate at the Penn Institute for Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn IUR). There, he helped develop a set of indicators of livable and sustainable communities for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funded by the Ford Foundation. He was a fellow of the Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences at Penn and a Lincoln Institute of Land Policy C. Lowell Harriss fellow. Previously, he led two nonprofit organizations focused on economic revitalization in central Virginia and worked for the Pew Partnership for Civic Change. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia and a PhD in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

Josh Carpenter
Josh Carpenter serves as the Director of Economic Development for the City of Birmingham. He leads a team focused on executing a vision of making Birmingham a hub of qualified and diverse talent and a premier destination for small businesses, startups, and businesses looking to expand, propelling shared prosperity through innovation and inclusive growth.

Previously, Josh served as the Director of External Affairs in the Office of the President at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he worked on strategic projects in a portfolio of issues in community engagement and economic development. In 2016, Josh spearheaded a partnership between 15 partners and 30 employer sponsors to secure $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, and he led a team to train 925 disconnected youth for high-demand, high-wage IT jobs in Birmingham.

A Rhodes Scholar, Josh earned his M.Sc. in Comparative Social Policy and a D.Phil. in Politics at the University of Oxford where his dissertation explored the intersections of the political participation and healthcare access. Josh was named a young Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, and he is currently a member of the Aspen Institute’s Inclusive Innovation in American Cities Collaborative. Josh teaches in the UAB Collat School of Business and researches how job attainment alters notions of efficacy.

Karen Elzey
Karen Elzey is associate executive director at Workcred, an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), where she advances Workcred’s mission to strengthen workforce quality by improving the credentialing system, ensuring its ongoing relevance, and preparing employers, workers, educators, and governments to use it effectively.

Ms. Elzey has over 20 years of experience in areas of workforce development. Most recently, she was the vice president of the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF), where she was involved with incorporating 21st-century competencies—critical thinking, problem solving, analytical reasoning, communication, and working in multi-cultural teams—into the undergraduate experience to prepare students with the knowledge and experience to succeed in high-performing workplaces. She also led several of BHEF’s projects, including the integration of data analytics into specific academic disciplines, the development of cybersecurity undergraduate programs, and the creation of new media engineering programs.

Ms. Elzey previously served as vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce, where she worked on K-12 education reform and job training policies. She was the founding director of Skills for America’s Future, an employer-led policy initiative that was initially part of the Economic Opportunities Program at the Aspen Institute. Her previous experience also includes coordinating public-private partnerships between K-12 school districts and employers for a local economic development agency in Indiana, and teaching English as a second language in Poland. Ms. Elzey earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Alastair Fitzpayne
Alastair Fitzpayne serves as Executive Director of the Future of Work Initiative at the Aspen Institute. Fitzpayne leads a staff focused on policy ideas at the federal, state, and local levels to improve economic security for traditional and independent workers and expand investment in and access to education and training programs. Prior to his work at the Aspen Institute, he served as Chief of Staff at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Secretary Sylvia Burwell. In addition to serving as Chief of Staff at HHS, Fitzpayne also held a number of senior roles at the Department of the Treasury during the Obama Administration, including Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs. He has also served on Capitol Hill, in both the Senate and the House, as an economic advisor to Sen. Evan Bayh and Rep. Rahm Emanuel, respectively. He has also worked at the White House Office of Management and Budget and Abt Associates, a public policy consulting firm. Fitzpayne holds a BA from Vassar College and an MPP from the University of California-Berkeley.
Maria Flynn
Maria Flynn is president and CEO of Jobs for the Future (JFF), a national nonprofit that drives transformation in the American workforce and education systems. Maria is a national authority on the future of work, the role of technology in the labor market, career pathways for underserved individuals, and employer engagement. In 2018, Maria launched JFFLabs within JFF to bridge the traditional education and workforce systems with innovative approaches and technology-enabled solutions. Before becoming CEO in 2016, Maria was JFF’s senior vice president and led the Building Economic Opportunity Group, helping entry-level workers advance to family-supporting careers while enabling employers to build and sustain a productive workforce. She also led JFF’s federal policy and advocacy strategies, which focus on advancing the educational needs of underserved Americans and developing a skilled workforce.

Before joining JFF in 2007, Maria was a member of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service in the U.S. Department of Labor, where she held several high-level positions involving employment, training, and research. At the DOL’s Employment and Training Administration, she oversaw the development of policies for training programs serving both young people and adults, supervised the agency’s research and evaluation strategy, and managed its $12 billion annual budget. She was a key driver of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, the National School-to-Work initiative, and the Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills initiative. Maria received her BA from Saint Joseph’s University and her Master’s of Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

Van Freeman
Van Freeman currently serves as Director for Future Workforce Development and Strategy for the Aerospace Industries Association, where he is focused on developing a strong workforce pipeline for members through programs with government agencies, national STEM skills initiatives, and coherent workforce policy principles. Van previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the DC Department of Employment Services, directing the District of Columbia’s state labor agency. He oversaw all employment, training, business development, labor law enforcement, worker safety, universal paid family leave, and unemployment insurance programs funded at more than $150M in local, state, and federal funds. He also managed an additional $80M in active capital projects, including the DC Infrastructure Academy and the Universal Paid Family Leave program. Freeman managed the strategic messaging, communications, legislative portfolio, stakeholder engagement, and regulatory rule-making process for the Department, as well as human resource and talent acquisition for over 700 employees and the unemployment compensation unit that provides benefits to all district residence.

Van also served as the Senior Advisor to the National Director at the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), where he advised the National Director and senior leadership team on strategic decisions, national programing, high level fiscal approaches, and congressional priorities. Before Freeman transitioned to his role at MBDA, President Obama appointed him to serve as a Deputy Director in the Department of Commerce’s Office of the Secretary in 2013.

Van began his career at General Motors (GM) as a Manufacturing Engineer, eventually moving up to Production Supervisor at GM’s parts distribution center in Pontiac, MI. He then held a position with UBS Investment Bank in London, UK, as a Business Analyst. He then joined President Obama’s campaign staff in Cleveland, OH, for the 2008 and 2012 election cycles. Van holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Morehouse College and Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center.

Donna Ginther
Donna Ginther is the Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute for Policy & Social Research at the University of Kansas and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prior to joining the University of Kansas faculty, she was a research economist and associate policy adviser in the regional group of the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta from 2000 to 2002, and taught at Washington University from 1997 to 2000 and Southern Methodist University from 1995 to 1997. Her major fields of study are scientific labor markets, gender differences in employment outcomes, wage inequality, scientific entrepreneurship, children's educational attainments, and child abuse and neglect.

Dr. Ginther has advised the National Academy of Sciences, the National Institutes of Health, and the Sloan Foundation on the diversity and future of the scientific workforce. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Economic Association and of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession of the American Economic Association. Dr. Ginther received her doctorate in economics in 1995 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Rachel Lipson
Rachel Lipson is the inaugural Project Director of the Project on Workforce at Harvard University’s Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy. Launched in 2019, the Project on Workforce is a cross-school, interdisciplinary Harvard initiative focused on policy and research at the intersection of education and labor markets, and is a collaboration with the Harvard Business School Managing the Future of Work Project and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In this role, Rachel leads the Cross-Harvard Study Group on Future of Work and spearheads practitioner-focused research and convening initiatives that bring together perspectives from policy, business, and education.

Prior to joining the Wiener Center, Rachel was Director of Special Projects at Year Up, a social enterprise and workforce training provider that connects young adults without four-year degrees to meaningful careers in some of America’s most successful companies. She has previously worked on strategy for JPMorgan Chase’s philanthropic investments in workforce training, on small business growth and effective governance at the World Bank, on community college research in California, and in training and organizing on President Obama’s re-election campaign. Rachel is an alum of Harvard College and the joint MBA/MPP program with Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government.

Eloy Ortiz Oakley
Eloy Ortiz Oakley was appointed the chancellor of the California Community Colleges in December 2016. Prior to that, he served as the Superintendent and President of Long Beach City College, a position he held from 2007-2016. He joined Long Beach City College in 2002, first as the vice president of administrative services then as the College's executive vice president of administrative services from 2004 to 2006. Chancellor Ortiz Oakley was vice president of college services at Oxnard College from 2001 to 2002 and an assistant vice president at Keenan and Associates from 1999 to 2001.

He is best known throughout California and the nation for implementing innovative programs and policies that help students succeed in college. He strongly believes that California’s emerging economies demand a workforce with quality credentials and that the state’s 113 community colleges play a pivotal role in moving California forward. Under his leadership, the Long Beach Community College District has received numerous awards and recognitions for its efforts to improve student completion rates and for directly supporting a strong small business and entrepreneurship eco-system throughout the greater Southern California region.

Chancellor Ortiz Oakley earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Analysis and Design and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Irvine. Chancellor Ortiz Oakley was appointed as a Regent in 2014 by Governor Brown to a term ending in 2024.

Lee Wellington
Lee Wellington is the Founding Executive Director of the Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA), a national nonprofit that builds robust, inclusive manufacturing sectors in more than 250 cities across the United States. Through a mix of collaborative research and ecosystem building and under Lee's leadership, UMA has become nationally recognized for knowledge transfer across public agencies and community-based organizations. She has led the UMA team in building national learning communities on a range of issues including access to capital, community-embedded workforce programming, and mission driven industrial real estate development. In 2018, Lee guided UMA's flagship research project, the State of Urban Manufacturing, a six-city study on small-scale manufacturing involving multiple Federal Reserve Banks, research universities, and hundreds of local manufacturing practitioners. Lee is a frequent presenter on urban manufacturing at conferences nationally and internationally, including Berlin's Urban Tech Summit, The White House’s National Week of Making, the International Business Innovation Association's Conference on Business Incubation, and the National League of Cities’ City Summit.

Prior to UMA, Lee worked in the public sector at the NYC Mayor's Office of Industrial and Manufacturing Businesses and the New York City Council, at nonprofit planning organizations including the Pratt Center for Community Development and the Waterfront Alliance, and at legal services organizations including the Urban Justice Center's Street Vendor Project and South Brooklyn Legal Services.

Lee holds a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, an M.S. in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute, and a B.S. in Economics from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Lida Beninson - (Staff Officer)

Events


Event Type :  
Workshop

Description :   

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) invites you to join a virtual workshop series, “Meeting Regional STEMM Workforce Needs in the Wake of COVID-19.” The series began on October 9, 2020 with a focus on Birmingham, Alabama.

The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming the global economy and STEMM workforce demands have changed as a result of the pandemic. During this event, industry and higher education leaders, as well as subject matter experts, will discuss the impact that COVID has had on the Wichita metropolitan economy and the practices and policies that local higher education institutions and workforce training organizations have adopted to respond to local STEMM workforce needs. In addition, the workshop will explore additional actions that educational institutions, employers, training organizations, and policy makers at the local, state, and federal levels could consider to address the changing workforce needs.

The Wichita workshop is the last regional workshop. It will be followed by a final workshop, which will focus on themes covered in the workshop series. 

This event is supported by the Lumina Foundation.

Please contact Inez Adams (iadams@nas.edu) for event questions.

Live closed captioning will be provided during the webcast event.



Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Inez Adams
Contact Email:  iadams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
Workshop

Description :   

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) invites you to join a virtual workshop series, “Meeting Regional STEMM Workforce Needs in the Wake of COVID-19.” The series began on October 9, 2020 with a focus on Birmingham, Alabama.

The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming the global economy and STEMM workforce demands have changed as a result of the pandemic. During this event, industry and higher education leaders, as well as subject matter experts, will discuss the impact that COVID has had on the Riverside metropolitan area and the practices and policies that local higher education institutions and workforce training organizations have adopted to respond to local STEMM workforce needs. In addition, the workshop will explore additional actions that educational institutions, employers, training organizations, and policy makers at the local, state, and federal levels could consider to address the changing workforce needs.

Following the Riverside workshop, NASEM will hold one additional workshop, focusing on Wichita, Kansas and a final workshop summarizing the themes covered in the workshop series. 

This event is supported by the Lumina Foundation.

Please contact Inez Adams (iadams@nas.edu) for event questions.

Live closed captioning will be provided during the webcast event.



Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Inez Adams
Contact Email:  iadams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
Workshop

Description :   

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) invites you to join a virtual workshop series, “Meeting Regional STEMM Workforce Needs in the Wake of COVID-19.” The series began on October 9, 2020 with a focus on Birmingham, Alabama.

The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming the global economy and STEMM workforce demands have changed as a result of the pandemic. During this event, industry and higher education leaders, as well as subject matter experts, will discuss the impact that COVID has had on the Richmond metropolitan economy and the practices and policies that local higher education institutions and workforce training organizations have adopted to respond to local STEMM workforce needs. In addition, the workshop will explore additional actions that educational institutions, employers, training organizations, and policy makers at the local, state, and federal levels could consider to address the changing workforce needs.

Following the Richmond workshop, NASEM will hold two additional workshops focusing on regions across the United States and a final workshop summarizing the themes covered in the workshop series. 

This event is supported by the Lumina Foundation.

Please contact Inez Adams (iadams@nas.edu) for event questions.

Live closed captioning will be provided during the webcast event.



Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Inez Adams
Contact Email:  iadams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
Workshop

Description :   

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) invites you to join a virtual workshop series, “Meeting Regional STEMM Workforce Needs in the Wake of COVID-19.” The series began on October 14, 2020 with a focus on Boston, Massachusetts.

The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming the global economy and STEMM workforce demands have changed as a result of the pandemic. During this event, industry and higher education leaders, as well as subject matter experts, will discuss the impact that COVID has had on the Boston metropolitan economy and the practices and policies that local higher education institutions and workforce training organizations have adopted to respond to local STEMM workforce needs. In addition, the workshop will explore additional actions that educational institutions, employers, training organizations, and policy makers at the local, state, and federal levels could consider to address the changing workforce needs.

Following the Boston workshop, NASEM will hold three additional workshops focusing on regions across the United States and a final workshop summarizing the themes covered in the workshop series. 

This event is supported by the Lumina Foundation.

Please contact Inez Adams (iadams@nas.edu) for event questions.

The workshop videos are available here.



Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Inez Adams
Contact Email:  iadams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
Workshop

Description :   

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) invites you to join a virtual workshop series, “Meeting Regional STEMM Workforce Needs in the Wake of COVID-19.” The series will begin on October 9, 2020 with a focus on Birmingham, Alabama.

The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming the global economy and STEMM workforce demands have changed as a result of the pandemic. During this event, industry and higher education leaders, as well as subject matter experts, will discuss the impact that COVID has had on the Birmingham metropolitan economy and the practices and policies that local higher education institutions and workforce training organizations have adopted to respond to local STEMM workforce needs. In addition, the workshop will explore additional actions that educational institutions, employers, training organizations, and policy makers at the local, state, and federal levels could consider to address the changing workforce needs.

Four additional workshops focusing on regions across the United States will be announced at a later date as well as a sixth workshop to summarize the themes covered in the workshop series.

This event is supported by the Lumina Foundation.

Please contact Inez Adams (iadams@nas.edu) for event questions.

The workshop videos are available here.



Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Inez Adams
Contact Email:  iadams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
-

Description :   

On October 7, 2020, the third committee meeting was held for the workshop series. This was a closed meeting where the committee discussed the agenda for the five regional workshops, focusing on the upcoming Birmingham, AL workshop. A representative from each sub-committee provided an overview of proposed workshop panels and speakers.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Inez Adams
Contact Email:  iadams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
-

Description :   

On September 18, 2020, the second committee meeting was held for the workshop series. This was a closed meeting where the committee discussed and selected five cities of focus for the regional workshops. Sub-committees of two or three members were created for each region. The committee discussed some potential topics for workshops, but it is expected that sub-committees will identify the topics most relevant to their regions.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Inez Adams
Contact Email:  iadams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Stuart Andreason
Jeff Bingaman
Josh Carpenter
Karen Elzey
Alastair Fitzpayne
Maria Flynn
Van Freeman
Donna Ginther
Rachel Lipson
Lee Wellington

Joe Alper (Rapporteur)

Lida Beninson (NAS)
Inez Adams (NAS)
Frederic Lestina (NAS)

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

On September 4, 2020, the first committee meeting was held for the workshop series . This was a closed meeting where the committee discussed the statement of work, bias and conflict of interest, scope of the work, and potential strategies for maximizing the relevance and impact of the workshop series.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Inez Adams
Contact Email:  iadams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Jeff Bingaman; Stuart Andreason; Josh Carpenter; Karen Elzey; Alastair Fitzpayne; Maria Flynn; Donna Ginther; Rachel Lipson; Eloy Ortiz Oakley; Lee Wellington

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Welcome and introductions; project overview; and committee discussion on workshop scope and topics.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
September 18, 2020
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Publications

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