VLAHALLA, N.Y. -- Thanks to JPMorgan Chase, Westchester Community College has been awarded a $150,000 grant aimed at analyzing the critical job skills gaps in the New York area.
The report will examine middle skills jobs, which are defined as roles requiring education beyond high school but less than a four-year degree. The National Skills Coalition reports that key industries in the United States are unable to find enough sufficiently trained workers to fill these positions. In New York State, 46% of anticipated job openings through 2022 will be in this category, including many Westchester positions in healthcare, information technology, and advanced manufacturing.
“New York employers are looking to hire individuals with advanced skills, but area job seekers often struggle to figure out which skills they need and where they can learn them,” says Chauncy Lennon, Head of Workforce Initiatives at JPMorgan Chase. “Through research projects like this one, we’ll identify the data to help drive the right solutions to address the gaps between New York employers and job seekers.”
The grant was secured by the Westchester Community College Foundation. Westchester Community College’s Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development will coordinate this project and work in collaboration with many regional education, business, workforce, and economic development agencies.
"Employers consistently tell us that there is a mismatch between skills required and jobs available,” says Marsha Gordon, President and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester. “Resolving this gap will be the key to a strong bridge to job development and a vibrant economy.
“Linking our educational offerings to actual jobs in the local workforce is a critical part of our mission,” says Dr. Belinda S. Miles, Westchester Community College President. “This key research project will allow our institution, and many others responsible for training and educating tomorrow’s workforce, to ensure we will be able to match academic programs with existing and future job openings and career opportunities.”