Indiana Career Council Strategic Plan

TPMA recently completed work on a new strategic plan for the Indiana Career Council. The Indiana Career Council was established by the Indiana General Assembly to align and coordinate the activities conducted by Indiana’s education, job skills development, and career training system and to ensure that education and training provided by the system meets the existing and future needs of the state’s employers. Chaired by Governor Pence, the Council…

The Career Council’s new strategic plan, titled Align, Engage, Advance: A Strategic Plan to Transform Indiana’s Workforce was approved in June 2014 and sets an ambitious goal: at least 60 percent of Indiana’s workforce will have the postsecondary knowledge, skills, and credentials demanded within Indiana’s economy by 2025. To achieve this goal, the Strategic Plan outlines three pillars of transformation and five strategic objectives:

Pillars of Transformation

  1. System Alignment
  2. Student- and Worker-Centric Services
  3. Demand-Driven Programs and Investments

Strategic Objectives

  1. Provide a seamless system of partners that provides worker-centric and student-centric services
  2. Link career pathways to Indiana high wage, high demand careers for students and workers across the K-12, postsecondary and adult systems
  3. Increase the number of students and adults who attain post-secondary skill certifications and degrees
  4. Elevate the importance of work-and-learn models
  5. Adopt a data-driven, sector-based approach that directly aligns education and training with the needs of Indiana’s regional economies

TPMA worked closely with the Career Council’s two task forces to define objectives and strategies, facilitated task force discussions, provided research and information on promising practices, and assisted in drafting the strategic plan.

As the strategic objectives imply, key elements of the planning process included a cohesive “systems” approach that brings together all relevant education, jobs skills development and career training efforts; an emphasis on career pathways that reflect the needs of Indiana’s employer community; and a sectors strategy deployed through regional partnerships. .

Importantly, the strategic planning process reflected the engagement of key constituencies including those working in state government, partner organizations, and, importantly, employers and private sector organizations.

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