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March 22, 2018

Workforce Talent Development Partnership begins work

Klamath County (United States) : A new talent development partnership has been formed in Klamath and Lake counties to assess workforce needs of local businesses, according to a news release. Partners who have joined forces to accomplish this effort include Klamath Community College, Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath County Economic Development Association, Klamath County Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Development Center and South Central Oregon Economic Development District.

The talent development partnership aims to enhance business retention, growth and prosperity in the region by providing continuing education and professional development for current and emerging employees. The goal is to develop a highly skilled workforce for local companies, increase companies’ competitiveness in the global market, and raise the skill and employability levels of local residents.

The partnership’s first action will be delivering a needs assessment to local businesses to gather up-to-date data on current and future needs related to job skills, business success trainings, workforce strengths and weaknesses, and what the future for job creation and business growth may be in the region.

“This assessment will help us understand current issues in workforce development across our region,” said KCEDA Executive Director Greg O’Sullivan. “The partnership brings together the means to address those issues directly and help move our economy forward.”

The collected data will be analyzed and used to address the region’s workforce talent needs through non-credit trainings, industry-relevant certifications, competency badges, and ultimately, associate, bachelor and graduate degree programs at local educational institutions.

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