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What are Sector Boards?
Sector Boards work on a much broader basis and are focused on long-range planning, taking into account new technology and factors expected to impact the industry. They are focused on the future workforce and work to identify resources and solutions to anticipated staffing and competitiveness needs. Sector board members should be key representatives from local companies who are knowledgeable about current and future industry needs and trends.
- Focus attention on the needs of employers in a specific industry;
- Work with employers, workers, educational institutions and agencies;
- Build in-depth knowledge of the industry and develop solutions to issues;
- Promote community change resulting in positive outcomes for business, industry and the workforce.
What benefits have been gained through sector board initiatives?
Sector board results for business and industry have included reduced recruitment fees, lower training costs, reduced turn-over, lower production and/or waste costs, greater promotion potential of entry level employees, and higher quality customer service. Sector boards can also lead to more vibrant relationships between industry and regional workforce boards, resulting in more clear direction for workforce and economic development programs.
What is the difference between sector boards and college and high school advisory committees?
Community college and high school advisory committees provide input regarding program development and curriculum. Sector boards focus on long-range planning, taking into account new technology and factors expected to impact the industry. They are focused on the future of the industry with regard to workforce needs, infrastructure, technology, etc. Sector boards work to identify resources and solutions to anticipated needs. Sector boards work collectively for the advancement of their industry.
Pace and Sector Boards
Eastern Iowa Community Colleges received funds from the Iowa State Legislature for the Pathways to Academic, Career, and Employment (PACE) Program in 2013.
PACE creates a strong pipeline of individuals entering and completing training in high skill/high demand career areas in Advanced Manufacturing, Allied Health, Information Technology and Transportation / Logistics.
To support the process, PACE incorporates the use of sector boards. Because we live in a bi-state workforce area, the sector board convener, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, has expanded the boards to represent the entire workforce area.
Regional Workforce Boards (RWB) and Sector Boards
RWBs are instrumental in determining the local industries that can benefit from sector-based activity. They also utilize information provided through sector boards to guide program development in order to meet industry needs. RWBs are active supporters of Sector Board initiatives in their local communities, ensuring each community is an active member of the board.
If you would like to participate in a sector board, please click on the Contact Us link and complete the form. You will have an opportunity to request a specific board (Allied Health, Information Technology, Manufacturing, or Transportation/Logistics) on the form.
Download Sector Strategies Self-Assessment (PDF)