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Study to Assess Needs of Area Workforce

8/15/2008 —

DuBois - Penn State DuBois is conducting a Community Needs Assessment in Eastern Clearfield County starting later this summer.  According to Continuing Education Representatives at Penn State DuBois, the objective of the study is to determine the educational needs of the workforce in this area, so that more strategic decisions can be made related to education, training and economic development in the community. 

The project will include the distribution of an on-line needs assessment survey developed by the Workforce Assessment Center, operating through Penn State’s Workforce Education and Development Initiative.  Researchers say information collected by the survey should provide an overview of workforce needs and strengths in the eastern portion of Clearfield County.  To ensure researchers have an accurate representation of the workforce in this area, 175 employers representing each industry cluster have been chosen to participate in the survey.

Jeannine Hanes, of Penn State DuBois Continuing Education, is the principal investigator of the study.  Selected companies in Eastern Clearfield County will receive a letter in late July requesting participation.  Respondents will e-mail Hanes indicating their willingness to complete the survey.  The link for the on-line survey will then be provided to the participants electronically.  The survey takes approximately 20-25 minutes to complete.  More accurate data will be collected if multiple employees from each company respond. 

“We need the company’s who are requested to complete the survey to understand the importance of participation,” Hanes said.  “The results of this assessment will allow Penn State DuBois and other training providers and economic development entities to provide accurate, on-target services.”

Results of the survey will be compiled in a report by the Workforce Assessment Center and will be shared with the appropriate agencies in the community.  This includes training providers, economic development entities and County Government Officials.  Assessment responses will remain confidential and data from this research will only be reported as collective findings.

The project was initiated during a meeting with local employers in the fall of 2007 with discussions about local training providers and ensuring they offer the necessary education and training to meet the needs of the current and upcoming workforce. 

If you have questions about the assessment or participation in the on-line needs assessment survey, please contact Jeannine Hanes at 814-375-4836 or jhanes@psu.edu

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