In addition to engaging with organizations that have an effective strategy and model that materially impacts the Opportunity Gap in the areas of education and workforce development, SVP is working with members of the philanthropic, public, and private sectors on several strategic initiatives to provide employment or educational opportunities to disadvantaged individuals.
Community Colleges and Universities (CSCU) Guided Pathways Initiative
Lead Partners: Mark Argosh, Robert Smith, Rich Wenning
In 2018, SVP and two co-investors, the BeFoundation and the Kendall Family Foundation, began a collaborative engagement with the CSCU leadership to strengthen Connecticut’s Community College system through the implementation of Guided Pathways to enhance student success by providing clear roadmaps to transfer and workforce entry and its connection to employers.
SVP Partners believe that providing affordable, innovative and rigorous programs for students to achieve their personal and career goals will contribute to the economic growth of Connecticut by helping to lift graduation rates and prepare students for meaningful careers.
“Faculty, staff and administrators are doing critical work to develop Guided Pathways plans to improve student experiences with enrollment, retention, transfer and college completion, and identify ways to better use technology to support students through advising, said CSCU President Mark Ojakian.” Guided Pathways, I believe, will be key to our students’ overall success in our schools and in their future careers.”
“This investment in CSCU reflects a public-private partnership committed to creating a more equitable and economically competitive Connecticut,” said Greg DeSantis, Interim Executive Director, CSCU Student Success and Academic Initiatives.
“SVP and its Partners consider this work essential to helping close educational and economic opportunity gaps in Connecticut,” said Richard Wenning, an SVP Partner and Executive Director of Be Foundation.
Workforce Development and Advanced Manufacturing Training Initiative
Lead Partner: Sylvia Shepard
SVP seeks to expand the number of manufacturing jobs and related education and training opportunities for opportunity youth and incumbent workers in Connecticut through a collaboration with Asnuntuck and Housatonic Community Colleges, state and local governments, and industry associations.
For the past 4 years, the State has been a leader in driving the expansion of our skilled manufacturing workforce, budgeting almost $40MM to expand the number of Advanced Manufacturing Technology programs in community colleges around the state. The original plan was to continue expanding the advanced manufacturing training center (AMTC) programs at community colleges. Unfortunately, the funding, which has come from the CT Department of Education, is no longer available, and the existing programs are ill equipped to meet the demand for skilled workers. SVP recognized the need and is stepping up to address the problem.