UP Center connects with workforce leaders through NELCO
The Nelson County UP Center connected with industry leaders during this month’s NELCO monthly meeting as NCS explores how to best prepare students to enter the workforce.
NELCO is a consortium that unites education, government and business that emphasizes employee training and development.
The event presented an opportunity for industry leaders to take an active role in shaping workforce preparedness through the public school system as the Area Technology Center transitions to the UP Center and expands its mission to touch all aspects of economic development.
“The UP Center will be a regional resource for Nelson and surrounding counties, serving students, families, adults and industries,” said Kelsey Berryman, director of the UP Center. “As we enter into the facility design process, we are hoping to partner with industries in our community to understand employers’ needs. We want to solve real challenges and create meaningful solutions to developing the future workforce.”
Berryman said the center will realize its full potential by learning first hand from employers how to best prepare graduates for their careers.
“The UP Center will only be successful when we are working in tandem with employers in our region to better understand the needs of the industry for our programs, so that we can continually innovate and grow. Community partnerships could range from quarterly conversations with our instructors to stay up-to-date on our programs, to financial support for our labs, to co-op and profession-based experience opportunities for students, to full learning design partners to create real-world learning opportunities,” Berryman said,
Industries who want to learn more about partnering with Nelson County Schools should contact Misty Roller, UP Center Community Relations Lead.