Join us on September 1, 2021, for Partners In Education / P.I.E.

Mark your calendars now for September 1, 2021, for our Partners in Education Conference Presented by AAON Coil Products, Inc. The 2021 P.I.E. conference emphasis is to bring key stakeholders to the table to discuss improving the Texas workforce system. To help lead the conversation Lee Jackson, Chancellor Emeritus of the University of North Texas System will be discussing how Aim Hire Texas is focusing on how to help close the employment gaps.

Who is Aim Hire Texas?

Aim Hire Texas is a state wide initiative designed to improve and grow the Texas talent pipeline under the umbrella of Texas2036. As one of the senior directors for Texas2036, Jackson has focused on building and leading a consortium of impressive allies including the Commit Partnership, Texas Association of Community Colleges, Texas Rural Funders, Chambers of Commerce’s from across the State and United Ways of Texas. For the past two years Aim Hire Texas’s has been concentrated on creating a broad statewide force to collect better data that illuminates Texans’ career success in jobs of the future, drives more effective and innovative training programs, and builds better coordination and planning across organizations and agencies.

Who is Lee Jackson?

Lee Jackson is the Chancellor Emeritus of the University of North Texas System. Jackson was the State of Texas’ longest-serving Chancellor when he announced his retirement in March 2017.
Jackson previously served as Dallas County Judge from 1987 to 2001. Prior to that, he represented Dallas County in the Texas House of Representatives from 1976 to 1986. Jackson was lauded for his work in public by D Magazine, which named him Dallas’ Best Public Official in 1996 and a Legislative All-Star in 1981.

Who is Texas2036?

Texas2036 was named after the upcoming bicentennial of Texas.  It is a nonpartisan organization that advocates for data-driven strategies that will advance the state.  The organization was founded by Tom Luce, who serves as chairman and Margaret Spellings, the organization’s President and CEO.   Texas2036 was formed to help break down silos for Texas by confronting critical issues. First, strategic framework was crafted.  This document lays out 36 important goals connected to Texas’s collective prosperity. Next, the 2021 legislative agenda was adopted. It focuses on education, workforce, healthcare,  government performance, digital connectivity, and budget prioritization.   Texas2036 is committed to reaching their vision; Texas is the best place to live and work.

To make a reservation for the September 1, 2021, P.I.E. Conference, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Infinity Center, Register Online Now!

Join the critical discussion around our role in skill investments for an inclusive economic recovery! Recently, Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships reported with a generational shift in occupational roles economy-wide and accelerated level of digital transformation brought on by COVID-19, we have dueling problems—workers unable to find good-paying jobs that fit their skills and employers struggling to hire skilled workers for in-demand and emerging roles.

For businesses across industries, this mismatch existed prior to the pandemic and was only exacerbated by the crisis:

• Surveys of manufacturing executives at the end of 2020 found 62.4% of respondents identified “inability to attract and retain talent” as their primary current business challenge, a concern that had topped the list for ten quarters prior to the pandemic.
• Analyses of previous infrastructure deals suggests that every $100 billion invested creates 1 million new jobs, largely in construction, energy, transportation and logistics industries, the majority of which require some training after high school.
• Employment in healthcare occupations will grow 15 percent from 2019 to 2029, adding 2.4 million new jobs.
• Leisure and hospitality employment increased by 280,000 in March 2021 but was still down by 3.1 million jobs since February 2020. Likewise, retail added 23,000 jobs in March 2021, but employment was still 381,000 below its February 2020 level.

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