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AMERICA'S MIDDLE-SKILLS GAP

ABOUT SKILLFUL PARTNERS

The core operational partners of SKILLFUL—including the Markle Foundation, LinkedIn, Arizona State University and edX—have teamed up with employers, educators and local government entities that are committed to building a more transparent national talent pool.

If you or your organization would like to join the movement toward a skills-based hiring model, please get involved.

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National Partners

Markle Foundation works to realize the potential of information technology to address some of the nation’s greatest challenges in the areas of health, national security and the economy. Markle’s current initiative, SKILLFUL, has brought together a diverse coalition of national leaders to focus on accelerating innovations that leverage the forces of technology and globalization to return opportunities to Americans and rework America for the 21st century economy.

LinkedIn’s vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. SKILLFUL is working with LinkedIn to develop better tools to serve the middle-skill population, integrate more local job opportunities and improve access to education and training.

ASU is a comprehensive public research university with over 70,000 on-campus and digital immersion students. Led by President Michael Crow, ASU is creating a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access.

edX is the leading nonprofit online learning destination, offering courses from the world's best universities and institutions, as well as from employers such as Microsoft. As a SKILLFUL partner, edX is working to empower organizations to deliver the knowledge Americans need to advance their careers.

LOCAL PARTNERS

COLORADO

The Business Experiential-Learning Commission is working to address Colorado's middle-skills gap and better support workforce development initiatives—including developing a systemic solution for integrated work-based training, a system for badging work-based learning experiences and more.

Under the leadership of Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado has an impressive record of economic growth and collaborative innovation in workforce development through initiatives such as the Colorado Blueprint, the Colorado Talent Pipeline Report, the Sector Partnerships and more.

Representing 200+ manufacturing companies across Colorado, CAMA's goals are to promote and advance the manufacturing industry, which accounts for 93% of Colorado's exports and employs over 120,000 Coloradans. CAMA grew out of Gov. Hickenlooper's "Colorado Blueprint" initiative.

The Colorado Community College System comprises the state's largest system of higher education, serving more than 151,000 students annually. It oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts.

Colorado Technology Association leads the network of companies and professionals fueling Colorado's economy through technology. CTA represents 600+ technology companies employing over 140,000 Coloradans and is growing a pipeline of workers to sustain Colorado’s thriving innovation economy.

For 90+ years, Goodwill has been a major force in building the metro Denver and northern Colorado economy. Our organization has aligned its goals with the economic needs of the community. We're more than just a place for great deals—our programs improve the community and inspire hope, one person at a time.

Following the trend initiated by the U.S. Department of Labor, Colorado has consolidated the many components of job service, employment and training services to maximize its ability to serve job seekers as well as area employers. We provide easy access to a wide array of services, including referrals to partner agencies.

CareerWise's mission is to create opportunities for youth and businesses across Colorado by developing and supporting an innovative, sustainable youth apprenticeship program. Through this business-led, student-centered model, CareerWise brings together public and private stakeholders to ensure that students have access to the skills and knowledge they need for financial and academic success, and that businesses have access to highly-trained talent.

PHOENIX

Arizona Manufacturing Partnership includes over 120 active participants and seeks to promote manufacturing as a meaningful career pathway, connect manufacturing firms with talented workforce pipelines and serve as the liaison between the manufacturing community and education providers.

The sixth largest city in the country, Phoenix is one of the fastest growing job markets and economic regions in the country. Phoenix’s economic strength is driven by technology, manufacturing, bioscience research and advanced business services—plus powerful higher education partnerships.

The Maricopa Community Colleges system is one of the largest in the United States, serving more than 240,000 students each year through 10 colleges, two skill centers and a variety of satellite campuses and training institutes. Maricopa is pioneering new methods of online and work-based learning.

The Walmart Foundation is working to create opportunities for people to live better, every day, by accelerating economic development for the retail workforce; by making healthier, more sustainably grown food a reality; by helping to build strong communities, and in many other ways.

West-MEC is a unique public school district that focuses on hands-on learning, leadership development training and industry certification to help prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s careers. Since 2003, West-MEC has grown significantly, providing career and technical education across the Phoenix west valley.

Goodwill of Central Arizona is deeply rooted in the local community and positively impacts Arizonans every day. Working as a catalyst for change, we take a neighborly approach by offering 70+ community locations where your gently used goods can be dropped off—and helping to place thousands of people in Arizona jobs every year.

The Maricopa division of Arizona’s statewide workforce development network helps employers of all sizes and types recruit, develop and retain the best employees for their needs. For job seekers throughout the state, we provide services and resources to pursue employment and educational opportunities.