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Public Works Partners was proud to sponsor and help organize the 2015 Workforce Development Policy Forum, along with partners Workforce Professionals Training Institute (WPTI) and the NYC Employment and Training Coalition (NYCETC) on Friday, February 6, at Hostos Community College. The Forum convened leaders from workforce providers, business stakeholders, educational institutions, and the public sector to collaborate on potential directions for the NYC workforce system. The Forum was organized around the City’s Career Pathways report, which we helped to develop, with the emphasis on opportunities for workforce providers and other stakeholders to chart their course for new and improved programming that aligns to the City’s new policy directions.

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There were productive conversations all day, from the presentation by the NYC Workforce Investment Board Director Sherazade Langlade, the keynote speech from Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, to an afternoon of leadership discussion and workshops.  Principal Celeste Frye and Senior Manager Allison Quigney worked with WPTI to facilitate the Leadership Lunch, a dynamic conversation about key themes from Career Pathways and how it will impact organizations.  In that session, Paul Ortega, Director of Training and Development for Swiss Post Solutions, a key employer partner, challenges workforce leaders to market and brand workforce development to appeal to business customers.  Principal Scott Zucker organized and facilitated a workshop on career pathways with a dynamic panel of experts from CUNY and the nonprofit sector. Details of the learning from those sessions to come in subsequent posts – stay tuned.