Kuchenbrod-workforce development
Posted on 08/24/2016
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Dear DHS Community and Staff,

Welcome back and I hope your school year is off to a great start!

For those who do not know me, let me introduce myself.  My name is Kim Kuchenbrod.  I am a workforce development consultant working as a business liaison to school districts in Vermilion County.  I am also the Global Careers and Professional Program Coordinator placing junior/senior level students in non-paid internships to explore their specific career interests prior to graduation and/or enter post-secondary levels.

For the past 18 years local industries representing manufacturing, healthcare, transportation/distribution and business services  have contributed $2.25 million to support education/workforce programs free to Vermilion County school districts.  Two programs that I would like to highlight today are the 2016-2017 Annual Job Projection Report and CNVCInspire.org.

16-17 Job Projection Report – All educational/workforce programs are based on this demand-planning survey.  Every January, key pillar companies share an 18-month projection of their employment needs on new and replacement positions, accepted levels of education, recognized certificates and/or credentials, and key competencies.  The report reflects highest demanding jobs, jobs by clusters and an alphabetical listing.  Currently there are 1,390 jobs employers are trying to fill with qualified candidates.  The average salary is approximately $42-$45,000/year.  This report reflects real-time data and paints a clearer picture of our local workforce needs.  The report is compared to state and national trends.  However, state and national data is based off of previous trends while our local report is based on current trends.  Please share the report with your students and/or use as a tool with your curriculum.  A pdf copy of the full report is attached.

CNVCInspire.org - Vermilion Advantage and Vermilion Vocational Delivery System has invested $30,000 to develop an online mentoring program, CNVCInspire.org.  This online program compliments Career Cruising and brings together educators and industry to help students achieve career goals while meeting local workforce development needs.  You too, can become an online career coach!  Connect with local career professionals to serve as advisors, guest speakers, and job shadowing sites.  As of today, there are 79 online career coaches, 32 business profiles and 221 work-related activities available to educators and students. Go to www.CNVCInspire.org to check out businesses who have already signed up to help you!

Over the next few weeks, I will provide weekly updates to highlight some of the other programs and student success profiles.  In the meantime, I am located in Room 213, phone ext. 1520 and will be onsite on Wednesdays from 8 – 3 pm.  If I can be of any further assistance to you do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Have a great school year!

Best regards,

Kim Kuchenbrod