The ECMC Foundation Awards the Business-Higher Education Forum $341,000 to Fund the Connecticut Digital Credential Ecosystem Initiative
NEW BRITAIN, Conn., Oct. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The ECMC Foundation, a nationally focused foundation whose mission is to inspire and facilitate improvements in educational outcomes, has awarded the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) $341,000 to fund the Connecticut Digital Credential Ecosystem Initiative. This network of companies, community colleges, government agencies, and other stakeholders, led by BHEF, will develop new pathways to digital careers, particularly for individuals unemployed due to COVID-19. BHEF expects an estimated 2,200 learners will benefit from this initiative.
"BHEF has significant experience in developing regional ecosystems between academic institutions and employers that lead to successful career paths," said Brian Fitzgerald, BHEF's CEO. "This ecosystem-based approach allows for rapid reskilling and skill-based hiring to help reduce the skills gap, both of which are much needed during and after the pandemic."
As part of this initiative, BHEF will help community colleges issue industry-validated credentials to support career pathways across Connecticut and the surrounding region. Participating employers will approve the knowledge, skills, and abilities for these credentials by building recruitment and hiring for students who complete the credential.
"BHEF's demonstrated results in making a real difference in our communities presents a unique opportunity for Connecticut/span> residents who have been displaced from their existing careers to learn new skills that will prepare them for a digital world," said Jim Loree, President and CEO, Stanley Black & Decker, a strategic partner to BHEF's efforts in Connecticut. "We have a strong opportunity to change the trajectory of this great state and restore Connecticut's position as a premier center for advanced manufacturing in the United States."
BHEF will partner with the New England Board of Higher Education, CT Governor's Workforce Council, the Workforce Development Unit, the Department of Economic and Community Development and Workforce Development Boards to launch a one-year pilot with five campuses in the CSCC system that can subsequently be scaled to other campuses.
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