GENESEO – Angela Grouse, who developed and managed an education to employment program for Livonia Central School, has joined the Livingston County Area Chamber of Commerce as director of education to employment initiatives.
Grouse will help bridge the gap between employers expressing concern over gaps in skills in the emerging workforce and lack of qualified applicants in manufacturing, skilled trades, agriculture and other industries and the increasing focus on career and college readiness that is pressing public schools to expand student engagement in career exploration and awareness.
“We welcome Angela’s addition to the Chamber and are excited to have her bring her successful program development experience at Livonia Central School to this new position,” Chamber President Laura Lane said in a news release.
The Chamber has well established relationships with businesses across the Livingston County area and is now connecting with the county’s nine school districts through a collaboration with the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership to access the needs of the business and educational sectors related to the emerging workforce.
“Our focus is to plan, coordinate, and implement education to employment activities and events that promote career exploration and foster student pathways to achieve skills, dispositions, and competencies for the world of work,” Lanes said. “These programs will be designed to address skills gaps and increase awareness of local and regional employment opportunities among educators, parents and students.”
Grouse joins the Chamber from Livonia Central School where she supported career and college readiness programming for kindergarten through 12th grades. In that role, she built relationships with more than 250 employers who provided job shadows, career fair opportunities, community service experience, and Junior Achievement programming to more than 700 students per year.
“I am pleased and excited to see the Chamber linking business and education,” said Tamara West, vice president of patients services at Noyes Hospital, Dansville, and a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. “We need to develop the career readiness and awareness of our students and create a pipeline of qualified emerging employees for our region. These Education to Employment Initiatives will address the needs of our Livingston County businesses and meet the mission of the Livingston County Education Alliance, the foundation arm of the LCCC.”
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