Summary: Auto Summit for Community Kansas City, Missouri August 24-25, 2010
The meeting kicked off at 3 PM on August 24th. Linda Fowler of Regionerate and Kris Smith of Funders Network facilitated the meeting. After an overview of the Foundation by Dane Stangler, Kauffman Research Associate, Kris provided an overview of the federal and philanthropic partnerships formed to support auto communities. This included a discussion of national efforts such as the Brookings Foundation Meeting. Linda provided background on the Auto Community College Peer Learning Network funded by Lumina and Joyce Foundations. Jim Jacobs, President of
Macomb Community College spoke to the unique challenges of auto community colleges and engaged his peers in the room to contribute to the opportunities for collaboration provided by the network.
There was a discussion which includes two major areas of concern: a) on the substantive level—was this a network of communities focused on the sole needs of the auto industry, or was it a broader focus on economic development of auto communities. If it was the later, what were some of the other areas the network could consider? And b) procedurally—who was the membership of the organization (did it include non-community colleges—such as workforce boards), how often did it meet etc., was their dues. Initial discussion leaned toward a community college dominated group, but with other sympathetic participants.
The meeting participants included representatives from National and Community Foundations, community economic development, Federal Reserve Bank, think tanks, universities, federal agencies, and the workforce system. The meeting closed with a networking reception and dinner.
On August 25th, Kristin Dziczek of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) presented an overview of the auto industry. There was a lively discussion on the changing demographics of the auto
companies and suppliers as well as engaging the Big Three in a more strategic partnership with community colleges for development, enhancement, and distribution of curriculum to support both incumbent and emerging workforces. From the discussion it was clear that the major auto companies have no consolidated view towards education and training issues; much of it is considered plant by plant.
Stephanie Powers, Council on Foundations, moderated a panel with a National funder (Annie E. Casey) and a community foundation (Madison County). The philanthropist panel spoke to the ways both types of funders do business in their respective communities as well as their overlapping concerns for access to post-secondary education for the underserved. The foundations spoke about their assets in convening and “driving” change in communities and a desire to partner with feds, education, and business to support their ability to improve the quality of life of their citizens. Several potential roles for philanthropy were explored: convening, and fund development. research, implementation, capacity building,
One funder asked what it would look like to align federal,
community foundation, and national foundation funding in strategic way to transform the talent systems in auto communities. All participants indicated a willingness to work with both local community colleges and community colleges in general to develop solutions to the issues of auto communities.
Jane Oates, the Assistant Secretary of the Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, spoke to the summit attendees about an upcoming funding opportunity for trade impacted workers and communities. TAA for Community Colleges will be a two billion dollar program, 500 million dollars a year over four years, for community college and other degree granting 2-year institutions to build capacity, accelerate, and innovate their products and services. The
solicitation will be posted in October, due in January and awards announced in April. The size of the grants will range from 2.5 to 5 million dollars for individual institutions and no cap for consortia applications. The main emphasis was to develop a “box”, a new ways of getting more primarily manufacturing workers back to work.
The TAA for Community College funds were described as an opportunity to remove barriers for dislocated autoworkers that are not connected to schools and want training and education to obtain sustainable wage employment. It was also described as an opportunity to beta test what works over the four-year period. Colleges can be fiscal agents up to four times over the four-year period.
Based on the conversation with the Assistant Secretary, the colleges generated some ways they might collaborate together to be competitive for the TAA funding.
The following areas emerged:
1. Competency Models and Curriculum Frameworks (AMTEC has beginning framework) 2. Relevant practices such as how to engage mature workers. (Ivy Tech) 3. Free on-line remediation training (Iowa)
4. Delivery Flexibility—Courseware that is not place or time-based (St. Louis and AMTEC) 5. Portal for Community of Practice, possibly hosted by AACC to include research, relevant practices and evidence-based models 6. Entrepreneurship Support 7. Model for Community Integration 8. Institutional Reform (subset) 9. Methodology for Developing Customized and Industry-Supported Curriculum (including cross-cutting core competencies
The funders and colleges broke out into separate discussion groups for 90 minutes. The college discussion centered on how the network would be organized, what outside resources are required for further knowledge sharing, and how individuals would like to stay connected and learn together. The network agreed to participate in conference calls twice a month. They also agreed to meet face to face during the year. Options discussed included NCEW in October and AACC WDI in January. There would be an informal steering committee comprised of the four community college presidents attending to provide organizational leadership within the community colleges before the next Network meeting. Those presidents were:
Jerry Sue Evans, Cuyahoga (sp.??) Tom Snyder (Ivy Tech) Robert Denson (Des Moines Area) Jim Jacobs (Macomb)
Next Steps for Consideration:
Develop a brand for a virtual auto community college. Look at other models such as Air Force Community College and Michigan Skills Alliances
Develop a press release about the network and/or community college presidents to send out letter to other presidents
Create a product and service portfolio of offerings for auto communities for both existing auto sector and new and emerging opportunities
Create one page position papers on 9 opportunity areas mentioned earlier o Consider consortia proposals such as working with auto suppliers through association (OESA, former Kettering grad and friend of Tom Snyder) o o Look at KCTS on-demand model for scaling and replicating Create Skills Bank for regions to support Economic Development partners
Work more closely with Community and National Foundations on grant strategy alignment
Summary of Funder Breakout Feedback:
Utilize this opportunity to create a ‘new paradigm’ and encourage use of a community collaboration model.
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Philanthropy should explore playing a larger role in policy advocacy arena. Establish DOL liaison to continue dialogue with philanthropy. Build relationship with Fed Reserve to connect up with economist/analyst for data collection, models, etc.
Commission regional scan – take a look at existing assets diverse structure. Focus on what’s effective.
Convene across philanthropy – encourage private foundations to participate and tap networks that can support the work.
Develop a ‘community of practices’ model (build on desire for clearinghouse). Continued relationships with national activities such as the White House Auto Communities Task Force, and Brookings Institution