Larimer County Workforce Investment Board

February 13, 2013 – 7:45 am to 9:30 am

Larimer County Courthouse 200 West Oak Street – Hearing Room 1st Floor



1.    Call to Order  (Mike Reiff)                                                                                                                                 (7:45 - 7:50)

a.   Roll call

WIB Member

Present/Absent

 

Guests, Staff, Youth Council & Ex-Officio Members Present

Bradley Buum

Absent

 

Nicole Armstrong

Youth Council

Michele Christensen

Present

 

Jan Barela-Smith

Youth Council

Cynthia Christie

Absent

 

Danielle Clark

Guest

Al Dill

Absent

 

Alan Cohen

Guest

Robin Fallon

Present

 

Kim Dale

Guest

Lew Gaiter

Absent

 

Kate Flattery

Staff

Betsey Hale

Absent

 

Linda Hoffmann

Larimer County

Kathy Hanson

Present

 

Eric Leftwich

Guest

Ann Hutchison

Present

 

Barbara McBride

CDLE

SeonAh Kendall

Present

 

Cynthia Smeraski

Guest

Heather Lelchook

Present

 

Nicole Surber

Staff

Richard Martinez

Absent

 

Mark Weaver

Guest

Tracy Mead

Present

 

Erin Zimmermann

Youth Council

Gregg Meisinger

Present

 

 

 

Yvonne Myers

Present

 

 

 

Jim Neubecker

Present

 

 

 

Tracy Oldemeyer

Present

 

 

 

Kathy Olson

Absent

 

 

 

Nancy Patton

Present

 

 

 

Kelly Peters

Present

 

 

 

Rob Phillips

Present

 

 

 

Geniphyr Ponce-Pore

Present

 

 

 

Mike Reiff

Present

 

 

 

Miki Roth

Absent

 

 

 

Ed Rutherford

Present

 

 

 

Jeffrey Smith

Present

 

 

 

Deb Spotts

Present

 

 

 

Carol Steinbock

Absent

 

 

 

Kory Stolte

Absent

 

 

 

Jerry Thurber

Present

 

 

 

Lynn Vosler

Present

 

 

 

Julie Zinn

Absent

 

 

 

 

b.   Review agenda

c.   Public comment on topics not on the agenda

       

2.    Consent Calendar  (Mike Reiff)                                                                                                                      (7:50 - 7:52)

a.   Approval of December 12, 2012 Minutes  *Vote*


The minutes from the December 12, 2012 meeting were unanimously approved.

 

3.    Welcome Guests and new WIB member, SeonAh Kendall  (Mike Reiff)                                           (7:52 - 8:00)

Mile welcomed new WIB member, SeonAh Kendall.  SeonAh is the Business Retention
and Expansion Strategist with the City of Fort Collins.

 

4.    WIB Contextual Overview for 2013 (Mike Reiff & Jacob Castillo)                                                          (8:00 - 8:15)

a.   Mission and focus

b.   Purpose and structure of meetings

c.   Committees

Five Committees with goals and the Areas of Focus – align the two and bring focus
on what we can accomplish this year. 

Mike reviewed the WIB mission, sub-committees and three areas of focus.

Three areas of focus for 2013

1.   Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics (STEM)

2.   Upward mobility and leadership

3.   Middle Skills

 

5.    Advancing the WIB’s goals: creating roadmap for 2013 (Jerry Thurber & Jacob Castillo)            (8:15- 8:50)

a.   Results from the environmental scan

b.   Facilitated discussion around next steps

The environmental scan is complete.  Jacob met with many WIB and community members in the process of compiling information for the scan.  Jacob facilitated a review of each focus area and WIB members shared their thoughts on existing resources and how the WIB might be able to advance each goal.   A common theme of awareness and exposure emerged as possible next steps. 

6.    Connecting Goals to Strategic Objectives for 2013 (Jerry Thurber & Jacob Castillo)                      (8:50 - 9:10)

Jerry led the WIB in a discussion regarding more specific action items for each area of focus.  There was a wide array of ideas discussed and the next steps are synthesizing those ideas into concrete tactics that could be addressed by the WIB in 2013.  Please see attached flip chart notes. 

7.    Review Action Items (Nancy Patton & Jacob Castillo)                                                                              (9:10 - 9:20)

a.   WIB sub-committee schedule

b.   Meeting February 15, 2013 at 9:00 to discuss next steps & subcommittee meetings

To streamline subcommittee meetings the Hearing Room has been reserved on off WIB months for any committee needing to meet.  Staff will be available to assist.  Nancy asked everyone to mark their calendars for the second Wednesday of the month from 7:45- 9:30 a.m. for committee work.   Please look for an email soon asking you to sign up for a committee.
Nancy invited everyone to attend a meeting on Friday, February 15, 2013 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the Larimer County Courthouse to discuss our priorities.

 

8.    Youth Council Update (Kathi Wright)                                                                                                          (9:20 - 9:25)

Nicole Surber updated the WIB on current Youth Council projects including the GED test revision coming in 2014, the Rocky Mountain High School career expo on April 23, 2013 and the Young Entrepreneur Tournament for youth ages 13-18.    They are still looking for businesses to hosts booths and participate on panel discussions at the career expo.  If you would like additional information on any youth event or if you are interested in participating in the career expo please contact Nicole. 

 

Joni strongly encourages everyone to attend the final day of the Young Entrepreneur Tournament on May 11, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. to see the participants present their business plans.  Event location information will be sent out when finalized. 

                                                                                                                                       

9.    Other                                                                                                                                                                    (9:25 - 9:30)

The WIB joined Joni in thanking Yvonne for her service as WIB Chair.   Yvonne’s leadership was instrumental in the WIB’s reorganization and growth.

 

 

10.    Adjourn               

 

 


WIB Flip Chart Notes

February 13, 2013

 

STEM:

·   Relevance

o  Getting the youth excited about STEM

o  Making STEM applicable to life and future employment

·   Internships (exposure to work in STEM fields)

·   Re-tooling existing workforce

·   Remediation

·   Teacher/Industry connections

o  Exposure and Awareness of what STEM occupations exist

 

 

Middle Skills:

·   Stacking certificates

o  Exposure and Awareness

·   Target our focus

o  E.g. Medical

o  E.g. Manufacturing

·   Financial Aid for training

·   Career Transition

·   Generational Poverty- moving people into the workforce- Career pathways

·   Culture of “making”

·  Mentorship and time- giving to the next generation

 

Leadership and Upward Mobility:

·   Marketing- share resource list

o  Cost of training an issue?

·   Weave leadership into STEM and Middle Skills

·   Executive Exchange

·   Does working on the C-level fit our (Larimer County Workforce Center) brand?

·   Perception of need to go outside the region for talent

·   Marketing campaign

o  We have the people here

o  Tie this to a broader Economic Development agenda