Posted by: BDB Blogger on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 12:00:00 am


With support from JP Morgan Chase, the BDB launched a workforce analysis study earlier this year by facilitating surveys to analyze the area’s labor force, and now it’s time to implement the results. Today, the Palm Beach County Skills Academic Champions, a group of leaders comprised of education institutions and CareerSource Palm Beach County, were convened to discuss putting the plan into action.

The project has resulted in valuable data and statistics, especially in the Information Technology, Healthcare, and Aviation/Aerospace/Engineering industries. This new information provides insight that will be useful to all institutions. The study has identified opportunities to enhance the existing skills of our workforce, align workforce training opportunities with high-demand occupations, and address potential barriers to employment that might exist for Palm Beach County residents. The ultimate goal is to strengthen partnerships and fill the current skill gaps to ensure a solid talent pipeline in Palm Beach County. The details that were provided today are essential to enhancing workforce quality in Palm Beach County.



PBC Skills Academic Champions:

Palm Beach Atlantic University - Kimberly Ladd, Director of Career Development

Nova Southeastern University - George E. Dungee, Campus Director

Florida Atlantic University - Karen Gough, Assistant Vice President Career Center

Palm Beach State College - Dr. Jean A. Wihbey, Provost  and VP Workforce Development

School District of Palm Beach County - Dr. Peter Licata, Director of Choice and Career Programs 

Keiser University West Palm Beach Campus - Dr. Anthony Berrios, Dean of Academic Affairs

Keiser University Flagship Campus - Dr. Jennifer Peluso, Dean of Academic Affairs

Lynn University - Barbara Cambia, Executive Director of Hannifan Center for Career Connections

CareerSource Palm Beach County - Julia Dattolo, Vice President, Business Services


The workforce analysis study has provided feedback that’s essential to job creation and the results will be unveiled to the public on September 13 at the BDB 4th Quarter Luncheon (register here). It’s because of our collaborative environment that we’re able to analyze the workforce and expand Palm Beach County’s competitiveness. Together, we all win in Palm Beach County.



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