CTE night is Nov. 6

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

The 15th annual Career and Technical Education Business and Industry Input Night is Nov. 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the Best Western Miner’s Inn Convention Center, 122 E. Miner St. in Yreka. 

CTE/BII Night provides an opportunity for employers, educators, and other community members to improve Siskiyou County’s workforce and career opportunities by focusing on common goals such as increased opportunities for skill development, job placement, employee retention, career exploration, and work experience, according to a press release from Great Northern Services. 

A free dinner will be prepared and served by local high school culinary arts students. Employers convey their hiring needs to local educators and career counselors who can create customized learning pathways and provide a high level of connectivity between employers and students and job-seekers. 

In 2017 and 2018, CTE/BII Night was “a powerful resource for collecting feedback from small and large employers regarding their challenges with hiring, training and retaining qualified employees interested in long-term careers,” GNC said in their release. Input from educators, career and college counselors, administrators, personnel experts, students, and other employers from past CTE Nights was used to create an outline, or roadmap, of major actions that the community would like to take to improve the local hiring pool, reduce turnover, and provide more opportunities for residents to successfully live and work in Siskiyou County.

The Siskiyou Occupational Advancement Roadmap, known as SOAR, is complete and available for 2019 CTE/BII Night. SOAR is a five year outline of actions that can be taken or are already in motion, with clear steps assigned to specific people or groups, to ensure that every goal is achieved, GNC explained.

Roadmap planning partners include Siskiyou County Office of Education, College of the Siskiyous, Shasta Cascade Medical Group, Rockside Ranch, Siskiyou Economic Development, local high schools, and other agencies and individuals who have dedicated many hours to creating the Roadmap. SOAR is made possible with financial support from The Ford Family Foundation. Great Northern Services operates as the planning project coordinator and works in tandem with a strategic planning facilitation company, Meeting Mastery. 

This year’s CTE/BII Night will focus on the goals outlined in the roadmap and what the implementation process should look like as a countywide, collaborative effort, GNC said. Attendees will have an opportunity to provide ideas about effective implementation and how best to connect community needs to the resources provided in the roadmap. Participants, including employers and educators, will have an opportunity to connect with others working in the same industry and can be a part of implementation opportunities in their respective sectors. 

To attend CTE Night, RSVP by Friday, Oct. 18 by calling (530) 938-4115, Ext. 124.