Addressing the region’s workforce needs – both from the perspective of the employers and businesses and from the perspective of the workers – is a key role of PCHE institutions. In addition to the health professions, PCHE schools offer an extensive number of programs geared to both workforce development and worker retraining, including:
- Programs for single parents and displaced homemakers who are attempting to reenter the workforce
- Training to support the life sciences and medical device manufacturing industries
- Customer service training for the insurance industry
- Management and technical assistance to small businesses and individuals seeking assistance in developing a business plan
- Leadership training for non-profit executives
- Continuing education for CPAs and Certified Financial Planners, attorneys and others
- Entrepreneurial training for women and veterans
- Creation of new companies through technology transfer
- Degree completion programs for adult learners
Carnegie Mellon University, Carlow University, Chatham University, and the University of Pittsburgh are collaborating with the Community College of Allegheny County, Partner4Work, and the Pittsburgh Council for Higher Education to launch a workforce development initiative aimed at serving diverse populations in neighborhoods proximate to the Forbes/Fifth corridor. This ongoing initiative will allow these institutions to jointly train and recruit local underrepresented candidates for viable positions, leading to economic and educational opportunities for them and their families.
Diversity Mentoring – a Pipeline of Talent
Vibrant Pittsburgh, in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education, presents the Connection Accelerator Mentor Program. The Mentor Program connects diverse college students with business professionals from a wide variety of industries throughout the Pittsburgh region. Students can conveniently find and collaborate with mentors using a digital platform and make the critical connections necessary to achieve their academic and career goals.