A primary mission of our AUC institutions is to produce graduates across the full spectrum of human activity for the work force of the future. In an increasingly complex, technology driven economy, talent has become the primary issue for corporate growth and re-location. Educating talent for an inclusive, diverse work force of the future is a key driver for AUC, as well as the city of Chicago’s corporations, foundations and non-profit training and education organizations. These twin issues form the foundation of AUC’s Talent Pipeline initiatives
Soft Skills Workshop-Illinois Technology Association and America's Urban Campus
In September, 2018, AUC again partnered with the Illinois Technology Association to bring together industry representatives with AUC member institution faculty to learn about two approaches to the inclusion of "soft skills"--team work, communications, problem solving--into technology-focused curricula. the participants discussed the development of a pilot course in team-based software development at the University of Chicago, and the use of "badging" as a model for judging the acquisition of soft skills at Columbia College Chicago.
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Amazon HQ2 Bid
In September, 2017, AUC partnered with the Anderson Economic Group (AEG) to provide detailed talent statistics to the City of Chicago as it prepared its bid response to Amazon’s Request for Proposals for a second headquarters. Because AUC and AEG were already working together on a 2018 economic study of Chicago’s higher education study, we were able to provide the city with three years of aggregate regional graduation/degree statistics in less than a week.
Chicago Higher Education Career Services Executives Collaborative
In February, 2018, AUC launched the Chicago Higher Education Career Services Executives Collaborative (CHECSEC). The collaborative’s mission is:
To leverage the collective experience of the career services executives of Chicago’s universities and colleges to meet the career aspirations of students and graduates and the talent needs of the regions’ current and prospective employers, while strengthening the effectiveness of the career services offices themselves.
AUC will provide secretariat services to the Collaborative for an initial two year period. Members include:
Associate Dean of Career Services and Industry Relations, Columbia College of Chicago
Director, Career Services, University of Illinois at Chicago
Director, Career Development Center and Quinlan Business Career Services, Loyola University Chicago
Associate Director of Career Services, Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Director of Career and Experiential Learning Center, Chicago State University
Director, Student Affairs and Career Services, Adler University
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success, City Colleges of Chicago
Assistant Vice President, DePaul Career Center, DePaul University
Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and Career Center, DePaul University
Cooperative Education Director, East West University.
Executive Director of Career Services, National Lewis University
Director of Career Development & Community Partnerships, Northeastern Illinois University
Executive Director of Career Advancement, Northwestern University
Director of Executive Education, Loyola University Chicago
Carrie Roath Ernst
Director of Education, Robert Morris University
Director, Career and Professional Development, Roosevelt University
Director, Career and Professional Experience, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Deputy Director, Career Advancement and Director, Student Services, University of Chicago
Coordinated Response to Major Corporate Re-location opportunities
The Career Services Executives Collaborative worked with the City of Chicago to design a coordinated talent acquisition strategy to assist both relocating and large corporate expansions. The matrix developed for the city provides both short and long-term initiatives to identify, recruit and retain talent from AUC institutions. AUC is working with World Business Chicago and prospective corporate clients.
Chicago Consortium for Access, Persistence and Success (CCAPS)
AUC joined CCAPS, the consortium promoting an inclusive approach to high school-to-college-to career in Chicago, and presented it its 2018 annual program-sharing event hosted by the Chicago Community Trust on March 22, 2018.
In 2016-2017, AUC joined with the Illinois Technology Association and World Business Chicago to run several pilot projects engaging computer science faculty, corporate executives from IT companies and students in identifying key skill sets and industry requirements for that future workforce. These initiatives set the stage for engagement of faculty and company executives in a variety of industries important to the Chicago Region’s Economy.
AUC also worked with the ITA, Launchpad Labs, Columbia College Chicago and the University of Chicago on two pilot workshops to introduce IT and Computer Science students to customer-focused app development and coding.