During yesterday’s regular meeting of the Howard College Board of Trustees, it was noted that Howard College is making an effort to produce the kind of workforce that is needed in Howard County, not only today but in the future as well. According to Dr. Cheryl Sparks, President of Howard College, the next step in this effort is to hold a meeting with different sectors of business and industry and ask questions so as to ensure them that they are delivering the workforce that is needed. She noted that the college is required to have advisory committees with their career technical education (CTE) programs, much like what the school districts have in place.
Dr. Sparks went on to say that they will be having a joint meeting of those advisory committees and business and industry leaders, as well as different sectors of the workforce to get input from those individuals about what they need in the way of workforce, currently and going forward. Howard College will be sending invitations to focused groups of sectors of the workforce to join them for a meeting on May 3rd. Examples of these sectors of the workforce in Howard County include construction, oil-related businesses, criminal justice, mid-management positions, clerical, secretarial, and the ag community – just to name a few. She also went on to note that the nursing advisory committees and dental hygiene committees have already met, but they will be bringing in a broader group of workforce sectors.