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MINUTES
SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in workshop session August 4, 2015, at 9 a.m., in the Staff Conference Room, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins and Board Members April Griffin, Carol Kurdell, Sally Harris, Melissa Snively, Cindy Stuart, and Susan Valdes present.  Chair Valdes presided.

Members Absent: Doretha Edgecomb

Others present:

School Board Attorney – Jim Porter

Chief of Schools – Larry Sykes
Chief of Staff – Alberto Vázquez
Deputy Superintendent – Van Ayres

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:
            Academic Support and Federal Programs – Tracye Brown
            Curriculum and Instruction – Denny Oest
            Human Resources – Stephanie Woodford
            Information and Technology – Anna Brown                                   

Senior Administrative Secretary (Recording) – Patti McBride

News Media Representatives:
            Tampa Bay Times – Marlene Sokol                                   

Approximately ten people were in the audience, including other school district personnel.

Chair Valdes called the workshop to order at 9:06 a.m., welcomed everyone to the workshop, and noted that Member Edgecomb would not be attending the workshop.

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Provide Update on the Manufacturing Skills Gap Analysis (Curriculum & Instruction)

This workshop was held to provide the Board with an update on the district’s partnership with the Hillsborough Manufacturing Academy, and progress that has been made to meet the objectives identified in the Skills Gap Analysis Report.

Superintendent Eakins welcomed everyone, made brief remarks regarding our district being the developer of future employees, and aligning skills to provide our students with the skills needed in the community.

Scott Brooks, Workforce Connections Officer, provided a Power Point presentation overview on the Manufacturing Skills GAP Analysis (FY 2005-2015).  Discussion included the demand for manufacturing skills/positions; primary gaps; what has been implemented at middle school, high school, and post-secondary levels; and collaboration between government, education institutions, and industry to meet workforce needs of the community, which will also help attract corporations to the Tampa Bay Area.

Mike Ramsey, Director - Workforce & Continuing Education, and Ken Jones – Manager of Hillsborough County Economic Development, discussed the purpose, and strategies of creating the Hillsborough County Manufacturing Academy Partnership.  Next steps include scholarships thru the Hillsborough Education Foundation, meeting with Board of County Commissioners, developing strategic public relations campaign, and continue coordination among partners, raising awareness among students, and engaging the private sector.

Scott Brooks discussed Career & Technical Education moving away from theory and moving into what are the real jobs (needs) and place focus on that – be a strong partner to support the business community.

There was general discussion to include increasing career opportunities for all students especially in manufacturing and maritime businesses; businesses mentoring students; career/internship fairs/union apprenticeships for students (exposure to business/careers students may not be aware of).  Suggested instead of "college” night call it "college & career” night – opportunities in the Tampa Bay Area – need community/businesses to help. College and Career counselors articulate the college route very well, but may not be aware of the need for skilled workers.  We need to do a better job at getting word out to the students of all opportunities.

Chair Valdes thanked Mr. Oest and staff for the workshop. Contact Scott Brooks with the names/contacts of any organizations/businesses that may have an interest in partnering, mentoring, etc., with us in the initiative of providing more skilled workers. Our mission and vision is crucial to where we are going – preparing students for life.  The Superintendent will continue meetings with Mr. Scott and expanding partnerships.

With no further discussion, the workshop adjourned at 11 a.m. (Audio recording on file.)

HCPS publishes minutes of School Board meetings after Board approval. Although the online minutes do not include signatures, citizens may arrange to review the official documents by completing a public records request with the Communications Department.

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