Workforce Development

Workforce ClusterWhat companies make up the workforce clusters? There are currently four workforce cluster groups. The groups are healthcare, logistics, manufacturing, and technical services.

Each cluster is comprised of businesses in Vermilion County who have an invested interest in enhancing Vermilion County’s future workforce. As business leaders they have a sense of responsibility to assist in helping students learn how to apply academic principals by providing resources – such as guest instructors, student internships, and programs focusing math, science, engineering, technology, career exploration and awareness. In addition to being a member of Vermilion Advantage, the workforce clusters support such programs and activities through additional financial contributions which are then offered to Vermilion County schools at no charge. Science, technology, engineering or math impacts each of the individual business in some form.

STEM Workforce Focus

What is a STEM career? Why is it important to workforce development? These are common questions asked by both students and adults thinking about future careers or job changes. A STEM career is any career enabled by science, technology, engineering, or math may be a STEM career; it is the technician working with algebra in his/her water resources field work, just as it’s the doctoral-level bio-tech researcher. Just as the STEM acronym may not be readily recognized by many employers and workers, STEM-career awareness is key to ensuring the right leaders and partners are both engaged and benefiting. The workforce clusters of Vermilion County are actively addressing the shortage of students entering STEM-based careers by providing educational enhancement programs to students as early as elementary school and continuing into post-secondary technical internship opportunities.

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