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Southern Miss Department of Human Capital Development Hosts National Dialogue on Career Pathways

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 14:54pm | By: Jenny Tate

The Department of Human Capital Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus hosted a live stream of The National Dialogue on Career Pathways on Sept. 23, in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services.

This event brought attention to the role Career Pathways systems play in creating a strong economy where workers can gain the skills needed for good jobs and employers can hire workers with the skills they need. In addition, the Career Pathways live stream provided an opportunity to gather key stakeholders from across the Mississippi Gulf Coast together for a day-long exploration of the importance of job-driven strategies to provide Americans with educational stepping stones to opportunity. 

Federal agency leaders from the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services provided opening remarks on the impact of building effective career pathways can have on our nation's workforce system.  Keynote presentations were provided by David L. Casey, Vice President for Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer at CVS Caremark and Maura Banta, Director of Global Citizenship Initiatives at IBM Global.

“Linking business and industry with K-12 and higher education, economic and workforce development, and local governments is not a new concept, but the challenge is each stakeholder defines career path solutions differently," said Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, chair and professor of the Department of Human Capital Development.  "A national conversation like this starts to identify everyone's contribution to implement better connected career pathways that get results.”

The Department of Human Capital Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus offers executive format MS and PhD programs for working professionals. Our graduate programs are research-based, practitioner-focused, teaching students how to improve productivity and profitability in organizations through the development of people.

To learn more about the Department of Human Capital Development, call 228.214.3517 or visit: http://www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/department-human-capital-development