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Food for Thought Sponsored by Unique Concepts

When: September 21, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Registration begins at 11:30 am)
Where: Center for Architecture and Design
14 E. Peace Street
Raleigh, North Carolina  27604
United States
Contact: 919-463-0333

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Skills that pay the bills

September 21, 2017 | CfAD  | 14 E Peace Street | Raleigh, NC

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Registration begins at 11:30 am)

 1 LU | Cost: AIA Members: $0 / Non-members: $25


The path to success is a 4-year degree … or is it? By 2020, 10 million jobs will go unfilled because there are not enough people with the skills needed to fill them. For decades, we’ve told a story that places more value on a degree hanging on the wall than the skills needed to build that wall. As a result, we’ve created a “skills gap” that will impact all of us, from the cars we drive to the places we live and work. Respecting skill equally is a critical shift for all of us - whether it is a masters degree recipient or a master craftsman. Empowering students to explore their passions with their hands and mind can transform education and the economic fabric of our country.  It is also key to the future workforce of your industry and the businesses that support your industry.  Peyton will not only help us understand the evolution of the skills gap, but practical steps individual businesses, association, and even parents can take to begin closing that gap and presenting our students with opportunities for success.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Upon completion of this program, participants will recognize the Skills Gap and its impact

2.  Participants will determine the role a company can play in closing the Skills Gap

3.  Participants will assess how to effectively connect with students to promote technical skill trades

4.  Participants will formulate and derive strategies to attract talent into your industry and companies

Presented by:

Peyton Holland

Peyton is the Executive Director of SkillsUSA North Carolina where he works with over 5,000 Career and Technical Education students and teachers across the state in wide range of occupational and skill related areas.  In SkillsUSA, he helps create partnerships between education, industry and the community as he works to help students develop workplace, personal, and technical skills grounded in academics that will prepare them to be leaders in the workforce. He is also the Chair-Elect of the SkillsUSA State Association Director's Board and has been involved in Career and Technical Education for over 16 years. 

Having grown up in rural North Carolina, Peyton learned the value of hard work and skill early in life at his family's farm and sawmill. His father taught him what it meant to be a student of life as well as the importance of technical and academic education. Peyton holds a Master's in Global Innovation Management from NC State University and a Master's in Business Administration from the Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management in Aix-en-Provence, France.

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