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Workforce

 

An educated workforce helps drive economic prosperity. The DRC builds a “cradle-to-career” workforce pipeline that starts by determining the needs of businesses and organizations.

We work through the education system – even all the way down to Pre-K – to meet those needs. Following this path prepares students for the workforce in the Dallas region.

Workforce Board

DRC staff serves on the Dallas County Workforce Board to utilize their data and other data sources to determine workforce trends and needs for the Dallas Region. We also help direct workforce dollars towards training in those areas through our involvement.

Regional Workforce Leadership Council

The Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Workforce Leadership Council (RWLC) is a driving force behind the promotion of the region’s strongest industries. The RWLC follows the industry cluster concept, popularized by Michael Porter, and the directives of Governor Rick Perry’s Industry Cluster Initiative.

The RWLC meets industry needs by collaborating with local workforce boards, chambers of commerce, and business leaders. It also helps the DFW economy prosper by addressing the employment, training, and certification needs of the region’s industries.

View the RWLC 2015 Final Report

Workforce Research: Addressing Your Challenges

How are you battling workforce development challenges that come from rapidly advancing technologies, generation gaps, special populations, and talent demands? Businesses today are fighting harder than ever before to keep up as our world evolves.

During August 2015, Bank of America sponsored the Workforce Roundtables with over 120 participants from a diverse group of DRC member companies in small focus groups to collect frank and useful information about shared workforce issues facing the Dallas region.

Dallas business leaders from all industries shared challenges and best practices that arise from rapidly advancing technologies, generation gaps, special populations, and talent demands. From their participation we compiled a list of three key themes and findings that emerged across all of the roundtables, emphasized useful feedback from individual roundtables, and highlighted best practices from our participating DRC members.

View the Workforce Roundtables Outcome Report

Thanks to Our Sponsor

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How are job availability and requirements translated back into the schools (and more importantly to students)?

The DRC works with various groups to make your voice as a business leader and future employer is heard. These groups include:

  • Legislators and the State Board of Education. We enact legislation and rules, which align with workforce needs.
  • School leadership. The DRC meets directly with university, community college, and public education leaders to inform and advise them of workforce needs.
  • School counselors. They the primary contact points for students, as early as middle school, guiding them through course selections and pathways. We conduct training for counselors and share our Pick Your Path guide with students and counselors so they can use it to encourage students to select pathways that lead to careers.
  • Students. They are at the heart of our work. Through our Future Focus Camp, we train students directly on workforce behaviors, career options, and college preparedness to maximize their opportunities and success.
  • Partners. We partner with organizations, including the Texas Workforce Commission and the Regional Workforce Leadership Council, to stay connected to larger trends and issues. These relationships allow us to make your voice as a business leader and future employer heard.

Get Involved With Future Focus Camp

Through the DRC’s two-week Future Focus Camp, juniors and seniors can gain the skills they need to succeed after high school, leaving them with sharper skills to success in the workforce.

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Contact Us

  • Dallas Regional Chamber
  • Call Us 214-746-6600
  • 500 N. Akard Street
  • Suite 2600
  • Dallas, Texas 75201
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