The Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) is expanding its options to serve more people. While the focus has always been on technical training for young people and those reworking their careers, the school is changing to meet new needs.
CATEC has been working to create a new strategic model to meet the current demands of our community. The chairman of the school's board says this is really the first time they've turned to an outside consultant to get the job done.
Charlottesville consulting firm The Bridge LTD started work on this CATEC project at the end of September. A team of five has spent the last three months identifying problems with the school's current model and developing several possible solutions. They have come up with six options through an approach called design thinking - where they interviewed about 30 employers in the area to see how CATEC could best serve the need.
Grant Tate, the CEO of The Bridge LTD stated, “When we're doing the research of talking to the employers, we're not just trying to get data. We're also trying to gather support, so it's really important that people come together and our community comes together and says this is important.”
Both CATEC and the consultants say it is important to stay ahead of the constantly changing curve for jobs. The consulting company says 47 percent of jobs will be affected by technology in the next 5 to 10 years.
Neither CATEC nor the consultants would comment on the cost of this contract.
You can learn more about the new strategic plan and provide input at a meeting scheduled for January 16 at 7 p.m. at CitySpace. Work on the project is expected to wrap up at the end of February.