Home Run Featured at Workcon 2017
Staff from the West Sacramento Home Run attended the 2017 California Workforce Association WorkCon conference. WorkCon brings together workforce and economic development professionals, educators involved with career technical and adult education, rehabilitation specialists, and other staff from state agencies, local government and community-based organizations who help provide a trained, skilled workforce needed by our expanding economy. West Sacramento and the Home Run initiative was selected to speak on a panel titled “Developing the Future Public-Sector Workforce and Next Generation of Active Citizens” to explain the use of digital badges in the Home Run and the use of digital badges in the city’s Strides Towards Entering Public Service or STEPS program.
The panel spotlighted work around the state to increase awareness of the need for a more diverse pipeline of workers into the public sector and how municipal governments and school districts are partnering in various localities using CPT funds, WIOA and municipal resources to prepare disconnected high school youth for careers in the public sector and to become more active and engaged citizens. In addition to staff from West Sacramento, Randi Kay Stephens, Program Coordinator, Institute for Local Government, Kathy Hamilton, Director of College and Career Options, Elk Grove USD and Terri Carpenter, Workforce Development Manager, from the Sacramento Employment Training Agency also participated in the panel.