Monday, July 31, 2017

Legislation to address the skills gap

Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board.

Representative Glenn Thompson, PA-5, introduced legislation to strengthen and improve career and technical education and give Americans the skills they need to compete for in-demand jobs. The House of Representatives passed this bipartisan legislation late June. 

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act will help more Americans earn a lifetime of success by:

• Empowering State and Local Community Leaders
• Improving Alignment with In-Demand Jobs 
• Increasing Transparency and Accountability 
• Ensuring a Limited Federal Role

Rep. Thompson stated on his website that this  "Legislation will help more students gain knowledge, skills to succeed in the workforce"

Click here to read the bill summary

Contact your US Senators and encourage them to support HR 5587!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Education + Training Strategy Lab

Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board.

I recently presented at the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s (LVPC) Education + Training Strategy Lab on Tuesday, July 18, at the LVPC, 961 Marcon Boulevard, Allentown, PA 18109.

In conjunction with our Local Plan, we partnered with LVPC to obtain public input into LVPC’s Comprehensive Plan process including the development of goals and strategies surrounding education and training.  Topics of discussion included: 
How does the Lehigh Valley fare in terms of an educated workforce?
How are we preparing youth to be successful while ensuring that adults have opportunities to stay competitive?

Click here to view my powerpoint.  Have questions?  
Call or email me 610-841-1122  

Monday, July 10, 2017

Chamber Nonprofit and Business Partners Council brings non-profit world together

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The Chamber Nonprofit and Business Partners Council is an information and networking organization with a goal of strengthening collaboration to build capacity of non-profits, and to showcase their impact on the economy and quality of life in the Lehigh Valley. 

Through networking, training and other programming, the group brings together the non-profit sector and business partners so that relationships can be formed, information can be shared, and everyone can benefit. There are more than 450 chamber member non-profit organizations and more than 6,000 businesses with over 200,000 employees that are all members of the chamber.  The Chamber Nonprofit and Business Partners Council is the largest in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and seventh largest in the United States.

Many businesses have employees that volunteer and/or are board members of these NPO's. The council has volunteer leaders representing for-profit and for-good organizations, both big and small, with geographic representation, diverse skills and experience, as well as organizational representatives from the arts, education, environment, health and human services. 

Monthly events help to nurture relationships, and introduce new ones -- the group often partners with others to present expert advice on subjects such as ethical giving, social responsibility, impact hubs, partnerships and mergers, EITC tax credits, 990 preparation, best practices for hiring interns, marketing and board development.

The group also presents an annual Collaboration Award during a conference held in the spring.  Previous winners were the Volunteer Center and Building 21 Allentown.  Let the council know of individuals or groups who have shown exemplary collaboration so that they can be highlighted. This signature event brings together an audience of elected officials, businesses and non-profits, with presentations from a nationally recognized speaker as well as local experts. 

The council is excited to bring keynote Vu Lee to the Lehigh Valley on April 25, 2018. Vu Le ("voo lay") is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces and the executive director of Rainier Valley Corp., in Seattle.  His passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test, drove him into the field of non-profit work, where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves. 

There's tons of humor in the non-profit world and someone needs to document it. He is going to do that, with the hope that one day, a TV producer will see how cool and interesting the field is and make a sitcom about non-profit work, featuring attractive actors attending strategic planning meetings and filing 990 tax forms. Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns, Le has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts at

For more information or get connected contact Lorie Reinert, staff liaison for the Chamber