Salovey named to Governor’s Workforce Council

President Peter Salovey
President Peter Salovey (Photo credit: Michael Marsland)

Yale President Peter Salovey has been named to the Governor’s Workforce Council, a group charged with helping develop a statewide strategy for ensuring that Connecticut’s postsecondary education and workforce development systems meet the needs of both employers and residents.

Governor Ned Lamont established the council in October, appointing leaders from business, academia, and labor.

The goal, Lamont said, is to “reform a system designed to meet the needs of 20th-century jobs and realign it for the 21st century. Connecticut rightly has a national reputation for its high-quality, skilled workforce, and maintaining that standing is key to attracting new businesses and creating new, good paying jobs.”

The council will focus on streamlining and enhancing job training and on promoting ways of matching workers with job opportunities. Its members will develop a series of recommendations for reducing barriers to training, strengthening the transition from high school to post-secondary training and education, and emphasizing data-driven outcomes.

In addition to serving on the council, Salovey is a member of the working group examining the talent pipeline for the information technology and financial services industries, which are key sectors in the state economy.

Said Salovey:

It is an honor to participate in the Governor’s Workforce Council, and I am grateful to the governor for convening this group to find ways to harness the power of higher education and expand economic opportunity for all Connecticut residents. Members of the Yale community are eager to work with our neighbors to ensure that young people across the state will develop the knowledge and creativity needed to thrive in the workforce and become employers in their own right.”

In a related effort, Yale recently announced a Certificate in Data Sciences for students who complete six courses in data analysis. The certificate is designed to train students in all majors in the use of data science.

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