The Greater Washington Partnership’s Capital CoLAB in a joint effort with the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) and the Business Roundtable won a nine-month, $1 million planning grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create partnerships to increase reskilling and upskilling pathways for STEM professionals.
NSF’s Convergence Accelerator project awarded this grant to focus on increasing employees’ digital skills. NSF’s Convergence Accelerator (C-Accel) project is a new capability within NSF to accelerate use-inspired, convergence research in areas of national importance via partnerships between academic and non-academic stakeholders. The C-Accel effort provides a home for this research and advances ideas from concept to deliverables.
The Capital CoLAB, Business-Higher Education Forum and the Business Roundtable will align efforts to help existing employees gain additional digital technology skills in areas including data analytics, cybersecurity, cloud computing, networking/IT, and artificial intelligence/machine learning.
Increase opportunities for employees in the region to gain digital tech skills valued by employers
Increase the number of employees in the region with digital tech skills
Increase workforce diversity in the region
Better alignment of the upskilling/reskilling opportunity to employer needs and to maximize
impact of resources
Increase quantity and efficacy of upskilling/reskilling business-higher education partnerships
Develop a replicable model for business-higher education collaborations for upskilling/reskilling