WHERE IS MY WORKFORCE?
Investing in early childhood education will ensure we have the proven skilled workforce we need in the future.
GLENDA LE LI V ING
his is the most common question asked to economic development teams all over the country. The expected short answer is: “Right here in our City” or “Here in our City and its surrounding areas.” But the process of having a job-ready workforce begins years and years ahead of when the: “Where’s my workforce?” question comes up. Developing our workforce must be a conscious effort beginning at the elementary school level and carrying through to high school, then to the colleges and universities. The latter must think even further ahead and educate for the jobs of the future. How many jobs can you think of that didn’t exist 15 to 20 years ago? Cyber security expert, social-media manager, YouTubers, digital marketer, drone pilot, application developer, etc. In addition to the workforce question, one of the most important assets any business is looking for in a specific community is quality education. This is important to employees as they come to a new area where they plan to raise their families.
Quality education can also enhance an existing community and provide better opportunities for children living in low-income areas. Downtown Glendale serves as an excellent example. This year the Academy of Math and Science opened its doors at 43rd and Glendale avenues. The 84,000-squarefoot facility will house up to 1,400 students each school year. Providing opportunities for better education in underserved areas in our community, will grant students a chance to better their lives long term. Workforce development starts with early childhood development. Investing in early childhood education will ensure we have the proven skilled workforce we need in the future. And our business prospects today are taking note of where to find the workforce of tomorrow. Skill formation is dynamic and is developed over time. This edition of Glendale Living focuses on education and women in business. The Academy of Math and Science crosses both themes. Back in 2004, AMS
by Randy Huggins, Economic Development Officer, Glendale Office of Economic Development Co-Founder Tatyana Chayka was in search of a school for her son. She couldn’t find the level of education she wanted for him so she decided to start her own school. The decision to take matters into her own hands led to growth and opportunity for thousands of students across Arizona; the academy now has seven campuses. Downtown Glendale has long needed a facility such as this. AMS believes that smart students are well-rounded. AMS students consistently perform well above average in state exams. A balanced education that includes STEM, technology, foreign languages (Russian and Mandarin), music (piano, guitar, choir and theory), art and character development is offered. For years to come the Academy of Math and Science in Glendale will provide residents in the area with new opportunities that otherwise would have been out of their reach. We are looking forward to the years ahead and the results of the valiant effort started by the Chayka family. The City of Glendale welcomes the workforce of the future.
THE EDUCATION EDITION • FALL 2019