Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) April 09, 2013
Mayor Michael Nutter delivered the keynote address this morning at the CEOs for Cities National Talent Dividend conference where he announced The Greater Philadelphia Talent Dividend Partnership’s Regional Challenges.
“Today, I am excited to announce the Greater Philadelphia Talent Dividend Regional Challenges which will highlight the critical, combined efforts of the higher education sector and business community to attract, train and retain our students and residents,” said Mayor Nutter. “Our Administration is committed to increasing the college attainment rate in Philadelphia. The programs that will be recognized through this challenge are vital to helping us achieve our goal and better prepare Philadelphians for the future.”
Developed by a number of regional leaders, the Challenges will recognize the efforts of Greater Philadelphia’s business, higher education, public sector and nonprofit institutions to enhance access, persistence, completion, and overall post-secondary educational attainment of area residents.
“Greater Philadelphia is a leader in mobilizing stakeholders and creating innovative models to improve educational outcomes for our students and residents. Today we kick-off an exciting new initiative which will highlight the efforts of our higher education and business communities as they work to increase Greater Philadelphia’s educational attainment,” said Rob Wonderling, Chairman of the CEO Council for Growth and President & CEO of The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. “The Talent Dividend Regional Challenges will provide exposure for the outstanding work of organizations dedicated to helping residents obtain degrees.”
Applications for the Greater Philadelphia Talent Dividend Regional Challenges can be found at talentgreaterphilly.org, and will be accepted through June 30, 2013. The winners will be announced at an event during the first week of September 2013.
Challenge Categories for the Greater Philadelphia Talent Dividend Include:
This award will honor a multi-partner collaboration that includes business, higher education, and/or non-profit partners and has demonstrated a positive impact on the number of students going to college, staying in college, and/or graduating from college. We welcome nominations of both long-standing and new collaborations. The goals of the collaboration must aim to ensure on-time graduation, support non-traditional students to re-enter post-secondary education and complete a degree, or increase post-secondary enrollment of Greater Philadelphia residents.
Business Community Honors
Two distinctions will be given, one for a large business and one for a small-to-mid-size business.
These awards will honor companies that have demonstrated long-standing commitment and/or innovation in supporting their employees’ post-secondary education plans. We welcome nominations of companies that have increased the number of their own employees pursuing and attaining a college degree, helping to increase overall post-secondary attainment rates in the Greater Philadelphia region. We also welcome nominations of companies that have helped to support the retention of graduates from Greater Philadelphia colleges and universities, ensuring that college graduates stay in the Philadelphia region.
Higher Education Community Honor
This award will honor a college or university that has demonstrated long-standing commitment and/or innovation in improving persistence and graduation rates among their students. We welcome nominations of colleges and universities that have had a positive impact in helping more students gain access to college, stay in college, and graduate from college. Post-secondary institutions that are helping to ensure on-time graduation of students, as well as those enabling non-traditional students to re-enter post-secondary education and complete a degree are encouraged to apply.
The Greater Philadelphia Talent Dividend Partnership was formed as the Greater Philadelphia’s regional response to the CEOs for Cities Talent Dividend Network Prize, a national competition for a $1 million prize to be awarded to the city that exhibits the greatest increase in the number of post-secondary degrees granted per one thousand population over a four-year period. This prize will be used to launch a national promotional campaign centered around talent development for the winning city.
The Greater Philadelphia Talent Dividend Partnership
CEO Council For Growth
City of Philadelphia, Mayor’s Office of Education
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Community College of Philadelphia
Delaware Valley Grantmakers
District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund
Economy League of Greater Philadelphia
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
OMG Center for Collaborative Learning
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
Philadelphia Academies, Inc.
Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success
Philadelphia Education Fund
Philadelphia Works, Inc.
Philadelphia Youth Network
United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
For more information, please contact info(at)talentgreaterphilly(dot)com.