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LVEDC Collecting Data for Annual Talent Pipeline Survey

By George Lewis on May 26, 2020

LVEDC Director of Talent Supply Karianne Gelinas addressing the Education and Talent Supply Council in September 2018.

LVEDC Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Research Karianne Gelinas addressing the Education and Talent Supply Council in September 2018.

The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation has again asked the region’s 11 colleges and universities and three career and technical schools to share data on graduations and enrollment in an annual talent pipeline survey.

The survey, in its third year, is an important part of LVEDC’s Talent Initiative that expands knowledge about the region’s talent market, explained Karianne Gelinas, LVEDC Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Research. These educational institutions, which develop Lehigh Valley’s talent pipeline, voluntarily share information about the number of degrees they awarded by field of study and the number of students enrolled by major.

The schools report that information to the federal and state Departments of Education, she said, but the benefit of sharing it with LVEDC in real time is that Lehigh Valley doesn’t have to wait a year or more until results are released. Overcoming that time lag is valuable to employers who want to know if the talent they are seeking is readily available in the region.

Last year’s talent pipeline survey revealed that Lehigh Valley colleges and universities graduated 10,754 students, a 4% increase from the prior year. Many graduates have skills sought by employers in Lehigh Valley’s target industry sectors, including more than 1,700 in business (High-Value Business Services), 800 in science (Health Care, Life Science Research and Manufacturing), 700 in engineering (Advanced Manufacturing, High-Value Business Services), and 600 in nursing (Health Care).

More than 1,400 students completed programs at Lehigh Valley’s career and technical schools last year, and more than 1,700 adult learners completed certificate programs at Lehigh Valley career and technical schools and community colleges.

Read about last year’s survey results and other activities of LVEDC’s Education and Talent Supply Council in the recently released 2019 LVEDC Annual Report.

LVEDC has asked colleges to return their 2019 graduate and enrollment information by July. This year’s results will provide additional insights that LVEDC can use in its analysis of a talent market that has changed considerably in the last 10 weeks, resulting in greater challenges for this year’s graduates who are starting their careers.

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