Rural Cristy

BDCC Staff Share “Rural Talent Pipeline Management” Strategies in National Partnership

On Feb. 17th, Alex Beck, Workforce and Education Program Manager, and Cristy Carretero, AmeriCorps VISTA Member and BDCC’s Outreach and Research Specialist presented to rural workforce development professionals across the country as a part of the U.S Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) initiative.

In 2017, Alex and a team of Vermonters traveled to Washington D.C to be trained in TPM as part of a statewide initiative to understand workforce demand across the state. TPM is  a demand-driven workforce development framework used to assess real-time business needs, identify relevant training partners, and develop stronger education pipelines that help job-seekers succeed in the workforce. This framework serves as a foundational pillar of the BDCC’s Hiring Needs Assessment initiative.

Alongside the successful launch of the Vermont Talent Pipeline Management statewide, the BDCC developed a direct partnership with the USCCF to help develop resources that connect TPM to Career and Technical Education centers.

At last week’s event BDCC staff highlighted lessons learned in a webinar with national TPM partners titled “TPM Deep-Dive: Rural TPM Implementation”. The BDCC presentation discussed the obstacles and opportunities  when implementing the TPM framework in rural communities, and shared results from BDCC’s recent Hiring Needs Assessment on Commercial Drivers Licenses. 

“The Hiring Needs Assessment is about giving employers an avenue to tell us about their experiences and actually doing something about it. It’s a tool for meaningful action, not an action in and of itself,” says Cristy about the research she conducts in southeastern Vermont. Cristy is preparing to launch the next survey that will measure hiring demand for careers in the mental health and substance-use disorder fields.

Watch the video of the full Talent Pipeline Management webinar here.

The Southern Vermont Workforce Center of Excellence 

The Southern Vermont Workforce Center of Excellence (WFCoE) is an employer-driven system of Workforce and Education partners aligned behind strategies developed through the regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy developed by SeVEDS. It is staffed and the strategies implemented by the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC). The central workforce goals are to increase the size and quality of the workforce, raise median household income, and increase the 25-44 age cohort. The vision for the Workforce Center of Excellence is to ensure every person in the region can access the education, training and support needed to secure meaningful work, career and wage growth, and to identify and fulfill the regional workforce needs of our regional employers to ensure no good job goes unfilled. For more information please visit