On June 27 and 28, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and Texas A&M University co-hosted the National Talent Ecosystem Council (NTEC) inaugural meeting and first annual symposium. NTEC was formed as part of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Convergence Accelerator Program. Attendees came from the United States Army Research Laboratory, the NSF, TEEX, Texas A&M University, AT&T and Eduworks, among other places. The meeting and symposium aim to examine the future of work and how the workplace will transform to meet the needs of the future. Topics discussed include integrating technology in the workplace, building sustainable relationships to bridge the gap between technologists, researchers, and management and creating an inclusive workplace.
In addition to the meeting and symposium, attendees received a tour of TEEX’s Disaster City® and Brayton Fire Training Field. The meeting was opened by Al Davis, Interim Director of the Texas A&M Forest Service and Deputy Director of TEEX, and Texas Workforce Commissioner Julian Alvarez provided the closing keynote address.
NTEC’s vision is to create a national talent ecosystem that will address the challenges of developing human skills for society’s most urgent needs and connecting that talent to future work opportunities where and when they emerge. Overall, NTEC’s goal is to serve as an impactful, equitable, sustainable resource and source of counsel for researchers, educators, and policymakers working to build a skilled and inclusive workforce that can influence the design of the workplace and work contexts of the future. At the same time, they hope to broadly disseminate innovative and scientifically grounded approaches for workforce training, upskilling, inclusion, and lifetime learning.
Director of TEEX’s Technology & Innovation Center, Jason Moats, said, “The National Talent Ecosystem Council boldly explores how to better develop a workforce that is capable of navigating the challenges and opportunities of the 21st-century workplace. TEEX and the Texas A&M University System have a responsibility and an amazing opportunity to lead this effort from the front.”
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