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Competitiveness and Workforce Development: The Case of the Boston Area Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC)

23 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2008  

Ramon Borges-Mendez

University of Massachusetts Boston - John W. McCormack School of Policy Studies

Abstract

The Boston Area Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC) is a STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education) and workforce development partnership created in 2003 to improve technological education and the supply of information technology (IT) workers for the knowledge-based and high-tech industrial sector of the Greater Boston Area. It is funded by the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) initiative of the National Science Foundation (NSF). BATEC has accomplished its educational goals but wants to expand and regionalize more broadly its workforce development functions as a labor-market intermediary. This case study suggests that such an adaptation must be informed by and analysis of the structure, growth and geography of the regional IT labor market and of the human resource development practices of employers. Conceptual and strategic insight is drawn from workforce and regional development literature. Initiatives such as BATEC can promote "high-road" approaches to workforce development and help other NSF-funded ATE centers seeking to enhance their workforce development functions.

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Borges-Mendez, Ramon, Competitiveness and Workforce Development: The Case of the Boston Area Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC). 2008 Industry Studies Conference Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1125001 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1125001

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