Talent Cities solution offers a comprehensive approach that build a partnership between Vista Unified teachers and employers in creating a ready, agile talent base here in Vista.
The solution to the current “talent-gap” that exists between schools and employers is to create a talent development pipeline that aligns to the needs of businesses and entrepreneurs. In other words, shift the focus of students in the K-12 setting towards building a skill set that prepares them for success in the world of work; with higher education positioned as a step towards their ultimate career. This changes the typical statement “college and career” to “career through continuous learning in higher education and beyond.” This new model, called Talent Cities, was developed by Gerri Burton from New Learning Ventures. The Talent Cities model is in the initial stage of implementation in partnership with the Vista Chamber of Commerce and local businesses. The power of the model is that the talent development pipeline begins in middle school and focuses on the essential skills and high priority sectors identified by the San Diego Workforce Partnership.