The Greater Omaha Chamber’s CAREEROCKIT, a new talent development initiative created in partnership with the AIM Institute, Urban League of Nebraska, Boys and Girls Club and Latino, was named the winner of this year’s Regional Innovation Award.
“CAREEROCKIT is a true community-wide effort,” said Randy Thelen, the Chamber’s senior vice president of economic development. “Our economic development partners were eager to join in, enlist local businesses to participate, and help us launch CAREEROCKIT the right way. They all share in the winning of this award.”
The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) awards the honor which recognizes “organizations and alliances that are committed to building strong and vibrant communities through groundbreaking collaboration and program development.”
“Every Chamber in the country is capable of launching their own CAREEROCKIT by pulling together engaged members, local schools and supportive community partners. The key is to channel the work into a focused effort that drives greater collective impact,” said Sarah Moylan, the Chamber’s senior director of talent & workforce.
The April 2017 inaugural CAREEROCKIT brought business and education together to excite and inspire tomorrow’s workforce. More than 11,000 students immersed in career experiences, including tours, workshops and hands-on activities – direct exposure to the array of career opportunities awaiting them in Greater Omaha.
Next year’s CAREEROCKIT will be held February 12-18, 2018.