Chamber Invests in Career Path Platform that Connects Local Companies with Future Workforce
For the third year, the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce has invested in eight high schools in Decatur, Morgan County and Hartselle for another year of YouScience, an aptitude‐driven talent identification platform. YouScience provides a 90-minute assessment that students take on the computer. It then provides them with career choices that are best suited to the students’ abilities. Students learn skills to help them become a qualified candidate and they can earn industry‐ recognized certifications in the process.
YouScience also helps students identify local employers that align with their career path. Local employers can register their companies to make them more visible to their future workforce and graduating seniors through the YouScience Employer Connection Portal. This will allow students to connect directly with your company and what jobs you have to offer. Registration takes 3-5 minutes and it’s free unless employers utilize the opportunities section of the portal. This is an incredible opportunity for local business and industries to fill their workforce pipeline!
Employers enter company information and indicate the skills desired from potential employees. Using a proprietary algorithm that matches each individual's talents and skills, YouScience identifies individuals that are well suited to an employer’s needs and qualified candidates are aligned to opportunities in the Employer Connection Portal. Get your company registered by clicking here.
"We want to have homegrown talent here in Decatur and Morgan County,” said Amber Fortenberry, director of talent development and recruitment for the Chamber. “YouScience will actually list local community colleges and jobs in the area and tell the students what positions they employ at those jobs.
The Chamber made its first investment in the YouScience platform in 2019 for high schools in Decatur City, Morgan County and Hartselle City School Systems to address the workforce shortage in Morgan County. The Chamber is working with counselors, career coaches, and superintendents in our three school systems so that every 9th grader has access to the program. Schools will also have the option to give any student from 10th – 12th grade the assessment as and the student will be able to have access to the program for 10 years. The YouScience platform will continue to align talent, education, and employers in the Decatur-Morgan County area as we give students direction by expanding their vision of opportunities.