Education & Workforce Development

Nothing threatens our region's economic momentum more than the gap between educational outcomes and the evolving needs of a global economy.

The region as a whole suffers from education problems connected to poverty, social issues, health, and difficulties and affording and gaining access to higher education, whether it be four or two-year programs.

As the tri-state region continues to grow in global economy, residents desire to increase their earning potential, and employers desire to find qualified employees from within.

Thrive offers experiential learning opportunities that engage students around real-world challenges, while connecting them to industry professionals around the region. 



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Thrive's Student Design Challenge engages students of all ages throughout the region in experiential learning to prepare them for future opportunities in the workforce. Participating students learn and apply design thinking methodology to brainstorm creative solutions to relevant challenges of today. Throughout the contest, the participants conduct research, build prototypes, and meet industry professionals for constructive feedback.