Over 23,000 people in the Franklin Hampshire region are employed in the Educational Services sector, making it the largest of the priority industry sectors identified by the FHWB. 24% of people employed in the region work in this sector, which includes administration, office, technical, information, food service, and trades jobs as well as teaching occupations. The 259 education establishments in the region include public and private secondary schools, colleges and universities, business, trade, and technical schools and educational support consortiums and collaboratives. Sector representatives on the FHWB over the years from institutions such as Amherst, Smith, Hampshire, and Stoneleigh Burnham have kept the Board and Career Center apprised of workforce challenges and proposed strategies for increasing awareness of job and career opportunities on their campuses. One such project, led by the UMASS Labor Management Workplace Education Program, helped to diversify the college’s entry-level candidate pool and make it easier for long-time entry-level workers to advance. A current project, led by the Five College Consortium, Inc. is focusing on the need for a more diverse public school workforce, and on making educational/training pathways from para-professional to professional educator more accessible and effective.