Tag Archives: Career Pathways

Apprenticeship Programs in Virginia: Some Information

 “There’s a hunger among young people for good, well-paying jobs that don’t require an expensive four-year degree,” said Sarah Steinberg, vice president for global philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase. “The Apprentice School is the gold standard of what a high-quality apprenticeship program can be.”- Read the article about a Newport News apprenticeship program @ A New Look at Apprenticeships as a Path to the Middle Class, Nelson D. Schwartz, July 13, 2015, from the New York Times

Apprenticeship Information in Virginia:

The Virginia Registered Apprenticeship is a training system that produces highly skilled workers to meet the demands of employers competing in a global economy, through a combination of on-the-job training and theoretical classroom instruction. It is a “win-win” approach to workforce development for more than 13,000 apprentices (employees) throughout the Commonwealth.

Registered Apprenticeship connects job seekers looking to learn new skills with employers looking for qualified workers, resulting in a workforce with industry-driven training and employers with a competitive edge.


Job Skills Guide

Illinois WorkNetThe Illinois WorkNet Center’s Job Skills Guide:

This site helps your adult students acquire the work skills employers want. Academic skills, technical skills, and workplace “soft” skills provide a solid base for getting into a career. Learn more about the skills and hear what employers have to say. The Job Skills Guide offers information on

  • Academic skills: Mathematics, Reading, Science and Technology, Writing
  • Technical skills and computer literacy
  • Industry-wide technical skills
  • Workplace Soft Skills
    • Attendance and self-presentation
    • Career advancement
    • Communications
    • Independence and initiative
    • Leadership and teamwork
    • Positive attitude
    • Problem solving
    • Understanding the big picture
    • Work ethic


Helping Unemployed Youth

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Two Challenges, One Solution: Strategies to Address the Talent Gap and Access to Employment for 16-to 24 Year-Old Disconnected Young Adults in Grand Rapids, MI is a 2014 publication that details how community mentors and partners create access to opportunity for unemployed youth by helping them navigate workforce and employment systems.

Recurring themes in national best practices include:

  1. Need to rebuild a healthy sense of self, purpose, and social capital
  2. Need for navigation across systems
  3. Need for the incorporation of social enterprise
  4. Need for culturally competent employers willing to invest their social, intellectual, and financial capital

Click here to download a 32-page PDF document.

The Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative

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Drawing a line from Virginia’s Eastern shore westward across Southside to Southwest Virginia, and then up the Shenandoah Valley, you trace an arc that represents 75 percent of the Commonwealth’s geography, where half million people have less than a high school education. As a result, Virginia ranks 31st nationally in the percentage of residents with at least a high school equivalency credential.

Click here to find One Course, One Virginia: The Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative

Click here for a PDF document: The Case for Support: The Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative.

Click here to find Elevate Virginia: Skills for Jobs and Business Growth

Career Pathways Exchange: Resources

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WIOA Topical Fact Sheets

U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), 2015

The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education’s WIOA resource page provides information to assist stakeholders in better understanding key provisions and changes to Title II (the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act) of WIOA.

On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, OCTAE released brand new WIOA fact sheets on:

The resources provide general overviews, terms and definitions, allowable uses of funds, priority of service guidance, performance reporting requirements, related resources, and more.

Be sure to bookmark www.ed.gov/AEFLA for more WIOA-related information.

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA), 2015 

The WIOA Collection website powered by DOL-ETA’s Workforce3One provides information and resources for states, local areas, grantees, and other stakeholders to assist with implementation of WIOA, including:

  • WIOA 101 – webinars offering an introduction to key provisions in Titles I and III
  • WIOA Vision – DOL’s vision for a revitalized transformed workforce system
  • Resources – tools on issues such as “Leadership and Partnerships” and “Statewide Strategies”
  • Partners’ WIOA Sites – links to federal partner agencies and national workforce associations
  • WIOA Action Planner – a self-paced assessment tool designed to help leaders at all levels plan and prepare for WIOA implementation.

The recently launched action planner currently features sections on Partnerships and State Leadership & Governance, an action plan template, and a user’s guide. Sections on one-stop center service design, youth services, and local leadership/governance are coming soon.

Creating Career Pathways in Colorado: A Step-by-Step Guide

Collaborative Economics and the Woolsey Group, LLC, 2014

Prepared for the 2014 Colorado Sector Strategies Summit, “Growing the Talent Pipeline,” this comprehensive guide explains the relationship between career pathways and sector strategies and offers step-by-step instructions and tools for building sector partnerships in your region using career pathways. The strategies and processes provided are relevant to stakeholders in all states.

Building TANF and WIOA Partnerships to Improve TANF Recipient Employment Outcomes: Lessons Learned from TANF/WIA Coordination

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), 2015

In this archived webinar, hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Family Assistance, a panel of experts and officials from states and local areas share their experiences with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)/Workforce Investment Act (WIA) collaboration. WIOA establishes TANF as a required one-stop partner and provides states with an option to submit a combined state plan that includes TANF. An audio recording, transcript, and presentation slides are available.