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Workforce Development

Goals

The goal and purpose of WFD efforts by the PD Center will have a dual focus.  First, it is to support practitioners with integration of elements of WFD into ABE, ASE, and ESOL classrooms and curricula.  Secondly, it is to help facilitate an increase in the number of adult learners who find jobs, retain employment, and advance toward long term career goals as they participate in Rhode Island’s adult education system. 

The following priority activities have been identified in order to carrying out the stated goals and purpose.

  • The PDC will provide support, training, and/or technical assistance to the field that will help to strengthen and enhance teaching strategies in the area of workforce development/ workforce readiness so that learners are better prepared for today’s fast-paced, innovative workforce.
  • The PDC will work to expand the pool of providers with the capacity to engage in effective business / industry partnerships throughout the state for greater collaboration and long-term partnering toward achieving mutual employment goals.
  • The PDC will participate with the DLT in identifying strategies toward connecting learners to the one-stop centers for access to job opportunities and other services throughout RI.
  • The PDC will promote and support local efforts toward re-credentialing for immigrant professionals so they may engage in our state’s employment development system.

In order to accomplish these goals, a series of workshops are being developed and will be delivered to programs and businesses during FY08 according to interest and need.  A tentative list of workshops includes:

  • Introduction to Workforce Development (all AE practitioners)
  • Developing Successful Employer Partnerships (Marketing AE to Business)
  • Problem-Solving for the Job Developer / Job Coach
  • Case Management for a Successful Transition to Employment (helping learners prepare)
  • Contextualizing Curriculum to the Workplace / Workforce
  • Successful Partnering with Adult Education Providers (Intro to AE for local businesses)

Activities

The following priority areas have been identified in order to carry out these goals.

  • The PDC will provide support, training, and/or technical assistance to the AE field that will help to strengthen and enhance teaching strategies in the area of work skills training so that learners are better prepared for today’s fast-paced, innovative, global workforce.
  • The PDC will work to expand providers’ capacity to engage effective business and industry partnerships throughout the state in order to foster greater collaboration and long-term partnering toward achieving mutual employment goals.
  • The PDC will participate with the Department of Labor and Training in identifying strategies toward effectively connecting learners to the one-stop centers for access to job opportunities and other services throughout RI.
  • The PDC will promote and support local efforts toward re-credentialing for immigrant professionals so they may engage in our state’s development system.

To see available WFD workshops, please go to the Calendar of Events.

For more information, please contact:

Robin Adams at radams@ric.edu

Page last updated: October 5, 2009