Preparing Americans for the Workforce: A Sampling of Strategies
Policy-makers, practitioners, and researchers have created many strategies to prepare workers to meet the growing education and training requirements of the current and future American workforce. These resources explore some of those strategies. The first summarizes a national survey on Integrated Education and Training (IET). The second describes how states can connect rural communities to employment opportunities. The third presents a module on teaching and prioritizing employability skills.
Integrated Education and Training: A Career Pathways Policy & Practice. 2017. This resource presents the findings from a survey of adult education providers in 43 states on IET, a growing adult educational practice that combines foundational skill building with occupational training in in-demand sectors. The survey finds that “many types of organizations provide the workforce training component: 39 percent are community and technical colleges, 14 percent are local workforce one-stop contractors, and 13 percent are local school districts.” It also finds that “over half of all IET programs reported in the survey prepare students for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) credential.”
CTE on the Frontier: Connecting Rural Learners with the World of Work. 2017. This brief provides promising practices and strategies for implementing career technical education programs in rural communities, based on interviews with state leaders and case studies from states that have succeeded in connecting learners to industry. One recommended approach is that state leaders, “whenever possible, use funding to support and encourage consortia and partnerships to share resources, human capital and industry partners.” For example, South Dakota “provides competitive funding that supports efforts like consortia and mobile labs.”
Integrating Employability Skills: A Framework for All Educators. 2016. This booklet presents tools and materials that can be used as a train-the-facilitator resource for regional comprehensive centers, staff at state and local education agencies, employers, and industry leaders with an interest in integrating employability skills into existing education initiatives. The booklet divides the employability skills work session into six sections that include presentations, activities, and resources. The session can be completed within three to four hours but can also be tailored as needed to accommodate participants’ schedules.