Training Futures: A Case Study of a Nonprofit-Community College Partnership
Author(s): Blair, Amy; Helmer, Matt
Organizational Author(s): Workforce Strategies Initiative, The Aspen Institute
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Resource Availability: Publicly available
Describes the Training Futures program and the partnership between Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and Northern Virginia Family Service.
“Training Futures [is] a job training program operated through a partnership between Northern Virginia Family Service and Northern Virginia Community College. Training Futures is a six-month office administration program that prepares low-income adults for new careers and starts them in work toward college certificates and degrees…[This program] is the result of an effective collaborative approach to helping low-income adults succeed in community college and the workforce…[This] case study discusses Training Futures’ innovative practices and describes how its partners work together” (p. 1-2). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)
Major Findings & Recommendations
The analytics on the program’s success are listed below.
• “93.7% of participants completed the [Training Futures] program” (p. 4).
• “84.4% of graduates obtained jobs after graduation” (p. 4).
• “In their initial job after Training Futures, graduates worked a median of 40 hours and earned a median of $13.31 per hour” (p. 4).
• “30.4% of Training Futures graduates enrolled in additional non-credit or for-credit coursework at NOVA after completing Training Futures” (p. 4).
Several key components of the program contribute to its success:
• “Curriculum and the ‘Imaginal’ learning approach to training” (p. 5).
• A focus on “case management and supportive services” (p. 7).
• “Career navigation and job placement…Training supervisors work directly with participants to develop resumes, practice interviewing skills, make internships successful and search for jobs” (p. 7).
• “College counseling services: continuing training at NOVA after Training Futures” (p. 8).
• “Employer investment and engagement. Local employers play a variety of supportive roles with Training Futures, not least of which is providing input on curriculum design” (p. 8)
• “Training Futures blends multiple funding streams to operate and provide supports that participants need to succeed” (p. 9).
(Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)