<ul><li>Provide an online portal,  </li></ul><ul><li>Workforce OnLine Learning Information Portal , (WOLIP)   </li></ul><u...
<ul><li>Provide scholarship funds to Maine workers in obtaining industry recognized certifications, licenses, diplomas and...
<ul><li>Provide scholarship funds to support the Maine worker in pursuing higher wages and continuing career advancement. ...
<ul><li>Provide scholarship funds to enable Maine’s targeted businesses to offer more career advancement opportunities to ...
<ul><li>Advanced and Precision Manufacturing </li></ul><ul><li>Energy including “green energy” </li></ul><ul><li>Financial...
<ul><li>Workers in transition including dislocated-unemployed workers.  </li></ul><ul><li>Incumbent workers employed in id...
<ul><li>Legally able to work in United States </li></ul><ul><li>Comply with Selective Service requirements. </li></ul>Elig...
<ul><li>Cost of tuition and fees up to $3,000 per worker </li></ul><ul><li>Participants may receive support services from ...
<ul><li>All participants after successfully completing their online program will have access to universal services includi...
<ul><li>Each incumbent worker will be subject to a wage increase and/or career advancement as agreed upon with employer at...
<ul><li>Increase in industry recognized credentials available to Maine workers </li></ul><ul><li>Increase to training oppo...
<ul><li>Skills attainment </li></ul><ul><li>Greater opportunity for employment </li></ul><ul><li>Higher wages </li></ul><u...
<ul><li>Employee Retention </li></ul><ul><li>Employee career advancement and wage gain opportunities </li></ul>Benefits fo...
<ul><li>Total Participants -  185 </li></ul><ul><li>Successfully completed –  102 </li></ul><ul><li>Currently working –  1...
<ul><li>Total Participants -  13 </li></ul><ul><li>Successfully completed –  6  </li></ul><ul><li>Currently working –  8 <...
<ul><li>Essentials for Success with Online Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Availability of equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledg...
<ul><li>Essentials for Success with Online Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Strong desire to succeed – many times technology cau...
<ul><li>Contact Information: </li></ul><ul><li>Merle Davis </li></ul><ul><li>Program Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Phone-   20...
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Learning Session 1-5 Online Learning as a Training Tool

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The Collaborative Online Workforce Education and Training Portal, a demonstration project created in 2008, tested the idea that online and hybrid training options offered through a state’s workforce development system could be centralized through a single portal. This project was funded by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA)and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Four states were selected to participate: Colorado, Maine, Mississippi, and
Pennsylvania. The pilot was designed to centralize access to online certificate programs through a single Web portal, to provide easy accessibility to coursework for clients and workforce staff, and to foster sharing of online certificate programming between states. The result was the creation of the Workforce Online Learning Information Portal (WOLIP), housed by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). While the centerpiece of this project was the WOLIP portal, the pilot has also served as a vehicle for participating states to introduce and test new methods of using online learning as a training option within their respective workforce development systems, as well as to test the use of online learning with new populations. This presentation will take a close look at findings from this project, how this program was implemented and worked, and will how young people could and did benefit from this online training. The project lead from Maine will also participate in the discussion and will talk about Maine’s experience and lessons learned.

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Learning Session 1-5 Online Learning as a Training Tool

  1. 2. <ul><li>Provide an online portal, </li></ul><ul><li>Workforce OnLine Learning Information Portal , (WOLIP) </li></ul><ul><li>to create additional access to education and training through participation in online learning opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>http:// wolip.sreb.org / </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>Provide scholarship funds to Maine workers in obtaining industry recognized certifications, licenses, diplomas and degrees for today’s high demand/high wage jobs. </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Provide scholarship funds to support the Maine worker in pursuing higher wages and continuing career advancement. </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Provide scholarship funds to enable Maine’s targeted businesses to offer more career advancement opportunities to their workers. </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Advanced and Precision Manufacturing </li></ul><ul><li>Energy including “green energy” </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Services </li></ul><ul><li>Information Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Construction including “green </li></ul><ul><li>construction” </li></ul><ul><li>Health Care </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>Targeted Industries
  6. 7. <ul><li>Workers in transition including dislocated-unemployed workers. </li></ul><ul><li>Incumbent workers employed in identified targeted industries or intend to work in targeted industries. </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>Target Populations
  7. 8. <ul><li>Legally able to work in United States </li></ul><ul><li>Comply with Selective Service requirements. </li></ul>Eligibility Requirements :
  8. 9. <ul><li>Cost of tuition and fees up to $3,000 per worker </li></ul><ul><li>Participants may receive support services from other programs, agencies or their employer to assist in their participation in training. </li></ul><ul><li>Employer will be reimbursed upon proof of successful completion and demonstrate proof of certificate, license, degree or diploma </li></ul>Covered Costs:
  9. 10. <ul><li>All participants after successfully completing their online program will have access to universal services including job matching and job referral services from the CareerCenter to assist in job placement related to training </li></ul>Plan Completion:
  10. 11. <ul><li>Each incumbent worker will be subject to a wage increase and/or career advancement as agreed upon with employer at the time of enrollment. </li></ul>Plan Completion
  11. 12. <ul><li>Increase in industry recognized credentials available to Maine workers </li></ul><ul><li>Increase to training opportunities for workers across the state regardless of geographical location </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in skilled workers for Maine employers </li></ul>Benefits for Maine:
  12. 13. <ul><li>Skills attainment </li></ul><ul><li>Greater opportunity for employment </li></ul><ul><li>Higher wages </li></ul><ul><li>Improved Self-Esteem </li></ul>Benefits for Job Seekers :
  13. 14. <ul><li>Employee Retention </li></ul><ul><li>Employee career advancement and wage gain opportunities </li></ul>Benefits for Business :
  14. 15. <ul><li>Total Participants - 185 </li></ul><ul><li>Successfully completed – 102 </li></ul><ul><li>Currently working – 127 </li></ul><ul><li>Withdrew – 70 </li></ul><ul><li>Continuing with training – 12 </li></ul>Final Grant Data
  15. 16. <ul><li>Total Participants - 13 </li></ul><ul><li>Successfully completed – 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Currently working – 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Withdrew – 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Continuing with training – 1 </li></ul>Youth 18-24 years old
  16. 17. <ul><li>Essentials for Success with Online Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Availability of equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of computer and required applications </li></ul><ul><li>Skills in computer application use and adaptation </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to be self motivating, work without group support, have a clear goal and direction. </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to plan, set and follow a regimented schedule. </li></ul><ul><li>Clear understanding of Training Provider’s rules, requirements and policies before training starts. </li></ul>
  17. 18. <ul><li>Essentials for Success with Online Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Strong desire to succeed – many times technology causes frustration and a clear head and patience may be required. </li></ul><ul><li>A place to participate in training that is free from distractions and interruptions. </li></ul><ul><li>A strong sense of self determination. The ability to asked questions when appropriate and when to dig deeper on their own for the answers. </li></ul><ul><li>An established support system to encourage success. </li></ul>
  18. 19. <ul><li>Contact Information: </li></ul><ul><li>Merle Davis </li></ul><ul><li>Program Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Phone- 207-623-7983 </li></ul><ul><li>Fax- 207-287-5933 </li></ul><ul><li>m [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>55 State House Station </li></ul><ul><li>Augusta, ME 04333-0055 </li></ul>

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