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Presented by KayLynn Hamilton at Initiatives and Opportunities in Economic and

Presented by KayLynn Hamilton at Initiatives and Opportunities in Economic and
Workforce Development at Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania, May 1, 2007

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  • 1. Basic Foundation Skills for High Priority Occupations in the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Area: Linking Workforce Development and Adult Basic and Literacy Education A Collaborative Project of: Workforce Education Research Center at Penn State Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation Central PA Adult Basic and Literacy Education Coalition Funding from: The Pennsylvania State University Outreach Thematic Initiative © 2006
  • 2. This project produced a prototype of a resource manual that links the High Priority Occupations for the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation to their component skills and knowledge and their corresponding work-based foundation skills of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education’s Foundation Skills Framework. Description
  • 3. Objective #1 Develop and maintain professional collaboration with the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Corporation (CPWDC).
    • Outcome: The project staff has developed and maintains a professional collaborative relationship with the CPWDC.
    • Activities:
      • Project staff met with staff from the CPWDC to design and develop final product (March, 2006). CPWDC staff was instrumental in selecting high priority occupations for research as well as identifying regional employers for each targeted industry cluster.
      • CPWDC assisted project staff in securing a location for an initial meeting with regional CareerLink staff members and ABLE representatives. Template was presented to representative ABLE providers and CareerLink staff for review (April, 2006).
  • 4. Objective #1 Additional Activities
      • CPWDC staff co-presented a workshop at the 2006 PA Partners Conference (May, 2006) describing the product and distributing draft materials.
      • CPWDC staff coordinated with regional CareerLink staff members to attend a meeting at the Nittany Lion Inn (December, 2006) to distribute the product and discuss its use.
      • Project staff continues to coordinate with CPWDC staff to distribute additional copies of the product.
  • 5. Objective #2 Strengthen existing relationship with CPWDC and regional ABLE providers
    • Outcome: The staff of this project has strengthened their existing relationship with both the CPWDC and regional ABLE providers.
    • Activities:
      • Project staff coordinated with the CPWDC staff to schedule initial meeting with regional CareerLink staff and ABLE representatives.
      • Project staff coordinated with regional ABLE agencies to attend a meeting at the Nittany Lion Inn (December, 2006) to distribute the product and discuss its use.
      • Project staff presented final product, Foundation Skills for Success in Regional High Priority Occupations , was distributed to regional CareerLink representatives and regional ABLE providers (December, 2006).
      • Project staff will continue to distribute remaining copies of the manual and discuss way to integrate the use of the product throughout the regional CareerLinks.
  • 6. Objective #3 Develop Foundation Skills for Success in Regional High Priority Occupations manual
    • Outcome: The project staff developed and distributed the Foundation Skills for Success in Regional High Priority Occupations manual to CareerLink staff and adult education providers throughout the Central Pennsylvania Workforce region.
    • Activities:
      • Project staff met with staff from the CPWDC (March, 2006) to discuss design and development of final product. Project staff developed template for finished product. Template was presented to representative ABLE providers and CareerLink staff for review (April, 2006).
  • 7. Objective #3 Additional Activities
      • Using available resources, project staff developed template for finished product. Template was presented to representative ABLE providers and CareerLink staff for review (April, 2006). Project staff followed the recommendations of CareerLink staff and ABLE providers to revise the template.
      • Based on recommendations from CPWDC staff, regional CareerLink staff and ABLE providers, the final product, Foundation Skills for Success in Regional High Priority Occupations , was developed. The manual was distributed to regional CareerLink representatives and regional ABLE providers (December, 2006).
  • 8. Conclusions
      • The target audience, CareerLink staff and ABLE providers in the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Area, were enthusiastic to participate in this project and were helpful in relating their needs and the needs of job seekers within the region to the project staff. The finished product, Final product, Foundation Skills for Success in Regional High Priority Occupations , was well received by both CareerLink staff and ABLE agencies. Copies of the manual were also disseminated to the Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education in Harrisburg.
      • Project staff will continue to work with the staff of the CPWDC to distribute additional copies of the manual and provide training to CareerLink and ABLE staff members in the region. Project staff also plans to meet with other interested parties to discuss options for customizing the manual to meet regional needs.