Things that Work – And Why?


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CAEL, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, works on many levels – from policy at the national, regional and state levels, to on-the-ground initiatives – to provide the tools for adults to successfully enter and advance in the workforce.
This session will provide a brief snapshot of some of the tools and projects that have been successful in linking learning to work for high school students and young adults.
• Industry-wide online education in the telecommunications and energy industries
• A high school pipeline into the energy industry
• Career mapping
• Stackable credentials linked to sequential education
• A nation-wide career readiness credential
While this may look like a scattered list, this session will focus on the critical success factors, including the role of technology, common across these initiatives.

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Things that Work – And Why?

  1. 1. Things that Work – And WhyDigital Learning Spaces Jump Start Seminar<br />February 23, 2010<br />
  2. 2. 2<br />Agenda<br />About CAEL – The Council of Adult and Experiential Learning<br />A quick snapshot of strategies that work<br />Online education in telecommunications and energy<br />Career mapping – a shared roadmap<br />“Stackable” credentials, education linked to job progressions<br />A high school pipeline into the energy industry<br />The National Career Readiness Credential<br />Critical success factors<br />The role of technology<br />Let’s talk <br />
  3. 3. 3<br />About CAEL<br />Council for Adult and Experiential Learning<br />A 501(c)3 non-profit, international organization for 34 years<br />Chicago, IL with offices in Philadelphia, Denver and New York, NY<br />Policy growing out of implementation <br />Lifelong learning within the reach of every adult --<br />getting employed and staying employed<br />
  4. 4. Industry Led Online Education<br />4<br />
  5. 5. 5<br />Industry-wide online education <br />The National Coalition for Telecommunications Education and Learning NACTEL<br />NACTEL<br />Since 1998<br /><br />The Energy Providers Coalition for Education<br />EPCE<br />Since 2001<br /><br />
  6. 6. 6<br />About NACTEL and EPCE <br />National industry coalitions collaborate to create online education solution used by all members.<br />Governed by industry leaders<br />Curriculum aligned with job families<br />Curriculum collaboratively developed with industry subject matter experts<br />Curriculum continually updated <br />“Stackable” credentials<br />Carefully selected and managed educational providers<br />Instructor-led asynchronous learning results in high completion rates<br />Equally available to incumbent workers in any location <br />Industry sponsorship brings credibility and transportable credentials<br />Supports both incumbent workers and those who want to enter the industry<br />
  7. 7. Seattle City Light<br />EPCE Partners<br />Dominion Nuclear Business Unit<br />
  8. 8. NACTEL Partners<br />Representing nearly 2 million workers<br />Education Partner<br />Program Administrator<br />
  9. 9. Career Mapping<br />9<br />
  10. 10. 10<br />What is a Career Pathway?<br />An accessible, user friendly workforce development tool<br />Serving employers, current and future employees, schools, and workforce programs<br />A clear job blueprint with<br />Future outlook<br />Job families<br />Competency and skills<br />Salary ranges<br />Sources of education and training<br />
  11. 11. 11<br />CAEL’s Career Pathway Experience<br />
  12. 12. 12<br />Career Pathways: Critical Success Factors <br />Industry-wide / regional (not a single employer)<br />Industry buy in and endorsement, including senior levels<br />Firmly embedded in job families, current and future<br />Validated by industry subject matter experts<br />Clear and easy to use<br />Industry-vetted, “stackable” credentials<br />Carefully selected & managed educational options<br />Marketing: people need to know about it!<br />Messaging to employers, incumbent workers, workforce boards, guidance counselors, student services<br />Advising resources, if possible<br />Led and managed by neutral intermediary<br />
  13. 13. Online Energy Education…by the industry for the industry<br />Career Paths in Energy<br />Are You Ready?<br /><ul><li> Developed collaboratively by CAEL and </li></ul> The Center for Workforce Development<br /><ul><li> Product of “Light Up Your Future”
  14. 14. Target audience: High School Students
  15. 15.</li></li></ul><li>“Stackable” credentials<br />14<br />
  16. 16. “Stackable” Credentials<br />
  17. 17. Advanced Certificate inEmerging Telecommunications Technology<br />CertificateIntroduction to Broadband<br /> Bachelor of Science in Professional Technology StudiesTelecommunications Concentration<br />AS in Wireless Networking<br />AS inNetworking Technology<br />Certificate inBroadband Essentials<br />Certificate inWireless Networking<br />Certificate inVideo Technology Essentials<br />CertificateIntroduction to Telecom<br />The Telecommunications Industry of Today & Tomorrowand the Education to Get You There<br />Associates in Applied Information Technology<br />Telecom<br />Networking<br />Video<br />Wireless<br />AS inVideo Technologies<br />AS inTelecom<br />Certificate inTelecom Essentials<br />
  18. 18. Online Energy Education…by the industry for the industry<br />EPCE Education Pathways<br />BS in Nuclear Engineering TechnologyExcelsior College<br />High school curriculum for the Electric Power Industry<br />Virtual High School<br />Industrial Aptitudetest prep course<br />Bismarck State College<br />Orientation to the Electrical Industry<br />Bismarck State College<br />BSAST in Energy Utility TechnologyThomas Edison State College<br />Courses to get connected to the energy industry<br />Nuclear Power<br />Certificate in Natural Gas DistributionThomas Edison State College<br />AAS or Certificate in Nuclear Power TechnologyBismarck State College<br />BS in Electrical Engineering (BSEE)Clemson University College<br />Electric Power<br />Natural Gas<br />Or TakeIndividual Courses<br />Electrical Engineering<br />AAS or Certificate in Electric Power TechnologyBismarck State College<br />
  19. 19. A High School Pipeline<br />18<br />
  20. 20. Online Energy Education…by the industry for the industry<br />Light Up Your Future<br /><ul><li> An innovative high school pipeline initiative grew to serve the energy industry; tied to the EPCE coalition.
  21. 21. Responding to the need of the industry to build a pipeline of qualified new employees.
  22. 22. First piloted in 2007 and 2008 in the Denver, CO Metro area with Department of Labor WIRED Grant
  23. 23. Locations today include
  24. 24. Metro Denver with Xcel Energy and the IBEW
  25. 25. Massachusetts with Northeast Utilities
  26. 26. Oklahoma and Arkansas with Oklahoma Gas & Electric</li></ul>Light Up Your Future!<br />Education Today…Energy Tomorrow<br />
  27. 27. Education & Experience – Careers in the Energy Industry<br />Industry sponsored <br />AS and BS degrees<br />Elements of the High School Pipeline<br />Application for<br />employment<br />Paid internship<br />Bismarck State College<br />Industrial Aptitude <br />Course - Online<br />Individual<br />career counseling<br />Site visit / mentoring<br />Bismarck State College<br />Online <br />Orientation to the Industry<br />Site Visit <br />Energy Employer<br />Light Up Your Future!<br />Education Today…Energy Tomorrow<br />Virtual High School <br />Online Math/Energy Course<br />
  28. 28. The National Career Readiness Credential<br />NCRC<br />21<br />
  29. 29.
  30. 30. Benefits of an NCRC<br />Individuals: A link of education to real world readiness. Portable credential for basic workplace skills<br />Business: Easy way to measure skills. Making qualified hiring decisions. Shortening training to full utilization. Cost reduction.<br />Economic Development: Document the quality of workforce<br />Education, Workforce Development, Training Organizations, and Business: Speaking a common language<br />
  31. 31. TM<br />2009<br />
  32. 32. 25<br />Success Factors – Across All Tools<br />Involve all stakeholders (vs. working in silos)<br />Employers play central role (jobs are the lynchpin)<br />Get the message out: the product / promotion dilemma <br />Scalability!<br />Focus on the end user<br />
  33. 33. 26<br />Using Technology (& being smart!)<br />Technology provides:<br />Access<br />Scalability<br />Opportunity to leverage resources<br />But:<br />Does it fit? <br />Quality questions<br />Focus on end user<br />
  34. 34. 27<br />Let’s Talk<br />Susan Kannel<br />Executive Director, The National Coalition for Telecommunications Education and Learning<br />Senior Director, The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning<br /><br />
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