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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 …

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