Obama Administration: These job-training programs are the most effective

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, signed Tuesday by Biden and the President, is a culmination of Biden’s review on the employment and training programs that are the most effective in getting skilled people into needed jobs.

Biden’s report highlights “successful job-driven training strategies, details executive actions that are being taken by the federal government, and new commitments by employers, non-profits, unions and innovators to help spread what’s working and to support more Americans in getting and moving up in in-demand jobs and careers,” said the Administration on the Ready to Work website. The report also comes with a “fact sheet,” which can be viewed here.

Signing the Act:

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According to the report, there are currently over 30 programs across the country that are most effective in training skilled workers for jobs available now:

[Listed in alphabetical order]

1. Big Bend Community College: Moses Lake, Washington
Big Bend Community College has implemented I-BEST classes that provide two instructors—one who teaches professional-technical content, and one who supports the development of basic skills. I-BEST programs support English as a Second Language students, and help train all students for a career or higher-paying jobs. Read more.

2. Community College of Allegheny County: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Community College of Alleghany County (CCAC) partnered with 14 community colleges across the state to work with local employers and design curricula to serve these industry needs. CCAC is focused on the mechatronics career path, a multidisciplinary field that equips students with mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering skills for multi-disciplinary jobs in industries such as advanced manufacturing and energy. The community college received $2.6 million from the 2011 TAA-CCCT grant. The school partnered with over 15 companies, which supported the mechatronics program in a variety of ways, and of the 200 graduates from its mechatronics programs, 183 are now employed or continuing their education. Read more.

3. Mi Casa Resource Center: Denver, Colorado
Mi Casa Resource Center offers basic professional development training, as well as industry-focused training programs in customer service, financial services and healthcare. For workers with limited skills and education, Mi Casa’s holistic approach to career development successfully mitigates the barriers that low-income workers face to employment success and facilitates promising career path employment in growth sectors. In 2013, 117 individuals completed Mi Casa’s career training programs (an 89 percent completion rate). In 2014, Mi Casa will serve 120 individuals in career training programs, and 70 percent will be placed in full-time jobs with an average wage of $11.35 per hour. Read more.

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