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

4. Monroe Community College: Rochester, New York
Monroe Community College provides its students with hands-on experience with skills desired by local businesses, particularly those in the optics industry. Read more.

5. NH Works Nashua American Jobs Center: Nashua, New Hampshire
This is a federally-funded, “one-stop” resource that connects unemployed workers with career counseling, computer access for job-searching, and most importantly, on-the-job training programs at local businesses. As a result of this strong partnership between NH Works and local businesses, 96% of graduates from the on-the-job training program are employed full-time, with 78% remaining with their participating on-the-job training program employers after 6 months. Of those who get a job, 95% of them were still employed six months after they graduated. Participants in the NH Works on-the-job training program make an average of $15.52/hour after graduating from the program. Read more.

6. Oklahoma Greenovation: Oklahoma
Oklahoma Greenovation is an on-the-job training and placement program for the state’s construction, energy efficiency and related sectors. Oklahoma State University-Institute of Technology, Oklahoma State University-OKC and Tulsa Community College provide training and other services to help workers advance in their careers. Oklahoma Greenovation has put nearly 270 people in on-the-job (OJT) training and helped more than 90 people earn a credential. Employer engagement is a key part of the effort, as 82 employers have offered OJT opportunities in positions paying between $14 and $18 an hour. OJT participants are learning critical skills, allowing almost 100 of them to be placed in permanent jobs that offer wages up to $36 an hour. Read more.

7. Pacific Gas & Electric’s PowerPathway: California
PG&E PowerPathway is a collaboration of local community colleges, community-based training centers, the public workforce development system, unions and industry employers, and aims to train and widen the number of people qualified for entry-level skilled craft and utility industry jobs and for energy efficiency and smart grid technical professionals. Read more.

8. The Dannon Project: Birmingham, Alabama
The Dannon Project, which provides social services to at-risk populations and non-violent ex-offenders, is using a Training to Work RExO grant to develop a career pathway and upskilling program for individuals enrolled in work release programs. Read more.

9. Western Governors University: Salt Lake City, Utah
Western Governors University offers affordable and flexible competency-based degree programs for busy adults in key workforce areas, such as IT, teacher education, and health care. Read more.

10. Workforce Readiness Initiative: Retention of Manufacturing in Southern Virginia: South Boston, Virginia
The Workforce Readiness Initiative: Retention of Manufacturing in Southern Virginia trains incumbent and future workers in the manufacturing industry through partnerships with multiple training providers, including two community colleges, a Virginia manufacturing organization (GENEDGE Alliance), and the Virginia Department of Business. Read more.

For the complete list of programs, as well as many other resources, visit the Ready to Work Initiative website.