Efforts to upskill workers and help them learn new skills are growing.

Efforts to “upskill” workers grow across industries


Employers are increasingly expected to upskill their workers and give them training to build additional high-demand skills

An ambitious new partnership between the nonprofit Education Design Lab and Virginia Western Community College (VWCC) aims to design employer-driven pathways that will “upskill” highly-qualified healthcare professionals to high-growth careers in the region.

Backed by a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant from  the U.S. Department of Labor, the partnership draws on VWCC’s reach as the state’s third-largest community college to meet growing demand from the region’s fast-growing medical centers.

Rooted in the Education Design Lab’s learner-centric design process, the program will align short-term training programs with skills required for in-demand positions, such as registered nurses, medical assistants and administrators.

Laura Ascione