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CAEL Pathways Blog

Intersect With Earl April 2024

Congratulations to our initiatives and solutions team, led by Dr. Beth Doyle, senior vice president, for our partnership work with the state of Indiana, which has launched its first-ever statewide policy guidance for credit for prior learning. The policy guidance sets forth a CPL value statement and supports consistency in critical facets of CPL, including program and service design, transcriptions and transferability, standards for assessing CPL, and community, workforce, and employer partnerships.

Considering that so many adult learners fall in the “some college, no degree” crowd, much of CAEL’s work, from CPL to workforce development, focuses on helping former postsecondary students resume pathways to credentials. Project Attain, a recent addition to the CAEL community via its membership with The Graduate! Network, is doing great work in this area. Its Comebacker program connects adult learners with individual counseling at no cost to them. The program helps guide them to certificate, degree, and apprenticeship programs through Sacramento’s K-16 partnership, which brings together educators, community organizations, and industry groups. 

It's one thing to create jobs, and another thing to fill them. That has been a long-recognized challenge (and opportunity) facing plans to fund green industries. This article from WorkRise provides a good overview of issues, reminding us that it will take diverse, strategic partnerships to create access to the emerging jobs that will define the future of the energy sector.

Evidence of impact is always highly sought following funding opportunities. Two training programs launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic recently shared promising outcomes. Colorado’s Reskilling, Upskilling, and Next-skilling (RUN) program has enrolled almost 5,000 learners (and counting) in training for industry-recognized credentials. In Lincoln, Nebraska, the city reports that more than 700 residents have benefitted from reskilling or upskilling opportunities, including 300 who have completed a credential.

Grant opportunity: The National Institute of Standards and Technology is accepting applications for up to 15 awards, funded up to $200,000 each, for the Regional Alliances and Multi Stakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate (RAMPS) Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Development program. Eligible applicants include accredited institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations who are charged with establishing community-based partnerships that develop cybersecurity career pathways that address local workforce needs across multiple employers with skill shortages in specific occupations. CAEL’s extended pathway work and employer convening and facilitation could be an effective tool in your work. If you wish to explore how CAEL can support your design, please reach out to Christina Gaetano at cgaetano@cael.org.  Apply by May 24.

CAEL member mention: South Louisiana Community College and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority are partnering to develop a workforce training program that will support key regional industries. An $885,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration is supporting the partnership.

Regional Convening: I hope you can join us in Atlanta on April 25-26 for our 2024 Thriving Communities and Economic Mobility Regional Summit. I will be joined by several astute leaders and colleagues who will share their experience in developing a more effective and equitable education-to-workforce system for adult learners and workers. Learn more about our speakers.

Interested in learning more about CAEL memberships? Please visit us, and always feel free to contact us with questions or comments on any topic at cael@cael.org.

Additional Reading

Coalition building nets West Alabama Works national honor

A snapshot of state apprenticeship growth

Workforce development gets air time in state of the state addresses

Multilateral council to take on workforce development challenges in NYC

Skills-based hiring is a process, not a destination

Workforce development board key to surge in Florida apprenticeships

Interstate Renewable Energy Council helps learners navigate 'solar career map'

Talent shortages threaten to sink U.S. submarine production

Army may cut non-degree education benefits

Partnerships key to solving long-term care labor challenges

Hundreds receive training through Sioux Falls UPSKILL Program

Toyota investing $2 million in NC STEM education

NC WDBs receive $750,000 for reentry programs

Nevada WDBs to receive $5M for underserved and dislocated workers

New Haven career pathways initiative receives $1.4M in additional funding




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