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2013 EXEMPLARY PROGRAM AWARDS

CREDIT WORKFORCE PROGRAM
Retail Management Program
Tyler Junior College, TX

NONCREDIT WORKFORCE PROGRAM
ShaleNet: Linking Talent to Opportunity
Westmoreland Community College, PA

NONCREDIT WORKFORCE PROGRAM

Nonprofit Academy of Excellence
Tidewater Community College, VA

Strong Labor Market Connections and Payoffs

Through strong connections with labor market professionals, local economic development agencies, and local workforce investment boards, colleges develop programs that are focused on high demand occupations that have family-sustainable wages and opportunities for advancement. By involving employers and workforce professionals in curriculum development, colleges create short-term, stackable credentials and/or modularized curriculum aligned with industry-recognized skills and knowledge that prepares learners for an entry-level job through to a career. Colleges also build career exploration and career awareness strategies into academic and college success courses.

Community College of Denver
Career exploration built into academic and college success courses. Students develop a career and academic plan.
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Portland Community College
Modularized curriculum and stackable credentials.
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Davidson County Community College
Before entering ABE/ESL/GED, students are enrolled in a three-day intensive orientation. Once enrolled, students take a 30-hour career exploration course offered through the Human Resources Development program using MECA, a computer-based career-exploration tool.

North Shore Community College
Career pathways program and career maps for home-based and center-based childcare workers, including those in ESL. Program is aligned to college's associates degree program in Early Childhood Education.

Owensboro Community & Technical College
Stackable and modularized credentials in manufacturing and health occupations programs. Includes worksite and online learning designed so students can continue working while obtaining certificates and degrees.
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