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2018 Exemplary Program Award Recipients
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Lone Star College - North Harris, TX
HVAC Program Redesign

Four years ago, a comprehensive review of the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program at Lone Star College-North Harris (LSC-NH) revealed that students were not experiencing high levels of success in the program. Since then, several initiatives aimed at increasing student success have been implemented. Program results, measured by retention, completions, and job placements, have increased significantly. Specifically, enrollments have increased 42% and the number of degrees and certificates awarded have doubled. This dramatic growth justified the construction of a new Construction and Skilled Trades Technology Training Center on campus which opened this past Fall.

Key to our success were two areas: increased collaboration with our partners and the restructuring of our program. However, the steps outlined in this document are ones that any institution can engage in and these steps did not require the leveraging of any additional resources. Engaging your partners and establishing a program structure that supports student success creates a synergy that positively affects your entire community and, if tended well, spawns further growth.

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Pueblo Community College, CO
Mobile Learning Labs - Paving New Pathways

Working-age adults face many challenges in pursuing education to advance or enhance their careers. Along with availability of quality childcare, adult learners often juggle work, education, and family responsibilities, and struggle with reliable transportation. And while adults struggle to gain the skills for better positions, businesses struggle to fill high paying manufacturing positions in a market that has too few skilled workers. Employers face a wave of retiring workers that take with them decades of intellectual talent. Compounding this problem is the industry’s inability to effectively attract workers to manufacturing. Faced with a multifaceted challenge, PCC developed a creative, multifaceted solution for Southern Colorado and our workforce by designing programs, curriculum and spaces that were mobile and responsive.

Providing a training solution to prepare adult learners for skilled jobs, PCC’s Pueblo Corporate College developed a Mobile Learning Lab (MLL) to take workforce development onto the doorstep of employers. A MLL is 48 foot trailer with on-board power generation, climate control, instructor stations, and hands-on training equipment that replicate on-campus technical labs.

MLLs directly address and reduce the challenges of time and distance supporting working-age adult participation and success. Along with its benefits for individuals, on-site training also helps employers develop the skilled workforce they need for business growth and competitiveness - especially in "middle-skill" jobs that require some post-secondary education, but less than a four-year degree. PCC’s Labs provide training to more than 65 organizations and have a proven record of effectiveness in providing hands-on training for specific operations without interrupting a company's production schedule. Our MLL journey began as an idea, which turned into an experiment, which evolved into a model and is now the standard and expectation from our stakeholders. On this journey, we continually refined our processes as we built our fleet up to seven labs, with another one under development. The return on investment for the fleet is 60% for the college, plus 975 new jobs created for our communities, and 2,136 individuals trained, who now earn an average of $52,000 annually.

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