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2020 NCWE Exemplary Program Award Recipients
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Pima Community College, AZ
Air Force Medical Readiness Agency (AFMRA) Program

Pima Community College located in Tucson, Arizona in response to a United States Air Force (USAF) Request for Proposal (RFP), developed a project proposal for submission. PCC was awarded a competitive, 5-year government contract in 2014, and again, in 2019 to meet the Paramedic instructional needs of the Air Force Medical Operations Agency (AFMOA), now referred to as the Air Force Medical Readiness Agency (AFMRA).

The USAF identified a significant shortage in personnel who are appropriately certified to support Emergency Medical Services, such as Paramedics, who provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) medical care to patients. PCC entered into a contractual agreement with the USAF to create an innovative and dynamic instructional program to support the development, training, and certification of over 700 Air Force personnel to meet the demand for ALS credentialing.

Pima developed an accelerated and rigorous Paramedic cohort instructional model that meets National Emergency Medical Education Standards and prepares graduates for their National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) credentialing exams. The current program focuses on providing training to two cohorts per year, along with continued training to support 100 Air Force personnel annually to meet re-certification requirements. The challenging and comprehensive curriculum, for initial paramedic training, incorporates 560 classroom hours of instruction and a minimum of 500 clinical and field hours working in hospitals and local ambulances. The airmen complete the program in only 4 ½ months, cutting the typical completion time nearly in half.

The project has been incredibly successful to date with over 275 graduates, including 98% of participants passing their NREMT credentialing exam. Ultimately, the project is meeting the extreme need for more qualified Paramedics in the USAF, but is providing avenues for personnel to receive stellar instruction combined with nationally-recognized credentials from the American Heart Association (AHA), Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP), and National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. These graduates are not only able to serve as Paramedics in the military, but have earned civilian credentials, allowing them to seamlessly transition to serving their local community upon retirement or separation from the Air Force.

♦ Click Here to Read Full Submission - PDF File

Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus, AR
ATU and Green Bay Packaging Technical Training Center

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus and Green Bay Packaging Arkansas Kraft Division have been in partnership for over 10 years, offering non-credit electrical and mechanical training to employers across the State of Arkansas. ATU-Ozark, located in Ozark, AR and Green Bay Packaging AKD in Morrilton, AR, are separated by 73 miles of interstate but have a public-private partnership on a Technical Training Center not seen in any other part of the state.

The Training Center is located in Morrilton, AR, separate from Green Bay Packaging’s mill. In 2008, Green Bay Packaging had the same issue many other U.S. manufacturers were having, in they could not find enough maintenance technicians with the mechanical and electrical aptitudes to fill vital maintenance roles. Green Bay Packaging had the idea to grow their own and start a Technical Training Center off-site, away from the mill so employees could concentrate on being trained, and not called back to the mill for emergencies. At the time, Green Bay Packaging approached the State of Arkansas, including the Department of Workforce Services and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, for funding options on starting a training center. The State agreed but asked Green Bay Packaging to partner with a higher education partner, which is where ATU-Ozark comes in.

In the beginning stages of the Technical Training Center in 2008-2009, ATU-Ozark and Green Bay Packaging re-fitted the building with new training equipment, sourced publishers for training materials, setup curriculum, and setup a structure of how to train employees from a wide array of manufacturers.

What was implemented was several different offerings of 5-week classes on electrical and mechanical topics, where outside companies would come for training one day a week for five weeks. Green Bay Packaging uses the other three days to train its own employees through a more concentrated, three-year journeyman program. ATU-Ozark recruits the outside companies, handles registrations, develops curriculum, orders instructional material, markets the Technical Training Center, and serves as the sole higher educational partner in the training. Green Bay Packaging owns most of the equipment and building and uses two of its most skilled employees to teach the class.

♦ Click Here to Read Full Submission - PDF File

Metropolitan Community College, NE
Heartland WorkReady Community Initiative

Metropolitan Community College is a staple in the Omaha, Nebraska community meeting the needs for various levels of learners and providing programming of vast interest. In March 2017, the Greater Omaha Community launched the Heartland WorkReady Community Initiative co-lead by Metropolitan Community College’s (MCC) Workforce Innovation Division and Heartland Workforce Solutions (HWS).

The initiative created an ecosystem that seamlessly connected Education, the Workforce System, Greater Omaha Chamber and local businesses. As a result, education to employment pathways for individuals who experienced high barriers to successful, sustainable employment were created throughout the community, targeting jobs that demonstrate High Wage, High Demand, High Skill (H3) jobs ( MCC’s Workforce Innovation Division’s Career Skill Advancement and Adult Education Program is just one of many programs at the college that embraces the need of serving adult learners and helping connect them to career pathways in various capacities. Currently, the Workforce Innovation Division (WID) has created 15 noncredit, short-term training programs which offer 28 different certifications. Of these 15 noncredit short-term training programs, nine have been created as Integrated Education and Training (IET) programs that incorporate both Adult Basic Skills Education and Workforce and Technical Education. These three components are delivered contextually and concurrently. MCC’s WID Program takes education and workforce preparation one step further by integrating employment in these short-term training programs with the assistance of our 287 business partners, providing immediate access for individuals seeking to enter a particular workforce industry or upskill in their current field. All 15 training programs have an embedded Career Coach who focuses on career readiness and preparation to enter the workforce and aids in introducing participants to industry partners for potential hire. Furthermore, the IET programs have recently incorporated collaborations with MCC’s programs of study for technical education and utilize the I-Best teaching model, pioneered by Washington State’s community and technical colleges. Current student outcomes include gainful employment, enrollment into college credit courses and upskilling and promotions within their current workforce field.

These programs would not have demonstrated success without our private and nonprofit business partners. Omaha’s Workforce Board plays an integral role in promoting and recruiting not only individuals, but also businesses to participate in programming at MCC – enabling us to being with the end in mind.

♦ Click Here to Read Full Submission - PDF File

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