Collaboration Is Essential For Successful Workforce Training
Career College Central summary:
When General Electric moved a plant to Fort Worth, Texas, a couple of years ago, the company turned to Tarrant County College (TCC) to meet its job training needs, which TCC couldn’t have done without its collaboration with the local workforce investment board. Leaders from both sectors offered advice on effective collaboration models at a session at the annual convention of the American Association of Community Colleges?.
TCC has helped many hundreds of graduates get good jobs thanks to its partnership with Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County (WSTC), which gets state funding to support job training programs at TCC, sponsors job fairs, hosts a workforce improvement committee and works with a manufacturing consortium on curriculum development.
WSTC’s network with employers and local chambers of commerce helps provide real-time information on the labor market, said WSTC Executive Director Judy McDonald. And that enables TCC to respond to employers’ needs. That’s happened with GE. TCC used state funds channeled through WSTC to design and implement a training program to help the company find talent, said TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley.
TCC tackles the skills gap by focusing on job readiness, foundational skills, conventional manufacturing training and CNC (computer numerical control) machining. Hadley is especially pleased that attempts to reach out to get ex-offenders and veterans into training programs for CNC jobs have been successful. The college’s blueprint for job training is to plan a program and curriculum, conduct a class, review the program, make modifications and start again.
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