ERIC Number: ED471353
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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Shortcuts to Long-Term Career Paths.
Johnston, Cynthia W.; Nelson, Gary L.
In the continuing search for skilled workers, employers are increasingly looking to community colleges as the primary training providers for welfare recipients, unemployed workers, and those seeking to increase skills and improve careers. Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) (North Carolina) provides individuals with the skills and education they need to become self-sufficient and to respond to employer demand for skilled workers. Two programs were developed for cohorts based on job readiness skills: Pathways to Employment, originally designed for welfare recipients, and JumpStart, designed to provide skilled workers in demand in the area. In the fall of 1996, the North Carolina Department of Human Resources and the North Carolina Community College System partnered and developed a training model (Pathways to Employment) to meet the needs of Work First and welfare reform. This is a flexible, 12-16 week training program that combines classes that teach basic academic and job readiness skills and provides training for jobs where skilled workers are in high demand. Project JumpStart was initiated in 2000 as the result of a demand for skilled workers in the trades areas, as well as a method for increasing the number of students in the low-enrollment programs at the college. Pathways to Employment and JumpStart are both proving to be successful job training programs. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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