NOVA’s Workforce Development Career Pathways team hosted 42 Prince William County adult education teachers at the Woodbridge Campus Workforce Development Regional Center on January 5. This event was the first of its kind.
Adult education teachers were trained on the basics of advising students on workforce classes geared towards in-demand credential attainment. The purpose of the training was to provide educators with in-depth labor market data, critical soft skills necessary for employment and information on funding sources so they are able to act as guides to steer their students toward the in-demand credentials for employment. In recognizing their rapport with their students this seems like the logical path to help promote college access and credential attainment for this population.
Linda Seyer, regional program manager adult education, Northern Virginia, stated “It was very informative and gave a clear idea of specific strategies adult education can use working with NOVA in the region that we share. Your institution already works with each program in different ways, and I believe that all of the local adult education programs in our region could benefit from having this updated information, sort of a fresh look at partnership under WIOA.”
Donna L. Motsek, adult education coordinator for Prince William County Public Schools, said, “Our teachers are already discussing ways to survey students and to identify candidates for upcoming career pathways programs which, together, we could design for our population.”
Christina Hubbard, associate director of the Workforce Career Pathways team, suggests that “developing talent through collaboration with all stakeholders is critical to growing the local economy. Our event is not only focused on training the professionals with the closest connection to prospective students on the in-demand credentials, but also emphasizes the soft-skills employers indicate they need.”
NOVA’s Workforce Development is positioned to participate in the governor’s initiative to grow Virginia’s economy by engaging in transformative workforce advising through grassroots efforts in our local communities. For additional information about this training event and others, contact Student Success Assistant Coordinator Wende Ruffin-Lowry or Student Access Assistant Coordinator Shawn Addison at 703.425.5245.