SDE: Workforce Education

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Workforce Education
Change is constant in today's workplace. For businesses to stay competitive, employees at every level must continue to learn and upgrade their skills to handle the challenges of globalization, technology, and improved production practices. Yet many workers lack the basic skills necessary to work safely, communicate effectively, understand training materials, and respond to organizational change.
The Department of Education promotes workforce education programs for individuals who are already employed but in need of educational skills development. Instructional services are often customized to respond to the evolving needs of the business community and support employee job performance, job retention or career advancement.
Connecticut Workforce Education Model Training
Recent Adult Education at Work Programs
Catalyst Learning School at Work Program – hospitals and long-term care facilities in Hartford, East Hartford, New Haven and Wallingford.
CREC, New Haven Adult Education, Vernon Regional Adult Education, Wallingford Adult Education
1199 Healthcare Workers Union and SEIU 32BJ Maintenance Workers Union, Hartford
United States Surgical Corporation, North Haven
New Haven Adult Education.
Staples, Inc., Danielson
Shop Rite, New London
New London Adult Education
Franklin Products, Torrington
Foothills Adult Education
This training presents a comprehensive process for planning, developing and implementing onsite workforce education programs in partnership with local employers. It consists of three consecutive modules, covering:
  • Workplace Program Management and Administration
  • Identifying Workplace Skill Needs
  • Workplace Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction
The training is offered each year by the Adult Training and Development Network. Adult education programs that complete this training join Connecticut’s Adult Education at Work network.
The Adult Education at Work Users Group is open to programs that provide customized workforce education services and have completed the Connecticut Workforce Education Model training. It provides a forum for the exchange of issues, ideas and best practices. Sessions feature training on workplace-related topics.
CT Statewide Workforce Coordinating Committee
In March, 2005, the Department convened a Statewide Workforce Coordinating Committee (WCC) bringing together the following workforce development partners to create a coordinated user-friendly system that responds to employer needs for workforce education and training:
  • Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
  • Connecticut State Department of Education
  • Connecticut Department of Labor
  • Connecticut Office for Workforce Competitiveness
  • Connecticut’s five workforce investment boards
  • Connecticut Community Colleges
  • Adult Training and Development Network
  • Literacy Volunteers of Southeastern Fairfield County
  • Connecticut’s adult education providers
  • Connecticut Business & Industry Association
  • Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund
  • Campaign for a Working Connecticut
  • Job Corps
In January 2006, the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission (CETC), the Governor’s workforce development policy-making body, passed a resolution requesting that the WCC develop proposals for the Commission’s consideration regarding “strategies to address the adult-education-related issues affecting low-wage workers.” The WCC developed and presented the following recommendations to the CETC on June 15, 2006.
Recommendation 1:
Strengthen and systematize Connecticut’s existing workforce education infrastructure.
Recommendation 2:
Integrate basic skills into workforce education and training, as necessary, to ensure that low-wage workers possess a foundation to succeed in occupational and technical training and higher education.
Recommendation 3: 
Create a Fund Development Plan that will provide financial resources to support workforce education services.
Regional Workforce Investment Boards
The Department is an active partner in Connecticut’s one-stop delivery system and provides direct and equitable distribution of financial support to all statewide one-stops by awarding set-aside funds on a formula basis.
Department consultants serve as members of each workforce investment board and in this capacity form an integral connection between the workforce development and adult education systems. Many consultants also serve on each area’s Youth Council. Memoranda of Understanding are developed with each region to strengthen relationships among adult education programs, the workforce investment boards, and one-stop centers.

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