The Fast Tracks to Success program is the product of the Educators Workforce Committee (pictured above), a working group comprised of local career development specialists from Windham Regional schools and Technology centers convened and facilitated by BDCC/SeVEDS staff. A career menu survey was conducted to identify strengths and weaknesses in current career development programming, especially with regard to career awareness and business engagement.
The first phase of the program, intended primarily for high school Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors, will be the creation and implementation of a “Sustainable Workforce Economics” curricula unit to be co-taught within existing Business and/or Economics courses throughout Windham County. This course will educate participants about the local economy, labor market, and the driving industries and sectors behind it. It will also discuss the concrete skills, behaviors, and knowledge needed to pursue these career paths. CEO’s, Human Resource Specialists, and Employees representing specialized career paths will give presentations and guest lecturesthroughout the course, and lead a number of site-visits.
This program will address both Career Awareness (knowledge of local hiring trends) and Career Readiness ( knowledge of skills and behaviors needed to excel).
The second phase of the program is designed primarily for High School Juniors and Seniors who have a)completed the Sustainable Workforce Economics course or b) have clear, identifiable employment objectiveswithin sectors/professions explicitly identified in the Hiring Inventory conducted by BDCC in 2013. This phase will similarly include the creation and implementation of a co-taught unit entitled “Professional Skill Planning and Development”.
This course will work with students on identifying personal education and training/skill gaps with regard to their desired occupation or career path. This information will be used to help participants identify the most relevant and accessible resources within Windham County that best prepare them to reach high-wage opportunities. This information will be used to develop an extended Personal Learning Plan to include Personal Career-Education Planning.
The objectives of the program are:
- Increase in Workforce Participation from program Participants
- Increase in Credentialing and Post-Secondary Education Enrollment from program Participants
- Increase in Average Earnings of program participants
- Increase in Job Placements within participating Business Partners