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MCC Braids Funding and Alignment for Program Sustainability February 29, 2024

Braided funding and alignment of partnerships are key when creating sustainable systems and programs for your community.  Lyndsie Gibbs and Alex Lovrien from Metropolitan Community College in Omaha join us on Episode 46 of Ready for Work. The partnerships across this Work Ready Community grew a small, data-driven, proof of concept into a $10M venture that has eliminated financial barriers so individuals can access quality training, education, and gainful employment.  Listen in for best practices on braided funding, opportunities and obstacles, tips to get started, and lessons learned.

Podcast: WorkKeys Alignment with Adult Standards Spurs Innovation February 21, 2022

A group of nine subject matter experts in Adult Education formed a panel to align the CCRSAE to the benchmarks of WorkKeys. The panelists represent four states across the South, Midwest, and Northeast regions of the U.S. Results of the study help demonstrate a crosswalk with the Educational Functional Levels to help ABE programs optimize performance as working learns meet both career and education goals.

Enhancing the detail of the crosswalk are best practices from the Mississippi Community College Board, Hagerstown Community College in Maryland, and Metropolitan Community College of Omaha, Nebraska. Each guest contributes their perspectives on the importance of the alignment work and how it helps improve ABE programming. The panelists share what they gained in unique insights from the research that also helps demystify Strength of Link. Episode 30 concludes with tips to read and interpret the crosswalk along with a briefing on the new Move Ahead with Adult Ed campaign.

Independent Panel Links WorkKeys College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education January 13, 2022

The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the extent to which the three WorkKeys assessments making up the ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC®) crosswalk to the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE), a subset of the Common Core State Standards. Since the National Reporting System’s (NRS) Educational Functioning Levels (EFL) for Mathematics and Language Arts also use the CCRSAE as their foundation, the results of this study can be extended to demonstrate a crosswalk to the NRS EFLs. The ACT® WorkKeys® Curriculum is the only curriculum built from the ground up to align with the assessments. As a result, this crosswalk can also be used to demonstrate alignment between the WorkKeys Curriculum and the CCRSAE.

Heartland WRC Leads Efforts to Close Skill Gaps September 28, 2020

The Omaha World-Herald newspaper highlighted workforce issues and solutions.  Heartland Work Ready Communities remains one of the most successful endeavors through Metropolitan Community College. The article describes positive outcomes and capabilities to grow the region's workforce.

Area economic group seeking a bigger voice January 21, 2020

Doug Mader, WNCC workforce development director, talks with members of the Western Nebraska Economic Development Committee about the nationally recognized Work Ready Community Certificate Project. It provides a general skills level assessment of potential employees for when employers consider hiring new people that meet their particular needs