Job Training@100%: Innovation 6
Connecting the Education System
The projects presented in the ten innovations areas are all designed to address barriers to vital services. Action teams should review all projects and prioritize those that have the best chance of addressing the barriers identified in the 100% New Mexico countywide survey. Your collaborative and result-focused local work is nothing less than heroic.
Project: Job Training.6.1
Project 1: The “students as future workers” project
We have the data to indicate that most students will eventually join the workforce. So how are we preparing students for hard-to-fill careers and a shifting job market? What amount of course work ensures that they understand the following topics?
- Why people choose to go to higher education
- The relationship between levels of education and salary
- How high school sets people on a trajectory toward certain jobs and expectations
- How vocational ed works
- How to pay for job training in its many forms
- Balancing parenting and employment
- What it costs to survive and thrive
You will want to explore the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program (I-BEST) model, which the promoters describe as, “a nationally recognized model that quickly boosts students’ literacy and work skills so that students can earn credentials, get living wage jobs, and put their talents to work for employers. I-BEST challenges the traditional notion that students must complete all basic education before they can even start a job-training program.”
Your mission here is to figure out what the public schools and institutions of higher learning offer and how it is being evaluated. You will be digging into research that illustrates your county’s pipeline from school to work. Also, if you are lucky enough to have fully-resourced schools, explore what they offer in terms of student supports for jobs and career development.
Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program (I-BEST): https://aae.how/116