November 13, 2014

Step 2. Research existing programs

Before starting your own endeavor, check first to see if there is an existing program or partnership that can meet your needs. The purpose of this step is to save you from recreating what has already been done. There might be an organization or program already working in your area of interest that you can partner with. Conduct internet searches, make calls and ask your network about possible partners.

Examples from Best Practice Profiles:

Craft Training Center of the Coastal Bend (Industry to Education):

A long-standing, founding partnership with the members of the local ABC chapter has provided much needed support for the CTCCB. Through these members, the CTCCB was connected directly to the local refineries and industrial plants. Open communication about the industry’s workforce needs led to the implementation of specific craft training programs at the CTCCB.

Gaylor Electric (Industry to Education):

To overcome the shortage of skilled electricians, Gaylor and Noblesville High School developed a unique internship program in 2013 in collaboration with Vision Noblesville, a community development initiative. Originally developed in 1993 as a benchmarking process to measure the city’s successes and failures, Vision Noblesville is an integral part of the community’s overall governance and development.

Questions to Consider:

  1. Are there schools that currently offer construction career and technical programs in your area?
  2. Are local contractors already working with schools in your area?
  3. Does your training program, or the one you are considering working with, lead to industry-recognized credentials?
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