Western Piedmont Council of Governments: Future Workforce Alliance

Posted on: October 4th, 2012 by Kate Humphrey

NADO’s 2012 Innovation Awards recognized 64 projects from 22 states for their creative approaches to regional community and economic development, including the project described below. Click here for the full list of winners.

Recognizing a high percentage of the population lacked a post-secondary education, the Western Piedmont Council of Governments led the development of the Future Workforce Alliance (FWA) program for adult learners, those who may have dropped out of high school or been displaced from the workforce without transferrable skills. Armed with a vision and ambitious goals for the initiative, FWA has implemented a campaign that encourages adult learners to take control of their lives by re-engaging with education and provides critical supports that enable them to take those steps. Partnerships with three workforce development groups and several community colleges ensure regional collaboration and leadership. The initiative includes a multi-variable tracking system which monitors and evaluates model component efficacy, degree of practice adoption, and adult learner outcomes.

Sheila Dotson, Workforce Development Director: [email protected]
Dee Blackwell, Executive Director: [email protected]

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