DICP Resources: Building Strategic Partnerships
Submitted by Donna Brian on November 11, 2013 - 7:47am
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As you will remember from last week’s posts, two of the LINCS Community groups, Career Pathways and Postsecondary Completion, are planning to highlight resources such as program implementation tools, archived webinars and online courses from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education funded project, Designing Instruction for Career Pathways (DICP). These resources are now available within our LINCS Resource Collection, if you use the search term – DICP. We hope that highlighting these professional development materials will impact your program and practice.
This week, we will be highlighting the topic of Building Strategic Partnerships, and there are a number of resources from the DICP (Designing Instruction for Career Pathways) project that can inform us and help us think about this topic, including a webcast, an online course, and several resources. You can access the webcast at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flR5Zz9_LEI&list=PLImUeO1ttx1Y7gnT66Ak30oBic4DXZtnv and that might be a good place to start.
The webcast features a panel of three experts discussing the topic of Building Strategic Partnerships, and they cover why career pathways has become so important as a means of getting our adult education learners into the workplace and the various partnerships that are necessary to build to make this happen. The partnerships they identify are at the federal level (departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services), community agencies and groups such as Goodwill and Job Corps, community colleges, local Adult Education programs, and area employers and businesses. They point up the need to encourage career focus early on in a student’s college program, the importance of financial assistance especially for adult students, working with area employers to determine the career pathways to offer, and getting started by being willing to work with whoever is interested in working with you.
I’m sure that many of you have experiences in building partnerships that you could share that the rest of us would like to hear about. Those first-hand and actual accounts are so very helpful in beginning, expanding, and building programs. Something you contribute about the special difficulties or successes you have had could be just what someone else needs to hear to open up their thinking.
Remember that all discussions around DICP resources this week will be cross-posted in the Career Pathways and Postsecondary Completion groups. I will be pointing out different online resources as the week progresses, but you are the real experts, and what you have to share is most important. Thanks in advance!
SME Career Pathways