Northeast Resiliency Consortium

The proposed project is a collaboration among seven community colleges committed to creating a highly skilled and resilient workforce in four Northeastern states (New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts) that have been devastated by crises and natural catastrophes, including Hurricane Sandy, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, and the Boston Marathon bombings. The partners will prepare Trade-impacted workers, veterans, and other individuals for employment and upward mobility in three key industry-growth sectors (health care, information technology, and environmental technologies) that play a critical role in times of crisis. Four strategies will integrated across the region: 1) Accelerating Skill, Competency, and Credential Acquisition for Trade-Impacted Workers through Innovative Approaches and Solutions; 2) Utilizing Advanced Technology to Support Student Learning and Program Completion; 3) Engaging Employers and Strategic Partners to Improve Skill Acquisition, Program Completion, and Employment Outcomes; and 4) Providing Comprehensive Outreach, Assessment, and Student Supports. Among its significant innovations, the partners will provide contextualized developmental math classes; add new credentials and reorganize existing credentials to create new lattices and opportunities for obtaining credentials; develop regional standards for Prior Learning Assessments; institute adaptive learning systems, digital tutors and MOOCs to improve program completion and skill acquisition; implement work-based learning and award credit for such experiences; develop a rigorous assessment protocol; and implement a technology-based advising system (IPAS) to monitor student success. The proposed project will serve more than 3,400 participants.

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