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WholeStory

WholeStory uses a self-paced video course to prepare job seekers to develop their personal story to communicate their strengths and skills.

Edge Factor

Edge Factor offers industry-focused career exploration video stories to inspire students and job seekers to explore and prepare for new career pathways while showcasing local opportunities.

Career Readiness Framework

The Chicago Jobs Council Career Readiness Framework describes evidence-based best practices for how to organize client-centered workforce development programming.

Workforce Atlas

Workforce Atlas is an online career pathways platform with workplace skills and interest assessments, occupational recommendations, career profiles, and job search and workplace success resources.

Credential Finder

Credential Finder is a search engine tool for exploring and comparing credentialing opportunities that are published to the Credential Registry.

The Job Skills of 2022: The Fastest-Growing Job Skills for Institutions

The Job Skills of 2022 is an e-book presenting the results of a two-year study of skill trends and employment shifts, identifying the most up-to-date, in-demand workplace skills.

College and Career Readiness: A Guide for Navigators

The FHI 360 College and Career Readiness: A Guide for Navigators provides a framework-based guide with specific activities for college and career readiness instruction, advising, and coaching.

Developing Soft Skills in CTE

Developing Soft Skills in CTE (Career and Technical Education) course for instructors offers strategies for personal and workplace success skills instruction, integration into programming, and measurement of skill development.

Valor Manufacturing Training

Valor Manufacturing offers the 180 Skills suite of on-demand, industry-specific skills training to meet student and worker manufacturing training needs across industries and organizations.

First Step Act: Best Practices for Academic and Vocational Education for Offenders

First Step Act: Best Practices for Academic and Vocational Education for Offenders, a report from the National Institute of Justice, examines the best practices and outcomes in correctional settings when skill-enhancing initiatives, such as remedial academics and vocational programming, are implemented. A key component of successful re-entry for ex-offenders is the acquisition of new personal, academic, and employability skills through participation in skill-enhancing programs while still incarcerated. Best practices include participation in an ESOL program until reaching a minimum English proficiency level of eighth grade, classes to build foundational literacy skills, high school equivalency programs for inmates lacking a high school diploma, and occupational education courses to prepare inmates for reentry after release. An innovative life skills and behavioral/cognitive change program called Breaking Barriers is specifically highlighted and could serve as a model for future correctional program design. Additional findings include positive outcomes in the effort to reduce recidivism when drug and alcohol intervention programs and therapeutic communities are implemented.

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