Workforce Training

Leveraging Hope: The New Opportunity School for Women
by Fred D. Baldwin

A unique school in Berea, Kentucky, is giving low-income women the skills and experience they need to better their lives. The marker of its success: most graduates are either working or back in school, or both.


A Regional Strategy for Technology Training
by Fred D. Baldwin

photo of student Beth Pierce

Kingsport, Tennessee, took a strategic look at its future, and saw that technology-oriented training was a key approach to building a more competitive workforce, and keeping its young people at home. The resulting Regional Center for Applied Technology is working hard to meet the growing demand for its classes.


Creating Opportunity through Information Technology
by Fred D. Baldwin

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The Blue Ridge Business Development Center uses information technology to spur business growth and expansion in rural Sparta, North Carolina. Its three-part approach: technical support for local businesses, hands-on technology training, and incubator assistance for small firms.


Learning on the Education Express
by Carl Hoffman

In New York's rural Souther Tier, computer and software training travels to students by way of the Education Express mobile classroom, a project of the Schuyler-Chemung-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services.


Creating Opportunities: Tennessee's Southeast Regional Skills Center
by Fred D. Baldwin

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Residents of Marion County, Tennessee, have access to a wide range of academic and vocational courses, as well as family- and job-related services, through the Southeast Regional Skills Center.


Learning to Work Smarter
by Fred D. Baldwin

Photo of welding student Katie Mattison

Partnering with area industry, the Alfred State College of Technology in New York's Southern Tier is training future workers for high-skill manufacturing jobs.


Work Begins at School
by James E. Casto

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Real-world work experience for students is the goals of the School-to-Work program at West Virginia's Clay County High School.


Learning Skills, Building Futures
by James E. Casto

Unemployed youths in West Virginia gain on-the-job training as they build and renovate low-cost housing in Fayette County's YouthBuild program.


Sarah's Place: Transforming Lives
by Fred D. Baldwin

A one-stop resource center in Sandy Hook, Kentucky, is helping local women find the skills and confidence to move from welfare to work.


Hammering Home Skills
by Carl Hoffman

Housing rehabilitation and training in construction skills training combine in southwest Virginia's If I Had a Hammer project.


Reskilling the Workplace
by Fred D. Baldwin

Ohio's Fund for Appalachian Industrial Retraining helps "level the playing field" by training workers in the specializaed skills needed by small manufacturers in the state's Appalachian counties.


Supplying the Demand for Training
by Fred D. Baldwin

Responses to the need for workforce training come from two perspectives—education and business—but supply and demand are the driving forces behind both.

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