Workforce and Economic Development

Workforce and Economic Development


Key Performance Indicators

1. Provide quality professional/technical education for employment, skills enhancement, and career development.

a. Student performance
b. Demonstration of program competencies
c. College level math and English in first year
d. Completion
e. Licensure/certification rates
f. Success after completion (placement rate in the workforce)
g. Demonstration of General Education Outcomes

2. Partner with business, community groups, and other educational entities to provide workforce development and customized programs and services. h. Client assessment of programs and services


Strategic Initiative: Refine and revise our program mix to better serve the community, ensure that all students have access to viable career pathways, and expand our mission to incorporate bachelor of applied science degree programs.

Planning Category Annual Priorities
  • Increase number of available Nursing program spots.
  • Continue to refine the  Commercial Driver's License (CDL) program, including addressing  program sustainability, staffing, maintenance and facilities needs.
  • Explore new curriculum and cooperative education opportunities for industrial trades' programs.
  • Analyze and apply lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to instructional delivery methods and schedules to promote flexibility and support student success.
  • Continue to implement Guided Pathways initiative.
  • Review and revise professional/technical programs as needed to ensure transferability of courses.
  • Explore new professional/technical course and program options, including non-credit opportunities.
  • Utilize Curriculum & Program Review process to reduce institutional equity gaps in  professional/technical programs.
  • Continue the planning/design process for the new vocational building.
  • Develop plans for a remodel and improvements to the Don Talley Vocational Building.
  • Dispose of unneeded equipment in industrial trades’ labs.
Student & Community Engagement
  • Continue to promote Washington College Grant opportunities with K-12 partners, including  offering regular FAFSA (financial aid application) workshops.
  • Expand professional/technical program enrollment in high school dual enrollment programs.
  • Promote adult re-engagement in workforce programs.
  • Expand Continuing Education workforce training.
  • Develop strategies to increase recruitment and support for working-age adults, such as through more predictable schedules and partnerships with employers.
  • Develop equipment lists for new vocational building.
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