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Maher & Maher announces partnership with the Virginia Community College System

Maher & Maher is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Virginia Community College System and its workforce partners on the development of a Sector Strategy and Career Pathways Academy.

This effort builds upon a decade of work in the Commonwealth to align education and training programs in ways that makes it easier for individuals to access and complete pathways to family-supporting careers. By pairing together sector strategies and career pathways, this initiative hopes to improve the relevance and effectiveness of education and training programs, leading to more positive outcomes for individuals and businesses.

A primary emphasis will be on operationalizing these strategies in service delivery so that sector strategies and career pathways become the “way of conducting business” throughout Virginia’s workforce system. This is a transformational change endeavor for the entire system—from workforce board members, educational leaders, business services representatives and frontline staff—seeking to apply more demand-driven approaches to serving customers. Our experience tells us that when regional and local leaders have the knowledge, skills and tools to build effective industry partnerships tied to meaningful career pathways systems, greater success for job seekers and businesses is achieved.

The challenge we share, and are committed to help Virginia build through our work, is to strengthen the leadership capacity of workforce system partners and practitioners to incorporate sector partnership and career pathway strategies and thinking as integral components into every Virginia region.

To support Virginia in this effort, our partnership includes three (3) core elements:

  • Comprehensive Assessment of Need. Through our work in states and regions across the U.S., we recognize that organizations and individuals are at very different stages in their understanding and adoption of sector strategy and career pathways best practices. As such, we will undergo a comprehensive effort to ascertain the specific training and technology needs of Virginia’s workforce system partners through a comprehensive needs assessment process.
  • Responsive Curriculum. Our curriculum will be built from evidence-based practices and will go beyond the “why” and “what” of sectors and pathways and deep into the “how-to” of effective implementation. This will include addressing some of the most critical skills needed in today’s environment and could include: unifying business service teams; forming and sustaining industry partnerships within regional economies; and effectively connecting WIOA’s targeted populations to the career pathways and opportunities presented in targeted sectors.
  • Innovative Learning Technology Approaches. We intend to employ world-class learning technologies to build stakeholder engagement and offer robust learning and development assets through a blended set of solutions – including both classroom-based and online – that will enable individual skill development.

For more information about our work in Virginia or about our consulting services in general, please contact Carrie Yeats, Director of State and Regional Workforce Solutions, at cyeats@mahernet.com.

Maher & Maher is a specialized change management and talent development consulting firm based in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. The firm is U.S. Department of Labor’s national technical assistance provider supporting the Employment and Training Administration’s implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and a number of other priority initiatives of the administration that advance and promote the public workforce system. Maher is also currently involved in a number of sector strategy, regional planning, organizational strategic planning and training initiatives in multiple state and regional areas.

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