Advanced learning

Danville Institute for Advanced Learning and Research awarded over $ 581,000 to support workplace learning

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) recently received more than $ 581,000 to lead ExperienceWorks, a work-based learning (WBL) system that leverages Go VirginiaRegion 3 and investments by the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission (TRRC).

The system connects students and young adults to highly skilled and well-paid employment opportunities through a variety of career development and WBL opportunities.

TRRC grant funds will support 50 percent of an apprenticeship coordinator position, adding employer outreach capacity and the development of apprenticeship positions in partnership with regional employers.

“We are grateful for these investments that support the strong public and private partnerships that are needed to launch the ExperienceWorks framework. ExperienceWorks aligns existing career development programs and adds capabilities, providing multiple opportunities for employers to engage with students and provide practical, career-relevant learning and mentoring. Brown adds, “The participating school divisions are thrilled with this opportunity to continue to collaborate on programs that benefit their students, faculty and the region’s business community. We are grateful that the GO Virginia Region 3 Council, the GO Virginia State Board, the Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission have recognized and endorsed their efforts.

Dr Julie Brown, Director of Advanced Learning at IALR

The mission is to scale up WBL efforts, enabling 100 percent of high school graduates to access high-quality WBL experience and create a sustainable journey that connects employers with their emerging workforce.

The initiative targets high school juniors and seniors and is designed to create a culture of understanding that internships and apprenticeships are for everyone, with a clear benefit for employers and job seekers.

The objectives of ExperienceWorks include:

  • Increased awareness of students of career opportunities in strategic industrial sectors;
  • Improved work preparation skills of students and young adults aligned with company expectations;
  • Rewarding work experience for students and young adults in strategic sectors;
  • Increased awareness of teachers and counselors about careers and business needs;
  • Workplace learning system supported and supported by employers.

Participating K-12 Divisions include Amelia, Brunswick, Charlotte, Cumberland, Danville, Halifax, Henry, Lunenburg, Martinsville, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Patrick, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.

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