Guest Post! Partnerships Make the Difference in Workforce Development

Thu, Jan 12,2012 @ 12:53 PM
by Suzanne Kart |
Workforce DevelopmentIn today's challenging economic climate, a single organization may struggle to develop, implement, and successfully market a new program. That's why community partnerships that allow the sharing of experience, knowledge, financial support, and other resources are crucial.

A successful partnership model has been developed at Columbus State Community College with its LogsticsART Program.  This grant-funded program collaborates with the credit side of the College, multiple counties and their WIBs, local companies, and community organizations to develop a skilled workforce.

But the partnerships shouldn’t end at simply developing a program. Many local organizations have continued their involvement with LogisticsART in a number of ways, such as:

  • Offering technical training at local business sites where participants can get hands-on experience.
  • Volunteering their time to conduct mock interviews with program graduates.
  • Hiring LogisticsART graduates.
  • Providing testimonials and assisting with outreach to help promote the program.

So before you launch your newest offering, be sure to take the time to talk with your community and business leaders to make sure it aligns with their training needs—and to see how they can partner to ensure its success.

DOL Acknowledgement Statement: This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor.

Guest Blogger Angie Schreiber is the Marketing Coordinator for the Center for Workforce Development at Columbus State Community College.


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