Happy New Year! As we begin 2018, we are very excited about continuing to develop career pathways throughout the region, connecting our adult education centers with career services offered by the American Job Centers, and helping our Region understand the economic impact of adult literacy on employers, communities, individuals, and families. We are also eager to roll out our new website and increase our on-line presence as we advocate for the development and implementation of the public policies and best practices that accelerate progress toward full literacy!
Here’s a look at what’s in store for MoveUp in 2018:
Transportation Innovation Project – we are currently engaged in a planning process to develop solutions that can address the transportation barrier for low-income individuals who are participating in education, training, and/or low-wage jobs. As the core group of about 12 organizations guides the process, we will be looking for input from our many partners and stakeholders in solving this problem for people who want to move UP!
Developing Regional Career Pathways – Carmen Arroyo, MoveUp’s new Adult Literacy System Developer, will be leading our effort to connect and coordinate training and education with employment opportunities growing industries, sectors, and occupations. We will continue to support the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s Career Pathways Initiative, through which we have the privilege to collaborate with CLASP, a national leader in the development of quality career pathways!
Two-Generational Strategies – while there is some funding at the State level to continue this Statewide initiative, it will be wisely used to create systems changes that will support the implementation of the two-generational approach across the many State systems that touch the lives of families. MoveUp remains committed to supporting the implementation of two-generational strategies in the Greater Hartford Region, and we will continue to stay connected to the State’s efforts.
Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) – this recent Federal legislation requires better coordination between adult education providers and the workforce training providers to help more people acquire the skills to qualify for sustainable-wage jobs, and to help employers have access to more skilled workers. MoveUp is working with the Hartford Region American Job Centers to help more adult education students access WIOA training resources.
Advocacy & Awareness – Look for an increased presence on-line and on social media, as we try to use social media, inbound marketing strategies, and or new website to draw attention to the issue of adult literacy and engage our community in solutions that move people into good jobs and create a larger talent pool for Connecticut’s businesses!
Networking Events & Learning Opportunities – Carmen and I are planning a number of meetings and events for the coming year that we think will help us collectively move toward a more coordinated system that leads adult learners to jobs that pay sustainable wages. We are working hard to find the expertise and evidence-based best practices that will help us accelerate progress toward full literacy!
Once again, we are excited about our work in 2018 and we look forward to joining with our community partners to catalyze change and help more people move UP!