MERIC Target Industry Competency Models: The Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) works to bring together appropriate state and local partners to align education and workforce programs with the future talent development needs of companies. To support this effort, MERIC developed competency models for targeted industry clusters using the Employment and Training Administration's Building Blocks framework. For more information and to view the other Missouri Target Industry Competency Models, visit
Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan (WBLP): The Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan (WBLP) is a diagnostic, goal-setting, and assessment tool used to provide structure for young adults in job, internship, or cooperative education placement. The first section of the WBLP lists foundation skills that participants will be expected to apply on the job. At the onset of the work experience, participants review the Foundation skills. In section two, students list the specific Workplace skills they would like to develop and the tasks and performance goals that will help them develop these skills. The third section serves as the framework for periodic evaluations to review progress on both the Foundation and Workplace skills. By clearly communicating job expectations, the WBLP helps participants be more productive and successful on the job, makes it clear how work experience can be used as a learning opportunity and an opportunity to build skills, and facilitates the assessment of skills gained during the experience. For more information visit http://www.skillslibrary.com/wbl.htm.
ISEEK Career Paths: The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development partnered with ISEEK.org, a career, education and job resource Web site, and the Minnesota Department of Commerce to develop 5 Green Career Paths tools. The tools, which rely on O*NET data and were informed by extensive area employer input, are in the following industries: Natural Resource Conservation, Solar Electric, Solar Heating and Cooling, Residential Energy Efficiency and Commercial Energy Efficiency. Existing pathways in the Wind and Ethanol industries have also been enhanced.
The target audiences for these career path tools are career counselors, college students, incumbent workers and dislocated workers. The Web site enables users to research pay, education and training requirements, and skills needed for careers in these industries. The tool also allows users to compare two careers to find out how one can progress from one job to another within an industry. For more information, visit http://www.iseek.org/industry/green/careers/green-pathways.html.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: The STEM Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of several enrichment opportunities designed to increase the number of local young people informed and prepared to enter academic and professional careers in the technical professions. The STEM Program features a vertical curriculum that comprises four essential knowledge areas which form the basis for success in science and engineering. For more information, visit http://web.mit.edu/stem/Curriculum.html.
Gas Technology Institute (GTI): The Gas Technology Institute offers a full curriculum of gas distribution, gas transmission, marketing, and gas supply courses-basics and beyond-to make sure that participants get a well-rounded training experience. Students can progress toward internationally-recognized certification in gas supply, transmission and distribution, or end use. For more information visit http://www.gastechnology.org/Training/Pages/default.aspx
Georgia Department of Education: The Georgia Department of Education uses a competency-based approach to career guidance. The competencies are organized around three career development areas: self-knowledge/self-awareness; educational and occupational exploration; and career planning and decision-making. These competencies are used to help guide personal, social, familial, educational, and occupational choices. For more information, visit http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/CTAE/Pages/Georg
Capital Workforce Partners (CWP): The Capital Workforce Partners (CWP), a regional Workforce Investment Board in northeastern Connecticut, takes a comprehensive competency-based approach to youth career development. Founded on a set of career competencies identified by CWP and area employers, the Career Competency System comprises three personal learning and career plans. (1) The Personal Development Profile enables youth to identify personal development assets and how external and internal factors affect learning and working. (2) The Career Competency Learning Plan informs youth about competencies, assesses ability in each competency, and captures data regarding individual progress. (3) The Career Interest Inventory allows youth to conduct career research, focus career education exploration, and receive mentoring. One of the main goals of the system is for youth to demonstrate their ability to enter the workforce and/or postsecondary career education by becoming Workforce Certified (the achievement of CWP Career Competencies). For more information visit http://www.capitalworkforce.org/partners/index.shtml.
Work for Water : Work for Water developed an informational Web site to help students and job seekers explore careers in the water sector. The site features the Water Sector Competency Model as a resource for potential workers demonstrating the skills needed to work in the field. The site also provides the model as a management, recruitment, and retention tool for current water sector professionals. Work for Water is a joint project of the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation training and education divisions. For more information, visit http://www.workforwater.org/.