1. Successful Strategies

Integrating Individuals into Industry Credential Programs

When we talk about Career Pathways, it's critical that we focus on skill development and credentials. A strategy that I feel is under-utilized, is supporting individuals with significant disabilities in training programs that result in industry-recognized credentials in the trades, health care, and other industries. The idea is to integrate individuals into existing training programs (not create something separate), and then provide necessary accommodations and supports via partnerships with disability agencies (VR, etc.) so the individual can succeed in the training and leave with a credential. Many of these programs are funded by WIOA and other workforce funds. I'd be interested in examples that people may have where this has been successful. Similarly, I think supporting individuals with significant disabilities in Career Tech (vocational) programs while in school is underutilized. Again would be interested in hearing of examples where this has been successful.

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