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INSTITUTIONALIZING WORK-BASED LEARNING PRODUCTS

Jobs to Careers developed a number of products to deliver work-based learning and ensure the award of academic credit when appropriate. Even if an entire program cannot be sustained, many of its elements may still be of use.

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Institutionalizing Competency Checklists

Austin Skill Checklists
Training Patient Access Representative Skills Matrix
Austin Community College in Austin, Texas developed work-based learning competency checklists for documenting the achievement of required competencies. These can be utilized when requested by the employers. ACC now uses the checklists widely.

Institutionalizing Work-based Learning

“Growing Their Own” Skilled Workforces: Community Health Centers Benefit from Work-Based Learning for Frontline Employees
Medical Interpreter Evaluation Checklist
The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center in Boston, Massachusetts developed on-site training for staff to serve as Certified Auxiliary Interpreters, and they receive a $1,500 annual stipend upon completing the training. After Jobs to Careers, the health center continued to offer a three-credit medical interpreting course to new employees and to those transferred to a job requiring a certified interpreter. In addition, Bunker Hill Community College, the center’s education partner, developed an eighteen-credit Medical Interpreting Certificate program that leads to national certification.

Adapting Work-based Learning for Additional Occupations

Community Colleges Get to Work: Adopting Work-Based Learning in Partnership with Health Care Employers
Bristol Community College originally developed work-based learning models for SSTAR, a behavioral health provider in Fall River, Massachusetts. The college then decided to adapt the training model to other occupations, including health information management and early childhood education.

Adopting Work-based Learning Without Grant Funding

How To Integrate Work-Based Learning Into Organizations Without Additional Grant Funding
Ray Gordon, director of staff development at SSTAR in Fall River, Massachusetts, presented the Jobs to Careers model to the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse’s workforce development steering committee. He described how to integrate work-based learning into an organization without grant funding.