Please go to the Everybody In website for more information.
Corridors to Careers
Corridors to Careers (C2C) is an extension of a HUD-funded Central Corridor demonstration project. With funding from the Central Corridor’s Funder’s Collaborative, three full-time Community Connectors have been hired to continue to do community outreach to residents along the Corridor. The Connectors will work to strengthen the relationship between workforce providers and the community. C2C also strives to continue to improve the communication and alignment of resources among existing workforce partners. The Ramsey County WIB has a deeply vested interest in further developing this project as one way to implement the Everybody In efforts. Reducing disparities in employment hiring is a huge undertaking and all service providers in the Twin Cities area have a stake in seeing this happen. The Central Corridor is the perfect laboratory to see how we can make this happen.
Past initiatives have included the following:
The Ramsey County WIB’s FastTRAC Initiative was a response to data predicting a shortage in healthcare workers. Meeting with local healthcare system employers, an environmental scan and needs analysis was conducted in 2008 by the WIB, Ramsey County Workforce Solutions, and the Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council. That analysis identified a need across healthcare systems for certified Medical Billers and Coders. Medical Billing and Coding positions can serve as a significant entry point into the healthcare field, growing the pool of workers who may be trained to fill other in-demand healthcare careers and increasing the individual’s earning potential. With this information, the WIB and its partners developed pathways to prepare low-skilled adults for a career in the Medical Billing and Coding and Medical Records Clerk fields. The project had three phases, referred to as Healthcare Initiative 1, Healthcare Initiative 2 and Healthcare Initiative 3. The instruction for all phases was carried out through an integrated programming model, which provides students with Adult Basic Education (ABE) support within the content classroom. Over time, this initiative was expanded to include Child Development, Business Office, and Medical Office.
Partners for Phases 1, 2 and 3 included:
- Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties
- Department of Employment and Economic Development
- Goodwill EasterSeals
- Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council
- Lifetrack Resources
- Presbyterian Homes
- Quality Careers Services
- Ramsey County Workforce Investment Board (RCWIB)
- Ramsey County Workforce Solutions
- Saint Paul Community Literacy Consortium
- Saint Paul College
- Saint Paul Public Housing Agency
- Saint Paul Public Schools Adult Basic Education (ABE)
- Saint Paul Public Schools K-12
Blue Ribbon Commission to Reduce Racial Employment Disparities in Ramsey County
Please go to the Blue Ribbon Commission’s website for more information.
Metropolitan Manufacturing Sector Initiative (MMSI)
The MMSI is a fast-track, demand driven program to train skilled workers in the metal manufacturing industry.
After collecting labor market and anecdotal information to identify local manufacturer’s workforce needs, the WIB convened employers, schools, adult basic education, and workforce centers to create and implement a short-term training course.
The course includes a cohort of incumbent workers and job seekers in a “Manufacturing 101” classroom training followed by on the job and specialized skill training.
- Development of an Issues Awareness Program. The goal of this program is to inform WIB and community members on key workforce issues, while establishing the WIB as a thought leader in workforce development.
- Demand-driven work on the RENEW project, led by the City of Minneapolis and Ramsey County Workforce Solutions. The RENEW project will serve low-income populations in Minneapolis and Ramsey County, training up to 500 individuals for green jobs. The WIB will be leading the environmental scan of local green jobs available and needed, as well as coordinating the outreach to businesses by community partners.
In 2002, Ramsey County Workforce Solutions obtained a federal grant to develop and implement a pilot program called Building Lives. The program served adjudicated and at-risk youth through a one-on-one case management service model to help youth reach their educational, social and employment goals. Despite the successful pilot, funding ended. The WIB believes it is important to continue this program. In 2006, the WIB made it a goal to locate sustainable funding to support this important program. In 2008, the Otto Bremer Foundation awarded a $30,000 grant to the Friends of the WIB for Building Lives. On May 15, 2009, an appropriation was signed into MN law within the Economic Development Omnibus bill dedicating $100,000 each year of the biennium to Building Lives.
@ 2015 Workforce Innovation Board of Ramsey County
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