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Employer Engagement

Many organizations and institutions are working closely with employers to reach adults with prior college credit and help them earn degrees. Here is a collection of resources, links, and promising practices.

Next Step Maine Employers’ Initiative

The Next Step Maine Employers’ Initiative focuses on working directly with Maine’s employers to encourage them to take “one more step” to support their employees’ educational goals and provide public and private employers with informational assistance, partnerships, and statewide recognition for making a commitment to employee development.

Currently, the program consists of a network of 241 Maine employers representing all 16 counties, over 75 different towns and over 70,000 employees. 15 higher education partners are involved statewide, along with a wide variety of local and regional support providers. The Initiative manages a robust and unique web-based resource providing information for both individuals and employers.

Employer resources include:

Career Map Examples

Career maps are increasingly becoming an important tool for employers to recruit and retain workers. These maps can show connections between career advancement opportunities and additional education and training requirements.

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) has worked with several employers and industry coalitions to create career maps. Examples of the maps are available here.

The Manufacturing Institute: Right Skills Now

The Manufacturing Institute has launched this initiative to help meet employers' needs for highly skilled manufacturing employees. The initiative, currently deployed at two institutions, allows students to quickly earn college credits and obtain industry recognized certificates. To learn more about the initiative, click here.

Corporate Voices for Working Families

This organization works to bridge the divide between corporations and the policy world by focusing on issues that affect working families.

They have a terrific collection of case studies, toolkits, and success stories that show the power of partnerships between business and higher education.

The resources are available here.

Jobs for the Future

Jobs for the Future designs and drives the adoption of innovative and scalable education and career training models and systems that lead from college readiness to career advancement.

In January of 2015 they released a resource guide to engaging employers for education and training providers. The guide includes examples of successful employer engagement, as well as lessons learned in building sustainable partnerships with employers.

The guide is available here.