The New World of Work program is part of the California Community College system, but offers free resources for colleges and universities across the country, as well as internationally. College students can benefit from work based learning opportunities coupled with 21st Century Skills education to help prepare them for employment in the global economy.
At our partner colleges, the skills lessons are embedded across disciplines in both CTE and GE coursework ranging from sociology, biotechnology, health sciences, business, and more.
Based on updates to State and Federal regulations on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) adult education programs are encouraged to partner with their local workforce development boards.
These partnerships can provide skills based employment training to adult learners, which includes the essential 21st Century Skills.
Skills programs can be adapted to the needs of urban as well as rural environments.
Apprenticeship programs as well as alternative models such as Succession Planning can utilize our 21st Century Skills lessons. Download our Succession Planning guidance documents and preview an example program in action.
Contact us for guidance on incorporating 21st Century Skills lessons into your adult education programs.
Incarcerated as a younger man for having “gotten into a lot of trouble,” Adrian Luna describes how difficult it was to find a good job after he got out of prison because no one would “hire a felon.” Although he found a low-skilled job, he decided to try out community college and enrolled in a fabrication course in the autotechnology program at Hartnell College. With skills he learned from the New World of Work curriculum there, he did well in a job interview and, to his surprise, was hired. NWOW, he explains, made all the difference and “changed my life.” The class taught him how to “deal with my past and changed my ability to speak to people without second-guessing myself.” Ultimately, Adrain plans on going back to school for his Bachelor’s or even his Master’s. He credits his professional success to the 21st century skills class: “The whole class happened for a reason.”
Contact us if you would like to learn more about integrating 21st Century Skills into prison education.
In California, close to half of the state employee workforce is eligible for retirement within the next three years. With so many upcoming positions that need to be filled, Governor Jerry Brown’s Civil Service Improvements (CSI) initiative was created to “ensure the state has a strong and nimble civil service system.”
The CSI project team was tasked with identifying and recommending the State of California’s adoption of a foundational set of competencies, or core skills, that would apply to all of the state’s workforce both existing and incoming.
Through the CSI project, New World of Work’s “Top 10” 21st Century Skills curriculum was reviewed and determined to be the primary model of reference as CalHR created new skills guidelines for all state workers. Check out the list of competencies that correlate with our New World of Work skills here.