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Nicolet’s Van Doren co-authors workforce development article for national publication

July 30, 2018

Nicolet College Workforce Development and Career Pathways Coordinator Toni Van Doren co-authored an article on building Wisconsin’s workforce that was recently published in the national Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Journal.

Photo of Toni Van DorenThe publication is distributed to nearly 20,000 education professionals across the country working to advance adult basic education on numerous fronts.

In the article, Van Doren detailed Nicolet’s efforts to create the pathway for students to make the jump from non-credit job training offerings to credit classes that lead to a college credential. The focus is on adult students who most likely would never have received a college education and credential without the innovative pathway. By working with adult students in this manner to realize their untapped potential, they get the skills they need for better jobs with family-supporting wages and employers get the workforce they need to be efficient, productive and profitable.

She co-wrote Career Pathways Collaboration in Wisconsin with Scott DuBenske with the Wisconsin Technical College System and Annette Kornell from Madison College.

The detailed piece outlines efforts in Wisconsin to combine resources and create stronger partnerships between numerous entities across the state. The ultimate goal is to build the skilled and robust workforce the state will need for a healthy and vibrant future economy.

Partners in this statewide effort include the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the Wisconsin Technical College System, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

The program was funded with a $4.9 million grant that the state of Wisconsin received in 2014 from the U.S. Department of Labor.