In-Demand Skills Training
A New Method of Training
Our traditional training strategy invested funds through the use of Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) to cover the costs of training one participant at a time at existing educational programs offered by our training providers.
The SWC has been developing a new training strategy that utilizes Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds to support market-driven cohort training classes. WIOA allows local boards to invest training funds that prepare larger numbers of individuals via training cohorts so that labor market needs can more quickly be met. This allows us to respond with short term, customized solutions that meet employers’ needs and not be constrained by the regularly-scheduled offerings available at various schools in the area.
The Training Continues
To begin this new method of delivering training, the SWC released two Requests for Proposal in late 2017: one for Class A CDL driver training, and one for project management/lean training. The Community Colleges of Spokane was awarded the project management/lean training bid, offering the class in December 2017. Drive509 was awarded the Class A CDL driver training bid, and the class began in late January 2018. Shortly thereafter we opened bids for life insurance/casualty training and IT training.
Effective & Flexible
Throughout 2018 we continued offering cohort-based trainings on various subjects as needs in the local economy were identified. We are continuing to offer these cohort-based trainings going forward, and continually adjusting our design to be as effective as possible. Recent trainings have been offered in phlebotomy, IT Help Desk, general office, and more.
This page will be updated with outcomes and other information as the project progresses. If you would like to receive notification when we release RFP’s for cohort trainings, please contact us online.