Academy of Learning

Story submitted by: Antelope Valley WorkSource Center

Workforce Challenge

The Antelope Valley Worksource Center saw a flood of job seekers and dislocated workers as a result of the economic downturn starting in 2008. Consistently, these customers seemed to be "in shock" -- their confidence was shaken, and many lacked basic resume writing and interviewing skills. The Worksource Center recognized that a program was needed to address basic job search skills such as resumes and networking.

Workforce Solution

In October 2009, the Antelope Valley WorkSource Center implemented an 'Academy of Learning' which focused on achieving a humanistic and curriculum-based approach to alleviate the struggles of job seekers. During the four week session, the academy’s goal was to teach the essential concepts and skill sets in interviewing, resume writing, job search, networking, and salary negotiation in order to help an individual in getting back to work. The humanistic recovery of an individual’s confidence and self-esteem enabled this process to be successful.

Outcomes & Benefits

The Academy empowered job seekers, three of whom are profiled on the Workforce Investment Works site, not only with the skills to improve their job searches, but the confidence and positive outlook needed in order to find employment.

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