Collaboration with community partners and industry engagement are key factors in cultivating successful IET programs. Resources in this section support providers in building and maintaining partnerships with students, employers, and community service providers to ensure that IET programs meet the community’s evolving needs. This includes tools and processes that can be considered and/or adapted for various contexts.
Vision and Purpose
The resources in Vision and Purpose support approaches to meeting community needs and adjusting needs during the planning, implementation, and evaluation of IET programs.
When choosing the focus of your IET program, it is important to consider local partners in the implementation. Page 7 of the toolkit provides an IET Readiness Assessment and guiding questions to help explore and refine your vision and purpose.
This toolkit, developed as part of an OCTAE federal initiative, provides an organized set of reports, toolkits, and training resources to support local business leaders and adult educators in establishing effective partnerships.
Processes and Tools
The resources in Processes and Tools offer processes and/or tools to support communication with partners.
How Educators and Employers Can Align Efforts to Fill Middle-Skills STEM Jobs
RAND Corporation (2019)
This study examines the oil and natural gas fields in three states to understand how educators and employers are working together to meet the demand for workers in STEM fields. The study provides suggestions for what institutions, instructors, and employers can do to prepare individuals for well-paying middle-skills jobs that require specialized education beyond high school but not a four-year college degree.