A key requirement for states in deploying rapid response services is to provide clients with career information and access to employment and education and training activities. Within the On Ramp program this function is facilitated by the On Ramp Coordinators. These coordinators will provide direct services to eligible On Ramp clients seeking to upgrade their skills through higher education or workforce training and placing individuals on defined career pathways available through credit or non-credit community college programs. In addition, the On Ramp Coordinators will cooperate with other service providers at the community college and the One- Stop centers to provide career coaching, financial aid eligibility, program eligibility and job preparation and placement services. Specific coordination of service activities provided through the On Ramp Program are organized into three levels:
- Core Services
a. Determine WIA Dislocated Worker eligibility through the Virginia Workforce Connection (VaWC) on-line case management tool and informing students about services available to them through One Stop Career Centers and other relevant institutions and agencies, and serving as an advocate and liaison for clients in accessing services for which they may be eligible, particularly re-employment services associated with federal Unemployment Insurance and job service activities provided by the Virginia Employment Commission. (WIA-134-d-2-A)
b. Identify clients to participate in targeted education and training programs and career and college planning services. (WIA-134-d-2-B)
c. Conduct initial assessment of skill levels, aptitudes, abilities and supportive service needs. (WIA-134-d-2-C)
d. Engage students in one-on-one and small-group coaching activities. (WIA-134-d-2-D)
e. Share information about using employment statistical information to explore local occupations in demand with job vacancies. (WIA-134-d-2-E)
f. Advise or refer clients to college programs of interest matched to occupations in demand. (WIA-134-d-2-F)
g. Inform students of support services available through One Stop Career Centers and other community agencies and non-profit organizations. This includes making referrals, as necessary, to specialists in disability services, and academic advisors or program heads. (WIA-134-d-2-H)
h. Assist students in applying for: admission to college or apprentice programs; financial aid; and scholarships so as to increase access to higher education and workforce raining. (WIA-134-d-2-J)
i. Provide follow-up services once the client has completed the training and entered employment. (WIA-134-d-2-K)
2. Intensive Services
a. Conduct comprehensive and specialized assessing of skill levels and services needed using diagnostic tools like the Virginia Education Wizard and in-depth interviewing. (WIA-134-d-3-C-i)
b. Develop an individual career and training plan for clients. (WIA-134-d-3-C-ii)
c. Maintain accurate case notes and service codes in VaWC for reporting On Ramp activities and outcomes and for statewide WIA Dislocated Worker metrics. (WIA-134-d-3-C-v)
d. Coach students in effective use of online career and job search resources; job interviewing skills, and professional presentation skills and workforce ethics. (WIA-134-d-3-C-vi)
3. Training Services
a. Assist with the selection of credit or non-credit programs linked to occupations that are in demand in the local area and successful enrollment in the program. (WIA-134-d-4-D)
b. Direct students to academic support services, such as tutoring or learning resources to improve student persistence and credential attainment. In addition, there are some administrative tasks that can assist all clients with job placement into careers once training is completed.
4. Job placement
a. Enhance job placement opportunities for students by referring them to services provided through college and other workforce partners.
b. Work closely with college Workforce Development leaders to develop and maintain a network of employers to support students in the program.
Getting a job in today’s competitive workforce environment requires patience, skill and perseverance. A well-written resume, polished interview skills and a college degree or industry-recognized licensure or certification can make you more marketable to a potential employer.
The On-Ramp Program requires each student in the program to participate in one of our Job Readiness Workshops offered by the Career Development Center. All workshops are free and open to the public.
A current workshop schedule can be found at: http://www.pdc.edu/career-development-center/workshops/