Striking a Balance: serving diverse studentsmeeting workforce demandsincorporating financial education Loyal Allen Jr. Mariela Barriga
Working Students Success Network Strategy The WSSN strategy was developed to help low-income people reach financial stability and move up the economic ladder by promoting an innovative framework that strategically integrates and bundles three distinct but related services. 1. Education and employment advancement: education support and navigation assistance including pre-college courses, professional technical options, transfer degrees, or 4 year degrees, job readiness, and job search and placement assistance 2. Income and work supports: resume building, life skills classes, and continued education in related fields which are in –demand, financial aid support, and workforce funding supports 3. Financial services and asset building: financial workshops with partner agencies, one-on-one financial coaching focused on building self-sufficiency and stabilize finances
Highline Support Center • Workforce Education Services • Funding for Professional-Technical Certificates & AAS Degrees (5BAS) • Public Benefits Access • Transition Success Center • ESL/ABE/GED Students (~5,000) • IBEST ABE/GED • College Navigation Services • Community Partners • United Way King County • WorkSource Employment Security Dept. • Others (weekly office hours)
Getting Started at Highline! Workforce Funding Workforce Education helps qualifying students acquire a marketable set of job skills so they can make a rapid return to the workforce. Step 1: Choose your Career / Training Program Step 2: Apply to Highline / Register for classes Step 3: Apply for Funding Grant Funding Orientation
Workforce Education Grants Available Grants: • BFET (Basic Food Employment & Training) • Worker Retraining • Opportunity Grant • Early Achievers Grant Professional-Technical Training Programs & for-credit Continuing Education programs Start-up funding & Gap funding
Striking a Balance: Meeting Workforce DemandsIndustry Change Example • 100% of DSHS subsidized child care providers state-wide • 5,000 childcare and pre-school providers • In King County 300+ Somali & Spanish speaking • Workforce: women, hs graduates, immigrants, women of color, refugees • Intent & Impacts • Dept. of Early Learning Industry Quality & Standards • Small Business Owners • Culturally Relevant Children’s Development
Serving Diverse Students + meeting workforce demands Somali: tailored schedules to the Islamic Calendar, awareness of gender roles with staff/faculty and students, inter-generational studentsSpanish: individual assistance with admissions process (ESL transition), utilize tax ID numbers for grant purposes, dual-intakesArabic: tailored schedules to the Islamic Calendar, utilized partner location (YWCA Greenbridge), supporting newer arrival needs, leadership in Mosque
Striking a Balance: Incorporating Financial Education The WSSN strategy was developed to help low-income people reach financial stability and move up the economic ladder by promoting an innovative framework that strategically integrates and bundles three distinct but related services. Pillar 3: • 3. Financial services and asset building: financial workshops with partner agencies, one-on-one financial coaching focused on building self-sufficiency and stabilize finances
Cross -Talk As a student what were some of your financial needs? What are some of the financial needs your students have at your institution? How do you know what financial challenges are present? What are the demographics of your students? Any examples of financial education services that are culturally relevant?
Serving Diverse Students + workforce demands + financial services • Financial Coaching • On campus partnership workshop series: • Learning communities (Puente, Umoja, AANAPISI) • Women’s Programs (WorkFirst TANF) • Comm. Studies Dept. • Off campus partners • Key Bank • YWCA • El Centro de la Raza / MAF Credit Union Lending Circle
Highline Community Pantry • Through a partnership with United Way of King Countyand the Des Moines Area Food Bank we have been able to offer a selection of meat, vegetarian, and vegan options at no cost to those who visit. • Location:Building 16, Room 180 • Hours: 2018 Fall Quarter • Tuesday: 2 – 5 p.m. • Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. • Thursday: 2 – 5 p.m.
Future Initiatives • Highline Community Pantry • Open 5 days a week • United Way King County • Emergency Funds • Re-Entry • Case Management • College Navigation • Housing • Partnerships
Contact us: Loyal Allen Jr., Director Workforce Education Services email@example.com 206-592-3368 Mariela Barriga, Student Success Manager firstname.lastname@example.org 206-592-4242