Knowledge to Work
Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) received a Round 4, Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant that is designed to help people put “Knowledge to Work.” As a key feature of this grant, LFCC created the KnowledgeToWork.com web portal for personalized learning tied to competencies using open educational resources (OER). KnowledgeToWork.com uses nationally-recognized competency frameworks mapped to instructional content. The portal focuses on career pathways in high-wage, high-growth industries: information technology (IT), including cybersecurity and network administration; health care, including health information management (HIM) and IT in healthcare; and manufacturing, including soft skills and supervision. KnowledgeToWork.com was designed to meet the needs of three audiences: learners, job seekers, and employers. For learners, it provides access to free and low-cost educational resources (including OER) for learning skills and competencies and offers personalized learning plans with customized dashboards to track progress. For job seekers, it enables them to explore career pathways with job search tools to find employers. For employers, it helps them manage the talent pipeline with competencies and to find and use training and professional development resources at lower cost.