Caperton Center for Applied
Workforce Development: Preparing for Success
... It's high tech, cutting edge and developed to meet regional workforce needs so students can "learn and then earn" in the Mid-Ohio Valley ...
Workforce Development Curriculum
Job Market Responsive Programs. The facility's educational programs are intended to respond to evolving employment needs, especially of the area's heavy concentration of chemical- and polymer-related industries. Programs include:
- Engineering Technology, Drafting option, Associate in Applied Science Degree
- Engineering Technology, Electronics option, Associate in Applied Science Degree
- Bachelor of Applied Technology degree
These programs are designed to accommodate both high school and college students as well as part- and full-time learners. The workforce development model gives high priority to intense and sophisticated school-to-work career paths which meet the needs of the workplace.
The curriculum features a two-plus-two program so high school students can attend during their junior and senior years and continue their education after high school on track to complete an associate degree. Built into the curriculum is a sequence of coursework with a core of general education and technical courses to build basic skills and knowledge. The focus is on coursework with practical applications of content.
The model is designed to:
- be customer responsive and results oriented
- reduce duplication in meeting business/industry/labor needs
- unify a broad range of services and programs into a collaborated system to meet workforce needs
- integrate selected programs between WVU Parkersburg and Wood County Schools to create a seamless system from high school to college.
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