In 2014, Viridis Learning Inc. committed to place 15,000 eligible job seekers on a personalized career pathway - an interactive, online framework that provides the vocational training and credentialing necessary for job procurement in specific industry areas. Viridis Learning Inc., with its rich network of nationally accredited and recognized community colleges, workforce development organizations, content providers, and employment partners, will connect qualified candidates directly with compatible employers seeking individuals who have the prerequisite knowledge, skills, and aptitude required for each specific job.
Viridis Learning Inc.'s partners fall into three separate categories with each category contributing to this initiative in a unique and integral way. Community colleges and workforce development organizations will supply Viridis Learning Inc. with eligible job seekers. Nationally recognized trade associations and education publishers will issue the online content that Viridis Learning Inc. plans to implement into its career pathway structures. The online content will include courses related to the following areas: construction, hospitality, healthcare, Information Technology and software development, advanced manufacturing, environmental sustainability, business, as well as workplace readiness.
To broaden the breadth and scope of the career pathways offered, Viridis Learning Inc. will utilize in-house career pathways, based on curricula that community colleges currently maintain, allowing Viridis users to be appointed a specific career pathway that properly align with verified curriculum already offered by community college partners. These career pathways, whether utilizing online or in-classroom content, will map out an individual's career trajectory along their selected career pathway, and will illustrate how future courses or credentialing could increase their wage earning potential. These pathways will exhibit how an individual can begin with a certification or credential, progress through a two-year degree program, and ultimately complete their academic careers with a four-year degree.
Lastly, Viridis Learning Inc. will partner with national and regional employers that seek job candidates with the specific skill set afforded by Viridis Learning Inc. career pathways. This provides employers with an adequate and sustained supply of proficient job candidates harboring the mandatory knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to fill their vacant positions.
Viridis Learning Inc. pledges to advance the careers of 15,000 job seekers within the United States and subsequently increase their annual income by an average of ,000. The ,000 mark is a calculation derived from the median income of the students (pre-enrollment) based on their educational backgrounds multiplied by the average increase in earning potential. Some students will go from unemployed to employed, while others will find better positions of employment.
With Viridis Learning Inc.'s ongoing expansion efforts to grow its network of community, education, and employment partners, each year an increasing number of job seekers will gain employment through a personalized career pathway. As Viridis Learning Inc.'s number of partnerships with workforce development organizations and community colleges continues to grow, and simultaneously as the list of available career pathways continues to broaden and diversify, employers will view Viridis Learning Inc. as a reliable and reputable source for well-trained and employment-ready job candidates.
Viridis Learning Inc. projects its expansion and proliferation rate will occur within the following timeframe. This forecast highlights the pivotal benchmarks to occur through 2018. Key highlights are as follows:
- Expand to 15 community college partnerships
- Expand to 22 workforce organization partnerships
- Expand to 5 employer partnerships
- Expand to 35 community college partnerships
- Expand to 50 workforce organization partnerships
- Expand to 35 employer partnerships
- Expand to 55 community college partnerships
- Expand to 80 workforce organization partnerships
- Expand to 70 employer partnerships
- Expand to 85 community college partnerships
- Expand to 125 workforce organization partnerships
- Expand to 125 employer partnerships
There is a clear and widening gap between the increasing demand for middle-skill workers and the lack of qualified candidates entering the workforce. Traditional education credentials are becoming inadequate indicators of foreseeable success in the workplace. As a result, employers today observe at best a 50 percent success rate at hiring proficient middle-skill workers.
This employability disconnect is often due to the challenge to provide job seekers with the foundational skills, resources, credentials, and access to workforce development programs that align with the readiness skills employers need and value. This is due in part to the lack of effective employment decision-making tools, which can offer a common standard for defining, measuring, or validating workforce readiness.
Since 2009, Viridis Learning has provided e-learning opportunities for individuals looking to earn industry certified credentials in the fields of construction, hospitality and environmental sustainability. Through its current education, employer, and workforce development partners, Viridis Learning has provided online learning opportunities for over 5,000 active job seekers, many of whom have received relevant credentials.
Viridis Learning Inc. seeks introductions to and/or partnerships with any relevant foundations or organizations that can provide one of three things:
- Students, job seekers, or currently employed individuals who seek career advancement or greater professional opportunities.
- Organizations that can offer educational content, such as general or specific training in any industry that align with a preexisting or future career pathways offered by Viridis Learning Inc.
- Corporations, businesses, or organizations that seek to hire highly trained and employment-ready job candidates to fill their job vacancies.
- Relevant media opportunities to help inform and educate consumers who could benefit from adopting a personalized career pathway through Viridis Learning Inc., as well as with organizations that can mutually profit from the services offered.
Viridis Learning Inc. offers partnerships with workforce organizations, community colleges, trade associations, education publishers, and employers. The type of organization will ultimately determine the services Viridis Learning Inc. can offer through a partnership.
For workforce development organizations and community colleges, Viridis Learning Inc. can offer real-time monitoring and tracking along an individual's personalized career pathway through software. For workforce development organizations, the career pathways are aligned to online course content that can be directly accessed via the Viridis Learning Inc. platform.
For community colleges, the career pathways are aligned to the curriculum offered in-house by the respective colleges. For trade associations and education publishers, Viridis Learning Inc. offers distribution services for each respective organization's content and curriculum. For employers, Viridis Learning Inc. offers an enterprise talent acquisition solution that provides a consistent and stable supply of well-qualified applicants with the knowledge, skills, and aptitude to fulfill jobs congruous to the career pathways offered through the Viridis Learning platform.