Women in Sustainable Employment (WISE) Pathways

WISE Pathways is a 40-hour course is designed for women to explore non-traditional, in-demand careers in the construction and energy industries. In addition to exploring the knowledge and skill sets desired in these industries, women will have the opportunity to learn industry-specific skills strategies in conflict management, team building, and work place expectations. They will also create a resume, practice online applications and interviewing, and work with companies in the job search process.

As part of the course, it is recommended that students take the WorkKeys assessments and earn their National Career Readiness Certificates.

WISE Pathways Pilot Program Lessons Learned and Project Summary

Project Managers Task List

Who supports WISE?

Business Partners
While the program has been made available through CEWD, an organization focused on energy jobs, the same skills and hiring qualifications are needed in a variety of other careers: construction, manufacturing, and transportation. When organizations can unite to create programs where they all can draw applicants, it’s a win for everyone involved.

Pipeline Organizations
The pipeline organizations will play a critical role as they will not only help identify candidates for the program itself, they can provide career coaches and resources to support the individuals throughout. Examples of pipeline organizations include workforce agencies, community-based organizations, national organizations with a local presence (such as Goodwill), or local foundations.

Education Institutions
Community colleges have a lot of expertise in career development and can serve as a program partner. They can offer meeting space at the school, including the use of computer labs, providing audio visual equipment and support, and facilitating several of the modules. Many community colleges also administer WorkKeys.

What resources are needed to deliver the WISE program?

The program is designed to leverage the resources of business, pipeline, and education organizations. The cost is minimal when you consider the successful applicants this could yield.

When looking at the 40-hour curriculum, there are typical areas for direct costs. The chart below gives an estimate of cost for 15 women attending the course.

Items and Approximate Costs (Based on 15 Women)
WorkKeys assessments – $700
Printing of Instructor/Student Guides – $350
College fee to teach class, provide space and offer college credit for the course – $5,000
Transportation costs for students (train, bus, mileage) – $1,050 ($10 per day per student)
Lunches provided daily to students, facilitators, and guests – $2,000
Total – $9,100

Business partners will be asked to share the cost of the total above and provide a vital role in providing volunteer employees to educate attendees on their industry. Business partners can take turns serving as project manager to handle the logistics. A task list for project managers is below. It is important that this person be an employee who is outside of the hiring team.

When appropriate, pipeline organizations can support components of the curriculum as well. Together business and placement organizations will provide an invaluable opportunity to an engaged group of women.


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