Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the American Association of Community Colleges has developed and continuously updates an online career exploration site to help jobseekers enter high-paying and high-growth careers. The Virtual Career Network (VCN) platform has expanded to include transit, green jobs, and a specialized portal designed to assist 50+ workers identify and enter new high-growth occupations.
The Virtual Career Network allows users to:
- Explore high-growth in-demand careers in the healthcare, green jobs, and transit sectors.
- Assess interest, aptitude, and readiness for these careers.
- Find local education and training programs (including links to the nearest community college).
- Take online courses.
- Find jobs.
In essence, the VCN can be used as an online agent for jobseekers. It helps jobseekers navigate the vast information on the Web and elsewhere about occupations profiled on the VCN. The VCN includes information on more than 175 careers, a number of which require less than 1 year of postsecondary education and many that only require a 2-year degree.
Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries with highly in-demand occupations. Healthcare careers are available for all skill and education levels. Similarly, the transit and green jobs sectors are expected to generate more than 600,000 new jobs over the next 10 years that offer the opportunity to enter a career pathway leading to a good-paying job with growth potential.
AACC and its partners developed VCN through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor with additional funding received from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the AARP Foundation. Partner organizations include American Council on Education, American Public Transportation Association, Department of Defense’s Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Lab, Direct Employers Association, ed2go, iSeek Solutions, Jobs for the Future, National Association of State Workforce Agencies, National Association of Workforce Boards, the American Dental Education Association, and XPAND Corporation.
For more information, visit www.vcn.org.