Published On: Thu, Sep 7th, 2017

LCC picks up state workforce development grant

LAUREL — The Laurel-Concord-Coleridge School will be working with six other northeast Nebraska schools to strengthen their Career and Technical Education programs.
Last month a consortium of Educational Service Unit-One schools were awarded a $14,000 reVISION Initial Grant for the 2017-18 school year.
The schools listed in the grant are: Allen, Hartington-Newcastle, Ponca, Wakefield, Winside, Wynot and Laurel-Concord-Coleridge. Wayne, Bloomfield, and Wausa schools may also be participating in some way.
The Nebraska Board of Education awarded the reVISION Grant to schools across the state to help develop Nebraska’s talent pipelines for economic growth and workforce development.
Schools received either an Initial Grant or an Action Grant.
The reVision Initial Grant will assist local school districts in completing a strategic planning process for Career Education.
Funds from the reVISION process provide the schools with the opportunity to analyze and transform their current career education systems in order to improve their ability to educate a qualified workforce that meets industry needs within an ever-changing economy, according to Supt. Randy Klooz.
The four main parts to the reVISION process includes Pre-work Documentation, Planning Meetings, Community Engagement Meetings and a Final Meeting (Results).
All of the schools will work together on the reVISION process although schools will also work individually on some parts of the process.
Each school district will develop a team consisting of career and technical education teachers, district administrator, school administrator, and a core academic teacher.  Schools may also consider inviting additional teachers, school board members or community representatives.
The first step will be to bring the schools together for a meeting to start the process.
“We are excited to work with area schools, ESU #1 and Nebraska Department of Education,” Klooz said. “Our goal in this reVISION process is to increase educational opportunities for our students in Northeast Nebraska. This will also help us build strong relationships with our area businesses resulting from the community engagement part of reVISION.”
Working in collaboration with postsecondary education, the workforce in the area, economic development leaders and community leaders, schools have the opportunity to improve their ability to educate a qualified workforce that meets employers’ needs.
The LCC School District will be working through the process for the reVISION Initial Grant which involves putting plans in place.
The second phase, which is the reVISION Action Grant, helps school districts implement a plan developed for the reVISION process. Only activities that align with high-skill, high-wage and high-demand occupations are considered for the funding. This year, 29 applicants applied for almost $1.2 million in the Action Grants. The Randolph School, which was awarded $15,900 was among the 14 districts to receive a reVISION Action Grant.
The Wayne, Norfolk and O’Neill Schools were also awarded a reVISION Action Grant.