Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington, VA (CCMRS) stations two Employment Specialists part time at two American Job Centers. This strategy delivers expanded refugee access to mainstream workforce resources and illustrates success factors that make colocation beneficial for clients, American Job Centers and CCMRS.
- the advantages of locating Employment Specialists in an American Job Center;
- how one CCMRS client accessed entrepreneurship training and, as a result, was able to open his own small business;
- some of the program details and service access that can be adjusted for seamless client service access; and
- the American Job Center perpective on this successful collaboration strategy.
About Higher’s Workforce Collaboration Case Study Series
This case study, written by professional writer and former CCMRS Job Developer Erin Voorheis, is one of five that Higher will make available over the coming months to help us all learn from each other about successful strategies for strengthening our collaboration with the mainstream workforce system so that refugees can better access workforce services provided across the country for all U.S. job seekers.
If you are collaborating with the workforce system in your community and want to share what you’re learning with peers across the country, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.