Healthcare Virtual Career Platform (HVCP) Development Project

The purpose of the HVCP platform is to assist new entrants and un- and under-employed persons transition into high paying, high growth healthcare careers. The HVCP will offer a structured step-by-step online process designed to assist users:
 
  • To determine whether a career in healthcare is appropriate for them by linking to labor market information and experiential information, such as career videos or 'day-in-the-life stories', to answer common user questions ("what do jobs like this pay?", "Is this a growing occupation?", "What is it like to be a ...", etc.).
  • To decide which healthcare career is the best fit for them.
  • To identify the credential(s) needed to get and hold a job in the career or career path they choose.
  • To locate an appropriate instructional program, either online or at a local community college, completion of which would lead to obtaining that credential.
  • To receive the developmental education (directly through the platform) where online assessments determine that additional academic preparation is required to meet the prerequisites for entry into that school and/or instructional program.
  • To find and apply for financial aid to help cover costs of taking such an instructional program.
  • To create and maintain a personal Career Management Account in which they can store all of this information (and more), maintain personal control over their academic, counseling, and work records, and (over time) direct their own career development.
The platform will be structured to deliver online, free to the user, most foundation courses and many e-learning courses leading to healthcare-related credentials. Although initially focused on healthcare careers, the HVCP's robust design can be expanded to encompass any occupational field.
 
AACC is a national association representing almost 1,200 two-year, associate degree-granting institutions nationwide. Community colleges are the largest and fastest-growing sector of higher education, serving close to 12.4 million students each year. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AACC is the primary advocacy organization for community colleges at the national level.
 
To carry out this initiative, AACC has assembled a world-class team of partner organizations to offer a comprehensive, online delivery system. While AACC is the prime recipient and overall project manager, the grant team includes the following organizations:
 
State Work Force logo National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) and the Direct Employers Association (DE) as the job source for the platform (through the National Labor Exchange) and its connection to both Fortune 500 employers and the One-Stop workforce delivery system.
State Work Force logo
 
National Association of Workforce Boards logo National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) as the conduit to state and local public workforce systems and training coordinator.
 
American Council on Education logo American Council on Education (ACE) as the national authority on the evaluation of military and workforce training for college-level equivalencies to provide resources on prior learning assessment options.
 
Xpand Corporation logo XPAND Corporation as the project's technology partner (XPAND built and operates the CareerOneStop suite of online tools).
 
ed2go logo ed2go, a part of Cengage Learning, as the VCN's online learning developer.
 
Jobs for the Future logo Jobs for the Future (JFF) as the project's lead for the developer and provider of user and train-the-trainer training on the platform.
 
Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Lab logo Department of Defense's Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Lab as the expert in both SCORM and CORDRA standards and to provide access federally-financed online learning resources.
 
iSEEK logo iSeek Solutions' contributions to VCN include analysis, data, content, functionality support, and usability evaluations. ISEEK pop out link icon is Minnesota's comprehensive career, education, and job resource.
 
American Dental Education Association logo The American Dental Education Association operates the Explore Health Careers pop out link icon website and provides technical and information assistance to the project.