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Community of Practice SANDI Training Center: Community of Practice

Who is the SANDI Community of Practice (COP)?

The SANDI community of practice comprises workforce professionals in the public and non-profit sector from every county in Nevada at local and state levels. These COP members include Nevada's public librarians with workforce duty assignments, community college SANDI Navigators, One-Stop coaches, state agency partners, and community non-government organizations. SANDI has brought us together to learn the SANDI 10 step process to use SANDI technology enhancements efficiently. This Process is designated to streamline communication between navigators, functions, and institutions and keep Nevadans learning and earning.

How is the COP coming together to deliver SANDI?

The following business process offers a series of steps performed by the SANDI stakeholders to achieve three concrete goals:

  1. Recruit Nevadans age (18 and up) with a high school diploma into SANDI eligible non-degree programs of study leading to credentials of value.
  2. Maximize completion rates.
  3. Maximize job placements into SANDI priority industries.

Formalizing the SANDI process streamlines individual activities and ensures SANDI resources are put to optimal use. Please find below ten specific steps that are important to the above-referenced goals. These steps use SANDI technology enhancements alongside SANDI’s ecosystem within the Community of Practice. 

Step 1: Outreach and Recruiting

The community of practice drives individuals to strategic recruitment events for career entry. These events are for career connections that highlight the opportunity to try virtual reality in libraries, One-Stops, community colleges, and NGO locations. The recruitment efforts will direct all SANDI interested in getting a library card to enroll and create a profile in the Nevada Career Explorer (NVCE).

Step 2: Connecting with a Librarian

The recruited NVCE users interested in SANDI programming will be instructed to ‘opt in’ and agree to a community of practice case management and connect with a librarian either in person or through the NVCE. Interested users will be sent to a queue within the NVCE system that corresponds to the user’s specific public library.

Step 3: Complete NVCE Assignments/Assessments

The Librarian Career Navigators will monitor their specific library NVCE queue and, similar to other library programs, systematically engage with patrons, answering questions about the SANDI opportunity and prompting users to complete all NVCE profile assignments. Librarian Career Navigators will prompt users to decode their existing skills when appropriate. If users express an interest in computer and IT careers, they will also be required to complete a computational thinking assessment.

Step 4: Individual Career Mapping (ICM)

The Librarian Career Navigators will consistently monitor the library’s queue to ensure individuals progress through the suite of tools to engage and recommend patrons into follow on activities, like the second small group recruitment event. Any of the communities of practice can lead this second small group event. It will focus on helping individuals deepen their understanding of Nevada’s resilient industries the LEAP framework and explore virtual reality field trips that showcase Nevada’s in-demand occupations. At the close of this small group event, individuals are invited to explore the SANDI course catalog.

Step 5: Assign Patron to Preferred Training Provider

The Librarian Career Navigators will follow up with users through the system to see what they thought of the catalog, review their assessments to date, talk about their top three interests, and identify any barriers. The Librarian Career Navigator will create a warm handoff summary to continue the engagement process with the appropriate community of practice members connecting through an additional NVCE code to access the user case profile.

Step 6: Training Enrollment

The user’s preferred training program contact will set up a 1:1 meeting to review their Individual Career Map (ICM) and explain their skills decoding results, how their work experience has been bundled and badged, and (if applicable) what their computational thinking assessment results mean. The details of SANDI funding, wrap-around services, student support through virtual reality content, additional information explained, and the job seeker becomes the student.

Step 7: Support for the Student

The SANDI training program instructors will consistently provide student updates through the appropriate community of practice connection to be noted within the student’s profile and promote student success.

Step 8: Wrap-Around Services

The SANDI Community College / Private Training Program Career Navigators consistently interface with wrap-around service providers to ensure resources are available to students.

Step 9: Job Search Preparation

As the student approaches program completion, the SANDI Community College / Private Training Program Career Navigators will assist students with job searching, interview preparation, and CAREER placement.

Step 10: Employment Outcome

The student gets career placement and lands a CAREER!