With a focus on career exploration, and in an effort to support local and state workforce initiatives, we developed WorkforceXL. WorkforceXL is a platform that offers a suite of researched-based assessments that provide reliable and actionable data to users about their career interests. We then take the results of the assessments and correlate them with strategic market-based data to provide each user what we call their VocationalDNA. Through data and research, it is our goal to sustainably bridge the gap between the untapped resource of people looking for work and industries looking for workers.

Pedagogical Highlights

We develop content for WorkforceXL by following a hybrid version of the Dick and Carey Model of Instructional Design and Rapid Prototyping Model.  Our users, learning environment, and content are analyzed by our team of instructional experts. Next, an instructional analysis is developed utilizing measurable objectives supported by subject-matter experts in each industry topic. From there, the content is designed using Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction. As each course moves into the development phase, we consider core principles—such as the multimedia principle, the modality principle, the contiguity principle, and the coherence principle—along with ARCs motivation model and other engagement elements. As each element takes shape, we consult subject-matter experts and test the elements on users in a rapid prototyping manner.

The Perkins Act sits at a critical juncture between national, state, and local education and workforce development systems. The need for cross-system collaboration between these communities is critical WorkforceXL data can improve that collaboration. It is our goal to aide in appropriately and effectively aligning the federal investments made through WIOA and Perkins. These resources and initiatives warrant our VocationalDNA illuminating needs and driving solutions. We also desire to help CTE strike the appropriate balance between the educational needs of students and the talent pipeline needs of employers. This is where the strength of a partnership with us comes into play.

The Perkins Act & WIOA
Our Research Initiative

Our research initiative is focused on curating and supporting research studies related to the impact and efficacy of WorkforceXL and the VocationalDNA it illuminates. Literature reviews to assure that the categories remains current with the research will also be a priority. If you are looking for guidance on conducting H2T-focused research or finding studies to support the use and strategy of WorkforceXL, we recommend starting with the resources that will be listed in the sections below.