O*NET® Products at Work
The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration introduced the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to the public in 1998. Since that time, its impact on workforce development, career counseling, educational programming and human resource activities has quickly expanded, both in the U.S. and around the world. O*NET Products at Work provides examples of the widespread use of O*NET OnLine, the O*NET database, the Toolkit for Business, and the O*NET Career Exploration Tools.
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NKOKA is a small technician training institution focused on training in a very specialized and technical environment in South Africa. This company used O*NET data related to the occupation Electronics Technicians to structure their training programs.
Health and Human Services Pathway program from Seattle Washington Public Schools
Seattle Washington Public Schools used O*NET data in its Health and Human Services Pathway program. Career educators used O*NET occupational information to structure their work in reorganizing courses of study. For the occupations in their curriculum, they used the common language of O*NET data to support the content a course should include. Educators also considered crediting courses across Pathways. For example, they might have identified a Career and Technical Education course that also fulfilled a requirement in art, social studies, or English by looking for O*NET abilities, skills, and work contexts that are common across multiple Pathways.
U21Global is an internationally recognized online graduate school, backed by a network of 21 leading universities in 11 countries. Included in the list of participating universities are Lund University in Sweden, Korea University in South Korea, Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, and the University of Melbourne in Australia. U21Global students come from 60 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. U21Global’s MBA program has been awarded the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) accreditation for technology-enhanced Learning (CEL). U21Global offers an Operations Management course which links students to the O*NET OnLine summary report for General and Operations Managers.
The California County of Humboldt Employment Training Division uses O*NET occupational information to assist people with disabilities and those on public assistance. O*NET Career Exploration Tools help clients get a comprehensive picture of their fit with the world of work. Employers and potential employees are encouraged to consider the many facets of work other than basic skills. The training division presents classes to employees of social service branches, describing how to use O*NET OnLine to serve their clients.
The Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative in St. Charles, IL, employs O*NET information throughout its training programs. The school uses O*NET data to match the skills learned by the students with community-based work training opportunities. O*NET work context elements are used to help assess what accommodations may be required in the work environment. The cooperative also focuses on O*NET work styles, developing these soft skills within their training programs. When students are ready to find employment, standard O*NET language is used to develop resumes, including knowledges, skills, abilities, and work styles.
The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation incorporated O*NET information into their Employment Institute, a two-part training program required for everyone who provides direct services to clients. Trainees are shown how to use O*NET OnLine to address the vocational goals of clients, looking at tasks, skills required, work environments and potential barriers. Training also shows counselors how to use the O*NET Code Connector to link a client’s past job title to an appropriate O*NET occupation.
The Maryland Career Development Association offers an online course titled, Using O*NET in Your Work as Career Advisors. The course is self-paced and instructs users on the most important components of O*NET OnLine information for their work with clients. The course covers topics such as Using the O*NET Descriptor Search, Finding Tools and Technology Used in Occupations, Helping Military Transition to the Civilian World of Work Using Crosswalk, and Help People Make a Career Transition Using Their Skills. Professional development credit is awarded for completion of the course.
Career Ready 101 from KeyTrain
Career Ready 101 by KeyTrain is a program designed to provide an efficient and comprehensive career design/build experience for administrators, instructors, and students. The program addresses all aspects of career readiness training in one integrated system. O*NET data and O*NET career exploration tools are important components of the system. KeyTrain’s Stan Brodka says, "We have been tremendously impressed with the up-to-date nature and accuracy of O*NET data. This is the sort of element that helps learners see how their activities in KeyTrain and Career Ready 101 link to the real world. It adds real relevance in learning and is a great enhancement to our products."
The Navy Manpower Analysis Center (NAVMAC) uses O*NET data in its work to develop Occupational Standards (OCCSTDS). Navy OCCSTDS serve as a basis for training and career development in areas such as formal school curricula, onboard training, development of Personnel Advancement Requirements, and development of Navy-wide advancement examinations. The O*NET skills taxonomy is used to categorize task statements as part of the process to develop the Occupational Standards.
NKOKA is a small technician training institution focused on training in a very specialized and technical environment in South Africa. This company is using O*NET data related to the occupation Electronics Technicians to structure their training programs.