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Who uses local workforce system programs and services?

Workers Seeking Career Change or Advancement

Adults may change careers by choice or because of a job loss. Some of these individuals may need assistance finding a new job in their chosen occupation or may need new skills to find different work. Others are “dislocated workers” who were laid off because of their company downsizing, closing, or moving production out of the country. Others are underemployed or incumbent (employed) workers looking to receive additional training to advance in their current jobs or careers. Still others are low-skill workers trying to acquire the skills necessary to attain a living-wage job.

Local workforce systems include services to support workers seeking career changes or advancement. For example, community colleges may offer career pathways, which include a series of manageable steps to gain industry-required skills. Colleges may also offer other continuing-education and training opportunities for the currently employed to advance their careers. Employers may work directly with employment and training providers to create customized training opportunities for their employees to develop new skills and advance within the company.