The DeMaND Project is a consortium project funded by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program that trains students for careers in skilled trades, including welding, construction, HVAC, electrical, CDL, and heavy equipment. The project works with students from areas with chronically high unemployment and generational poverty. Students have difficulty entering the workforce and retaining employment. The project needed a mechanism to help students learn about job opportunities and stay connected with their instructors and one another, and to support students toward employment.

In this session you will learn how the DeMaND Workforce project worked with reliable coders to design a mobile tool to help support students transitioning to the workforce. You will explore how the tool provided a collaborative space for students to talk about careers and challenges, stay connected with their instructors and others at the college, and talk with students at other colleges in similar programs. You will learn lessons from United Tribes Technical College’s experience that can be applied to your own mobile projects.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How a consortium of colleges worked together to develop a mobile support system for students
  • How mobile technology can be used to support students transitioning from training/education to the workforce
  • About early outcomes of student use of the mobile supports
  • How your college or organization might use the collaborative platform developed by this project

Novice designers, developers, project managers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:
Bootstrap, PhoneGap, Android, and iOS devices.