The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Department of Social Services – Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Development (VDSS) was a finalist for the Governor’s Technology Award for its eLearning for Childcare Professionals presented this week at COVITS 2013 at the Richmond Marriott (Downtown). There were a record-setting number of entries and CCWA was selected by a panel of 12 judges from city, county and jurisdictions, as well as the education field.
For many years, the CCWA coordinated the child care training program for VDSS at sister institutions across the state. Rural child care providers were faced with lots of travel time and pulling classes together in some regions proved challenging. Today, those on-site courses have been successfully transformed into e-learning modules that save expenses such as fees for travel, instructors, materials, shipping and facilities.
In October 2011, CCWA began working with LeanForward, an e-learning solutions company, to take existing curriculum and convert it into 54 online modules on a learning management system with engaging photos, testing capabilities and completion certificates. Annually, more than 2,500 child care providers have completed the online courses and earn continuing education units for professional development.
CCWA sends quarterly e-blast reminders about the training opportunities. In addition, the VDSS links on the CCWA website are continuously among the highest in visits and click-through rates (CTR).
Pictured: CCWA and VDSS staff with Sam Nixon, VITA CIO and Jim Duffey, Secretary of Technology