There are over 600 occupations detailed in Xello. What follows is a list of those careers for which there is at least one career coach to answer student questions, along with the number of coaches available as of October 19th, 2016. If there are careers that students are particularly interested in but do not have a career coach available, please let us know!
We especially need more career coaches in the health sciences fields.
|Career Name||# of Coaches|
|Human Resources Specialist||28|
|Customer Service Representative||7|
|Health Care Administrator||5|
|Child and Youth Worker||3|
|Electrical Engineering Tech||3|
|Real Estate Agent||3|
|Computer Network Specialist||2|
|Computer Support Person||2|
|Licensed Practical Nurse||2|
|Medical Lab Tech||2|
|Middle School Teacher||2|
|Power Plant Operator||2|
|Public Policy Analyst||2|
|Receptionist / Information Clerk||2|
|Adult Education Teacher||1|
|Automotive Service Technician||1|
|Bricklayer / Stonemason||1|
|Chemical Engineering Tech||1|
|Computer Hardware Engineer||1|
|Computer Software Engineer||1|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographer||1|
|Early Childhood Educator||1|
|Economic Development Officer||1|
|Electronics Engineering Tech||1|
|Elementary School Teacher||1|
|Health Records Professional||1|
|High School Teacher||1|
|Industrial Engineering Tech||1|
|Industrial Machinery Mechanic||1|
|IT Project Manager||1|
|Manufacturing Machine Operator||1|
|Mechanical Engineering Tech||1|
|Medical Imaging Tech||1|
|Public RCBLEtions Specialist||1|
|Security Systems Technician||1|
|Technical Sales Representative||1|
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Inspire Madison Region is all about making connections. With the help of our education, business, and community-based partners, those connections have grown over the summer months as new employers and career coaches join the network. Several new school districts have also joined or are set to join after we build a critical mass of participating employers from their respective communities. In addition to new school districts coming on board, Blackhawk Technical College has also joined Inspire putting us at two participating technical colleges.
By utilizing Inspire Madison Region in your classroom, you help students in the Madison Region improve their understanding of the labor market the steps needed to pursue careers in many industries. You can also access the many Career-based Learning Activities (CBLEs) offered by employers using the system as well as the database of employers and career coaches.
Below are some current highlights on the Inspire Madison Region initiative:
- 580 Career-based Learning Activities (CBLEs) offered to students, educators and job seekers
- 147 Online Career Coaches answering questions from Inspire users
- 133 Employers with profiles highlighting their business
- 15 active districts/educational institutions with a total of 34 active school sites: Madison Metropolitan School District, McFarland School District, Deerfield School District, Mt. Horeb School District, Cambridge School District, Baraboo School District, River Valley High School, Highland High School, Monroe School District, Beaver Dam School District, Columbus School District, Madison College, Blackhawk Technical College (Monroe Campus), Dane County Job Center, Jefferson County Job Center.
- 22,986 active student portfolios in the seven county region and nearly 1,000 educators with active accounts to get access to Inspire.
Industry Highlights – Number of employers with profiles in the top eight focus industries in our region:
- Advanced manufacturing = 45 employers
- Healthcare = 35 employers
- Life Sciences = 40 employers
- IT = 48 employers
- Construction = 41 employers
- Agriculture = 33 employers
- Finance = 33 employers
- Real Estate = 5 employers (Attention: Real Estate companies 🙂
Interactions through Inspire to date:
- Career Coach Message Boards: 159 interactions between September 2015 and May 6th, 2016
- Career-based Learning Activities: At least 50 experiential learning activities completed between September 2015 and May 6th, 2016
Beyond the excellent progress on the Inspire metrics, there’s also been a change in leadership. In April 2016, Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) assumed the managerial role for Inspire Madison Region, bringing with it new opportunities for partnerships between post-secondary institutions, school districts, employers, government agencies and community-based organizations.
Inspire’s geography is also growing. Grant, Lafayette, Crawford and Richland Counties are joining through the leadership at Prosperity Southwest Wisconsin. That will make Inspire Madison Region an 11 county implementation, one of the largest Inspire networks in the nation!
There is still a lot to accomplish to take Inspire to the next level. In the coming months, many more school districts from across the region will be joining the initiative – and we hope yours is one of them. If it’s not, please feel free to contact us to set up a time to meet about your school/district joining.
The Madison Region has a unique opportunity to gather data on the number and type of Career-based Learning Activities taking place throughout our region because of the reporting capabilities of the Xello system that powers Inspire. That’s why we’re excited that Xello has rolled out a new streamlined CBLE request process that will make it easier for educators and business volunteers to track CBLE requests starting in the upcoming academic year.
The CBLE process has gone from five steps to as few as two, encouraging educators to complete requests from within their Xello CAMS portals. By doing this, each confirmed CBLE is recorded in the system. This is critical to measuring the number and impact of the CBLEs taking place throughout the year. We hope that in the future it will also help us improve how we deliver CBLEs to students, educators and job seekers in our seven-(soon-to-be-11)-county region.
In the past, a student or educator often submitted a request through Xello/Inspire but the CBLE coordinator or educator at the school would confirm the date and time with the employer outside of Xello. Those CBLEs then are not tracked as completed. So we are asking all educators who utilize Inspire to complete CBLE requests within Xello using this new shorter process.
What follows is a table that shows the steps involved in requesting an CBLE or managing a request made by a student. Note: although there are five steps listed, there are places along the way where the process can be completed before that, making the process shorter:
|Step||Action||CBLE Request Status|
|1||Student or Educator searches and selects a Career-based Learning Experience (CBLE). They will then view the CBLE description and make a request using the online form. NOTE: The CBLE company contact will automatically receive an email notification once the request has been submitted.||Requested (student) or|
|Pending volunteer approval (educator)|
|2||Skip this step if you made the CBLE request yourself. If you are the CBLE coordinator for your school and Step 1 was completed by a student, check with volunteer about CBLE request details such as time and place or confirm if you have already done so. You can do this from CAMS in Manage CBLE Requests section. If you and the volunteer agree upon date and time for the CBLE, you may confirm the request now and the process is complete.||Check with Volunteer or|
|3||Once the company contact (provider) accepts the request, get in touch with the provider directly by email or phone to discuss details such as date, time, or number of participants. At this point, if the details are agreed upon, you may enter those details, then confirm the request and the process is complete. Or, you may propose a new time for the CBLE and wait for confirmation from the volunteer.||Confirmed or|
|Propose New Time|
|4||Waiting for confirmation from volunteer once they’ve received the proposed dates and times.||Pending Confirmation|
|5||The CBLE request is complete when the provider confirms the details that you entered.||Confirmed|
In addition to the streamlined CBLE request process for educators and volunteers, schools can now set a student’s advisor to receive CBLE requests notifications along with the school’s or district’s CBLE coordinator.
Below are some additional materials that describe how to manage your educator Xello account (CAMS) and the new updates to the CBLE request process.