WPTI About Town: Wrap-Up of WPTI’s September 2023 Events

Happy Fall from WPTI! September has been an exciting month for WPTI, full of program launches, cohort graduations, conferences, and programming!

Highlights include:

Culmination of DTI Learning Community Second Cohort

On September 13, participants in the second cohort of WPTI’s Digital Transformation Initiative (DTI) Learning Community marked the completion of the program with presentations of their Digital Transformation Roadmap capstone projects. This year’s cohort participants included the Consortium for Worker Education (CWE)Emma’s TorchNYCIDOsborne AssociationROC United, and St. Nicks Alliance.

Throughout the learning community, they explored critical issues at the nexus of the digital revolution, employment, and workforce development: the digital skills gap as a driver of economic inequality; the impact of automation and task augmentation on jobs in every industry; the multiplier effect of the right technology on organizational performance and outcomes; and much, much more.  Their capstone projects focused on how they could incorporate and utilize digital tools to do more, better, faster, cheaper, in several areas, including recruitment and intake, classroom training, data collection and sharing, employer engagement, and post-placement tracking and alumni support.

In the coming months, WPTI will be sharing an evaluation of our Digital Transformation Initiative and our DTI Playbook designed to help workforce organizations take on their own successful transformation.

Read more about the program and the capstone projects here.

Interested in learning more about the Digital Transformation Initiative and the DTI Learning Community? Contact Dan Salemson, Managing Director of Digital Learning and Technology, at dsalemson@wpti.org.


Launch of 2023-24 Mentored Internship Program (MIP)

WPTI launched the 2023-24 iteration of our longstanding Mentored Internship Program (MIP) in partnership with the NYC Administration for Children’s Services and the Pinkerton Foundation, with a two-day kickoff event. MIP brings together a collection of best-in-class NYC foster care agencies focused on providing mentored internships, career exploration, and valuable work experience to young adults on the verge of aging out of the foster care system. WPTI supports these organizations as they support young adults as they transition to independence, with the goal of college and career success. Through a grant from the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), WPTI also provided in-depth training to MIP Coordinators and staff on career pathways, labor market data, and strategies to improve post-internship placement outcomes.

Want to learn more about MIP? Email Christopher Lynn-Logue, Program Manager, at clynnlogue@wpti.org.


Conferences, Appearances, and Program Highlights