The Virtual Career Network (VCN) is an "open source, open content" workforce services and online learning delivery platform built and operated by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) under a grant from the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the United States Department of Labor (DOL) in July 2010 to build and operate a Healthcare Virtual Career Platform (HVCP).
The original purpose of the VCN platform was to assist new entrants, unemployed and under-employed persons transition into high paying, high growth healthcare careers. The mission of the VCN has since been expanded to include additional in-demand careers in Transit and the Green Economy (www.vcn.org).
The Transit VCN offers a structured step-by-step online process designed to assist users:
To determine whether a career in Transit is appropriate for them by linking to labor market information and experiential information, such as career videos or 'day-in-the-life stories', to answer common user questions ("what do jobs like this pay?", "Is this a growing occupation?", "What is it like to be a ...", etc.).
To decide which Transit career is the best fit for them.
To identify the credential(s) needed to get and hold a job in the career or career path they choose.
To locate an appropriate instructional program, either online or
at a local community college, completion of which would lead to
obtaining that credential.
To receive the developmental education (directly through the
platform) where online assessments determine that additional
academic preparation is required to meet the prerequisites for
entry into that school and/or instructional program.
To find and apply for financial aid to help cover costs of
taking such an instructional program.
To create and maintain a personal Career Management Account in
which they can store all of this information (and more), maintain
personal control over their academic, counseling, and work records,
and (over time) direct their own career development.
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is a national association representing almost 1,200 two-year, associate degree-granting institutions nationwide. Community colleges are the largest and fastest-growing sector of higher education, serving close to 12.4 million students each year. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AACC is the primary advocacy organization for community colleges at the national level
XPAND Corporation, a premier developer of Information Technology tools for workforce development is the VCN project's technology partner. XPAND also built and operates the related CareerOneStop suite of online public workforce development tools.
The Virtual Career Network (VCN) is Copyrighted © 2019 with the American Association of Community Colleges. This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details see VCNOpenSourceLicense.pdf. This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions; See VCNOpenSourceLicense.pdf for details.
The Virtual Career Network uses the following open source software:
- Linux CentOS - http://www.centos.org
- Apache - http://www.apache.org
- Drupal - http://www.drupal.org
- Zend Server - http://www.zend.com
- MySQL - http://www.mysql.com
- Moodle - http://moodle.org
The Virtual Career Network incorporates content from the following sources:
- CareerOneStop - http://www.careeronestop.org (various Web Services )
- Bureau of Labor Statistics - http://www.bls.gov/ooh (Occupational Outlook Handbook)
- Bureau of Labor Statistics - http://www.bls.gov/emp (Employment Projections)
- Bureau of Labor Statistics - http://www.bls.gov/oes (Occupational Employment Statistics)
- DirectEmployers Association - http://www.directemployers.org
- CareerBuilder - http://www.careerbuilder.com
The Transit Virtual Career Network incorporates career images from the following sources:
- American Public Transportation Association - http://www.apta.com/Pages/default.aspx
- California CareerZone - http://www.cacareerzone.org/
- City of Asheville, NC - http://www.ashevillenc.gov/
- City of Fairfield, CA - http://www.fairfield.ca.gov/
- City of Greenville, SC - http://www.greenvillesc.gov/
- Denver Regional Transportation District - http://www.rtd-denver.com/
- Fishguardtrains.info - http://fishguardtrains.info/
- Live Steaming - http://trevorheath.com
- Sacramento Southern Railroad Signal Department - http://www.ssrrsignal.com/index.htm
- Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority - http://www.septa.org/
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - http://www.bls.gov/
- Washington State Department of Transportation - http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/