SkillsCommons Story Telling IMPACT Community: Sustaining and Scaling Impact Through Story

he Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program is designed to improve the readiness and success of the U.S. workforce pipeline through innovative capacity building of job-driven training and education programs. Communicating successful outcomes and the innovations that produced them is critical for the scaling and sustainability of investments. Storytelling is a key complement to the extensive evidence of TAACCCT program impacts, allowing the audience to quickly learn about what works in workforce development training and why.

With oversight by California State University and the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching, the SkillsCommons Story Telling IMPACT community was created to help workforce development programs illustrate their sustainable successes with TAACCCT efforts across the nation. StoryTelling IMPACT community ambassadors are currently coaching TAACCCT colleges, employers, and workforce staff through the StoryTelling processes. Through that work and the use of the StoryTelling IMPACT community’s tools, organizations are creating and using products to convey scalable impacts to stakeholders, students, employers, and potential future funders.

All materials included in the SkillsCommons repository hold Creative Commons licensing that enables users to not only download and use the online resources for free but also to modify those resources, and customize them for their specific needs. The StoryTelling IMPACT community’s purpose is to share viable, sustainable solutions to the challenges of workforce development in higher education. Free and open StoryTelling tools, such as the Interactive StoryTelling Rubric, designed for today’s workforce and educational systems, can be found at the StoryTelling website.