Take your workforce development
    program to the next level

What We Offer

For organizations looking to build or grow a workforce development program, our Workforce Development Solutions Lab provides an immersive, multi-day experience to equip practitioners with actionable approaches, tools, and resources to strengthen their reach and impact.

Through this immersive experience, you will dive into:


Discuss techniques to build and sustain participant interest, trust, and engagement.


Immerse yourself in a competency-based approach to socio-emotional skills training.


Gain perspective on how to cultivate employment partnerships, and make best-fit matches.


Obtain knowledge, tools, and skills to help job seekers retain and advance in long-term employment.


Collaborate with peers to workshop ideas on best practices, best failures, pain points, and opportunities.

Why Attend

Through this cohort-based program, attendees dive deep into Cara’s service delivery model with a focus on both successes and failures, to understand best (and explore emerging) practices in recruitment, socio-emotional training, employer partnerships, and retention. Attendees will workshop their own challenges and opportunities with other organizations and walk away with a community from which they can continue to learn and grow.

Who Should Attend

To maximize the experience and impact of our Workforce Development Solutions Lab, attending organizations must have a workforce development/job training component that is at least three years of age. We encourage executive leaders, senior leadership, or front-line managers to attend our Workforce Development Solutions Lab. While the series gives all leadership levels effective takeaways, we require at least one decision maker and at least one participant-facing staff member to maximize your experience (organizations may send two to four people).


We are currently running our Workforce Development Solutions Lab in person at Cara Collective, which includes 3 days of programming. Since this is a highly interactive experience, attendance at all sessions is required. Registration is $850 per person, which includes ongoing assistance and access to resources upon completion. Scholarships are available.

  • “The Workforce Development Solutions Lab has made an impact on me and my organization. The passion and drive we have as a team to help those who are looking to make a positive change in their lives can only grow from here.”
    – Stevia Hunes, United Against Poverty
  • “The Workforce Development Solutions Lab was valuable and will have a lasting impact on why and how I serve my clients. The content and format was rich and unique. I am so glad my company allowed me to attend.”
    – Regina Hampton, Mercy Housing
  • “The exposure to this refined workforce development business model fills in the blanks rounding out the tough edges on OHCEDC’s program design. We can now add these new ‘best practices’ with the assurance of improved successful placements and outcomes for our participants.”
    – Beverly Carlton, Olive Hill Community Development Economic Corporation
  • “This was an incredible experience! Learning about Cara’s service delivery model, its history, and its organizational culture provided me with valuable insights into ways that we can enhance our organization.”
    – Betty Jean Curran, The Grooming Project

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