In 2003 the West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Adult Education (WVAdultEd) and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DDHR) entered into a contract to create and deliver an academic and job preparation program for WV Works participants who received assistance via the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The 10-week SPOKES program model provides intense daily activities that address academic and soft skills necessary for adults to pursue gainful employment.
SPOKES components consist of assessment, academic workplace skills, employability skills (“soft skills”), vocational training, and job search assistance. Referred clients can begin the program on “any Monday” and jump into the curriculum. Clients are afforded the opportunity to earn many certifications, enhance skills to successfully enter the workforce, or to begin further schooling. As of 2020 over 30,000 referred DHHR clients have enrolled in the SPOKES program and benefitted from the curricula.
For more specific information on the SPOKES program, please contact Sandra Adkins, Coordinator at email@example.com or 304-558-0280.