SPOKES (Strategic Planning in Occupational Knowledge for Employment and Success) is an academic and job preparation skills program created by West Virginia Adult Basic Education under a contract between the West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development and DHHR, and in collaboration with the WIBs.
SPOKES consists of assessment; a four-week repeating cycle of modules related to job readiness, work process skills, technology skills, and work-related academics skills; a four-week vocational training in customer service; and an additional two-week job readiness component which includes intense job search. The SPOKES program model was designed to provide intense daily activities that would address academic and “soft skills” necessary for adults to pursue gainful employment. A brief overview of the SPOKES modules can be found within Assignments & Handouts.
Successful participants in the SPOKES work-readiness component may receive any of the following certificates:
Other than academic and job preparation skills, the SPOKES Program emphasizes healthy lifestyle development through nutrition classes presented by the West Virginia University Extension Office; STD, HIV/AIDS, and Hepatitis education classes by the WV Bureau for Public Health; and parenting and relationship classes presented by the West Virginia State University Extension Office.