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The Center for Industry Research & Workforce Alignment, in close partnership with local businesses, government, and academia, delivers future-focused labor-market data and workforce information enabling educational institutions to make proactive and flexible decisions in response to the evolving workforce needs of Delaware’s competitive industries.

The Center for Industry Research & Workforce Alignment strives to be Delaware’s key source of labor-market insight to enable educational institutions to better align their program and training resources to meet the skill demands of business and industry.

What is the Center for Industry Research & Workforce Alignment (CIRWA)?
CIRWA is a future-focused, labor-market research and analysis center aimed at identifying evolving change within an industry and assessing the impact on educational programs and the available workforce within the region. This new initiative of Delaware Technical Community College is funded through the USDOL Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program. CIRWA will expand the state’s capacity to foresee labor market changes and niche opportunities, enabling it to make proactive, strategic decisions in economic development and workforce education ahead of the curve.  

Who will benefit from CIRWA and how?
Delaware’s traditional industries are changing dramatically due to improved technological advancements, new policies and mandates, and consumer demand for products that provide greater reliability and efficiency at more affordable prices. Through research and analysis of real-time industry trends and labor-market data, CIRWA will enable education and training providers to quickly and effectively respond to the changing needs of Delaware’s most competitive and high-priority industries.  The results of CIRWA’s research efforts will be used to drive educational programming, inform academia and government leaders of real-time developments within the industry, and ensure business leaders that Delaware is ready, willing, and able to produce a highly-skilled workforce to meet their changing needs. 

What makes the CIRWA model unique?
Based on the California Centers of Excellence model, Delaware’s CIRWA will have the ability to bring to light new and emerging technologies, trends, and occupations not captured in traditional workforce research and data. CIRWA’s research focus will identify and explore developing industry and occupational characteristics. Through the use of primary and secondary research and industry validation, CIRWA will capture regional nuances, supply and demand projections, barriers to hiring and employment, and skills gaps that training and work readiness programs should address.

How will CIRWA communicate with its audience?
CIRWA will utilize a variety of products and strategies to communicate with industry, government, and academic leaders. Through the use of comprehensive “environmental scans”, CIRWA will present sector-specific, future-focused data and information on targeted industries affecting the Delaware economy. In addition, CIRWA’s regional and industry overview briefs will inform Delawareans of overall labor-market statistics, economic indicators, and real-time trends, events, or activities that have the potential to impact businesses, education, and workforce. Finally, this website will provide ongoing, public access to all of CIRWA's labor-market publications, events, and news updates as they become available.  

This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The product was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The U.S. Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.