Career Pathways Delivered

Career Pathways Delivered

Workplace Solutions for Recruitment and Retention of Entry Level Talent

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Projected manufacturing workers will be needed by 2030

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Projected construction employment will reach 2.8M by 2026

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11 million healthcare workers will be needed by 2026

What We Can Do For You

Bringing employers and potential hires together with customized programming

Employers & Apprenticeships
  • Develop career pathways within organizations
  • Build integrated strategic partnerships with education institutions to support recruitment & retention goals
  • Connect to workforce training funding to upskill current staff
Educators
  • Create programming that expands & leverages career pathway opportunities
  • Broaden knowledge of workforce pathways for students, educators & counselors
  • Build or strengthen advisory boards
  • Create or expand partnerships
Associations & Workforce Boards
  • Create school partnerships
  • Develop educator/employer professional development opportunities
  • Expand participation in workforce training programs

Building a Pipeline Requires

Research

Identify key national and regional stakeholders for pipeline development & sustainability

Collaboration

Strategically build local, regional, state & national partnerships for integrated solutions

Education

Programming created  for all stakeholders  through career pathway exploration,  credentialing & work-based learning experiences

Connection

Facilitate opportunities for employers and entry-level talent to connect, and provide strategies for recruitment and retention

Our Inclusive & Integrated Approach

Other consultants talk. We listen. Building successful workforce pipelines is complex. It requires an understanding of the challenges, interests, and goals of each stakeholder.

Our expertise lies in conducting a collaborative strategic planning process that aligns with clients’ needs to increase recruitment and retention of entry level talent.

Our integrated approach spans across multiple networks, breaking down silos to build successful partnerships.

Employers

We conduct needs assessments, strategic planning, program creation, and facilitation to support enduring workforce pipeline development. Our recommended solutions generate results to benefit management, staff, and clients.

School Districts

We assess and determine goals and facilitate career and college pathway partners and programs. Our recommended solutions strengthen advisory boards and provide teachers and guidance counselors with resources and tools.

Apprenticeship Programs

We build and present school workshops, seminars, and panel discussions. Our recommended solutions showcase career and college pathways for the construction, manufacturing, and healthcare industries.

Colleges

We reach students early and provide them with well-rounded knowledge about vocational career and college pathways. Our recommended solutions provide youth a broader perspective so they can accurately evaluate all possibilities for their future.

Workforce Boards

We partner on career pathway guides, industry reports, surveys, and program development. Our recommended solutions uncover and resolve pain points and implement customized short and long-term strategies for success. 

Trade Associations

We research and identify potential school partnerships for industry associations. Our recommended solutions facilitate a smooth, reciprocal pathway between motivated, entry-level talent, educational pursuit, and profession.

Community Organizations

We connect with young adults and develop a plan based on their abilities, interests, and natural inclination. Our recommended solutions give students clear goals to strive for and prepares them to make balanced choices when decision-time comes.

Parent Groups

We inform parents of middle or high school students about different professions in the construction, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. Our recommended solutions spotlight benefits, career trajectory options, and educational requirements.

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Tapping Untapped Possibilities

Specialized Career Guidance LLC serves as the nucleus at the center of career pathway development, creating the organizational systems and infrastructure needed to establish, implement, and grow, workforce development pipelines.

Our clients include employers, workforce development boards, school districts, educators, and associations seeking to build sustainable and scalable career pathways for the next generation of motivated entry-level talent.

We build channels to the Construction, Education, Healthcare, Hospitality and Manufacturing Industries while addressing the need to build a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce.

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Christopher Campbell
Superintendent, Plymouth Public Schools

I have had the pleasure of knowing Judi for many years and I can confidently say I have never met anyone with as much infectious energy and drive. As founder and CEO of Specialized Career Guidance (SCG), Judi brings a level of expertise and support to our district that was previously lacking. Judi and her team have a special skill set for bringing a wide range of stakeholders together with varying perspectives, finding their common interests and building an infrastructure that benefits everyone involved. Judi’s commitment to creating diverse, equitable and inclusive opportunities for all students has had such a profound impact on our students. SCG truly cares about helping youth find options that will improve their future.

John S. Ferrante
CEO, Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, Inc.

The Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC MA) recently undertook a concerted workforce development initiative for the commercial construction industry. While we represent some of the most sophisticated commercial builders in the country, we lacked the expertise to navigate the space between the educational community and our industry. After becoming a client of Specialized Career Guidance, we couldn’t be more pleased with our progress in creating pathways to employment between schools, community stakeholders, and our industry. Judi Vigna is an exceptional collaborator who creates synergistic connections with all stakeholders to make educational and vocational pathways to employment more diverse, inclusive, and navigable.

Michael Tamasi
President and CEO, AccuRounds

In collaboration with Specialized Career Guidance, our team at AccuRounds provided high school students an overview of advanced manufacturing thru a virtual tour followed by Q&A. Judi and her team planned a productive event, with excellent feedback from both our team and the students. Programs like these are vital in exposing students to viable career pathways. Specialized Career Guidance plays a key role in workforce development, connecting employers to their future workforce. It was a pleasure working with Judi.

Dr. Cheryl Schnitzer
Director of the Photonics Certificate Program and Chemistry Professor, Stonehill College

Specialized Career Guidance took our Photonics Certificate Program to a whole new level.
Judi Vigna brought the future direction into focus with suggestions about student experiences, funding, and industry pipelines. We will be forever grateful for her expertise, organization, and positive energy.

Joshua Otlin
Principal, Milford High School

Judi has been an exceptional partner that I hope to work with for many years to come. While Judi and her team are quintessential professionals and researchers, what really sets them apart is their expertise in workforce development, organizational improvement, and the institutional landscape in Massachusetts. The team is able to leverage this expertise to add tremendous value to schools seeking to elevate and accelerate their work to provide students with career pathways towards prosperity. I enthusiastically recommend them without reservation!

Dr. Gary Maestas
Former Superintendent, Plymouth Public Schools

The vision of creating a pathway for prospective trade professionals to shape their destiny in their desired field is a necessary cog in the success wheel. Judi Vigna from Specialized Career Guidance has developed a model that can assist the construction industry and prospective employees to become aligned to address the shortage of candidates for construction jobs in Massachusetts and beyond. Judi is a staunch advocate for creating opportunities that will assist our future construction workforce. The Plymouth Public Schools are committed to partnering with Judi and Specialized Career Guidance to introduce career education opportunities to potential trade professionals.

Dennis Lassige
Regional Manager, North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters

Parents and students are no longer accepting as fact that direct college entry is the one-and-only option for everybody. Judi discovered that the Building Trades apprenticeships have offered viable and valuable careers for generations. Her frustration and curiosity around careers for young people has turned to enthusiasm and advocacy for apprenticeship. Through her boundless energy and the unique structure at Specialized Career Guidance, Judi has become an invaluable resource for young people seeking careers in construction, for training programs seeking motivated apprentices, and for contractors seeking skilled craftsperson’s.

Peter Holden
Former CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth

Having enjoyed an over forty year career as hospital chief executive, I can honestly say I never encountered anyone better than Judi at organizing data, resources and people around problems to be solved or opportunities to create. She has a unique talent for creating movement in communities where talk doesn’t always lead to action. You will have to move to keep up with her.

Carl Nielsen
Engineering Technology Instructor, CCTE

My experience working with Specialized Career Guidance has been an entirely positive and engaging one for both myself and my Engineering students at Plymouth North High School. Judi Vigna, Founder and CEO, not only brings a wealth of knowledge in the area of preparing young adults for their futures, she also generates an infectious energy that leaves you motivated and excited to move forward and take the next steps. Judi and her team truly care about helping students better understand what options they have in front of them when they finish their time in High School, and they are passionate about building connections in our community and surrounding areas to develop lasting relationships between school systems and local businesses.

Michelle Burke
Former Guidance Counselor, Hull High School

Judi was such a valuable resource to Hull High School as we worked to give career-bound students exposure to a wide range of post-secondary opportunities. Her attention to detail and enthusiasm were evident as we planned our programs, held workshops for students to explore career options, and took students on exciting field trips that motivated them to pursue careers in the trades. Judi does an excellent job seeking the information that she needs to personalize her work with each group of students. Whatever interest a student brought up, Judi seemed to have multiple resources and connections to help them take the next step in learning more. She shows a genuine interest in the future success of each student and works tirelessly to provide opportunities for our school.

Laura Buckley
Deputy Executive Director, MassHire South Shore Workforce Board

Specialized Career Guidance has proven to be the ideal partner in meeting workforce development goals. The challenging demands of training the workforce of today and tomorrow requires a wide variety of skill sets, all of which are found in the Specialized Career Guidance team. Without reservation, I would recommend the expertise of Specialized Career Guidance to any public or private organization that is seeking results.

Christopher Campbell
Superintendent, Plymouth Public Schools

I have had the pleasure of knowing Judi for many years and I can confidently say I have never met anyone with as much infectious energy and drive. As founder and CEO of Specialized Career Guidance (SCG), Judi brings a level of expertise and support to our district that was previously lacking. Judi and her team have a special skill set for bringing a wide range of stakeholders together with varying perspectives, finding their common interests and building an infrastructure that benefits everyone involved. Judi’s commitment to creating diverse, equitable and inclusive opportunities for all students has had such a profound impact on our students. SCG truly cares about helping youth find options that will improve their future.

John S. Ferrante
CEO, Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, Inc.

The Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC MA) recently undertook a concerted workforce development initiative for the commercial construction industry. While we represent some of the most sophisticated commercial builders in the country, we lacked the expertise to navigate the space between the educational community and our industry. After becoming a client of Specialized Career Guidance, we couldn’t be more pleased with our progress in creating pathways to employment between schools, community stakeholders, and our industry. Judi Vigna is an exceptional collaborator who creates synergistic connections with all stakeholders to make educational and vocational pathways to employment more diverse, inclusive, and navigable.

Michael Tamasi
President and CEO, AccuRounds

In collaboration with Specialized Career Guidance, our team at AccuRounds provided high school students an overview of advanced manufacturing thru a virtual tour followed by Q&A. Judi and her team planned a productive event, with excellent feedback from both our team and the students. Programs like these are vital in exposing students to viable career pathways. Specialized Career Guidance plays a key role in workforce development, connecting employers to their future workforce. It was a pleasure working with Judi.

Dr. Cheryl Schnitzer
Director of the Photonics Certificate Program and Chemistry Professor, Stonehill College

Specialized Career Guidance took our Photonics Certificate Program to a whole new level.
Judi Vigna brought the future direction into focus with suggestions about student experiences, funding, and industry pipelines. We will be forever grateful for her expertise, organization, and positive energy.

Joshua Otlin
Principal, Milford High School

Judi has been an exceptional partner that I hope to work with for many years to come. While Judi and her team are quintessential professionals and researchers, what really sets them apart is their expertise in workforce development, organizational improvement, and the institutional landscape in Massachusetts. The team is able to leverage this expertise to add tremendous value to schools seeking to elevate and accelerate their work to provide students with career pathways towards prosperity. I enthusiastically recommend them without reservation!

Dr. Gary Maestas
Former Superintendent, Plymouth Public Schools

The vision of creating a pathway for prospective trade professionals to shape their destiny in their desired field is a necessary cog in the success wheel. Judi Vigna from Specialized Career Guidance has developed a model that can assist the construction industry and prospective employees to become aligned to address the shortage of candidates for construction jobs in Massachusetts and beyond. Judi is a staunch advocate for creating opportunities that will assist our future construction workforce. The Plymouth Public Schools are committed to partnering with Judi and Specialized Career Guidance to introduce career education opportunities to potential trade professionals.

Dennis Lassige
Regional Manager, North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters

Parents and students are no longer accepting as fact that direct college entry is the one-and-only option for everybody. Judi discovered that the Building Trades apprenticeships have offered viable and valuable careers for generations. Her frustration and curiosity around careers for young people has turned to enthusiasm and advocacy for apprenticeship. Through her boundless energy and the unique structure at Specialized Career Guidance, Judi has become an invaluable resource for young people seeking careers in construction, for training programs seeking motivated apprentices, and for contractors seeking skilled craftsperson’s.

Peter Holden
Former CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth

Having enjoyed an over forty year career as hospital chief executive, I can honestly say I never encountered anyone better than Judi at organizing data, resources and people around problems to be solved or opportunities to create. She has a unique talent for creating movement in communities where talk doesn’t always lead to action. You will have to move to keep up with her.

Carl Nielsen
Engineering Technology Instructor, CCTE

My experience working with Specialized Career Guidance has been an entirely positive and engaging one for both myself and my Engineering students at Plymouth North High School. Judi Vigna, Founder and CEO, not only brings a wealth of knowledge in the area of preparing young adults for their futures, she also generates an infectious energy that leaves you motivated and excited to move forward and take the next steps. Judi and her team truly care about helping students better understand what options they have in front of them when they finish their time in High School, and they are passionate about building connections in our community and surrounding areas to develop lasting relationships between school systems and local businesses.

Michelle Burke
Former Guidance Counselor, Hull High School

Judi was such a valuable resource to Hull High School as we worked to give career-bound students exposure to a wide range of post-secondary opportunities. Her attention to detail and enthusiasm were evident as we planned our programs, held workshops for students to explore career options, and took students on exciting field trips that motivated them to pursue careers in the trades. Judi does an excellent job seeking the information that she needs to personalize her work with each group of students. Whatever interest a student brought up, Judi seemed to have multiple resources and connections to help them take the next step in learning more. She shows a genuine interest in the future success of each student and works tirelessly to provide opportunities for our school.

Laura Buckley
Deputy Executive Director, MassHire South Shore Workforce Board

Specialized Career Guidance has proven to be the ideal partner in meeting workforce development goals. The challenging demands of training the workforce of today and tomorrow requires a wide variety of skill sets, all of which are found in the Specialized Career Guidance team. Without reservation, I would recommend the expertise of Specialized Career Guidance to any public or private organization that is seeking results.

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