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Can A.I. Help Low-Income Workers Get Jobs?

October 4, 2021

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New partnership with the U.S. government brings artificial intelligence-based interview training to communities around the country.

The USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) has been working on a tool that could change how we prepare for the interview forever. VITA, or the Virtual Interactive Training Agent, is an interactive virtual reality job interview practice system, designed to build competency and reduce anxiety in job interviews. Based on 15 years of research on anxiety and experiential learning, VITA enables participants to practice various realistic job interview scenarios until they are prepared for the real thing.

USC joined forces in 2021 with ICF and the Office of Community Services (OCS) at the United States Department of Health and Human Services to distribute VITA to low-income communities. As part of the national Community Economic Development (CED) program, local organizations are able to utilize VITA to provide interview training for their constituents.

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