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Koch Network Poised to Scale Up Efforts to Remake K-12 Education with a Pilot Project in Five States

The donor network led by billionaire industrialist Charles Koch will launch a new organization next month to focus on changing K-12 education as we know it. The effort will begin as a pilot project focused on five states with a combined school-age population of 16 million kids, but officials said Monday that they aren’t ready to identify them yet because they’re still finalizing partnerships with some of the country’s leading educational organizations. The still-unnamed entity purportedly plans to focus on three buckets: changing public policy to address “the root causes” of failing schools, developing new technologies to promote individualized learning, and investing in teachers and classrooms.
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Betsy DeVos’ Bet on Boot Camps

As Americans look to build the skills they need for the fast-changing job market, a new type of education provider has swept onto the scene: the coding boot camp, an intensive, short-term training program for students trying to land high-tech jobs. Although they still account for a tiny share of American higher education, they’re growing fast; last year the camps graduated 20,000 students, 20 percent up from the previous year. As more workers sign up, the camps are drawing attention from policymakers as an efficient, job-focused alternative to a costly and complicated higher-education system.
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Maryland Governor Wants to Expand Workforce Development Plan

Governor Larry Hogan is announcing plans to expand a program that helps economically distressed communities. Hogan outlined plans to allocate about $56.5 million to workforce development to expand Maryland’s Opportunity Zone program. The initiatives he announced Tuesday are designed to work with the federal Opportunity Zone program, which will provide tax incentives over the next decade. Hogan also is proposing a measure to invest $16 million to create a Maryland Technology Infrastructure Fund. The administration also is making several funding sources available to support projects in Opportunity Zones, including $20 million for the construction and renovation of affordable housing. Hogan signed an executive order to create the Maryland Opportunity Zone Leadership Task Force. It will host summits around the state to discuss possibilities for Opportunity Zones.
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Charlotte Mayor on Agenda Items for 2019: Affordable Housing, Workforce Development, Jobs

Vi Lyles has closed the book on her first full year as the mayor of Charlotte. Lyles, a Democrat, was sworn in as mayor Dec. 4, 2017. Throughout the past calendar year, she has led efforts like bolstering the city’s Housing Trust Fund, a city tool for financing affordable housing units, from $15 million to $50 million after voters overwhelmingly approved increasing that bond amount in a November vote. And this summer, Lyles led a successful, if controversial bid for Charlotte to host the Republican National Convention in 2020, its second major political convention after the Queen City hosted the Democratic National Convention in 2012. Looking to the next 12 months, Lyles has said economic and workforce development will be priority items as well as ironing out how the increased Housing Trust Fund will be spent, paired with a $50 million goal set by the private sector in a fund led by the Foundation For The Carolinas. So far, the business community has met 20% of that goal, with a significant announcement expected in the coming weeks.
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Skilled Jobs in Pierce County: Gaps & Opportunities

WorkForce Central on behalf of the Pierce County Workforce Development Council commissioned a comprehensive study of skilled employment across Pierce County.  The purpose of the study is to guide strategies on how to address gaps and harness opportunities within this economic bracket, ultimately connecting more residents with
meaningful work.
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Local Military Spouses Share Stories at Roundtable Event with U.S. Sen. Patty Murray

Military spouses face many barriers to employment, and that is exactly what several of them told Murray, WorkForce Central CEO Linda Nguyen, Pacific Mountain (PacMtn) Workforce Development Council CEO Cheryl Fambles and Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Director of Personnel and Family Readiness Alecia Grady at a roundtable discussion on Friday, February 16 morning at a Starbucks in Lakewood, WA.
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BostonHires Launches, Promoting Good Jobs for Boston Residents

BostonHires, a City-led effort to promote quality jobs for Boston residents announced by Mayor Martin J. Walsh in his Inaugural address on January 1, 2018, officially launched on February 15, 2018 under the direction of the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD). The campaign aims to place 20,000 unemployed or underemployed residents in good jobs – defined as jobs paying at least the living wage, with half of these offering employer-sponsored benefits – by 2022.
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 Youth Economic Mobility Convening in Atlanta, GA

CLASP, MDC Inc., and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta are planning a convening on youth employment in Atlanta, GA where stakeholders from across the Southeast will gather to engage in strategic dialogue on behalf of opportunity youth.  This convening, focused on building an inclusive economy “Igniting Systems that Produce Results for Youth Employment” will be held on March 5th—6th, 2018.
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WDS Information Bulletin No. 18-08: 2018 WorkSource Center (WSC) Operators Request for Proposals (RFP)

2018 WorkSource Center (WSC) Operators Request for Proposals (RFP), has been released and will be posted on the EWDD web site.  For questions regarding the transmission of this bulletin, please contact Chris Rajapakse at Chris.Rajapakse@lacity.org or at (213) 744-7175.
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Advance CTE is hiring a Policy Associate

Advance CTE is looking for a Policy Associate to help advance the organization’s state and federal policy priorities and initiatives! You can find more info and the position description here.

Purdue’s Acquisition of Kaplan Billed as Way to Serve Working Adults

The Purdue board of trustees unanimously approved a plan on Thursday, January 11, that allows Purdue University to acquire for-profit Kaplan University — a move billed as a way to more aggressively cater to working adults through online learning.
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Communication Tool from the WDC Advocacy/Policy Committee Co-Chair Randy Johnson, Executive Director, Workforce Development Inc. 

This video is a strong illustration of the relationship between college and careers, and WDC Advocacy/Policy Committee Chair has recommended it to share with students and parents in your community.
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Mayor Bowser Announces Todd Lang as the Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Council, Antwanye Ford as WIC Board Chair

On January 9, 2018, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the appointment of Todd Lang as the Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Council (WIC) and Antwanye Ford as the Chair of the WIC. The WIC is a private-sector led board responsible for advising the Mayor, Council, and DC Government on the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of an integrated and effective workforce development system.
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Building Pathways to Success for the Next Generation 

To help ensure that young people are prepared for the future and are economically mobile, the Joyce Foundation has created the Education & Economic Mobility Program, merging its Education and Employment Programs. Through this new program, the foundation will work to advance policies that help get the next generation on a path to economic and life success.
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One-stop career centers expand reach to both employers and job-seekers
Boston’s Career Centers Serve Over 15,000 Job-Seekers Annually

Boston’s one-stop career centers – Boston Career Link and JVS CareerSolution – have long served as connection hubs for job-seekers and employers. But over roughly the past year, the centers have been working to serve ever more workers and the organizations that need their talent. Since July, the career centers have established new access points, embedded in community-based organizations, to extend their job skills and job search services to difficult-to-reach populations. And as part of their participation in the state’s “Demand-Driven 2.0” strategy, the centers have also nearly doubled their number of employers served, from 380 in FY16 to 754 in FY17.

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Summer jobs for youth show potential citywide benefits
Boston’s Summer Youth Employment Program Matches 10,000+ Youth with Over 900 Local Employers Each Summer

 Amid declining youth employment rates, Boston’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) has taken on ever greater significance. Each summer, the program arranges employment opportunities for over 10,000 Boston youth, ages 14-22, with over 900 local employers. Participants typically work 20-25 hours per week for 6-7 weeks, July through August, and engage with a work readiness curriculum. The rewards extend far beyond adult nostalgia for first jobs. Recent research shows that Boston’s summer jobs program may have a meaningful impact on workforce development, economic equality, and even public safety in the City of Boston.

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The National High School Graduation Rate 

The national high school graduation rate has reached a new all-time high at 84.1 percent for the 2015-16 school year, up from 83.2 percent the previous year and 80 percent in 2011-12.

That according to data published today by the National Center for Education Statistics, part of the Institute of Education Sciences — the Education Department’s research arm.
Four-year graduation rates were up across the board for student subgroups. For example, the graduation rate for Hispanic students increased from 77.8 percent to 79.3 percent; for black students, it increased from 74.6 percent to 76.4 percent; for low-income students, it increased from 76.1 percent to 77.6 percent.

The graduation rate also increased for English-language learners, from 65.1 percent to 66.9 percent, and for students with disabilities, from 64.6 percent to 65.5 percent.
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Self-Driving Trucks May Be Closer Than They Appear 

Trucks will someday drive themselves out of warehouses and cruise down freeways without the aid of humans or even a driver’s cab — about that there seems little disagreement. The question is how soon that day gets here. And while the answers vary — technologists, not surprisingly, are more bullish than truckers — billions of dollars and a growing parade of companies, from tiny start-ups to the country’s biggest trucking operations, are betting it will be here sooner than most people think.

This year, companies and investors are on pace to put just over $1 billion into self-driving and other trucking technologies, 10 times the level of three years ago, according to CB Insights, which tracks the venture capital industry. Tesla is widely expected this week to showcase an electric truck that will have some self-driving capabilities. And Embark, a Silicon Valley start-up, is set to announce on Monday that it has been testing its self-driving technology as part of a three-way partnership with the truck-leasing company Ryder and the appliance giant Electrolux.

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Report: 21 Jobs of the Future: A Guide to Getting – and Staying – Employed Over the Next 10 Years

A new report, 21 Jobs of the Future: A Guide to Getting – and Staying – Employed Over the Next 10 Years, from IT-services and consulting firm Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp says that at least 21 new job categories may soon emerge from technological and other societal changes. The report envisions new occupations “with titles such as ‘genetic diversity officer,’ ‘virtual store sherpa’ and ‘personal memory curator.’ These roles aren’t science fiction, the study’s authors argue. Rather, they are identified as jobs many employers will have to fill within the next decade.

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National Apprenticeship Week Highlights Company-Based Education Options

Blum Inc. had a problem. In the 1990s, the international company’s North Carolina operation was running short of workers. Machinists. Technicians. Most of all, the company needed young employees who could expand the business and its bottom line. So Blum opened an apprenticeship program. “The idea was very simple,” Andreas Thurner, Blum’s apprenticeship manager, told Carolina Journal. “We wanted to do the same thing that we did in our Austrian [operation].” Thurner went on to help found Apprenticeships 2000, a Charlotte-based organization that recruits apprentices for several businesses in the area.

In a country with a growing “skills gap,” Blum’s story is all too familiar. Universities are struggling to keep up with changing technologies, Thurner said. The lag means college graduates are unprepared for manufacturing and engineering jobs. If companies can’t find skilled workers, Thurner said, there’s just one solution. Recruit and train them yourself. That means investing in apprenticeships. Unlike the unpaid internships often required of college students, apprenticeships generally target high schoolers. Employers recruit, train, and mentor students. The apprentices collect a paycheck and enjoy fully paid tuition at community colleges. Often, the company guarantees apprentices a job when they’ve completed the program. Such hands-on training could be one way to close the skills gap. More than 6 million U.S. jobs are unfilled — 350,000 of them in manufacturing, the White House announced earlier this year. The U.S. Department of Labor’s National Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 13-19, is focused on helping businesses fill that void.

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Event Connects High School Girls to Women in Manufacturing

As companies project a future with more manufacturing jobs than candidates to fill them, some are partnering with organizations to recruit students from a traditionally untapped market. With concern growing about a lack of skilled workers to fill open manufacturing jobs in the coming years, some companies are looking specifically to women to fill the gaps. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, women account for 47 percent of total employment, but just 27 percent of manufacturing employment. “Women are overlooking these jobs, and these jobs are overlooking women,” says Debby Coombs, director of industry partnerships at Partners for a Competitive Workforce (PCW), a Cincinnati, Ohio-based organization that works to fulfill local workforce needs in industries including advanced manufacturing.

To address this issue, PCW partnered with GE Aviation to host a Women Leaders in Manufacturing Summit event for high school girls, which was attended by more than 130 students from 20 area high schools. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions during a panel discussion with GE Aviation employees and participate in smaller, round-table conversations with female employees of GE. Presentations and demonstrations of additive manufacturing and robotics gave the students a look at the technology with which they could be working. Alicia Hammersmith, general manager of materials value stream at GE Aviation’s supply chain division, also gave a keynote address about her experience as a woman in manufacturing over the course of her 25-year career.

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Automotive Shop at Concord High Turns in ‘All Girls Garage’ After School 

Each Wednesday afternoon a group of young women have been taking over the automotive garage at Concord Regional Technical Center. They rotate tires, change oil and figure out why that pesky “check engine” light is on. During the day, the automotive shop is filled with almost all boys, but after school it becomes the “All Girls Garage.” After successfully changing a tire – twice – 11th-grader Sana Khan talked about how the new program has allowed her to explore something she wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to.

“It’s a golden opportunity,” she said. Her partner for the day, Ennosen Yen, agreed. Yen had previously considered a class in the automotive program but was intimidated by male classmates who seemed to already know all the basics before they were introduced by an instructor. All Girls Garage gives her a chance to honestly explore the subject. “You don’t have to like it,” Yen said. “Just come here and try it out. Be yourself. You’re not judged. You’re not being intimidated by people who are judging you because they already know stuff and you don’t.” CRTC automotive instructor Scott Mayotte came up with the idea for All Girls Garage and recruited Abigail McIntosh, 19, of Chichester to be the instructor.

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People Power: Government, Industry Investing in Workers of the Future 

Our future is at stake. Today’s economy is changing at such a rapid pace in New York City, across the U.S., and around the world that we are in danger of being left behind — unless we can find a way to keep up. As a result, schools, charities, governments, and businesses are scrambling to ensure economic stability and prosperity through the concept of “workforce development” — focusing on people as the primary drivers of economic growth by developing a human resources-centered strategy to remain competitive in the modern global marketplace.

The idea is that better-prepared and well-trained workers will help businesses achieve greater success, adding to the well-being of their communities and the workers themselves.
The stakes couldn’t be higher, said Gabrielle Fialkoff, a senior adviser to Mayor de Blasio and director of the city’s Office of Strategic Partnerships. “Workforce development is one of the surest single ways to protect people from falling into poverty and help them move out of poverty,” Fialkoff said. “It’s more important than ever to make sure we’re offering the skills that employers want and need,” she added.

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Nearly Half of States Have Added Good Blue-Collar Jobs That Don’t Require Bachelor’s Degrees, Says New Georgetown University Research 

A state-level analysis of the 30 million good jobs in the economy for those with less than a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) finds that nearly half of states have added good blue-collar jobs that pay without bachelor’s degrees. The report and companion website GoodJobsData.org from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (Georgetown Center) in partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co. also reveal that more good jobs have been going to associate’s degree holders than workers with no more than a high school diploma in nearly every state since 1991.

Good Jobs That Pay without a B.A.: A State-by-State Analysis finds that 34 states added good non-BA jobs between 1991 and 2015. Texas, Arizona, and states in the South and West experienced the fastest growth in these jobs. The report also identifies variation among good jobs gains and losses by industry and education across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Manufacturing declined in 38 states and dominated job losses in 14 of the 16 states that lost good jobs overall. Yet, 23 states gained good blue-collar jobs that pay without B.A.s in industries, such as construction and transportation.

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Penn Foster to Launch New Skilled Trades Brand, Adeptli, in Early 2018

Strengthening its longstanding leadership and commitment to upskilling today’s workforce and closing the middle skills gap, Penn Foster today unveiled its new technology-enabled apprenticeship and skilled trades brand, Adeptli, which will launch in early 2018. Penn Foster made the announcement in advance of National Apprenticeship Week (November 13-19, 2017), which was kicked off today with a luncheon hosted by Jobs for the Future in Washington, DC. The Adeptli brand represents Penn Foster’s current Workforce Development programs, delivering skilled trades training and apprenticeships to hundreds of employers across the country including California Steel, Penske, and United Auto Workers. Adeptli combines Penn Foster’s lengthy history of meeting the needs of the middle-skilled workforce and emphasis on apprenticeships with newly introduced proprietary technology that supports, tracks and delivers apprenticeships at scale. Adeptli will set new standards in workplace performance to launch careers and drive business success, ultimately decreasing the skills gap that continues to challenge the US.

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Department of Education Grants PCC $3 Million for Childcare, CTE Program

This fall, Portland Community College’s equitable student success plan got a timely shot in the arm. The college has been tapped to receive almost $3 million in critical grants that help to foster student success. PCC was awarded a four-year, $1 million Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant, as well as a three-year, $622,000 Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE)/Career & Technical Education (CTE) Teacher Pathway grant. Both were given to the college by the U.S. Department of Education.
The CCAMPIS grant will continue PCC’s successful childcare subsidy program, which covers the cost of daycare for up to 50 student parents per year, enabling them to stay in school as they work toward completing their studies. In addition to the subsidies, the funding will provide advising, financial aid assistance, and outreach support.

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Workforce Development Program Provides Opportunity 

Hidden among a cluster of identical office buildings is a life-changing opportunity for many in the Alexandria community. Since 1998, the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act has opened the door for many youths. The WIOA program helps young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 in Alexandria gain work experience or certifications that can lead to full-time employment and careers. “They may have had certain barriers in their life, and we gave them an opportunity, either through work experience or through education,” said Delaney Colbert, a Youth Employment Training Specialist at the Workforce Development Center. To be eligible for the program, the person must be below a certain income as well as fall within the 18 to 24 age-range. People with disabilities automatically qualify for the program regardless of income. Non-Alexandria residents may also apply for admittance, but preference is given to city dwellers.

Unlike the traditional college or job application process, there is not an online or formal application for the WIOA program. Those interested can go to the office or schedule an appointment in advance to meet with a training specialist for an interview. This interview will determine a person’s place in the program.

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Higher Education Not for Everyone, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta Says 

The Trump administration has a message for teenagers contemplating college: You have other options that may be better. “College is not the only track to a great career,” Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Monday at an event in Washington to honor apprenticeship programs. Good-paying jobs that don’t require a degree exist, he noted, and people who make that choice don’t have to spend time paying off student loans. The Trump administration has a message for teenagers contemplating college: You have other options that may be better. “College is not the only track to a great career,” Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Monday at an event in Washington to honor apprenticeship programs. Good-paying jobs that don’t require a degree exist, he noted, and people who make that choice don’t have to spend time paying off student loans.

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The Voice of Business: National Conference on Industry Sector Growth Strategies 

The Voice of Business: National Conference on Industry Sector Growth Strategies will be held on December 7-9 at the St. Petersburg Clearwater Marriott. Invited speakers include: Senator Marco Rubio (FL); Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (NC); Senator Patty Murray (WA); and Governor Rick Scott (FL).

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AHLA Announces $500,000 Youth Grant to Community-Based Organizations to Open Career Pathways in High-Demand Markets 

On Monday, October 30, Katherine Lugar, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) presented a national non-profit career development organization, Grads of Life, with a commitment to provide $500,000 in grants to community-based organizations to recruit and develop “Opportunity Youth” in high-demand markets, such as Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago and Baltimore.  U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta joined Lugar and Grads of Life Principal Shawn Jacqueline Bohen to announce this investment for Opportunity Youth.

Currently, six million young people – “Opportunity Youth” — are between the ages of 16 to 24, and out of school and out of work.  Connecting them to potential employers is an important step in securing their future. The hospitality industry has some 600,000 job openings and this grant commitment will help fill a critical labor shortage in the long-term by joining with community-based organizations to attract youth for careers in the hospitality industry. This grant is being provided to Grads of Life, a nationally recognized leader in working with employers to bring Opportunity Youth into the workplace. This funding will allow us to help reach some 1,000 youth over two years. On the heels of the Apprenticeship Task Force announcement, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is working closely with the hotel industry – which has a proven track record in creating career pathways for employees — to help close the skills gap and provide our nation’s youth with meaningful and impactful careers.

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Citi Foundation’s Youth Workforce Fund to Increase Access to Jobs, Including Apprenticeships and Internships, Among Youth

On Tuesday, October 24, The Citi Foundation announced the launch of the Youth Workforce Fund as part of its Pathways to Progress initiative to provide youth both in the U.S. and around the world with training and access to jobs, including paid apprenticeships and internships.  In partnership with America’s Promise Alliance, 15 nonprofit organizations across the United States will expand their programming to provide a range of employment opportunities in various areas including environmental sustainability to robotics and culinary arts to coding. Collectively, the Youth Workforce Fund is expected to reach more than 5,000 youth across the country.

Access to apprenticeships, internships, and vocational training is essential to empowering youth and preparing them to compete in today’s economy. According to the Citi Foundation’s Global Youth Survey 2017: Economic Prospects & Expectations, 78% of young people surveyed believe that internships and apprenticeships are critical for career success; however, 60% say there aren’t enough of these opportunities in their cities. The Youth Workforce Fund is comprised of leading community organizations from 15 U.S. cities including Buffalo, NY; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Florence, KY; Jacksonville, FL; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Newark, NJ; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Sioux Falls, SD; Tampa, FL; Tucson, AZ; Washington, DC and Wilmington, Delaware. Each organization is receiving $250,000 in financial support in addition to technical assistance and an opportunity to share best practices.

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UpSkill America Receives $600,000 Grant from Walmart

Walmart and UpSkill America, an initiative of the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program, are pleased to announce that Walmart has awarded a $600,000 grant to UpSkill America. With this grant, UpSkill America will expand its work to equip businesses with tools to educate, train, and develop frontline workers so that these workers can advance in their careers. This grant will support UpSkill America in: 1) Assessing employers’ needs to determine the necessary tools to implement more upskilling programs in one of the eight areas tracked by the initiative, including: high school completion/equivalency; pre-employment training; new employee training; adult basic education; certifications; alternative credentials (i.e. badging); apprenticeship; and college degrees; 2) Scanning the landscape to identify existing upskilling support tools that can be adapted, expanded upon, and shared with the UpSkill America Network. Where there are gaps in available tools, UpSkill America will identify new tools that need to be developed and the partners or subject matter experts who are best suited to assist in developing these various tools; 3) Developing and testing tools to assist employers with upskilling program establishment, operation and improvement, and results; and 4) Deploying upskilling tools through direct employer engagement and through employer-facing networks, such as employer, local and regional, and sector-based convenings, as well as workforce development initiative convenings with strong employer engagement.

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In D.C. Efforts to Champion Alternatives to Four-Year Degrees Slow to Gain Traction 

In 2016-2017 Burnsville High School launched a radically redesigned curriculum to try to plug Minnesota’s job skills gap. The suburban school south of the Twin Cities now funnels students into career pathways instead of a general academic regimen. Burnsville has become a national model for states like Minnesota that face a disconnect between available employment and the training needed to fill them. Yet even as well-paying posts in manufacturing and trades go begging, the American dream of a bachelor of arts or sciences dies so hard that politicians and public officials find themselves in a culture war as they push workforce legislation and policies.

The idea of career and technical education — what an older generation called “shop” or “vocational ed” — makes sense to people “as long as you pose this for someone else’s children,” said Anthony Carnevale, director of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. “When you ask, ‘Should your kid go to a four-year college?’ the answer is always ‘Yes.’ ” Mirroring a decade-long trend, a 2017 survey by the trade group Enterprise Minnesota found roughly half of Minnesota manufacturers still struggle to find qualified applicants for available jobs. Allison Liuzzi, who studies the skills gap for the nonprofit research group Minnesota Compass, said employment data suggest that two-thirds of job openings in Minnesota in the next decade will require some education beyond high school. However, half those jobs will require less than a four-year degree.

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Expanding Student Success Rates to Reflect Today’s College Students

On Thursday, October 12, the National Center for Education Statistics came out with a major development in higher education data and released results from the Outcome Measure survey. The survey for the first time ever shows how part-time and transfer students in college are progressing toward graduation. Historically the federal government has only tracked outcomes measures — namely graduation rates — for first-time, full-time college-goers. But those students account for fewer than half of college students, and the data out today provide a much more complete picture than we’ve ever had before. “These changes help respond to those who feel that the [first-time, full-time] graduation rates do not reflect the larger student population, in particular public 2-year colleges that serve a larger, non-traditional college student population,” Gigi Jones, who directed the survey, wrote. Transfer students are doing better than their peers at almost all types of schools, but especially at public colleges and universities. The report measures how many students who enrolled in 2008 had earned a certificate or degree within eight years. Sixty-six percent of students who transferred into a public four-year university and attended full time had earned a certificate or degree within eight years, compared to just under 59 percent of full-time students who started out at those schools. Many public universities have articulation agreements with community colleges to encourage such transfers.

The data also make clear just how many students transfer out of public two-year schools. Thirty-three percent of students who enrolled at public two-year colleges had enrolled at another institution within eight years, according to the report. That is a much higher rate than the 26 percent of students who had earned a certificate or degree from the two-year colleges within eight years after enrollment there and did not transfer out. The data can make a big difference for showing how well some schools are actually performing. The new data shows that 43 percent of transfer students attending the school full-time had graduated by eight years later. It’s a survey, so the data is self-reported by schools. More information will be added to the report in the coming years, including measuring students with Pell Grants vs. those who don’t receive the grants for low-income students, and a breakdown of the type of award students received — certificates, associate’s or bachelor’s degrees.

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Google to Give $1 Billion to Nonprofits and Help Americans Get Jobs in the New Economy

Google will invest $1 billion over the next five years in nonprofit organizations helping people adjust to the changing nature of work, the largest philanthropic pledge to date from the Internet giant. The announcement of the national digital skills initiative, made by Google CEO Sundar Pichai in Pittsburgh, Pa. Thursday, is a tacit acknowledgment from one of the world’s most valuable companies that it bears some responsibility for rapid advances in technology that are radically reshaping industries and eliminating jobs in the U.S. and around the world. Pichai’s pitstop in an old industrial hub that has reinvented itself as a technology and robotics center is the first on a “Grow with Google Tour.” The tour that will crisscross the country will work with libraries and community organizations to provide career advice and training. It heads next to Indianapolis in November.  “The nature of work is fundamentally changing. And that is shifting the link between education, training, and opportunity,” Pichai said in prepared remarks at Google’s offices in Pittsburgh. “One-third of jobs in 2020 will require skills that aren’t common today. It’s a big problem.”

Google will make grants in its three core areas: education, economic opportunity, and inclusion. Already in the last few months, it has handed out $100 million of the $1 billion to nonprofits, according to Pichai. The largest single grant — $10 million, the largest Google’s ever made — is going to Goodwill, which is creating the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator. Over the next three years Goodwill, a major player in workforce development, aims to provide 1 million people with access to digital skills and career opportunities. Pichai says 1,000 Google employees will be available for career coaching.  In all, Google employees will donate 1 million volunteer hours to assist organizations like Goodwill trying to close the gap between the education and skills of the American workforce and the new demands of the 21st-century workplace, Pichai said.

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Ivanka Trump Calls on Congress to Act on Immigration

Ivanka Trump waded into the immigration debate Monday evening, calling the fate of immigrants who have been covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program a “very complicated issue.” “You do have the question of the Dreamers: 800,000 young people, most of whom are under 25, most of whom are women. What role should the Dreamers be playing in the future workforce?” moderator Nina Easton asked Trump during a panel discussion at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit. “This is a very complicated issue that needs a long-term congressional fix,” she said, prompting murmurs from the audience, which included female business powerhouses, including Diane Von Furstenberg.

Monday’s response was the first time Ivanka Trump has addressed the topic of immigration since her father took office, usually opting to stay away from controversial political topics. President Donald Trump announced he would end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, at the beginning of last month, but gave Congress a six-month window in which to act to make the program permanent. Trump was at the summit to discuss workforce development and the future of work. She has called skills-based training an “enormous priority” for her father’s administration. On Monday, she also pointed to the lack of affordable childcare as “enormously prohibitive to women in the workforce,” saying it’s something she’s working to tackle with the administration’s push for tax reform.

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The Life and Death Consequences of Summer Jobs Programs

Since the 1960s, big-city mayors have touted the virtues of summer jobs programs for inner-city kids with almost religious faith. Paying a couple of thousand dollars to local businesses to give poor kids an entry-level job for six weeks would reap big rewards down the road, the thinking went. Even a minimum wage job would prepare young people for entry into the job market; give them an incentive to stay in school, stay off the streets and out of jail; and even bring home some cash to help out their hardworking parents. “It’s hard to find a mayor who doesn’t love them,” says Martha Ross, a fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. “They’re the political equivalent of a ribbon cutting.”

But do these programs really work? For years, no one measured whether summer jobs programs actually achieved what city halls simply presumed they did. Rigorous examination of those claims was hampered by the time it would take to dig through the records from the non-profits and private companies that provided the jobs, says Alicia Modestino, a labor economist at Northeastern University. But over the past few years academic studies, many connected to MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, have started to tally results, in some cases tracking outcomes of summer jobs programs through randomized controlled trials.

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The Parts of America Most Susceptible to Automation 

Economists expect that millions of American jobs are going to be replaced by automation in the coming decades. But where will those job losses take place? Which areas will be hardest hit? Much of the focus regarding automation has been on the Rust Belt. There, many workers have been replaced by machines, and the number of factory jobs has slipped as more production is offshored. While a lot of the rhetoric about job loss in the Rust Belt has centered on such outsourcing, one study from Ball State University found that only 13 percent of manufacturing job losses are attributable to trade, and the rest to automation.

A new analysis suggests that the places that are going to be hardest-hit by automation in the coming decades are in fact outside of the Rust Belt. It predicts that areas with high concentrations of jobs in food preparation, office or administrative support, and/or sales will be most affected—places such as Las Vegas and the Riverside-San Bernardino area may be the most vulnerable to automation in upcoming years, with 65 percent of jobs in Las Vegas and 63 percent of jobs in Riverside predicted to be automatable by 2025. Other areas especially vulnerable to automation are El Paso, Orlando, and Louisville.

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Job Opening

NAPE and the NAPE Education Foundation (NAPEEF) seek a strong, experienced leader to lead an organization doing important work to its next level of strategic growth and development. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) reports to the Foundation Board which oversees strategic priorities, evaluates effectiveness, and provides financial oversight. Its consolidated annual budget is approximately $2.7M. There are 10 staff members in 6 virtual locations in addition to 60 consultants who serve as professional development instructors across the country. The CEO has 6 direct reports.

The CEO must embrace the shared mission of NAPE and the NAPE Education Foundation and be committed to advancing the organizations, providing sound fiscal management, and sustaining positive relationships with the Board, Executive Committee, staff, members, partners, funders, and other stakeholders. The CEO will demonstrate strong integrity and personal and strategic leadership. S/he will develop internal relationships, build the culture, and advance programming. Ideal candidates for this position will reflect NAPE/NAPEEF’s core values and will demonstrate an ability to serve as an engaged, inspiring, innovative, and visionary leader.
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WorkPlace Awarded $12 Million in Contracts and Grants in Job Center Management, Veterans, Healthcare, and Dislocated Workers Career Support

The WorkPlace was awarded contracts to serve as Operator of the American Job Center in Medina County Ohio and in Mercer County New Jersey. The process in both cases was competitive and extends our national footprint to two additional states. The proposal in each case was based on a hybrid model which combines our virtual e-connect system and a part-time staff person at the Job Centers as well. The WorkPlace will be responsible for reviewing their performance data, commenting on ways and means to improve it by establishing links to successful innovative practices throughout the nation and will be paid an annual fee of $80K for our management role. The WorkPlace’s e-connect option remains the only electronic vehicle in the job center management business. They have won 7 Operator management contracts since March, totaling well over $7 million a year herein. In addition to Ohio and NJ, we have won two contracts in NY, two in RI and one in Mass.

Several months ago, WorkPlace was awarded $650K by the CtDOL as part of a USDOL competitive grant to service dislocated long term unemployed in south western Ct. A few days ago it were notified that the CtDOL received approval to increase its allocation to $1,346,846 and assign us responsibility to administer the program statewide. The new program will provide a substantial wage subsidy to eligible employers. This is not Platform to Employment (P2E) but it does include a job readiness component which is similar to the one used in P2E. As a result of it being statewide, the WorkPlace will move to reinstate some of our P2E Ct staff as soon as next week. The P2E team has the skills, experience and contacts to get it done. This grant is totally independent from our P2E budget allocation which won’t happen until or unless a budget is passed. The WorkPlace also received notice from the US Department of Health and Human Services that our Health Academy grant was approved for a 3rd year of funding. Although it’s a five-year grant, its reviewed each year and grantees must demonstrate constructive achievements in accordance with the programs objectives. It’s not unusual for a grantee to be denied funding or to face a funding reduction. The WorkPlace also received official word last week from the Veteran Administration that they were awarded a three year grant for Support Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) and were awarded $1.3 million a year for the next three years.

After Decades of Pushing Bachelor’s Degrees, U.S. Needs More Tradespeople

At a steel factory dwarfed by the adjacent Auto Club Speedway, Fernando Esparza is working toward his next promotion. Esparza is a 46-year-old mechanic for Evolution Fresh, a subsidiary of Starbucks that makes juices and smoothies. He’s taking a class in industrial computing taught by a community college at a local manufacturing plant in the hope it will bump up his wages. It’s a pretty safe bet. The skills being taught here are in high demand. That’s in part because so much effort has been put into encouraging high school graduates to go to college for academic degrees rather than for training in industrial and other trades that many fields like his face worker shortages. Now California is spending $6 million on a campaign to revive the reputation of vocational education, and $200 million to improve the delivery of it.

“It’s a cultural rebuild,” said Randy Emery, a welding instructor at the College of the Sequoias in California’s Central Valley. Standing in a cavernous teaching lab full of industrial equipment on the college’s Tulare campus, Emery said the decades-long national push for high school graduates to get bachelor’s degrees left vocational programs with an image problem, and the nation’s factories with far fewer skilled workers than needed. “I’m a survivor of that teardown mode of the ’70s and ’80s, that college-for-all thing,” he said. This has had the unintended consequence of helping flatten out or steadily erode the share of students taking vocational courses. In California’s community colleges, for instance, it’s dropped to 28 percent from 31 percent since 2000, contributing to a shortage of trained workers with more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree.
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Workers: Fear Not the Robot Apocalypse

For retailers, the robot apocalypse isn’t a science-fiction movie. As digital giants swallow a growing share of shoppers’ spending, thousands of stores have closed and tens of thousands of workers have lost their jobs. Belinda Duperre, who sold jewelry at Sam’s Club in Fall River, Mass., was one. In early 2016, the struggling store closed. But Ms. Duperre, a lifelong resident of the once-thriving factory town an hour south of Boston, went from victim of the digital revolution to beneficiary. Amazon.com Inc. announced plans to hire 500 full-time workers for a new 1.2-million square foot fulfillment center on the outskirts of town. “I was just dying, waiting for Amazon to open,” she recalls. She was among the center’s first hires last fall; full-time employment has since soared to about 2,000.

Ms. Duperre earns $2 more per hour at Amazon than at Sam’s, in part because she’s a lot more productive. At Sam’s, she served perhaps one to 20 customers a day. At Amazon, she packs 75 to 120 boxes an hour that are then whisked via high-speed automated conveyor belts to fleets of trucks that fan out across the region. The work is more physically demanding, but Ms. Duperre, 54, sees a bright side. “I lost 25 pounds working here,” she says. “This is a free gym membership.” The brick-and-mortar retail swoon has been accompanied by a less headline-grabbing e-commerce boom that has created more jobs in the U.S. than traditional stores have cut. Those jobs, in turn, pay better, because its workers are so much more productive.
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How Do I Prepare My Students for Jobs that May Soon Disappear?

I’ve been a teacher for 20 years. On day one of each new school year, the first conversation I hold with my students is about education. I start by saying, “Education is important; it will prepare you for a career.” I choose this topic to instill hope in my students that all their work in school will pay off. American schools have cycled millions of students through classrooms into the workforce. But more important, schools are a doorway for opening up young minds to a world of possibilities. As companies increasingly introduce digital machines into production, workers must hone new skills for the tools of industry. While the speed of school systems to harmonize instruction to a changing economy is often glacial, teachers and education leaders have found creative ways to adjust. New programs that support science and math, computer science, and robot design are sprouting up in innovative high schools and classrooms across the country.

Although a drumbeat of criticism would have you believe that high schools are “failing” to prepare students for the workplace, graduates are finding jobs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for high school graduates declined from 11 percent in 2009 to 7.7 percent in January of this year. While this was still above the national average of 4.8 percent in January, the downward trend gives a reason to be optimistic about the ability of high schools to prepare students to get a job in the 21st-century economy. Over the last year or so, there’s been an acceleration in the stream of headlines in the business press tracking the growing trend of automation and robots doing tasks once carried out by people. The recent purchase of Whole Foods by the mega-online retailer Amazon, renowned for its automated warehouses and workerless grocery stores, has awakened fresh concerns over the elimination of entire job categories and a growing army of unemployable people.
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What Amazon’s HQ2 Wish List Signals About the Future of Cities

Amazon’s big announcement that it will build a second headquarters has caught the attention of local officials, economic development professionals, and pundits across the U.S. and Canada. And for good reason: “HQ2,” as it’s being called, would create upwards of 50,000 high-paying jobs and billions of dollars of new investment in whichever city it locates in. The city that lands this historic deal will see its economic and physical landscape transformed, albeit for a hefty price tag in the form of tax breaks. Thus far, public attention has largely focused on two aspects of Amazon’s announcement: Speculation about which of the 50 eligible North American metropolitan areas are most likely to be chosen for HQ2, and how much public subsidy the winning city will offer the world’s 4th-largest corporation to seal the deal. But this announcement carries far more profound implications for regional and local economic developers, Amazon HQ2 hopefuls or not. Amazon’s selection criteria, as described in the company’s request for proposal, sets out a compelling list of the attributes cities must have if they aspire to be a serious part of the America’s growing digital economy.
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REDF Employment Social Enterprise Census 

Now more than ever, the work you do to support people striving to overcome employment barriers—get jobs, keep jobs, and build a better future—is critically important. It is a privilege for REDF to help lead and support this growing movement. The information you share by participating in the Census plays a key role in helping us do that. By obtaining a baseline understanding of the employment social enterprise sector in the U.S., we will be able to better serve you with the content, resources, and programming needed to strengthen and grow your businesses to assist more people. The information you provide will also help REDF raise the profile of the sector both regionally and nationally, and advance legislation that is supportive of your work.

The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and your participation is vital. The person at your organization who is best able to provide information on your goals, challenges, and impacts should fill out the census. That person most likely will be the Social Enterprise Director, or the President or Executive Director of the parent organization. Please provide only one response per social enterprise business line – social enterprise business line represents the unique businesses operated by an organization, which can include multiple businesses under one organization. Please be as accurate as possible, and complete the survey no later than September 29, 2017.
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The Partnership Approach to Securing One Stop Operator – A Best Practice

Some question whether there is any collaboration in our nation’s capital as we struggle to come to consensus on major legislation, and that is forcing many to splinter off and act alone. The workforce system in DC, on the other hand is making great strides working in partnership with key organizations to make a difference for its area job seekers and businesses. The District of Columbia Workforce Investment Council (WIC) and its Board wanted to improve job seeker and employer customer service delivery and outcomes through its One Stop Career Center system, in concert with the new Federal WIOA guidelines and the WIC’s adopted Strategic Plan.

Unlike other Workforce Development Boards, the Government of District of Columbia workforce system is coordinated by the State workforce agency and state Board who collaborate to coordinate both state and local workforce initiatives, making their procurement process and options more technical and unique. Yet, the process undertaken can be an effective and replicable model for either state or local systems interested in enhancing the performance of the American Job Center system nationally.

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Business Leaders United Visits Congress to Advocate for Apprenticeship, Investments in Education and Workforce Development

On Wednesday, twenty-five business leaders from six southern states (Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama) came to Washington, D.C. to advocate for investments in apprenticeship and training programs that prepare workers for in-demand fields. The business leaders, hosted by Business Leaders United (BLU) and Georgia BLU, held more than 33 meetings with their Senators and Representatives, staff from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s office, as well as with leadership from the House Ways and Means and Education and Workforce Committees.

The employers urged policymakers to invest in the skills of America’s workers with the goals of closing the skills gap and developing a pipeline of skilled, trained workers that can meet the demand of growing industries. They shared their workforce challenges, especially their inability to find enough skilled, trained workers. And, they urged key lawmakers to improve the way apprenticeship and career and technical education works so they better align with the needs of businesses. Apprenticeship and work-based learning helps both companies and their workers – companies develop qualified and loyal employees while employees earn certificates and credentials that lead to higher wages. Unfortunately, federal policies don’t make setting up apprenticeships and work based learning programs easy. So, the employers, together with representatives from chambers of commerce, urged Congress to support the PARTNERS and BUILDS Acts.

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Opioids Assail the Workforce

The Princeton economist Alan Krueger started with a question: What’s keeping young people out of work?  Over the last two decades, the share of employed Americans in their prime has steadily tumbled — even as the economy recovered and businesses nationwide struggled to fill openings. In a new paper, Krueger argues that opioids pose more than just a health threat: They’re benching workers across the country. “The problem of the depressed labor force has run into the problem of the opioid crisis,” he said. “Now they’re connected.” The rise in painkiller prescriptions between 1999 and 2015 drove about 20 percent of the drop in men’s workforce participation and 25 percent of women’s, Krueger estimated in the study.
To reach this conclusion, the economist looked at county-level opioid prescription rates and labor force data from the periods of 1999 to 2001 and 2014 to 2016. Areas with the highest rates of opioid prescriptions, Krueger noticed, also experienced a shrinking workforce. The dark green splotches in this Brookings Institution map show that swaths of Nevada, Michigan, Maine, the southeast and the southwest appear to have suffered the hardest hits.

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Collaboration and Innovation at Work for DC’s American Job Centers

Some question whether there is any collaboration in our nation’s capital as we struggle to come to a consensus on major legislation, and that is forcing many to splinter off and act alone. The workforce system in DC, on the other hand, is making great strides working in partnership with key organizations to make a difference for its area job seekers and businesses. The District of Columbia Workforce Investment Council and its Board wanted to improve job seeker and employer customer service delivery through its American Job Center system, in concert with new Federal workforce guidelines.

The Workforce Investment Council developed an innovative process to reposition its American Job Center “operator” as a ‘convener,’ of agencies and businesses that are providing high-quality services for maximum impact in meeting the needs of area businesses and the labor pool. Diane Pabich, Interim Workforce Investment Council Executive Director, remarked, “Our Board pursued an innovative design that broadens and better aligns our services and partnerships, resulting in more impactful customer outcomes and broader community results.” “At a minimum,” said Pabich, “this new approach will create efficiencies in the system and reduce duplication in alignment with lean organizational practices.”

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RFP Released for Vendors of American Job Centers in New York City 

The City of New York Small Business Services and the New York City Workforce Development Board are seeking appropriately qualified vendors to operate their American Job Centers, locally referred to as Workforce1 Career Centers.  These centers will meet the hiring, training, and other workforce needs of employers and provide New Yorkers with access to quality jobs, training opportunities, and career advancement. There will be an information session on a date still to be determined, and proposals are due by September 21, 2017. Please see the RFP attached.

This Request for Proposals is issued through the HHS Accelerator system to those organizations prequalified in the relevant service areas.  Likewise, proposals must be submitted through the HHS Accelerator system in the manner set forth in the ‘Procurements’ section of the system by those same prequalified organizations.  In order to prequalify, organizations should be prepared to provide general tax and financial information as well as documents to establish an organization’s service experience and capabilities.

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August 22, 2017 – The District of Columbia Workforce Investment Council Best Practices: The Partnership Approach to Securing One Stop Operator

July 10, 2017 – Baltimore Youth Jobs Programs Build a Path to Careers

March 16, 2017 – Millions of Manufacturing Job Could Go Unfilled: A Jobs Program in Louisville is Filling a Skills Gap and Putting Americans Back to Work

February 17, 2017 – One Baltimore for Jobs Strengthens Local Workforce Systems 

Two Years In: Baltimore Pilot Successful in Connecting Young Adults with Work

Since launching in 2015, the Casey-supported One Baltimore for Jobs initiative has built a citywide infrastructure aimed at removing barriers to employment and self-sufficiency. Initiated as a response to unrest in Baltimore, these efforts have helped connect hundreds of the city’s young adults with jobs in high-growth industries.

The city of Baltimore established One Baltimore for Jobs after receiving a two-year, $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2017, the Casey Foundation will continue supporting many of the workforce-focused organizations that have participated in the initiative to date.

STRIVE to Expand NYC Youth Programs with Grants from Citi Foundation and Starbucks

STRIVE is proud to announce two new grants that will allow us to expand their employment services for young adults in New York City. With a new grant from the Citi Foundation’s Youth Opportunity Fund, STRIVE and the East Harlem Talent Network will launch Serve UP Harlem, a new initiative to train youth for careers in New York City’s fast-growing food service and hospitality sector. The program is part of STRIVE’s ongoing commitment to creating opportunity for our city’s youth. Launched in 2015, the Youth Opportunity Fund is part of the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative, and supports organizations that help empower urban youth, ages 16 to 24. The Fund awards one-year grants of $250,000 to nonprofit organizations in 10 U.S. cities. STRIVE’s youth services are also being supported by a recent grant from the Starbucks Foundation’s Opportunity for Youth Initiative, focused on STRIVE’s job readiness and youth training services.

Missouri Governor Nixon Directs State Agencies to Lessen Unnecessary Barriers to Employment

Leading the Change: “Inspiring Our Youth – Building a Community” 

In partnership with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s Youth Safety Initiative, CareerSource South Florida launches its Summer Youth Employment and Ready To Work Programs. Through the Youth Safety Initiative, these programs will provide opportunity to South Florida’s future workforce while decreasing crime in Miami-Dade County. Both programs are designed to provide entry-level positions within local businesses, private sectors, and community-based organizations. Program selection will be achieved through a lottery process for candidates who have met all program requirements. Participants must be between 14-27 years of age and reside in Miami-Dade County in one of the twenty (20) targeted zip codes. Open registration is currently available at www.careersourcesfl.com.

“Building our community, while offering meaningful employment options and income to our youth and
young adults is critical to supporting the efforts in decreasing crime in Miami-Dade and bringing families in our communities closer together. The Summer Youth Employment and Ready to Work Employment Program will allow youth and young adults to take on new responsibilities, gain on-the-job experience and transferable career readiness skills, and develop essential social skills that will help them achieve success in the future workforce and contribute to the growth in their communities,” said Rick Beasley, Executive Director for CareerSource South Florida.

CBS Calls STRIVE a Unique Nonprofit with Remarkable Results

DOL Makes $7.5 Million Available to Flint for Water Recovery

Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce Honors CareerSource South Florida 

The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce (MDCC) honored CareerSource South Florida (CSSF) as the Non-Profit Organization of the Year during their 2016 Annual Symposium Business Leaders Luncheon. This year’s theme was “Mentoring: Bridging the Generational Gap.” The luncheon took place at the Hyatt Regency in Miami. Over 300 of South Florida’s business, civic, educational and philanthropic leaders were in attendance. Each year the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce honors and highlights the exemplary achievements of Miami’s dynamic business community. MDCC honored CareerSource South Florida for its continuous commitment in shaping the future of businesses, partners and the communities in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties reach goals and achieve successful outcomes. As an honoree, Rick Beasley, Executive Beasley is proud of CSSF’s successes and is grateful to be part of a non-profit organization that is dedicated to serving the CareerSource South Florida was one of five honorees who were recognized during the luncheon. Other honorees were: Board Member of the Year – H. Leigh Toney, Miami-Dade College, North Campus Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Center; Corporate Business of the Year – CH2M, a global engineering company; Dexter Foster Small Business of the Year – Joe Louissaint, Show Technology Inc.; and Rising Star of the Year – Michael J. Butler, Easy Painting and Decorating Inc.

Chicago Workforce Agency Wins $10.9 Million Grant for Retail Employment Services

The Walmart Foundation is giving a Chicago and Cook County workforce agency $10.9 million to provide education and employment services for retail workers. The grant will fund retail-oriented programs in Chicago and 10 other locations, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership CEO Karin Norington-Reaves said after the grant was announced at a National Association of Workforce Boards conference on Monday. The organization, formed in 2012, provides free services to job seekers and businesses and is among the largest workforce agencies in the country, with a roughly $60 million budget, and administers federal, public and private funding to 53 institutions, Norington-Reaves said.

About a third of the grant money will fund local programs, including a new center where the Chicago Cook organization will provide retail-focused training for new employees preparing for a first job and current workers looking to advance their careers, Norington-Reaves said. Courses range from interpersonal skills that help employees succeed in the workplace to more technical customer service and retail programs that might help an employee qualify for certification through the National Retail Federation.

March 9, 2016 – Techhire Utah Celebrates First Year of Workforce Innovation

March 7, 2016 Louisville Mayor’s SummerWorks  – Mayor to businesses: SummerWorks is ‘crucial’



STRIVE CEO Phil Weinberg’s Letter to the Editor of The New York Times

February 16, 2016 – Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County Honored Today at White House

February 9, 2016 – WorkSource will ReBoot 1,000 Careers in Tech & Advanced Manufacturing by 2018

Secretary Perez Speaks at the 84th U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting

February 4, 2016 – JOB OPENING: Executive Director, Workforce Solutions Capital Area

In Rapidly Evolving Silicon Valley Economy, Funds Will Help Close Skills Gap

Workforce Development Package is Still a Work in Progress

Baltimore Summer Jobs Program Already Has 1,000 Applicants

STEP-UP Workforce Development Program Launches in Chattanooga

Program Expanding to “KickStart” Young Careers

December 7, 2015 – Louisville on the cusp of innovative, vibrant economy; urgency, new thinking needed to move forward





October 5, 2015 – The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) Announces a $9.4 Million Five Year Award

October 5, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Awarded The WorkPlace a $14 million Grant to Prepare TANF Recipients, Lower Wage and the Long Term Unemployed for Careers in Healthcare

October 3, 2015 – Mayor Walsh Announces $3M Federal Grant to Support Construction and Hospitality Careers

September 30, 2015 – Worksystems & Partners Secure $12M Health Care Training Grant

New Labor Market Data Show Job Growth in Healthcare, Logistics, Technology, Sales

Mayor Walsh Launches Center Connecting Unemployed High School Graduates to Workforce Training and Opportunities

Mayor Walsh Announces Additional Funding for Summer Jobs

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the official opening of the Employment Connection Center in Southwest Baltimore

De Blasio Administration, Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and Department for Youth & Community Development Announce Doubled Summer Internship Opportunities for City Youth in “Ladders For Leaders” Program

Peduto ‘Damn Proud’ Of Teens In Summer Learn And Earn Program

Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative develops nearly 2000 opportunities for Seattle youth

Mayor Finch announces additional youth summer jobs for kids in Bridgeport, applauds Starbucks initiative to create 100,000 jobs for youth nationally

Louisville Mayor announces $2M boost in job training funds

Detroit jobs initiative prepares youth for success