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Tuesday October 17, 2017
By Sarah Hooker, Jobs for the Future and Radha Biswas, International Workforce Development The fate of the Dreamers remains up for grabs, as Congress and the White House spar over competing policy priorities that could determine the future of this vulnerable group, as well as the broader population of immigrants and refugees. While lawmakers consider what comes next, it is imperative that they find a solution that improves upon, rather than erodes, the already-shaky protections that existed under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Only a permanent, trusted form of relief for...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy
Monday October 2, 2017
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This blog was originally featured in IndustryWeek as part of Manufacturing Day.  The fact that U.S. manufacturers are continuing to produce while employing fewer people shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the impact this trend is having on the skills needed to make it in the new manufacturing workforce just might. Decades of downsizing has helped businesses hone in on a root cause of the on-going talent search issue: That the worker shortage alone is not the problem. The challenge is locating recruits that have advanced skills required for contemporary manufacturing. Contemporary manufacturing...
Tags: Apprenticeship, Manufacturing
Friday September 29, 2017
Early College Designation Process Overview Infographic
Fifteen years ago, Jobs for the Future (JFF), in collaboration with national partners, pioneered an innovative approach––now widely known as early college––to boost postsecondary success. Early colleges enable high school students to earn transferable college credit up to an associate’s degree at no cost to them or their families. This helps expand postsecondary opportunities for students who might not otherwise be able to afford soaring tuition costs. Across the country, state and district education leaders are embracing early college as an effective strategy for helping students graduate...
Tags: Early College
Tuesday September 19, 2017
Recently, I read an employer profile for the Kentucky-based materials manufacturer Universal Woods, written by Steven Dawson. Universal Woods is a manufacturer of hard surface panels and flooring headquartered in Louisville, KY, with 200 employees, and operations in Ohio, Australia, and Belgium. To many, Universal Woods embodies the idea of a  “good employer” – the type of employer that sees the worker as a trusted partner and creator of value for the business – and Dawson describes the work environment as one that nurtures the practice of learning from mistakes and working collaboratively,...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning, Future of Work, Developmental Education
Thursday September 14, 2017
By guest
The technological advances of the past 40 years have fueled the Fourth Industrial Revolution which has greatly impacted the modern workplace. The First Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production; the Fourth Industrial Revolution will use robotics, automation, computing, and the internet to transform the nature of work forever. While technology has made us more productive, it has changed many of the types of jobs we do, and how we do them. What does this mean for K-12 educators? How can this inform how we define getting our students “college and career ready”?...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Developmental Education, Work-Based Learning, Future of Work