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Friday June 23, 2017
A Step Closer to High-Quality, Industry-Aligned Career and Technical Education Programs
Yesterday the House passed the bipartisan H.R. 2353, “The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.” This bill serves as an update to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides federal support for career and technical education (CTE) programs. Jobs for the Future (JFF) commends the House’s bipartisan efforts to update the Perkins Act, recognizing that people face a job market that is significantly different from when the Act was last reauthorized in 2006. JFF recognizes that high-quality, industry-aligned CTE programs can benefit...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Federal Workforce Policy
Thursday June 22, 2017
Maximizing Mobility: Leveraging New Data to Help Low-Income Students Climb the Income Ladder
The story we tell ourselves about upward income mobility is unraveling. The majority of respondents to a New America survey felt that it is harder than ever to attain a foundational element of the “American Dream,” in which children will earn more than their parents. But most respondents still believe another tenet of the American mobility narrative—that going to college creates upward mobility. While it is true that college graduates do better in our economy than non-grads, there is considerable variation in earnings from different college degrees. For low-income students in particular, not...
Tags: Federal Higher Education Policy, Credentials, Developmental Education
Friday June 9, 2017
By Deborah Kobes and Sara Lamback Women do drive trucks. But like the construction trades and several other stereotypically male jobs, truck driving has maintained stubbornly low rates of female workforce participation. Nationwide, approximately six percent of truck drivers are women1. These women drive not only big rigs in long-haul trucking, but also industrial trucks, trash and recycling trucks, and small delivery trucks. These opportunities could benefit many more women around the country because they are well-paying jobs that require relatively little education or training. The median...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy, Career and Technical Education
Thursday June 8, 2017
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Americans seeking employment often face a conundrum: relevant work experience is a prerequisite for many jobs, but it is difficult to gain the required experience without relevant on-the-job learning opportunities. There is momentum building around apprenticeship and other forms of work-based learning, and it’s not hard to understand why. There is simply no better way to learn how to succeed in the workplace than by having the chance to hone skills on the job. Learning on the job as well as in the classroom allows participants to put their lessons in context, reinforce necessary skills, and...
Tags: Apprenticeship, Registered Apprenticeship
Tuesday May 30, 2017
America’s “Greatness” Depends on the Skills of Its People and Its Workforce  blog
Last week, the Trump administration released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, entitled “A New Foundation for American Greatness.” The President’s proposal would prioritize funding for defense, border security and immigration enforcement, infrastructure, and technology. What the budget does not prioritize is investing in the education and skills of America’s current and future workforce. If enacted, the funding cuts in the budget would represent a serious threat to America’s economic prosperity and to the greatness the administration is looking to achieve. The United States needs...
Tags: Economic Mobility, Federal Workforce Policy, Federal Higher Education Policy