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Tuesday July 22, 2014
America’s leaders are intensifying efforts to confront the persistent academic and societal disparities among black and Latino males and other young men of color. President Barack Obama’s transformative and morally just initiative My Brother’s Keeper has gathered leaders from the public and private sectors to build on proven solutions that address problems such as poverty, failing schools, and lack of career options that disproportionately affect millions of boys and young men of color. We at Jobs for the Future commend the President and his partners for shining a light on this population...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery, Federal K-12 Policy
Tuesday July 15, 2014
What comes to mind when you think of apprenticeship? Maybe you recall that Ben Franklin was a printer’s apprentice. Or, maybe you think of Donald Trump’s TV show. Unfortunately, most people don’t immediate think of apprenticeship as a viable pathway to a good job. Apprenticeship is not a workforce strategy that has had much traction in the United States of late. But it should be. According to the Georgetown Center on Education and Workforce, 65 percent of U.S. jobs will require some level of postsecondary education—and 30 percent of those could be filled by apprenticeship. On July 14th, I...
Tags: Workforce Partnership, Career Pathways
Wednesday July 9, 2014
House Passes Bipartisan, Bicameral Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
Today the House passed H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This is the same bill that was passed by the Senate in June, and was developed and agreed upon through a bipartisan and bicameral process. Jobs for the Future commends the House on the passage of this legislation, which provides valuable updates and improvements to the law that authorizes the nation’s workforce development system.   The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) makes significant changes to the nation’s workforce development system, incorporating the latest evidence-based knowledge and...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy
Tuesday July 8, 2014
A mother and her children smiling and posing for the camera
I recently had the privilege of representing Jobs for the Future at the White House Summit on Working Families. The high-energy event brought together employers, policymakers, advocates, academics, union leaders, and other stakeholders to discuss a wide range of issues that impact working families in our country—from paid sick and maternity leave to career ladders, and from child care, and eldercare to workplace flexibility. It was a reminder that while all working families struggle to balance their time, the working poor and those stuck on the “sticky floor” of the labor market experience...
Tags: STEM, Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways
Wednesday June 25, 2014
Today the Senate passed a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act—by a vote of 95 to 3. Jobs for the Future applauds the Senate on passage of this legislation, which is expected for consideration by the House in the near future. The bill provides valuable updates and improvements to the law that authorizes the U.S. workforce development system. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) makes significant changes in the nation’s workforce development system, incorporating the latest evidence-based knowledge and strategies that are...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy, Career Pathways