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Tuesday August 4, 2015
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This post was authored by Jeanne Maloney, director of special projects in the Continuing Education and Workforce Development department at Westchester Community College (WCC), and Ann Rubenzahl, assistant dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at WCC. It originally appeared on westfaironline.com. The article was an initiative of the Professional Development Center, one of the departments of WCC's Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. As we move toward a greener economy and the use of clean energy, we have an opportunity for communities and regional...
Tags: Green Skills, Labor Market Information
Thursday July 30, 2015
Supporting Second Chances
More than 2 million people are incarcerated on any given day in the United States, and over 700,000 former prisoners transition back to their communities every year. We can—and must—do much more to help these young people and adults become productive members of society. The Obama administration’s move to make federal Pell Grants available for some inmates to take college courses is an important step in the right direction. Finding a full-time job after serving time in prison is one of the primary predictors of successful reentry. And while most jobs at a fair living wage require...
Tags: Career Pathways, Opportunity Youth, Reentry
Tuesday June 30, 2015
Connections between the workforce and federal assistance programs at the state and local levels have not always been strong. However, that’s about to change as a result of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. In WIOA, Congress took a step that had been discussed within the beltway for almost a decade by requiring that Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) become a mandatory partner in the workforce system (unless a governor decides to exclude TANF). This new requirement is a great step forward in many ways: Lays the groundwork for system-level coordination, resulting in an...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy
Thursday March 26, 2015
This blog post is authored by Kevin Doyle, Green Economy, and Sara Lamback, Jobs for the Future. Anna Shipp is the project manager for the Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners initiative at the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) of Greater Philadelphia. She is a valued member of the NatureWORKS Advisory Group. Read Anna's bio.  The City of Philadelphia is a nationally recognized leader in the movement to expand the use of green infrastructure for stormwater management. Through the Green City, Clean Waters Plan, the Philadelphia Water Department committed to invest more than $2...
Tags: Green Skills, Workforce Partnership
Friday March 6, 2015
Two men working in an IT environment
Stocking shelves, flipping burgers, or looking for work, millions of young Americans are still reeling from the recession. The downturn had a particularly devastating effect on young people of color, youth from low-income backgrounds, and those without a postsecondary plan. We know it may take years of policy debate, along with strategic public and private investments, to substantially reduce youth unemployment and underemployment. But there is one thing we can do right now to help: Expand apprenticeship programs. Congress has the opportunity to approve a commonsense, bipartisan proposal to...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy, Addressing Employer Needs, Workforce Partnership