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Tuesday December 15, 2015
In 1992, I was a first-year law student at the University of Texas School of Law. Cheryl Hopwood, a white woman, sued the law school because she wasn't accepted as a student that year. She argued that she would have been accepted if it weren't for the blacks and Latino/a students being enrolled under affirmative action. She won her lawsuit. The approximately 50 of us (out of 300) who were black and Hispanic were on display for three years, having to defend our place in the law school despite our scores, grades, and achievements. The 250 white students were assumed to have earned their place...
Monday December 14, 2015
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By Kevin Doyle This fall, I’ve visited with urban green infrastructure (GI) leaders in Charlotte, Lincoln, Denver, and Ann Arbor as part of JFF’s two-year NatureWORKS Initiative. This project aims to better understand the GI workforce and training needs, and to examine the potential for job growth associated with green infrastructure investments.  My most recent trip was a three-day visit to Ann Arbor that included a GI tour with leaders from the City of Detroit, City of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, The Nature Conservancy, Erb Family Foundation, and leading contractors.   Touring rain...
Tags: Green Skills
Monday November 9, 2015
This week, over 2,000 learning professionals gathered at Learning 2015 in Orlando to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Elliott Masie’s annual conference focused on workplace learning. The group represented leading companies committed to innovative emerging strategies, technologies, and program design and innovation as part of a global strategy and a limitless learning future that makes Disney World a lively stage. Keynote speakers, including Sal Kahn and Steve Wozniak, challenged the audience to think about creating virtual and real learning environments where all people can thrive.  This...
Tags: Credentials, Employer Engagement, Addressing Employer Needs, Work-Based Learning
Friday November 6, 2015
By Rachel Crew and Mary Clagett  As National Apprenticeship Week continues, we would like to highlight some of the federal policies and legislation that lawmakers are considering to further apprenticeship and the United States’ position in the global economy.  Last year, the Obama Administration committed to increase the number of apprentices in the United States by 300,000 during fiscal year 2015—growing apprenticeships from 450,000 to 750,000. This year, the Administration has committed to expanding that goal by awarding $175 million in grants to train and hire more than 34,000 new...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy, Credentials, Addressing Employer Needs, Employer Engagement, Apprenticeship
Thursday November 5, 2015
Apprenticeships in the U.S.—A way to Put "Career" in "College and Career Readiness"
Young professionals in Interlaken, Switzerland. Photo taken by Amy Loyd, senior director at JFF. The United States is investing in apprenticeship, as well as expanding the scope of careers covered under the registered apprenticeship umbrella—this is great news, but we have a long way to go to establish apprenticeship to serve a wide array of education and training needs. Underemployed or unemployed adults are not the only workers who benefit from apprenticeship, which marries work experience and credit-bearing college course work—young people do too. And it’s with this population that the U....
Tags: Addressing Employer Needs, Employer Engagement, Credentials, Manufacturing, Apprenticeship