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Tuesday April 22, 2014
Boy in classroom with his art self portrait
This blog was originally posted by The California Endowment. Fifty years since President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty, America is still vexed by how to move more people up the economic ladder. Among other challenges, our education and job training systems are typically ill-equipped to prepare low-income young people with skills for good jobs or further education. This is largely because education and training institutions cannot effectively teach young people these skills without having ways to mitigate issues associated with their poverty. Unfortunately few do. But more could, if...
Tags: Career Pathways, Competency Education, Credentials, Dropout Recovery, Health Care, Opportunity Youth, Student-Centered Learning
Friday April 11, 2014
Earlier this week, the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, CLASP, and several other national organizations released a timely call for a national conversation on moving to a competency-based credentialing system. Such a system would create standards for clear, cross-industry credentials that recognize an individual’s competencies. We strongly agree that rationalizing this system should be a top priority if our economy is to prosper and give everyone in this country an opportunity to succeed. In its work with employers, workforce organizations, K-12, postsecondary education, and state and...
Tags: Competency Education, Credentials
Tuesday April 1, 2014
In his recent New York Times column “Jobs and Skills and Zombies,” Paul Krugman argues that the skills gap is a complete “myth” that diverts attention away from the real issues of job growth and unemployment.  While there is no question that job creation is critical in getting the U.S. economy moving again, Krugman’s claim of a skills gap myth flies in the face of reality. Numerous studies have shown that there are regions and sectors across the country facing a shortage of skilled workers, especially for middle-skill jobs. More importantly, there is broad consensus that the future...
Tags: Workforce Partnership