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Thursday November 5, 2015
By guest
Guest blog by Dane Linn Originally posted on the Business Roundtable Blog. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Higher Education Act, legislation that cemented U.S. colleges and universities as a foundation for individual success, a dynamic economy and national prosperity. Today, as Congress begins to consider renewing the law, one thing bears keeping in mind: That was 50 years ago! Students come from different walks of life than they did a half-century ago, and they are demanding a different kind of education. The U.S. economy has fundamentally changed, and employers are asking their...
Tags: Federal Higher Education Policy
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
Wednesday November 4, 2015
Woman working
“This apprenticeship is harder to get into than Harvard.” I’ve heard this statement numerous times about programs around the country (including in the Hechinger Report article and New York Times), and I am sure that many potential apprentices, workforce educators, and businesses have heard the same thing. It’s no surprise that many people jump at the opportunity to obtain in-depth education and training while earning a wage. Yet, the value of apprenticeships is even more pronounced when they provide pathways for individuals who face barriers to entering the middle-class. How can we make sure...
Tags: Work-Based Learning, Credentials, Employer Engagement, Addressing Employer Needs, Manufacturing, Apprenticeship
Tuesday November 3, 2015
Each year, more than 600,000 individuals are released from state and federal prisons. Advancing policies and programs that give these men and women a second chance to put their lives back on track promotes not only justice and fairness, but also public safety. The path that these individuals take—successful reentry or recidivism—depends most on a single variable: full-time employment. Unfortunately, only 70 percent of adults in state prison and fewer than half of the juveniles who are incarcerated have a high school diploma or GED. Without this basic steppingstone to opportunity, the jobs...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Reentry
Tuesday November 3, 2015
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System recently hosted a panel discussion in Washington, DC focused on important topics addressed in the publication, Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century. The panelists included: John Engler, President of the Business Roundtable and former Governor of Michigan; Jay C. Moon, President and CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association and head of the Mississippi State Workforce Board; and Terrie P. Sterling, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center....
Tags: Workforce Partnership, Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education