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We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:

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Friday November 17, 2017
This week has been proclaimed by President Trump, like President Obama before him, as National Apprenticeship Week. Across the nation, there are approximately 1,000 events and ceremonies honoring and recognizing the successes of the U.S. Department of Labor's Registered Apprenticeship programs for both employers and workers. Almost all ceremonies will honor Registered Apprenticeship programs. Governors, mayors, a range of employers from the building trades to financial services to health care, and even members of Congress are hosting events as a way to honor and advance this tried-and-true...
Tags: Apprenticeship, Registered Apprenticeship
Wednesday November 15, 2017
At a time when the education and skills of America’s workforce are more important than ever before, it is troubling that the House is considering a tax reform bill, HR 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” that would eliminate critical tax relief for investments in postsecondary education and training. The percentage of U.S. jobs that require postsecondary credentials is expected to reach a new high of 65 percent in 2020. Yet the United States is projected to face shortages of 3 million workers with associate degrees or higher and 5 million workers with technical certificates by that same year (...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy, Federal K-12 Policy, Federal Higher Education Policy
Monday November 6, 2017
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Over the last three years, U.S. employers have added over 150,000 new Registered apprentices, and the federal government has invested an unprecedented $265 million to add thousands more over in the near future. This tried and true training model is now being expanded in more than 1,000 different industries and transformed into an innovative approach being put to the test in classrooms, labs, and boardrooms throughout the country. For those who have the opportunity to participate in one of these programs, it works.   Companies that use Registered Apprenticeship report higher productivity,...
Tags: Apprenticeship, Registered Apprenticeship
Thursday October 26, 2017
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are advancing more rapidly than ever before. An AI system recently defeated the world’s best player of Go, an ancient Chinese strategy game significantly more complex than chess. Driverless cars have logged thousands of hours on public roads. AI means that productivity can continue to increase regardless of levels of employment. If AI disrupts the workforce the way it is projected to, the hardest hit will be low-income communities, which could be at great risk for falling further behind than they already are. What do we think makes these...
Tags: Future of Work, Economic Mobility
Tuesday October 17, 2017
By Sarah Hooker, Jobs for the Future and Radha Biswas, International Workforce Development The fate of the Dreamers remains up for grabs, as Congress and the White House spar over competing policy priorities that could determine the future of this vulnerable group, as well as the broader population of immigrants and refugees. While lawmakers consider what comes next, it is imperative that they find a solution that improves upon, rather than erodes, the already-shaky protections that existed under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Only a permanent, trusted form of relief for...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy