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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
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
Wednesday March 4, 2015
Woman in hard hat
This blog was originally posted on Walmart's blog.  No matter where we are in the workforce, there’s one thing we all have in common: Everyone started somewhere. On the other hand, the factors that influence where we’re able to go next are countless. Skills and certifications rank toward the top when it comes to advancement. But in retail, the opportunity for gaining those can often be unclear. The transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) industry is a long overlooked, but increasingly critical piece of the retail sector – and the nation’s economic recovery. The U.S. Department of...
Tags: Career Pathways
Tuesday October 21, 2014
As discussed in previous blogs, there is a storm of activity following the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the release of the Vice President’s Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity report. Last month, I had the privilege of attending the National Dialogue on Career Pathways that was hosted by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services and had the opportunity to discuss the opportunities that WIOA brings for career pathways. Through these and other related efforts, it is clear that the national effort to...
Tags: Career Pathways