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About Our Areas of Work
We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:


Monday July 18, 2016
(And Why Experts Are Serious When They Say That) By Mary V.L. Wright, Senior Director, Jobs for the Future, and Kristin Wolff, Thinkers+Doers, Associate (Adjunct), Social Policy Research Associates When reviewing the news and reports related to preparing students for their place in America’s workforce, you can be sure there will be a crisis-laden reference to the “skills gap” and the urgent call for educators to close it. Sometimes this gap refers to an absence of technical skills employers want in new entrants, or sometimes to workers’ lack of knowledge important to their industry. But,...
Tags: Employer Engagement, Addressing Employer Needs, Work-Based Learning
Monday February 15, 2016
What’s going on in career and technical education (CTE)? Now is the time to find out. February is CTE Month®. A campaign sponsored by the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE), CTE Month® provides a platform for schools, students, and employers to demonstrate how career and technical education prepares youth and adults for high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. This year’s theme is “Opportunities for Career Success.” CTE helps students succeed in school and in their chosen career fields by providing opportunities to interact with employers and offering real-world learning...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Addressing Employer Needs, Employer Engagement
Wednesday September 16, 2015
Three thousand five hundred energized Career and Technical Education professionals descended upon New Orleans in late November for ACTE’s CareerTech Vision 2015 conference. Buoyed by nice weather and the opportunity to learn from their peers, conference attendees were a highly engaged audience. They had a chance to hear from a variety of speakers during sessions, including: Mentoring and Retaining Quality CTE teachers, Recruiting Business Partners for Your CTE Program, Digital Badges 101, and State CTE Policy: New Trends and Their Impact on Your Program. In addition, multiple sessions were...
Sunday August 16, 2015
Given that it is February, it’s time to reassess our New Year’s resolutions. Most of us resolved to go to the gym more often, pay more and better attention to friends and family, unplug from our electronic devices, or de-clutter our desks. For the Department of Education, I’ll offer up a resolution that will enhance our personal and professional lives. Let’s resolve to promote employability skills more aggressively as a key strategy to ensure that our education system produces more Americans that are ready for the labor force. Employability skills are general skills that are necessary for...
Monday March 3, 2014
The United States has an opportunity to make a significant impact on the career and college readiness of the nation’s children—now let’s see if we can take it. The most recent Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) scores demonstrate that America’s students failed to improve at all on their reading, science, and math performances, resulting in yet another slip in the international rankings. The 2012 results show that compared to 2009, U.S. teenagers fell from 25th to 31st in math; from 20th to 24th in science; and from 11th to 21st in reading, according to the National Center...
Tags: Workforce Partnership, Student-Centered Learning, STEM