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Monday May 8, 2017
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Much ink has been spilled describing the rapid pace of change in the U.S. labor market and the resulting disaffection and frustration it has caused low-income and working-class populations across the country. Already, because of automation, the U.S. manufacturing sector now makes 85 percent more goods than it did in 1987, but with only two-thirds the number of workers. This is just the tip of the iceberg: according to Oxford University, 47 percent of workers in America “are likely to be substituted by computer capital” in the years ahead. To keep U.S. manufacturing—and other key sectors of...
Tags: Future of Work, Student-Centered Learning, Federal Workforce Policy
Tuesday April 25, 2017
JFF Staff Respond to the Skinny Budget: Let’s Not Forget, Investments in College Innovation Keep Giving
I couldn’t agree more with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ comments following her recent visit to Valencia Community College. Touring their Advanced Manufacturing Training Center, she declared “Community colleges are a tremendous option, a tremendous opportunity and a tremendous on-ramp for many students.” Valencia’s programs were built with support from the U.S. Department Of Labor’s (DOL) Trade Adjustment Act Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program, a $1.9 million investment in the nation’s community colleges. TAACCCT supports accelerated community college reforms...
Tags: Federal Higher Education Policy, Federal Workforce Policy, Federal K-12 Policy, Economic Mobility
Tuesday April 4, 2017
The Administration’s Skinny Budget Has Outsized Negative Impacts for Americans Although we don’t know the full details of the President’s proposed budget, beyond that provided in the recently revealed “skinny budget,” we at Jobs for the Future (JFF) are very concerned that dramatic cuts to critical programs such as workforce development and student aid and supports—that are designed to prepare America’s current and future workforce—are counterproductive, particularly at a time when the skills of American workers are essential to U.S. and individual economic prosperity. While we are...
Tags: Federal Higher Education Policy, Federal Workforce Policy, Federal K-12 Policy, Economic Mobility
Friday November 6, 2015
By Rachel Crew and Mary Clagett  As National Apprenticeship Week continues, we would like to highlight some of the federal policies and legislation that lawmakers are considering to further apprenticeship and the United States’ position in the global economy.  Last year, the Obama Administration committed to increase the number of apprentices in the United States by 300,000 during fiscal year 2015—growing apprenticeships from 450,000 to 750,000. This year, the Administration has committed to expanding that goal by awarding $175 million in grants to train and hire more than 34,000 new...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy, Credentials, Addressing Employer Needs, Employer Engagement, Apprenticeship
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