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Friday June 23, 2017
A Step Closer to High-Quality, Industry-Aligned Career and Technical Education Programs
Yesterday the House passed the bipartisan H.R. 2353, “The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.” This bill serves as an update to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides federal support for career and technical education (CTE) programs. Jobs for the Future (JFF) commends the House’s bipartisan efforts to update the Perkins Act, recognizing that people face a job market that is significantly different from when the Act was last reauthorized in 2006. JFF recognizes that high-quality, industry-aligned CTE programs can benefit...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Federal Workforce Policy
Friday June 9, 2017
By Deborah Kobes and Sara Lamback Women do drive trucks. But like the construction trades and several other stereotypically male jobs, truck driving has maintained stubbornly low rates of female workforce participation. Nationwide, approximately six percent of truck drivers are women1. These women drive not only big rigs in long-haul trucking, but also industrial trucks, trash and recycling trucks, and small delivery trucks. These opportunities could benefit many more women around the country because they are well-paying jobs that require relatively little education or training. The median...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy, Career and Technical Education
Tuesday May 30, 2017
America’s “Greatness” Depends on the Skills of Its People and Its Workforce  blog
Last week, the Trump administration released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, entitled “A New Foundation for American Greatness.” The President’s proposal would prioritize funding for defense, border security and immigration enforcement, infrastructure, and technology. What the budget does not prioritize is investing in the education and skills of America’s current and future workforce. If enacted, the funding cuts in the budget would represent a serious threat to America’s economic prosperity and to the greatness the administration is looking to achieve. The United States needs...
Tags: Economic Mobility, Federal Workforce Policy, Federal Higher Education Policy
Monday May 8, 2017
People notes coffee tea
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