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Thursday September 8, 2016
Originally posted on Completion By Design's blog on September 7, 2016. The completion agenda has been effective in shifting the national conversation on postsecondary attainment from access to completion, as reflected in the measurable completion goals set to be achieved by Lumina Foundation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Obama Administration, and numerous states. This is tremendous progress, but for low-income Americans who seek postsecondary credentials to secure employment and advance in our economy, it is not enough to simply complete. Several recent studies from the...
Tags: Credentials, Labor Market Information, Federal Higher Education Policy, Developmental Education
Tuesday August 4, 2015
By guest
This post was authored by Jeanne Maloney, director of special projects in the Continuing Education and Workforce Development department at Westchester Community College (WCC), and Ann Rubenzahl, assistant dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at WCC. It originally appeared on westfaironline.com. The article was an initiative of the Professional Development Center, one of the departments of WCC's Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. As we move toward a greener economy and the use of clean energy, we have an opportunity for communities and regional...
Tags: Green Skills, Labor Market Information
Monday November 3, 2014
Labor market information (LMI) can provide great insight into the economic landscape of a region, and be used in so many ways that it is sometimes hard to know where to get started. To help the Newark Workforce Investment Board (WIB) analyze how to best use LMI within their increasingly data-driven decision making processes—a goal of their Workforce Innovation Fund project “Managing for Success,” a technical assistance subject matter expert, Lois Joy from Jobs for the Future, demonstrated how to use both traditional and real-time LMI to guide the WIB’s investments and increase accountability...
Tags: Labor Market Information
Thursday May 15, 2014
Business offices
The issue of unemployment persistently remains one of our government’s greatest challenges. Policymakers are well aware that economic growth is largely dependent on finding gainful, sustainable employment for as many people as possible. While recent data suggests improving economic prospects—unemployment decreased from 6.7 percent to 6.3 percent in April—millions of unemployed Americans are perpetually unable to find jobs.Without discounting the positive impacts of the slight decline in unemployment, a negative fact remains problematic and undetected by conventional economic...
Tags: Labor Market Information, Manufacturing
Wednesday October 9, 2013
This op-ed first appeared in The Huffington Post on October 8. The skills gap in the U.S. workforce is by now well documented and the consequences well known. Millions of Americans need jobs, yet employers are striking out when it comes to finding qualified candidates for the millions of positions available. As the World Series approaches, it turns out that we have much to learn from the business of baseball. The early efforts of employers, higher education institutions and workforce development organizations to solve the skills crisis by joining forces are encouraging. But something...
Tags: Career Pathways, Credentials, Labor Market Information