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Wednesday October 5, 2016
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By Kathy Mannes and Nancy Hoffman At a time when divisiveness has cast a pall over our country, new alliances are inspiring ways to bring us together. We all have a role to play in addressing longstanding social and economic inequities, and employers are finding new ways to contribute to this effort. Although we are personally heartsick at recent events and underlying barriers, our work at JFF with employers, in addition to our many traditional partners, heartens many of us and gives us hope in the face of recent waves of extreme violence and brutality. These employers are critical players...
Tags: Economic Mobility, Employer Engagement, Summit
Friday September 9, 2016
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By Vinz Koller and Kristin Wolff, Social Policy Research Associates Today’s career and technical education (CTE) has come a long way. In the past decade, CTE has moved from the sidelines of education policy to the center of school reform—and been rebranded (if not entirely reinvented) along the way. New York City’s reforms have been dramatic: 50 of the city’s 400 high schools are exclusively CTE-focused and 75 more offer over 200 CTE programs. These efforts, together with innovations like P-TECH, have made New York City a kind of laboratory for CTE-based school reform—a role it has embraced...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways, Work-Based Learning, Employer Engagement
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
Thursday May 5, 2016
By: Jaime Fall and Kathy Mannes One year later, it’s nice to see progress being made. Last year, the Obama Administration launched an UpSkill movement to encourage employers and others to invest in frontline workers. Last week, Lumina Foundation, Aspen’s UpSkill America, and CAEL’s Business Champions hosted an event to celebrate the progress toward this goal, which is reflected in commitments from companies as well as labor, community colleges, workforce providers, and other public and private partners. There was a lot of good news. Companies reported on innovative and practical solutions...
Tags: Addressing Employer Needs, Employer Engagement, Credentials, 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