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Tuesday May 9, 2017
Q&A with John Kerr, Washington state director for Basic Education for Adults
This is the first in a series of periodic conversations with members of the Policy Leadership Trust for Student Success. At the winter 2017 meeting of Jobs for the Future’s Postsecondary State Policy Network, JFF Vice President Michael Lawrence Collins sat down with Jon Kerr, the Washington State Director for Basic Education for Adults, to discuss why community colleges should be more intentional in connecting adult basic education to guided pathways and how federal and state policy could help forge greater ties. Kerr is a member of the Policy Leadership Trust for Student Success, which JFF...
Tags: Developmental Education
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 May 2, 2017
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At Jobs for the Future, we've been busy reimagining how to provide workers with skills that employers need with apprenticeships. To celebrate Apprenticeship Forward—a national conference that will help chart a path toward a future where American workers and businesses benefit together with apprenticeships—we're sharing a selection of apprenticeship-focused blogs. In partnership with The Atlantic, Jobs for the Future recently helped as subject matter experts to elevate the stories of industry and government shifting to apprenticeship. These blogs were originally published on CityLab, which...
Tags: Registered Apprenticeship, Apprenticeship
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
Monday April 24, 2017
One trend to watch closely as we explore the future of work is the changing nature of the employer/employee relationship—particularly the fact that, legally, fewer people in the workforce can even be called “employees.” Independent contractors—or “1099” workers, named by the IRS form they file to report their income—make up a growing proportion of workers compared to prior years, with freelance accounting for nearly a third of all jobs added from 2010 to 2014. Hiring contract workers instead of employees has obvious benefits for businesses but also has drawbacks, which may disproportionately...
Tags: Future of Work, Addressing Employer Needs