10 Equity Questions to Ask about Career and Technical Education

First of a series of blogs exploring equity in career and technical education.

Supporting Strategies that Help Employers and Workers

Join a growing group of employers, community colleges, workforce agencies, intermediaries, labor organizations, policy experts, and others across the country who are advancing apprenticeship and work-based learning strategies as workforce development and talent solutions for American businesses. The Center for Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning provides expert guidance on how to identify and share effective approaches that work for companies, students, and workers.

Learning for Careers

Learning for Careers offers a way forward for the millions of young people and employers that face a rapidly evolving and ever more competitive globalized workplace. This book will be essential reading for all who have a stake in educational and economic opportunity in the United States. Learning for Careers provides a comprehensive account of the Pathways to Prosperity Network.

5 Actions Congress Should Take to Boost Economic Prosperity in 2018

While the U.S. economy has certainly improved in recent years, far too many people are still without jobs, and too many employers cannot find the skilled workers they need to remain competitive. To sustain economic growth and spread prosperity to more Americans, it is imperative to ensure that everyone attain the skills and credentials they need for career success. Congress can—and must—help.

JFF urges Congress to take five critical policy actions in 2018 to boost economic advancement for all:

Investments in Education = Investments in Jobs

At a time when the education and skills of America’s workforce are more important than ever before, it is troubling that the House is considering a tax reform bill, HR 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” that would eliminate critical tax relief for investments in postsecondary education and training.

What DACA Taught Us about Supporting Vulnerable Students

By Sarah Hooker, Jobs for the Future and Radha Biswas, International Workforce Development

Reimagining a Tried and True Strategy to Strengthen the Fabric of American Manufacturing


This blog was originally featured in IndustryWeek as part of Manufacturing Day

Comparing Good Jobs to Good Classrooms: Essential Elements for Supporting People to Learn, Persist, and Succeed

Recently, I read an employer profile for the Kentucky-based materials manufacturer Universal Woods, written by Steven Dawson. Universal Woods is a manufacturer of hard surface panels and flooring headquartered in Louisville, KY, with 200 employees, and operations in Ohio, Australia, and Belgium.

Ending DACA Hurts Dreamers and Makes No Economic Sense

On September 5, the Trump Administration announced its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program six months from now, throwing hundreds of thousands of young people’s lives into turmoil. Ending DACA will halt the considerable progress that Dreamers—who were brought here as children—have made toward becoming part of the American social and economic fabric.

The Secret Glue in the Swiss Apprenticeship System

Center for Young Professionals Banking Apprentices and Trainer at CEMETS Summer Institute

Center for Young Professionals banking apprentices and trainer share experiences with CEMETS Summer Institute participants.