Senate Passes Long-awaited Workforce Bill

Today the Senate passed a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act—by a vote of 95 to 3. Jobs for the Future applauds the Senate on passage of this legislation, which is expected for consideration by the House in the near future. The bill provides valuable updates and improvements to the law that authorizes the U.S. workforce development system.

Launching a New Public-Private Partnership to Recruit and Train Women for STEM Fields and Apprenticeships

The Changing Landscape of Workforce Intermediaries: Insight Gained from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions

By Marlene Seltzer, Richard Kazis, and Fred Dedrick


Impact Profile of Lacey Bowman: Accelerating to College and Career Success

Accelerate TEXAS programs integrate education in basic skills with career and technical pathways to help adult students acquire skills and certificates in high-demand occupations. Here is a success story of a woman who earned a GED and learned welding at Victoria College’s Accelerate TEXAS program, then continue d her education to pursue an advanced welding certificate at the community college.

Highlights from the Fourth Annual National Conference on Integrated Basic Skills Pathways

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The fourth annual Accelerating Opportunity National Conference on Integrated Basic Skills Pathways successfully convened over 200 people in Bellevue, Washington in April 2014. Representatives from the 11 states currently implementing integrated pathway programs were in attendance, along with national evaluators, state technical assistance coaches, and representatives from the Department of Labor and Education.

Long-sought Compromise Unites Parties to Improve U.S. Workforce Development System

Federal Request for Information Is an Opportunity for Public and Private Stakeholders to Contribute to Career Pathways Policymaking

Our nation is in critical need of innovative and cost-effective career pathways systems. More than one-third of American workers lack the skills needed to access and succeed in family-supporting careers, leaving millions of good jobs unfilled. Challenges such as the changing nature of job prerequisites, rapid technological changes, increased global competition, and increased workforce mobility have diminished our country’s ability to prepare our workforce for today’s jobs.

The Fight Against Unemployment Should Begin with Inclusive Data

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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.

18 Early College Students Named Gates Millennium Scholars; Earn Full-tuition Scholarships

Jobs for the Future celebrates the achievements of 18 early college high school students who have been named Gates Millennium Scholars and will receive full-tuition scholarships to any accredited college or university of their choice, for both undergraduate and graduate education. The awards go to 1,000 high-performing students of color from low-income families annually to help remove barriers to postsecondary education.

Expanding What Works: The Federal Policy Landscape of Early College and Dual Enrollment

The nation has been engaged in an ongoing conversation on how to improve student success and the affordability of education. At a Congressional briefing last week, several important voices collectively advocated for early college and dual and concurrent enrollment as effective strategies for high school and college success: