Federal Workforce Policy

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.

In Support of Apprenticeships

What DACA Taught Us about Supporting Vulnerable Students

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

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.

A Step Closer to High-Quality, Industry-Aligned Career and Technical Education Programs

A Step Closer to High-Quality, Industry-Aligned Career and Technical Education Programs

Yesterday the House passed the bipartisan H.R. 2353, “The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.” This bill serves as an update to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides federal support for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

Where Women Help Drive the Trucking Industry

By Deborah Kobes and Sara Lamback

America’s “Greatness” Depends on the Skills of Its People and Its Workforce

America’s “Greatness” Depends on the Skills of Its People and Its Workforce  blog

Last week, the Trump administration released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, entitled “A New Foundation for American Greatness.” The President’s proposal would prioritize funding for defense, border security and immigration enforcement, infrastructure, and technology. What the budget does not prioritize is investing in the education and skills of America’s current and future workforce. If enacted, the funding cuts in the budget would represent a serious threat to America’s economic prosperity and to the greatness the administration is looking to achieve.

How Lifelong Learning Can Help Grow and Keep Jobs in the United States

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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.

JFF Staff Respond to the Skinny Budget: Let’s Not Forget, Investments in College Innovation Keep Giving

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.

JFF Staff Respond to the Skinny Budget: How National Service Programs Make Our Communities Stronger

The Administration’s Skinny Budget Has Outsized Negative Impacts for Americans