At a hearing of the U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, JFF CEO Maria Flynn called on Congress to help modernize the U.S. workforce development system, saying we must invest in postsecondary education, skills training, and workforce development programs that provide everyone with opportunities to find meaningful work in today’s turbulent economy and remain competitive in the labor market of the future.
In response to historic inequities that have only been exacerbated during times of crisis, JFF urges policymakers to think about COVID-19 recovery differently. This recovery must be equitable, with a vision that ensures systemic transformation, fosters community revitalization, and provides individuals from all backgrounds with career and educational opportunities, as well as the supports they need to succeed. JFF invites policymakers, business and civic leaders, and their community partners to use this Road Map to guide their states’ recoveries from the pandemic-induced downturn and to establish a longer-term vision for resilient, diversified, and inclusive economies for a better and brighter tomorrow.
At a Senate committee hearing, JFF CEO Maria Flynn calls for modernization of the nation’s workforce development system—through innovation and increased investment in postsecondary education and training—to help the millions of workers displaced by the recession and ongoing economic change.