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Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 11/11/2016
According to the Community College Research Center, less than 40% of first-time college students who enrolled in a community college in the fall of 2009 earned a credential within six years. These WSS resources provide recommendations to help the public workforce system support community colleges. The findings describe how to address unmet financial needs, maintain access and quality, and increase attainment of degrees for students of all backgrounds.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 10/28/2016
To honor the nation’s veterans and their service, the selected resources in this announcement demonstrate how the workforce system can transition service members into civilian jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2015, veterans accounted for 9% of the US adult population. While the veteran unemployment rate has fallen, challenges remain for veterans to translate their military experience into civilian jobs. These resources explore programs that help veterans access new careers.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 10/17/2016
According to the National Science Foundation, the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sector is growing and offers median wages well above the United States average. However, that organization also reports that women and people of color are underrepresented in the field. The following WSS resources highlight research on programs that strive to reduce that disparity, making STEM more inclusive for black students, women, and those with disabilities.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 9/30/2016
Engaged employers play a key role in helping specific populations, such as youth and new immigrants, gain employment and pursue career pathways that lead to long-term success. By increasing engagement such as work-based opportunities, employers can provide jobs and economic growth that benefits businesses and communities. The following WSS resources highlight employer engagement strategies targeted to specific populations, including youth in southern states, immigrants, teens, and young adults.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 9/20/2016
Since 1973, National Employ the Older Worker Week has celebrated the talents and experiences of older workers. To prepare for the projected growth of the aging worker population, the public workforce system encourages employers to continue to match the skills of aging workers to emerging crossover occupations. The following WSS resources examine workforce development programs for older workers, explore employer attitudes towards older workers, and analyze workforce data about this population.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 9/2/2016
Entrepreneurship and small-business ownership is often considered a hot topic related to Silicon Valley startup culture. However, small businesses ownership has long appealed to individuals and investors striving to gain a foothold in the economy. Despite its appeal, growing and sustaining a new business can be challenging. The following WSS resources examine the effect of business ownership on economic mobility and offer strategies for supporting businesses owned by women and people of color.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 8/19/2016
The National Center for Children in Poverty reports that 22% of all children live in families with incomes below the poverty level. Two-generational strategies aim to improve economic and education outcomes for both the children and parents in these families. The following WSS resources showcase two-generational strategies designed for immigrant families; evaluate the CareerAdvance two-generational strategy in Tulsa; and offer guidance for those creating their own strategies.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 7/22/2016
This summer, teenagers are much less likely to work retail or scoop ice cream than they were in 1989, when youth labor force participation peaked at 78%. In addition to several decades of steady decline, youth employment rates were especially hard hit by the Great Recession. While rates have stabilized since 2010, they remain well under 1989 levels. The following resources highlight strategies for increasing youth employment through employer-led solutions and by analyzing labor market data.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 7/1/2016
This July, as the United States celebrates the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the public workforce system also celebrates the first full year of implementation of WIOA. To recognize these milestones, the WSS team offers these profiles that highlight social and economic mobility in the country's capital, education and training opportunities for aging job seekers across the country, and pre-apprenticeship pathways for women to high-wage, non-traditional jobs.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 6/14/2016
Locally driven policies have strong potential to combat many economic, workforce, and training challenges. Such policies may utilize strategic partnerships across government agencies and educational institutions, or target economic resources to strengthen communities. The following resources from the WSS profile collection highlight local initiatives that educate local youth for the STEM fields, train and employ low-income benefit recipients, and utilize local funds to create local jobs.