Presents a state approach to strengthening the workforce and closing the skills gap by expanding career pathways strategies and increasing credential attainment.

“Minnesota needs more adults to attain postsecondary credentials in high-demand fields. Driven by the federal Workforce Investment Act and the funding it provides, Minnesota’s workforce system focuses on short-term job search and reemployment at the expense of long-term human capital investments. Our system currently cannot help enough adults get the skills and credentials they need to get a good job. While federal law is a challenge, Minnesota has unique resources and policy options—namely with the Workforce Development Fund—to invest in strengthening its workforce. Our state can and should invest more in helping adults attain the postsecondary credentials needed by employers” (p.3). (Abstractor: Author)

Full publication title: The Most Competitive Workforce in the World: How Minnesota can help more adults gain the right skills to get and keep good jobs