Highlights innovative practices from states that better align their education and workforce development systems with industry needs.

This policy brief identified a number of ways in which federal policy might better support the development of these initiatives. Some can be implemented within the WIA framework, whereas others lie outside of the WIA domain” (p.16). “[The authors] tried to answer [the following] questions:

• What innovations have occurred during the past decade in key states, and what were their most commonly observed characteristics? Do we know anything about the extent to which these innovations have been successful at addressing the skills needs of employers and workers?

• Can these innovations survive and prosper in the current and future economic and fiscal climates?

• How can federal policies be more supportive of such innovative efforts?” (p.4). (Abstractor : Author)