ERIC Number: ED486154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Using Resources Effectively: An Overview of Funding Resources for Workforce Development Initiatives
Workforce Strategy Center
One model for effective workforce development--long-term, comprehensive career pathways combining post-secondary education, customized training and paid work experience--is an expensive one, frequently difficult for workforce agencies or postsecondary institutions employing traditional policies and practices to implement. But, by rethinking the use of current resources and jointly creating and supporting career pathways, workforce agencies, community colleges, social service and other agencies can sustain these programs. As a number of projects have shown, innovative combinations of Workforce Investment Act (WIA), federal and state post-secondary and other public resources can be woven to underwrite career pathways strategies. Many disadvantaged youth and adults enrolled in employment and training or educational programs also receive social and support services. Transitioning foster-care youth, for example, receive case management, emergency services and counseling through the Independent Living Program. Again, these services and resources, now typically delivered independently, could add to a coordinated career and college pathway targeted to disadvantaged youth. This publication provides a listing of funding opportunities, post secondary resources, economic development resources, and social service resources that are available. It also discusses the challenges, and perception involved in creating and sustaining an integrated funding base.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Workforce Strategy Center, Brooklyn, NY.