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ERIC Number: EJ982261
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0194-3081
Leveraging Workforce Development and Postsecondary Education for Low-Skilled, Low-Income Workers: Lessons from the Shifting Gears Initiative
Bragg, Debra; Dresser, Laura; Smith, Whitney
New Directions for Community Colleges, n157 p53-66 Spr 2012
Shifting Gears was launched in 2007 by the Joyce Foundation, a Chicago-based organization focused on improving the quality of life of citizens residing in the Great Lakes region of the United States. The primary goal of Shifting Gears is to increase the number of low-skilled, low-income Midwestern adults who obtain college-level occupational credentials that have value in the labor market. This article presents the goals of the Shifting Gears initiative and the policy initiatives adopted by Illinois and Wisconsin. Drawing from research supported by each state, this article presents goals, strategic approaches, and lessons for practitioners who have responsibility for leading other regional workforce initiatives in the United States. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; United States; Wisconsin
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Workforce Investment Act 1998 Title II
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of Adult Basic Education