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Bauman, Kevin; Christensen, Cody – American Enterprise Institute, 2018
Policymakers at the state and federal levels have expressed concern over the emerging "skills gap"--the mismatch between the job skills employers are looking for and the skills that applicants in the labor market possess. The skills gap is most acute for middle-skilled jobs; that is, jobs that require training beyond high school but less…
Descriptors: Skill Development, Labor Force Development, Efficiency, Federal Legislation
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Davidson, J. Cody – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2017
An important aspect of the community college mission is to educate working adults including those without a high school diploma or its equivalent. Three important changes are forcing community colleges to reevaluate how these services and activities are delivered as well as policies that govern this critical work. These shifts provide a new…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Federal Legislation, Labor Legislation, Labor Force Development
Bartlett, Michael – NGA Center for Best Practices, 2016
As many as one in three businesses in the United States struggled to fill needed jobs in 2015. Millions of Americans, including at least 5.5 million youth, are disconnected from employment. Governors have a tremendous opportunity through the implementation of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to reset their state…
Descriptors: State Agencies, Governing Boards, Labor Force Development, Federal Legislation
California Community Colleges, Chancellor's Office, 2014
The California Community Colleges serve more than 2.1 million students each year and is the largest system of higher education in the nation. The state's 112 community colleges are charged with providing workforce training, basic skills education, and preparing students to transfer to four-year universities. Seventy-six California community…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Nursing Education, Enrollment Trends, Educational Finance
Hess, Frederick M. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2013
By encouraging a single-minded focus on instructional leadership, the training, socializing, and mentoring of school leaders has unwittingly fostered a culture of caged leadership. Leaders are expected to succeed via culture, capacity building, coaching, and consensus--no matter the obstacles in their path. Those are all good things, the author…
Descriptors: Principals, Instructional Leadership, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy
Best, Jane; Cohen, Courtney – McREL International, 2013
The Workforce Investment Act, enacted in 1998, aims to enhance the capacities of the national workforce and improve working conditions. The Act, which funds workforce education, career pathways programs, and other programs typically aimed at assisting low-income and other vulnerable populations, has not been reauthorized since its passage;…
Descriptors: Labor Force Development, Career Education, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs
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Garvey, John; Gordon, John; Kleinbard, Peter; Wasserman, Paul – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2013
In this chapter, four longtime adult literacy practitioners recount their pathways into the field in the late 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s. Their stories highlight the creativity and openness that characterized literacy work in those years and point to what has been lost as the field has become dominated by the Workforce Investment Act and the…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Adult Educators, Career Development, Educational Practices
Francis, Caroline M. – National Poverty Center, 2013
This bibliography summarizes recent research on the structure and effectiveness of workforce development programs. While the term "workforce development" can mean many things, this document focuses on programs to help low-skill, low-wage and displaced workers increase their employment and earnings, as well as labor market trends that…
Descriptors: Bibliographies, Labor Force Development, Low Income Groups, Labor Market
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Golden, Thomas P.; Bruyere, Susanne M.; Karpur, Arun; Nazarov, Zafar; VanLooy, Sara; Reiter, Beth – Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, 2012
Individuals with disabilities have lower rates of workforce participation and lower earnings than their nondisabled peers. This article traces the history of the U.S. workforce development policy framework, including the Workforce Investment Act of 1998; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; and the impact of the Ticket to Work and Work…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Labor Force Development, Accessibility (for Disabled), Educational History
Foster, Marcie – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2012
The Adult Education and Economic Growth Act (AEEGA) was introduced in the House of Representatives in June 2011 by Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15) and in February 2012 in the Senate by Sen. Jim Webb (VA). The Act (H.R. 2226 and S. 2117) would amend the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to encourage the use and availability of career pathways for…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Educational Objectives
Blandford, Ayoka – Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J3), 2012
CTE works! That was the recurring theme that attendees heard at the 2012 National Policy Seminar (NPS) hosted by ACTE. For those new to the event and lobbying, a pre-conference workshop, "Learning the Ropes of Washington CTE Advocacy," laid out the basics of Hill advocacy. Veteran CTE advocates were offered a basics-plus session,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Seminars, Vocational Education, Academic Achievement
ACT, Inc., 2011
This paper outlines how the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) meets the definition of "credential" as defined by the US Department of Labor Employment (US DOL) and Training Administration's Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 15-10. The NCRC fits the US DOL definition of a credential both (a) in the context of…
Descriptors: Credentials, Education Work Relationship, Educational Policy, Definitions
Uhalde, Raymond J. – Jobs for the Future, 2011
On April 7, 2011, Jobs for the Future (JFF) Policy Vice President Raymond Uhalde testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies about the success of workforce development projects for youth and adults funded by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the importance of sustaining…
Descriptors: Evidence, Disadvantaged, Federal Programs, Labor
American Association of State Colleges and Universities, 2011
Presented here are the top 10 issues most likely to affect public higher education across the 50 states in 2011, in the view of the state policy staff at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). This listing is informed by an environmental scan of the economic, political and policy landscape surrounding public higher…
Descriptors: Higher Education, State Colleges, Professional Associations, Enrollment
American Association of State Colleges and Universities, 2011
American Association of State Colleges and Universities' (AASCU's) public policy agenda, rooted in an uncompromising commitment to opportunity for the nation's students, is expressed through the following core principles: (1) Higher education is a common good that provides significant benefits to individuals and society as a whole; (2) America's…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Investment, State Colleges, Advocacy
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