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All the WIOA state plans in one place

  • Joanna
  • May 19, 2016

A month after the already-extended deadline for the submission of state plans, there still wasn’t a one-stop location for WIOA documents — so we decided to make one. You might think this would be as easy as a quick bit of internet searching, right? Well, it turns out that each state has its own idea

Are workforce opportunity plans too focused on those in the direst straits?

  • Joanna
  • May 10, 2016

Did the District of Columbia’s “D.C. Works” plan leave out a key group of stakeholders? That’s the contention Eric Sheptock, an advocate for homeless residents of the District. He believes the WIOA program’s drafters have ignored the needs of one rather significant group as they tried to build what Mayor Muriel Bowser has referred to

What does workforce innovation have to do with gender identity?

  • Joanna
  • May 5, 2016

Could Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act programs be a new front in the culture war? They could if 77 pages of proposed nondiscrimination rules related to the act are implemented. That’s because the rules, recently published in the Federal Register, take significant steps to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals who

How G.E. and Toyota solved their skilled labor shortage

  • Joanna
  • April 29, 2016

The challenge was significant: General Electric wanted to increase production at a lighting and appliance factory in Louisville — but it couldn’t find enough people to staff the plant. Finding people who wanted the jobs wasn’t the problem — this was, after all, an area that had been particularly hard hit by the economic recession.

Three things we can learn about workforce innovation from Canada

  • Joanna
  • April 19, 2016

How do you know that an idea’s time has really come? In the United States, these days, it’s on the rare occasion that members of Congress from both sides of the aisle are pushing for the same initiatives. But how can you be doubly sure? Perhaps it’s when our neighbors to the north are doing

Three ways to invest in this nation’s young men of color

  • Joanna
  • April 8, 2016

It has been nearly three years since President Barack Obama, in an address that many remember as one of his most deeply personal, spoke to the nation in the wake of the verdict in the case of Trayvon Martin, an African-American teen from Florida who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch commander. Rather

What can Ireland tell us about faith-based organizations in public education?

  • Joanna
  • March 29, 2016

Faith-based organizations will play a key role in the implementation of workforce innovation and opportunity plans being rolled out across the country this season. There’s good reason for that: Churches of every shape and size have long been a part of the educational and vocational fabric of this nation — and have long played leading

A simple fix for helping ensure long-term job stability for at-risk youth

  • Joanna
  • March 23, 2016

For a quick moment, think back to where you developed your work ethic. If you’re being inundated right now with memories of making pizzas in a hot kitchen, cleaning bathrooms in a local motel, or washing cars on long summer days, you’re certainly not alone. Most employed Americans had their first work experiences as teenagers