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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

Three key questions to ask when assessing a WIOA draft state plan

  • Joanna
  • March 17, 2016

More and more states are releasing drafts of their Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act plans for public comment. But when it comes to implementing a law that many Americans haven’t heard about, does the public even know what it’s looking for? Probably not yet. That’s why the Center for Law and Social Policy has released

One of the world’s most trusted ‘brands’ is perfect for one-stop workforce centers

  • Joanna
  • March 9, 2016

When Congress passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, it called on the Department of Labor to establish a common “brand” for the one-stop career centers that must exist in every area of the country, helping connect workers and job seekers to the businesses that need them. But while it makes sense to seek better

Three questions that can help ensure equity, not just equality, in workforce training programs

  • Joanna
  • February 29, 2016

Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King has made his priorities crystal clear. As Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act programs launch and grow over coming years, King has told implementers that equity is of paramount importance. Speaking last month to the WOIA “One Team, One Vision, One Conversation" national convening, King told more than

Five lessons from Washington D.C. for implementing WIOA

  • Joanna
  • February 18, 2016

If you haven’t yet made it through Robert McCartney’s scathing analysis of Washington D.C.’s record on helping its unemployed residents get jobs, don’t fret. The piece, which was first published on Dec. 12 and is still making its rounds among educrats far and wide, takes some time to digest. But for those in the business

Why fewer college students means better workforce opportunity

  • Joanna
  • February 4, 2016

Imagine the entire city of Dallas was enrolled in college in 2011 — and isn’t anymore. That’s been the effect of a 1.3 million student drop in higher education enrollment since the nation hit an attendance record in the fall of 2011. Very little has changed, however, for more traditional segments of the college-attending population

Four quick lessons from the first state to submit its WIOA plan

  • Joanna
  • January 25, 2016

While many other states had just gotten started identifying their priorities, Mississippi became the first state in the nation to submit its Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Plan. The Magnolia State completed its comprehensive proposal to close the middle-skill job gap and increase workforce participation, and mailed it to the U.S. Department of Labor nearly