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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

Workforce opportunity: An unlikely place to realize Dr. King’s dream?

  • Joanna
  • January 21, 2016

As school children read and recite the words Martin Luther King spoke on Aug. 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. — and as millions of Americans take a moment to reflect upon King’s vision and legacy — it’s important to remember that, at the time of King’s most famous