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It’s time to start filling worker shortages from many different directions

  • Joanna
  • February 22, 2017

U.S. jobless claims may be at historically low levels,  but even though many Americans are now able to find work, not everyone is finding work in the fields in which they have been trained. Among those who are most struggling to find jobs in their fields: graduates in sociology, with an under-employment rate of 56.5

Diplomas are a great goal — but an incomplete story. Here’s why.

  • Joanna
  • February 14, 2017

Stacey Scott’s accomplishment should not be dismissed in any way. The 30-year-old mother of four from Alabama overcame tremendous adversity on the way to earning her GED this week. But as heart-warming as it was to read about Scott’s journey from frequent joblessness to the graduation stage, it’s important to remember that a diploma of

Here’s why the nation needs basic workforce training in high school and adult diploma programs

  • Joanna
  • December 26, 2016

Here’s the challenge Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam heard from constituents during a recent roundtable with local business owners: Employers are ready and willing to hire more workers into middle- and high-skill technical jobs, but there aren’t enough workers who have the right amount of post-high-school training to even begin the job-specific training. “We have

Why aren’t more businesses taking advantage of WIOA-sponsored programs?

  • Joanna
  • December 19, 2016

Layne Beatty had a Class B commercial driver’s license and no technical experience. Robison Oil needed a service technician. It was a match made in America. First, Robison hired Beatty as a warehouse worker. Then it put him through technical training and summer classes with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act support. And now Beatty’s got

Could a $7,500-per-year investment in high schoolers with disabilities save the nation billions over time?

  • Joanna
  • October 24, 2016

With funding made possible by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Vermont will be among the first states to launch a program specifically targeted at raising graduation rates and career readiness for students with disabilities. The three-year pilot, called the Linking Learning to Careers program, will provide 400 high school students with access to community

The WIOA rules are finally here. So now what?

  • Joanna
  • July 5, 2016

It’s not altogether unusual for the federal government to have a law on the books long before the rules that govern how the law will be enforced have been created. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act was different, though, in one key way: It required every state to come up with a comprehensive plan for

Eight ways to battle the persistent class stratification of higher education

  • Joanna
  • June 13, 2016

The best indicator of whether a person will earn a college degree also appears to be the hardest to change: For nearly half a century, people who come from families in the top quarter of the income strata have made up more than 50 percent of those earning bachelor’s degrees at U.S. universities. That’s according