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Women at Work: Barriers and Successes

According to current labor statistics, 57% of women participate in the American workforce.  As personal characteristics among the female workforce population fluctuate, participation rates and barriers to employment also shift. To celebrate Women’s History Month and the advances of women in the workforce, the following WSS profiles within the collection highlight data, case studies, and the experiences of women in workforce and job training programs.

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Posted On: 3/8/2016 12:38 PM

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Connecting our Nation’s Veterans to Careers through the Workforce Development System

To honor the nation’s veterans and their service, the selected resources in this announcement demonstrate how the workforce system can transition service members into civilian jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2015, veterans accounted for 9% of the US adult population. While the veteran unemployment rate has fallen, challenges remain for veterans to translate their military experience into civilian jobs. These resources explore programs that help veterans access new careers.

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Posted On: 10/28/2016 10:59 AM

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College-Level Interventions to Increase the Diversity of the STEM Sector

According to the National Science Foundation, the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sector is growing and offers median wages well above the United States average. However, that organization also reports that women and people of color are underrepresented in the field. The following WSS resources highlight research on programs that strive to reduce that disparity, making STEM more inclusive for black students, women, and those with disabilities.

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Posted On: 10/17/2016 3:30 PM

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Career Pathways: The Advantages from Varying Perspectives

Career pathways, a model used as a means to a clear sequence of education coursework and/or training credentials aligned to the local and regional industry skills needs, is an integral part of the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  Under WIOA, new, stronger, and comprehensive local and state career pathways systems improve economic development in local communities, workforce agency partnerships, employer relationships, and program and service alignment. 

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Posted On: 3/23/2016 1:03 PM

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Employment Pathways with a Native American Focus

High unemployment and poverty rates face many Native American populations across the United States. To combat these statistics, improve the economic situations for individuals and families, and support educational and workforce attainment, it is important to maintain avenues of support and help for Native populations.

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Posted On: 2/23/2016 7:28 PM

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Reducing Employment Barriers and Investing in Early Childhood Care and Education

For many families, childcare is a barrier to employment.  Between nonstandard working hours and a lack of affordable, high quality childcare options, many parents, particularly low-income parents, are forced to make decisions that favor employment or childcare at the expense of the other option.  Under these circumstances, childcare is increasingly a workforce issue that will have both short-term and long-term effects on participating workers and local economies.

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Posted On: 8/19/2016 3:44 PM

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Celebrating National Mentor Day

To recognize National Mentor Day on January 17 and affirm adult mentoring as one of the youth program elements under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, below are selected resources that highlight the benefits and outcomes of the mentor relationship.

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Posted On: 2/9/2016 2:51 PM

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Reflections of Black History Month and Leading Change

In observance of Black History Month (also known as African American History Month), a time to remember events and people leading change, the selected WSS profiles from our collection focus on enhancing workforce and education outcomes for people of color.  The following resources examine community-driven efforts that address educational outcomes and highlight governmental policies and workforce strategies with potential to support improved career placement and educational attainment.

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Posted On: 2/10/2016 8:29 PM

WSS in 2015: Most Popular Profiles

Calendar year 2015 has been busy for WSS! A wide range of profiles are now available, covering topics such as career pathways, sector strategies, rigorous evaluations of place-based programs, and more! As this year ends, we are highlighting the three profiles with the most online views on WSS since January 2015. We look forward to sharing more engaging studies and informative insights in 2016!

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Posted On: 6/1/2016 11:07 AM

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Doubling the Impact: Addressing the Whole Family with Two-Generational Strategies

The National Center for Children in Poverty reports that 22% of all children live in families with incomes below the poverty level. Two-generational strategies aim to improve economic and education outcomes for both the children and parents in these families. The following WSS resources showcase two-generational strategies designed for immigrant families; evaluate the CareerAdvance two-generational strategy in Tulsa; and offer guidance for those creating their own strategies.

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Posted On: 8/19/2016 2:41 PM

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WSS Top Profiles 2016

Calendar year 2016 has been busy for WSS! A wide range of profiles are now available, covering topics such as apprenticeships, job readiness services, career pathways, and more! As this year ends, we are highlighting the three profiles with the most views on WSS since Workforce GPS was launched in April 2016. We look forward to sharing more engaging studies and informative insights with you in 2017.

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Posted On: 1/23/2017 4:23 PM

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Workforce Development System Approaches to Homelessness: Reflections from the Past to the Present

According to a report from the National Alliance to End Homelessness in January 2015, over half a million people experienced homelessness. Unemployment and homelessness are often linked, since being unemployed can lead to homelessness and homelessness can be a barrier to employment. The public workforce system strives to address these problems beginning with past demonstrations and continuing with current connected strategies. The following WSS resources provide details about such strategies.

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Posted On: 12/13/2016 10:12 AM

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Celebrating National Employ Older Workers Week

Since 1973, National Employ the Older Worker Week has celebrated the talents and experiences of older workers. To prepare for the projected growth of the aging worker population, the public workforce system encourages employers to continue to match the skills of aging workers to emerging crossover occupations. The following WSS resources examine workforce development programs for older workers, explore employer attitudes towards older workers, and analyze workforce data about this population.

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Posted On: 9/20/2016 4:01 PM

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Engaging Employers to Promote Workforce Opportunities for Specific Populations

Engaged employers play a key role in helping specific populations, such as youth and new immigrants, gain employment and pursue career pathways that lead to long-term success. By increasing engagement such as work-based opportunities, employers can provide jobs and economic growth that benefits businesses and communities. The following WSS resources highlight employer engagement strategies targeted to specific populations, including youth in southern states, immigrants, teens, and young adults.

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Posted On: 9/30/2016 12:07 PM

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Using Local Knowledge and Resources to Improve Local Economies

Locally driven policies have strong potential to combat many economic, workforce, and training challenges. Such policies may utilize strategic partnerships across government agencies and educational institutions, or target economic resources to strengthen communities. The following resources from the WSS profile collection highlight local initiatives that educate local youth for the STEM fields, train and employ low-income benefit recipients, and utilize local funds to create local jobs.

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Posted On: 8/2/2016 10:25 AM

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Supporting Small Business Ownership and Measuring its Impact on Economic Mobility

Entrepreneurship and small-business ownership is often considered a hot topic related to Silicon Valley startup culture. However, small businesses ownership has long appealed to individuals and investors striving to gain a foothold in the economy. Despite its appeal, growing and sustaining a new business can be challenging. The following WSS resources examine the effect of business ownership on economic mobility and offer strategies for supporting businesses owned by women and people of color.

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Posted On: 9/6/2016 3:00 PM

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Reflections for July 4th: Programs and Opportunities to Strengthen the Workforce System

This July, as the United States celebrates the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the public workforce system also celebrates the first full year of implementation of WIOA. To recognize these milestones, the WSS team offers these profiles that highlight social and economic mobility in the country's capital, education and training opportunities for aging job seekers across the country, and pre-apprenticeship pathways for women to high-wage, non-traditional jobs.

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Posted On: 6/30/2016 8:15 PM

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Reducing Recidivism through Educational and Supportive Service Opportunities

The National Institute of Justice reports that within three years of release in 2005, about two-thirds of former prisoners in the United States were rearrested. Many of these individuals may be re-incarcerated because they lack marketable skills or access to the education and training programs necessary to transition back into society. These WSS resources examine programs designed to reduce recidivism through connections to Adult Basic Education, community colleges, and supportive services.

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Posted On: 11/23/2016 12:19 PM

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Youth and Young Adult Employment: Data, Challenges, and Solutions

This summer, teenagers are much less likely to work retail or scoop ice cream than they were in 1989, when youth labor force participation peaked at 78%. In addition to several decades of steady decline, youth employment rates were especially hard hit by the Great Recession. While rates have stabilized since 2010, they remain well under 1989 levels. The following resources highlight strategies for increasing youth employment through employer-led solutions and by analyzing labor market data.

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Posted On: 7/22/2016 12:23 PM

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Healthcare Pathways – Building a Pipeline of Skilled, Committed Workers

Employment in healthcare support occupations is projected to grow by 23% between 2014 and 2024. As one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, the healthcare industry will need to meet rising demand with a high quality workforce. The following resources within the WSS profile collection present outcomes from healthcare pathways programs; analyze the current pre-baccalaureate healthcare workforce; and describe a framework for programs bringing marginalized youth into healthcare careers.

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Posted On: 4/5/2016 12:30 PM

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Increasing Student Credential Attainment at Community Colleges

According to the Community College Research Center, less than 40% of first-time college students who enrolled in a community college in the fall of 2009 earned a credential within six years. These WSS resources provide recommendations to help the public workforce system support community colleges. The findings describe how to address unmet financial needs, maintain access and quality, and increase attainment of degrees for students of all backgrounds.

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Posted On: 11/11/2016 12:12 PM

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Green Jobs: Pathways for a Sustainable Workforce

As Earth Day approaches on April 22, 2016, we turn our attention to recent workforce studies about green jobs in the energy and environmental service sectors. Green jobs support the green sector economy and contribute to environmental sustainability. The following WSS resources examine community college and other education sector efforts to establish green programs, as well as highlight benefits of green jobs pathways and occupations for disconnected or low-income individuals and communities.

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Posted On: 5/10/2016 4:41 PM

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Reducing Barriers and Building Self-Sufficiency through Successful Reintegration Models

Many programs and policies are currently in place to assist justice-involved individuals with barriers to employment re-enter the workforce, build self-sufficiency, and develop soft-skills.  The following WSS resources highlight business models that succeed in providing transferable skills and work experience for individuals with barriers to employment; present informational data on former offenders in the labor market; and guide practitioners in aiding juveniles to get back on track.

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Posted On: 5/17/2016 12:18 PM

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The Modern City: A Center of Economic and Workforce Innovation

Many urban areas face changes with expanding populations. As cities grow, civic leaders, government agencies, and employers seek to invest in infrastructure, housing, and workforce development to create vibrant, equitable, and safe places to work and live. The following WSS resources examine strategies that emphasize economic inclusion in neighborhood revitalization efforts, successful collaboration through citizen engagement, and career pathways to strengthen the middle-skills workforce.

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Posted On: 5/3/2016 12:08 PM

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Adapting Military Skills in the Civilian Workplace: Resources for Veterans and their Families

Even though the unemployment rate for United States veterans has decreased from 5.3% in 2014 to 4.6% in 2015, recent reports indicate that there will be additional cuts to active duty and reserve members in 2016. The following WSS resources provide information about eligibility, use of scholarships, and the application of military skills to the civilian workplace for service members transitioning to civilian life, military spouses, and future civilian employers of veterans.

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Posted On: 5/31/2016 5:04 PM

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Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE): Career Pathways for Low-Income Individuals

Initiated in 2007, PACE aims to increase self-sufficiency among low-income families through promising career pathways strategies. The PACE evaluation uses random assignment to estimate the impact of nine PACE programs across the country on the employment, earnings, and education outcomes of low-skilled adults. The first two resources profile PACE programs in Chicago and Des Moines. The third describes the characteristics of individuals recruited into the study across all nine sites.

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Posted On: 4/6/2018 9:09 PM

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Strengthening and Expanding Apprenticeships in the United States

Apprenticeships provide individuals with on-the-job training and contextualized learning. For over 80 years, US DOL has overseen the Registered Apprenticeship (RA) system, in partnership with State Apprenticeship Agencies. Today there are about 22,000 RAs across the U.S. These resources analyze the cost and benefits of RAs from a business lens, explore ways to better align apprenticeships with education programs, and offer strategies that workforce boards and stakeholders can use to expand RAs.

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Posted On: 4/20/2018 3:37 PM

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Building Capacity for Research and Evaluation among Workforce Practitioners

How do you know if your program or initiative is effective? How do you gather proven practices or implement evidence-based practices? To respond to these questions, WSS presents three research and evaluation resources! The following resources provide cases for using evidenced-based practices, advancing evidence-based decision-making, and applying two research methodologies–opportunistic experiments and qualitative methods—in human services programs and workforce collaboratives.

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Posted On: 10/12/2018 7:11 PM

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Job Training and Student Support Services in Tribal Communities

National American Indian Heritage Month gives us an opportunity to pay tribute to the rich history and culture of Native Americans. This month, we highlight two resources that showcase job training programs across different tribal communities in North Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, and Alaska. Both resources document the need for culturally sensitive and customized strategies to meet the needs of Native students through supportive services and industry-recognized certificates and degrees.

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Posted On: 10/29/2018 2:37 PM

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Strengthening Workforce Opportunities through Work-Based Learning

According to the Wells Fargo/Gallup survey, small businesses report that their primary challenge is hiring and retaining qualified staff. To tackle this issue, policymakers increasingly promote work-based learning (WBL). WBL generally combines classroom learning with on-the-job experience, such as apprenticeships. These resources review current state policies supporting WBL, discuss components of effective WBL, and examine pre-apprenticeship programs in the construction industry.

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Posted On: 1/9/2018 7:23 PM

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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, a time to reflect on the past with an eye to the future, the profiles in this announcement focus on enhancing workforce-related outcomes for our diverse communities. These resources examine employment trends of young men of color, discuss workforce initiatives with potential to increase employment opportunities for such underutilized populations, and provide recommendations to help minority-owned businesses succeed. 

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Posted On: 1/26/2018 3:36 PM

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WSS in 2017: Most Popular Profiles

WSS completes another busy year! In 2017, we added a wide range of resources to our online resource library, covering topics such as career pathways, re-entry initiatives, self-employment training programs, and more. Highlighted in this announcement are the three resource profiles with the most online views on WSS in 2017. As you continue to visit the collection, look forward to seeing more focused announcements that highlight evidence-based research and emerging practices in 2018!

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Posted On: 2/9/2018 6:11 PM

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Reinvesting in Advanced Manufacturing: Evaluating TAACCCT Grants

Advanced manufacturing plays a vital role in the current and future economic prosperity of the United States. To support community colleges in the development of industry-aligned training programs in manufacturing and other industries, USDOL awarded nearly $2 billion in Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants to over 700 colleges. The resources below assess the impacts of three TAACCCT grants that created advanced manufacturing training programs.

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Posted On: 2/23/2018 3:41 PM

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Workforce System Strategies Staff Picks

In this announcement, we spotlight ETA staff-recommended resources that cover a range of topics. The first two resources are select tools that promote effective budget and cost allocation methods, and the sustainability of grant-funded programs. The third describes the characteristics of American workers with limited foundational skills and provides strategies that employers use to develop their talent pipelines. For more staff picks, visit the WorkforceGPS online resource collection library.

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Posted On: 3/9/2018 2:13 PM

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Strengthening the Public Workforce System through Research and Accountability

Effective workforce development programs can help meet the needs of participants and employers. However, the delivery of such programs requires thoughtful planning and implementation. These resources discuss how research results and accountability measures can help administrators develop effective programs. The first two resources present approaches for using existing administrative data to conduct evaluations. The third discusses the use of performance measures to assess service delivery.

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Posted On: 6/1/2018 7:25 PM

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Building Partnerships with Community Colleges to Better Meet Workforce Needs

With university tuition costs on the rise, community colleges have become more attractive to those looking to start or build a career. Community colleges can provide students with quality career training programs while meeting local workforce needs. As a result, the public workforce system and businesses are increasingly pursuing community college partnerships to better prepare students for industry-aligned jobs. These resources explore these partnerships and strategies to strengthen them.

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Posted On: 3/26/2018 6:18 PM

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Funding Opportunity for Low-Cost RCT Evaluations: Apply by May 31, 2018!

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation announced a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for low-cost randomized controlled trials (RCTs) designed to build important evidence about “what works” in U.S. social spending. The RFP is available here, and below is brief background information, including examples of previously-funded projects. The Foundation intends to fund all applications that receive a strong rating from the reviewers based on the criteria in the RFP.  

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Posted On: 3/30/2018 3:33 PM

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Enhancing Workforce Programs with Behavioral Insight Interventions

In recent years, decision makers have become interested in behavioral science and its potential to motivate and improve results for program participants. US DOL’s Behavioral Interventions (DOL-BI) project explores how these interventions can enhance the outcomes of DOL-funded programs. These resources present findings of the DOL-BI project, identify promising behavioral strategies, and discuss how behavioral insights can inform programs to help people become self-sufficient.

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Posted On: 6/15/2018 6:45 PM

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#GigEconomy: Strategies for Serving Self-Employed and Contingent Workers

In the gig economy, self-employed and contingent workers find work through digital platforms and other avenues. Developing strategies to serve these freelance or gig workers is challenging, and public workforce agencies rely on research about the gig economy and the needs of these types of workers to understand and address these challenges. These two resources highlight ways to support gig workers, including public employment markets, skills trainings, networking events, and employer engagement.

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Posted On: 9/14/2018 12:10 PM

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Back to School with Competency-Based Education: Implementation and Policy Recommendations

Across the country, educators are considering multiple strategies to help students learn and reach graduation. One strategy is competency-based education, which allows students to advance as they demonstrate a mastery of skills or content regardless of pace. These resources present recommendations to support competency-based education for overage and under-credited students, enrollment strategies for underrepresented and underprepared adults, and lessons from information technology programs.

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Posted On: 9/28/2018 8:15 PM

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Assessing Recent Trends of Older Workers in the Labor Market

Why do so many older Americans work past retirement age? Can they not afford to retire or do other factors explain their continued participation in the workforce? To further discussions about policy proposals and program expansions, with the potential to improve older adults’ lives, these resources explore why older workers continue to work and provide a snapshot of their labor force participation rates by demographic group and type of occupation.

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Posted On: 12/7/2018 6:59 PM

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Employment-Oriented Training Initiatives: The Case of Alternative Pathways Programs

This week, we highlight resources that describe innovative alternative pathways that develop the skills of opportunity youth and adults. The first resource presents a six-pillar career pathways framework that includes enrollment policies, participant support, labor market alignment, connections to jobs, training mix, and program financial stability. The second resource profiles agencies such as the Stride Center, Year Up, and Hack the Hood; which demonstrate effectiveness within the six pillars.

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Posted On: 11/20/2018 6:51 PM

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Strategies to Connect Veterans to Employment

This Veterans Day, Workforce System Strategies summarizes studies that explore employment strategies for veterans! The first provides a synthesis of veterans’ access to multiple workforce development programs and presents veteran employment outcomes compared to non-veterans. The second explains how to best use work readiness when identifying job opportunities for veterans. The last report focuses on military occupational specialties and their civilian occupation counterparts.

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Posted On: 11/9/2018 1:39 PM

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Connect Your Peers to Workforce System Strategies!

Current Subscribers: Do you find WSS resources interesting and relevant to your work? If so, let your colleagues and friends know! Share this post with your peers so that they can learn how to subscribe. New to Workforce System Strategies (WSS)? Subscribe to WSS to receive extended abstracts of workforce- and education-related research studies, toolkits, and guides.

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Posted On: 8/7/2018 5:07 PM

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Preparing Americans for the Workforce: A Sampling of Strategies

Policy-makers, practitioners, and researchers have created many strategies to prepare workers to meet the growing education and training requirements of the current and future American workforce. These resources explore some of those strategies. The first summarizes a national survey on Integrated Education and Training (IET). The second describes how states can connect rural communities to employment opportunities. The third presents a module on teaching and prioritizing employability skills.

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Posted On: 5/18/2018 8:47 PM

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Labor Day 2018: Maximizing Employment Opportunities and Outcomes for Low-Income Adults

This Labor Day, Workforce System Strategies summarizes studies that may maximize employment opportunities for low-income individuals! These resources present findings from the Employment Strategies for Low-Income Adults Evidence Review (ESER). The first, provides a synthesis of primary employment and training strategies for low-income adults, while the second estimates the impact of these strategies on labor outcomes. The last report focuses on the impact of financial incentives and sanctions.

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Posted On: 8/30/2018 12:45 PM

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Promoting Self-sufficiency through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training

In Fiscal Year 2015, the latest year for which data are available, about 3.2 million individuals participated in SNAP Employment and Training (E&T). Although each state is required to operate SNAP E&T, they have a great deal of flexibility in designing and implementing their programs. The resources below offer methods that state policymakers and practitioners can consider when designing SNAP E&T programs that may help participants gain stable employment and become self-sufficient.

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Posted On: 5/1/2017 4:45 PM

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Helping Underserved Populations Achieve Post-Secondary Success

A postsecondary degree or credential is increasingly necessary for success in today's job market. That said, postsecondary attainment by underrepresented students continues to lag when compared to their peers. These resources provide recommendations and evidence to help policymakers increase rates of graduation and credential attainment among low-income and underprepared students, including immigrants, ex-offenders, opportunity youth, and adults without high school credentials.

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Posted On: 9/10/2018 3:09 PM

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Targeting Workforce and Economic Initiatives and Strategies to Address Employer and Worker Needs

Workforce and economic development initiatives and strategies vary in scope and depth and are often initiated to address current employer or worker needs. The following resources explore initiatives in Los Angeles, New York City, and Detroit aimed at improving the local economic conditions and employment outcomes and relate to creating career pathways, understanding issues of domestic workers and their employers, and measuring the impact of grants to stimulate regional economies.

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Posted On: 5/26/2017 9:54 PM

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Find the Research You Want and Build Your Knowledge with These Three Fact Sheets!

Do you find using a search engine to find evidence-based research overwhelming? Workforce System Strategies makes those intensive searches easier for you by profiling many of the most relevant studies and tools. These three fact sheets show you how easy WSS searches can be. Use and share them to help you and your colleagues zero in on the right study methodologies, explore resources by activities such as employer engagement, and find studies or guides relevant to target populations of interest.

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Posted On: 8/3/2018 7:11 PM

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Understanding and Improving Career Pathways to Better Meet the U.S.’s Workforce Needs

Through better alignment of education, training, and employment services among public agencies, career pathways holds the promise of increasing the number of workers in the U.S. who gain the industry-recognized and academic credentials they need to work in the most in-demand occupations. The following WSS resources provide state policymakers and practitioners with ideas on how to design and improve career pathways that have a strong potential to meet current and future U.S. labor market needs.

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Posted On: 5/12/2017 8:19 PM

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Managing the Public Workforce System through Governance and Collaboration

Local Workforce Boards are charged with coordinating their local plans with their state’s workforce goals. The implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) created changes to the responsibilities and structure of these boards. For example, WIOA reduced the number of required members. While resources in this announcement focus largely on WIA, they also include useful information for boards and other stakeholders in governing their local workforce systems under WIOA.

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Posted On: 10/23/2017 7:45 PM

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Assessing the Impacts of TAACCCT Grants

To increase the ability of community colleges to address today’s workforce needs, the TAACCCT program awarded nearly $2 billion dollars to more than 700 community colleges. The TAACCCT grants focus on strengthening these colleges by building industry-aligned training programs in manufacturing, health care, transportation, IT, and energy. The WSS resources in this announcement look at the impacts of three TAACCCT grants awarded to community colleges in CT, SD, and DE

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Posted On: 10/9/2017 1:03 PM

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Strengthening the Workforce in the United States through Sector Strategies

In the past few years, sector strategies have gained traction in the United States’ labor market. Some policy makers and practitioners have adopted these strategies to better meet the needs of both workers and employers. The WSS resources described in this announcement provide a framework for understanding best practices, challenges when implementing sector strategies, and also discuss the results of an impact evaluation study on a sector strategy model called WorkAdvance.  

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Posted On: 8/14/2017 9:05 PM

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Looking Back: Examining the Effectiveness of Re-employment Programs of the 1980s

Past recessions in the US have left invaluable lessons for policymakers. In the 1970s and early 1980s, the US experienced a rise in unemployment. As a result, the Department of Labor funded various projects to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of alternative reemployment services for Unemployment Insurance recipients. These WSS resources discuss evaluation results of the reemployment bonus experiments – conducted between 1984 and 1989 – in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington State.

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Posted On: 11/20/2017 1:15 PM

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Strengthening the Skills of the American Workforce

The economic competitiveness of the United States hinges on the strength of its workforce. Developing a skilled workforce, however, requires a keen understanding of workforce needs and a plan to address those needs. The resources in this announcement compare the skills of the U.S. workforce with other countries, describe the characteristics of workers who lack foundational skills, and offer ways stakeholders can help enhance these skills, such as improving the quality of vocational training.

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Posted On: 11/3/2017 9:13 PM

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Investing in Women’s Economic Success

Over the last few decades, the participation of women in the workforce has significantly increased. According to U.S. Department of Labor, women currently comprise 47 percent of the workforce, and they are becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. The following WSS profiles highlight ways through which workforce development programs can better meet and support the diverse needs of women, with a focus on low-income women of color. 

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Posted On: 6/9/2017 8:05 PM

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July 4th Reflections: Strategies for a Fully-Employed United States

This July 4th the Workforce System Strategies team reflects on the status of employment in the U.S. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while the unemployment rate has been decreasing, the employment-to-population ratio of adults ages 25 to 54 remains below pre-recession levels. The resources below summarize findings from studies of subsidized employment programs and interventions designed to improve employment outcomes for low-income adults and individuals with barriers to employment.

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Posted On: 6/30/2017 8:53 PM

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Hiring Adults with Disabilities

According to the American Community Survey, only 35 percent of adults with disabilities were employed in 2015. Many factors contribute to this low employment rate, and the following studies are a handful within the WSS collection that explore the topic. These resources examine workforce challenges experienced by adults with disabilities; and highlight earnings discrepancies by educational attainment, labor market participation, and employment participation rates across disability types.

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Posted On: 2/27/2017 3:34 PM

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Decreasing Recidivism through Vocational Training and Education Programs

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 68% of prisoners released in 2005 returned to prison within three years of release, and 77% were arrested within five years of release. The WSS resources below provide data analyses, literature reviews, and other tools through which practitioners, researchers, and stakeholders can improve or create effective programs that support individuals as they transition from prison to the community, such as providing employment services pre-release.

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Posted On: 2/13/2017 9:42 PM

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Supporting Dislocated Workers: Findings from the Self-Employment Training Pilot Program

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 15 million workers were self-employed in 2016. Self-employment can offer dislocated workers a path to financial security and economic mobility. In 2013, the Department of Labor funded the Self-Employment Training (SET) pilot in California, Illinois, Ohio and Oregon to help dislocated workers start their own businesses. These briefs discuss the early findings of the evaluation, which used random assignment to determine who received SET services.

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Posted On: 12/4/2017 2:30 PM

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Interventions that Help Low-Income Individuals Enhance Employment Outcomes

Many studies investigate how to improve employment outcomes for low-income adults, resulting in a vast body of research that can be challenging for practitioners and policymakers to navigate. The Employment Strategies for Low-Income Adults Evidence Review (ESER) assessed the rigor of such studies to help decision-makers identify programs shown to be effective for this population. This series of briefs presents some results of the ESER review.

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Posted On: 12/14/2017 5:27 PM

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Reengaging Opportunity Youth to Improve Life Outcomes

Over the last decade, decision makers have given greater attention to young adults who are neither working nor in school, as these young people face many challenges during the transition into adulthood. Various projects have been created across the nation to find ways to successfully reengage these youth in the labor market. These reports take a closer look at building career paths for youth to not only improve their life outcomes, but also to help meet America's workforce needs.

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Posted On: 1/11/2018 5:21 PM

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Supporting Ex-Offender Reentry through Jail- and Community-Based American Job Centers

A Bureau of Justice Statistics study found that 7 out of 10 prisoners released in 2005 were rearrested within three years of release. Ex-offenders face various employment and life challenges post-release, which may be exacerbated by limited job skills. These resources spotlight early lessons in implementing the Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release (LEAP) grants, which aimed to strengthen partnerships between the jail and workforce system to promote successful reentry of this population.

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Posted On: 9/8/2017 7:44 PM

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Supporting Immigrants for a Strengthened Workforce

The American Community Survey estimated that 13 percent of the total US population was foreign-born in 2014. While some immigrants may face challenges upon arrival to the U.S., opportunities to succeed are supported through tapping into unrealized skills, work-focused language instruction, and other community strategies. The following resources explore educational attainment data, work-oriented language programs, and strategies for building economic opportunities among immigrant populations. 

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Posted On: 4/10/2017 9:29 PM

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Improving Service Delivery at American Job Centers

WIOA sets out to implement workforce education and employment system reforms to help strengthen the public workforce system. Although WIOA replaced WIA, recent studies under WIA sought to address research questions to inform such reforms. The resources in this announcement examine and compare the traditional American Job Center (AJC) model to an integrated intake model, illustrate how AJCs create networks for service delivery, and describe three program collaboration models for service delivery.

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Posted On: 9/25/2017 3:05 PM

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Lifting Families Out of Poverty through Evidence-Based Research and Policy

Many programs and policies have been developed to help low-income families build self-sufficiency and gain a foothold in the workforce. The following WSS resources describe several strategies, activities or policy findings that practitioners and policymakers can use to support families, identify and invest in cost-effective interventions or modify family-support policies. 

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Posted On: 1/31/2017 2:57 PM

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Linking Youth to Employment Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the unemployment rate for youth was 11.5% in July 2016. While this rate decreased since the Great Recession, youth who seek jobs still experience higher unemployment rates that are currently more than double the national rate. The following WSS resources highlight employment strategies and best practices to help reduce the youth unemployment rate, and describe soft skills that are key to youths’ success in the workforce.

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Posted On: 1/17/2017 8:37 AM

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Pathways to Postsecondary Success: Increasing Equity and Opportunities for an Educated Workforce

The pathway to postsecondary success differs for individuals of varying personal backgrounds, financial situations, and locations. The following resources examine efforts to increase equity in postsecondary education that may enhance the diversity of an educated workforce. The topics include an intervention model highlighting differences among first-generation college students' backgrounds, financial resources for low-income and non-traditional students, and place-based scholarship programs.

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Posted On: 7/18/2017 4:21 PM

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Healthy Growth: Assessing Health Profession Training Programs in an Expanding Field

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare occupations are projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster and with a higher median annual wage than the average for all occupations.  The following resources describe results from three Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) studies.  HPOG provides training to low-income individuals for occupations in the healthcare field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand.

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Posted On: 7/28/2017 7:27 PM

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Assessing and Closing the Skills Gap to meet America’s Labor Market Needs

Identifying skills needs and bridging gaps between employers’ needs and job seekers’ skills in changing economic markets can be a challenge. The following resources analyze or examine how the skills gap affects cities, states, and overall national competitiveness, and provide recommendations for employers, academics, and communities of interest to address the gap.

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Posted On: 3/16/2017 9:53 AM

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Utilizing and Improving Workforce Data Systems to Support Research and Evaluation

Efficient and well-connected workforce data systems have the potential to drive collaboration and improve outcomes across programs and organizations. Establishing these systems, however, requires planning and commitment across multiple stakeholders. The following WSS resources look at previous workforce data collaborations at the state level and identify successful outcomes and lessons learned.

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Posted On: 3/24/2017 1:35 PM

Teens
Insight for a New Focus: Out of School Youth

Under the new Opportunity Act, out of school youth are a priority population for targeted services.  While the impacts of this new priority on youth have yet to be evaluated, the following publications from the WSS profile collection provide policymakers and practitioners with examples of promising approaches, data trends, lessons learned and challenges from previously implemented programs and services.

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Posted On: 9/8/2015 12:16 PM

Older Woman
National Employ Older Workers Week Recognizes the Commitment and Quality of Older Workers

Older Americans are staying in the workforce for longer periods of time. However, employing older workers has some challenges for those seeking to remain active in the labor force.  The following publications are a few within the WSS profiles collection that discuss programs and policies geared towards supporting older workers.

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Posted On: 9/22/2015 2:03 PM

Puzzle Pieces
Unemployment Insurance: An Earned Benefit and a Strategy to Reemployment

The national unemployment rate has steadily improved since early 2011, yet there are still many out-of-work individuals that rely on unemployment insurance (“UI”) when they are in between jobs.  UI eligibility is primarily determined by individual states and based upon prior earning, claim filings, ability and availability to work, and job search activities.  

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Posted On: 11/3/2015 4:30 PM

Skyscrapers
Meeting Industry Demand through State and Regional Sector Strategies

In the changing workforce development landscape, sector strategies support employer-driven partnerships formed to collectively address industry needs.  States and regions adopt policies aimed at training and aligning workers with quality positions in a particular industry through which both employees and employers stand to benefit.  The following publications from the WSS profiles collection examine the different models for sector strategies.

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Posted On: 8/25/2015 1:53 PM

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Job Training Programs: Informing Effective Implementation, Service Delivery, and Evaluation Capacity

WIOA implementation at the state and local level can be informed by past effective workforce program practices.  The following publications are among a few in the WSS profiles collection that offer reflective insights on federally-sponsored training programs and effective practices.

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Posted On: 8/11/2015 2:21 PM

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Training and Post-Secondary Educational Options for Veterans

In honor of those who have served our country in the armed forces this November 11th, the WSS team would like to highlight resources that discuss opportunities for veterans in the workplace and classroom. Upon return to civilian life, many veterans choose to expand upon their technical skills and education by seeking additional employment training or returning to post-secondary studies.

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Posted On: 11/3/2015 7:15 PM

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Anti-Poverty, Self-Sufficiency, and Incentive Programs: Connections to Long-Term Employment

Employment incentive programs provide earned benefits to poor and low-income individuals as they reach particular employment benchmarks.  While various incentive programs require certain conditions to be met, workforce practitioners and policy makers continue to look for the right combination of factors that will ultimately lead to enhanced employment, quality of life, and self-sufficiency for American workers. 

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Posted On: 11/3/2015 4:30 PM

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More than Class: Innovations, Reforms, and the Changing Role of Community Colleges

In the increasingly competitive job market, community colleges play a significant role as sources of post-secondary education, occupational skills training, and credential attainment.  To best serve low-income individuals and other adult education students, many of these schools are seeking innovative programming, outside partnerships, and reformed system models.

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Posted On: 12/7/2015 1:29 PM

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STEM Education and Workforce Development Strategies to Increase American Competitiveness

Increasing school-age efforts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is a growing educational policy priority, while enhancing workers’ abilities in these content areas are strategic methods for career opportunities, change and advancement. STEM-focused education and training have been recognized as effective strategies to increase competitiveness in the global economy, yet finding qualified workers to fill vacancies is still a challenge.

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Posted On: 12/15/2015 1:12 PM

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Apprenticeships as a Path to Prosperity

For generations, the apprenticeship model has provided workers with a roadmap to a skills-based career. As the workforce system looks to further develop career pathways, apprenticeships will play a key role in providing individuals work-based training and long-term career options with progressive responsibilities and wages. 

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Posted On: 11/17/2015 2:40 PM

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Reemployment Programs: Lessons Learned and Best Practices

Aligning job seekers with employment opportunities is central to WIOA. These articles, among others in the WSS collection, discuss results from reemployment programs, as well as various strategies for individuals currently out of the workforce.

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Posted On: 7/14/2015 2:22 PM

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Bridging Education and Employment for Youth with Disabilities

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the American Disabilities Act this month, it is important to recognize that youth with disabilities continue to face challenges bridging the gap between education and employment.  The following publications examine different programs and strategies aimed at assisting youth with disabilities’ transition into the workforce.

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Posted On: 7/31/2015 5:53 PM

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Job Advancement - Considerations After Employment

WIOA has a goal of advancing services to job seekers so that they can gain good jobs and a pathway to the middle class.  Yet to achieve this, employees must be able to both retain their jobs and advance within them. These publications look at job advancement from various perspectives, as well as work-based training as a method to advancement.

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Posted On: 4/22/2015 1:27 PM

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Youth Unemployment - Updating Mindsets and Addressing Issues via Policy

Youth entering the post-recession job market around the world face different challenges than previous generations. These publications, among others, examine recent domestic and international employment trends and suggest how to address them, given the drastically altered labor landscape ahead.

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Posted On: 4/22/2015 1:26 PM

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Career Pathways For Underrepresented or Disadvantaged Youth

The youth segment of our population has been one of the groups most affected by the recession, yet some youth segments have been harder hit than others. The following publications explore college access and career preparation programs for underrepresented and disadvantaged youth.

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Posted On: 4/22/2015 11:22 AM

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Level 2 Studies: Other Systematic Analysis

Level 2 Studies, called “Other Systematic Analysis” in WSS, include a broad range of research that do not focus on net impact like Level 1 studies do. Level 2 studies may focus on reporting progress toward a goal, describing an implementation process, systematically documenting the practices of a group of practitioners, or describing the characteristics of a target population. Level 2 examples include:

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Posted On: 4/22/2015 12:21 PM

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Looking Back: Popular Topics in 2014

What topics were most popular in 2014? Some that generated the most online traffic on WSS included: registered apprenticeship, career pathways, and evidence-based practice.  Here are some of the reports and publications that got the most hits last year:

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Posted On: 4/22/2015 1:20 PM

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Level 3 Resources: How-to-Guides, Toolkits, Issue Briefs, and Policy Analysis

On WSS, Level 3 “Supporting Resources” include resources that are not research studies, but may provide important insights into effective strategies from a technical assistance perspective.  Level 3 resources include models, frameworks, toolkits, guides, as well as program or policy analyses, often developed with peer/experiential input, and designed to support strategy implementation.  Examples include:

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Posted On: 6/8/2016 3:48 PM

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Regional Collaboration - Collaborative Pathways to Economic Prosperity

In order to support the national job market, WIOA aims to foster regional collaboration through the state requirement to identify economic regions. These publications highlight strategies of regional partnerships based on common economic needs.

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Posted On: 4/22/2015 11:40 AM

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Employment Strategies for Justice Involved Individuals

Several ETA grants aim to assist justice-involved adults and juveniles.  These publications are examples from WSS’ collection that look at employment strategies for formally incarcerated individuals entering or re-entering the workforce.

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Posted On: 5/5/2015 2:55 PM

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National Farmworkers Job Program – Information on Migrant Workers

In 2015, the National Farmworkers Jobs Program will release an $81.8 million funding opportunity to assist migrant and seasonal farmworkers in technical training and education. The following publications are a few in the WSS collection that examine employment and educational conditions facing migrant and seasonal workers, as well as look at the impact of the National Farmworkers Job Program.

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Posted On: 5/5/2015 2:44 PM

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Jobs Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities

Improving access for workers with disabilities to both high-quality jobs and workforce services is a key component of WIOA. Additionally, ETA recently released $15 million in Disability Employment Initiative grants focused on increasing positive employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. The following publications are part of the WSS collection that discuss employment strategies and outcomes for this population.

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Posted On: 6/16/2015 11:54 AM

Books
Community College – A System for Advancement

Community colleges are a vital component of a career pathway system, helping individuals easily enter post-secondary training, supporting working learners with ramping up their skills, and providing opportunities for career advancement and credential attainment.  In recognition of this important role, community colleges are a critical workforce system partner under WIOA.  Here are some of the WSS publications that discuss strategies and benefits of community colleges.

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Posted On: 5/19/2015 12:00 PM

Woman Searching
Entrepreneurship and Small Business – Strategies and Support

Entrepreneurship has been and continues to be a critical component of the American workforce. Below are a few articles in the WSS collection that highlight different aspects of small businesses and entrepreneurship, including job quality, training, and support tools.

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Posted On: 6/2/2015 12:23 PM

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Improving Student Success

Student success in the post-recession workforce landscape is filled with challenges for youth without high school diplomas or additional occupational training. In recognition of this situation, WIOA legislation has focused on out-of-school youth as a priority population to employment programs.The following publications are a few within the WSS collection that focus on minimizing employment and earnings-related barriers through programs aimed at helping students and out-of-school youth succeed.

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Posted On: 6/30/2015 11:55 AM