This has been a busy week for workforce and community college issues. Congratulations to the Boston Foundation, whose report inspired many of the recommendations in the Governor’s State of the State related to community colleges. The Governor’s recommendations to unify and align the state’s 15 colleges in one budget line item are a good first step to helping more students obtain the credentials needed for middle-skill jobs. In addition, on Wednesday, the Governor released his House I budget, which not only included the $10 million for community colleges that he promised in the State of the State, but also included $10 million for recapitalizing the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund for the purpose of creating “regional centers of excellence,” which are very similar to what this coalition proposed in the Middle Skills Solutions Act. On top of all this, President Obama discussed the importance of workforce training in his State of the Union address last Tuesday night.
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Workforce Development In the News
- Don’t let politics doom commnunity college evolution (Patriot Ledger, Jan. 29, 2012)
- Unified Community Colleges Could Become Massachusetts’ Great Equalizer (Herald News, Jan. 26, 2012)
- President Obama sets ambitious training goal (CLASP, Jan. 25, 2012)
- Community colleges glad for new interest, but some doubt governor’s plan (Boston Globe, Jan. 25, 2012)
- In address, Obama makes pitch for economic fairness (NY Times, Jan. 24, 2012)
- State of the Union Response: President’s Call to Train 2 Million Workers Reflects Main Street Realities, Defies Beltway Pundits (National Skills Coalition, Jan. 24, 2012)
- Reorganizing Community Colleges Holds Key to Massachusetts Economy (AIM Business Insider, Jan. 24, 2012)
- Governor Patrick makes community colleges focus of sixth State of the Commonwealth speech (Boston.com, Jan. 23, 2012)
Tools and Resources
- Skills that Work Toolkit: What you should know about the job market (Campaign for Young America, January 2012)
- Become a Union Carpenter’s Apprentice (New England Carpenters Training Fund is holding information sessions on Feb. 15 and Mar. 21)
- Online Learning Readiness (BNN is offering free training from March-June 2012)
- U.S. Department of Labor: Workforce Innovation Fund grant solicitation (due March 22)
- Resources for developing Workforce Innovation Fund grant applications (via CLASP)
- MassCEC has $850,000 to support workforce training program enhancement/capacity building (due Feb. 17)
- Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education (MCAE) issues call for presenters at March 23 NETWORK conference (due Feb. 1, 2012)