End-of-Session Encouragement

Last Tuesday, July 10, 50 workforce development leaders and policy advocates from throughout the Northeast region gathered in Boston for a first-ever peer learning meeting.  The group met to share experiences, successes, and lessons learned from our work to raise the profile and raise resources for job training and adult education in our respective states.

As much as anything else, though, the group shared encouragement.  I was especially buoyed by the visual reminder of the large and committed network of leaders who work hard every day to make sure that our communities, states, and the nation are providing opportunities for young people, the unemployed and entry-level workers to get a leg up in what is still a very difficult labor market.  I enjoyed learning from my colleagues and was inspired by their creativity, passion and dedication to getting the job done.

As Senator Ken Donnelly spoke to the group at lunch, I was reminded powerfully of the importance of legislative champions–and just how much we have already accomplished with their support, as well as what we can still aim to get done even as the legislative session heads toward the finish line here in Massachusetts.

We have a real chance to win some middle-skill training victories through the Jobs Bill, and we’ll keep working away on that and other options through the end of this session on July 31 and right on into the next.

Thanks for all of your support and encouragement!


Author: SkillWorks

SkillWorks is a nationally recognized workforce funder collaborative, launched by the Boston Foundation in 2003 to improve workforce development in Boston and across Massachusetts. SkillWorks brings together philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers to address the twin goals of: 1) Helping low-skill, low-income individuals attain family-supporting jobs; and 2) Helping employers find and retain skilled employees.

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