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Below is this week’s roundup. Please add anything we missed by using the “comments” field.
Workforce in the News
- SkillWorks honors Marblehead Resident Richard Curtis (WickedLocal Marblehead News, November 4, 2013)
- Rethinking the Rise of Inequality (Eduardo Porter, The New York Times, November 12, 2013)
- ‘Getting ready, getting in, and getting through’ college (Paul Grogan and J. Keith Motley, The Boston Globe, November 5, 2013)
- Serving those who served (The Boston Globe Magazine, November 10, 2013)
- Stop Penalizing Poor College Students (Sandy Baum, Kristin Conklin, and Nate Johnson, The New York Times, November 12, 2013)
- Starting Early in Workforce Development (Jeffrey M. Lacker, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, November 5, 2013)
Research and Reports
- Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Have Made Us Sicker, Poorer and Less Safe (National Skills Coalition Report, November 2013)
- Making On-the-Job Training Work (Deborah Kobes, National Fund for Workforce Solutions 2.0, November 2013)
- The Effect of Unemployment Duration on Future Earnings and Other Outcomes (Daniel Cooper, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, November 2013)
- Apprenticeship: Completion and Cancellation in the Building Trades (The Aspen Institute, October 2013)
- State Opportunities for Reconnecting Young Adults to Education, Skills Training and Employment (Barry Shaffer, The Working Poor Families Project, Summer 2013)
- US Workers Lagging Behind on Basic Skills (Marcie Foster and Janne Huang, Analysis of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development world report of the Survey of Adult Skills, October 8, 2013)
- Side-by-Side Analysis of Current Law and Proposed WIA Legislation– The National Skills Coalition released a side-by-side comparison of the current occupational training and adult education and family literacy provisions in current law to legislation in the House and Senate to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act.
- Guided Pathways to Success: Boosting College Completion (Complete College America)
Tools and Resources
- Career Pathways – Catalog of Toolkits is an online directory of free resources to help plan a career pathways initiative.
- Disability Employment Tracker is a powerful corporate tool developed by the National Organization on Disability, with the National Business and Disability Council and Sirota. The tracker helps companies across a range of industries confidentially assess their readiness to launch or expand their hiring of people with disabilities and veterans.
- The Skilled Trades Playbook serves as a one-stop, how-to guide with checklists and other tools to help businesses and community colleges work together to find, train, and place workers in the skilled trades.
- WorkHands is a new tool that helps the millions of skilled trades workers in this country build an online identity, connect with colleagues, and stand out in the job search.
- The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (HED) is pleased to announce today that we are issuing $1,750,000 and seeking applications from multiple applicants from workforce, education and/or employer organizations. In accordance with the FY 14 budget language<http://www.mass.gov/bb/gaa/fy2014/app_14/act_14/h70020020.htm>, we are seeking applications for precision manufacturing programs that provide training to unemployed and underemployed individuals including veterans, minorities and women and that support the workforce needs of the Commonwealth’s globally competitive advanced manufacturing cluster. To access the solicitation, please go to the MA Comm-Pass site at http://www.comm-pass.com/.
- The American Association of Community Colleges is offering grants to member community colleges to start a Plus 50 Encore Completion program on their campus.
- Veterans to Nurses and Physician Assistants Workforce Program: Funding is available to provide education to veterans with prior medical training to become civilian nurses and physician assistants.
- Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund Planning Grant RFP is designed to provide applicants with funds to support planning to address workforce challenges that occur as a result of the requirements of implementing Chapter 224.
- Commonwealth Corporation is pleased to be seeking applications from employers, training organizations, labor organizations and intermediaries throughout Massachusetts for grants of up to $250,000 from the Workforce Training Fund General Program for investment in employee training.
- November 7, 2013: WorkKeys for Workforce Professionals (MA Workforce Professionals Association)
- December 12, 2013: Payment Reform in Massachusetts: Impact & Opportunities for the Healthcare Workforce (Commonwealth Corporation)
- April 10, 2014: Disrupting the Poverty Cycle -Crittenton Women’s Union 2nd Annual Conference
- May 1, 2014: Sharing Skills~Building Connections – 11th Annual Commonwealth Workforce Coalition Conference