Welcome to the Weekly Roundup! Below is the last two weeks of workforce news, resources and updates.
This week we’re leading with an Action Alert, courtesy of our friends at the National Skills Coalition:
After more than a year of calling on Congress to undo harmful sequestration cuts, they finally listened and partially restored funding for workforce development programs for fiscal year (FY) 2014. Now, we need your help again so federal workforce programs get the largest possible allocation. Sign the Skills Coalition’s letter to appropriators on the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittees asking them for a FY 2015 302(b) allocation at the FY 2010 level of $163.6 billion and to end sequestration.
There’s lots more below, including great articles and reports featuring the work of some of our partners, Crittenton Women’s Union, JVS, the Workforce Solutions Group, and MCAN. Please add anything we missed by using the “comments” field.
Workforce in the News
- Teen Activists Rally for Summer Jobs (Boston Globe, February 19, 2014)
- State tech economy growing, but not fast enough (Boston Globe, February 13, 2014)
- Mass. High on the List of Working Poor Women (Boston Globe, February 12, 2014)
- NEBHE Awarded Lumina Foundation Grant to Assist New England States in Redesigning Student Aid Programs (NEBHE blog, February 11, 2014)
- Governors pitch spending on workforce development (USA Today, February 6, 2014)
- GED is G-O-N-E in Massachusetts (AIM Blog, February 5, 2014)
- Getting the Long-term Unemployed Back to Work (USDOL blog post, February 4, 2014)
- Lack of Skilled Workers Hinders Hiring by Private Firms (WSJ Blog, February 4, 2014)
Research and Reports
- A Plan for Building Skilled Workers and Strong Families through the Massachusetts TAFDC (Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children) Program (Crittenton Women’s Union, February 2014)
- The Rising Cost of Not Going to College (Pew Research, February 2014)
- Beyond the GED: Moving High School Dropouts to College (MDRC, January 2014)
- Tackling the Long-term Unemployment Crisis (National Employment Law Project, January 2014)
- Low-income Working Mothers and State Policy: Investing for a better economic future (Working Poor Families Project, Winter 2013-14)
- Long-Term Unemployment Far Exceeds Pre-Great Recession Levels in Virtually Every State (Economic Policy Institute, January 2014)
- Integrating Financial Stability Strategies into Workforce Development Programs (SkillWorks and Midas, December 2013)
Tools and Resources
- FREE Financial Coaching, courtesy of MassSaves – a new resource connects MA residents to free one to one financial coaching on a variety of topics.
- Tips on Coaching for College Success (SkillWorks and Success Boston, Webinar Slides)
- A Preview of the FY2015 State Budget (MassBudget)
- StrategyLabs.LuminaFoundation.org – a new online resource to advance state policy to increase higher education completion
- Recognize Champions of Frontline Health Care Workers – a new initiative of CareerSTAT. Deadline for nominations has been extended to the end of February!
- SkillWorks is accepting Letters of Inquiry for its June funding cycle. Deadline to submit is March 1, 2014. Application information can be found on the SkillWorks website.
- 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.
- Ready to Work Partnerships – This federal initiative will utilize approximately $150 million in revenues from the H-1B visa program to support high performing partnerships between employers, non-profit organizations and the public workforce system that will help provide long-term unemployed individuals with the range of services, training, and access they need to fill middle and high-skill jobs. USDOL expects that a solicitation for applications for these grants will be available in February and awards will be made in mid-2014. The SGA was released on February 19, and more information can be found here.
- February 28th, 2014: Developing Contextualized Curriculum: Integrating Literary and Workforce Skills (Commonwealth Workforce Coalition and SABES Workshop Series for Workforce Development and ABE Practitioners)
- April 4, 2014: Network 2014 – Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education Annual conference
- April 10, 2014: Youth Pathways Advocacy Day – Workforce Solutions Group
- 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