Welcome to the Workforce Roundup! Below is the last few weeks of workforce news, resources and updates.
Please add anything we missed by submitting a comment.
Workforce in the News
- The Changing Landscape of Workforce Intermediaries: Insight Gained from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions (Marlene Seltzer, Fred Dedrick and Richard Kazis, NFWS Blog, June 2, 2014).
- Free job training available for low-income young adults (Cara Hogan, The Boston Globe, June 1, 2014).
- Siemens Workforce Event Brings Together Industry and Educators (Dick Slansky, ARC Advisory Group, May 30, 2014).
- Committee to Discuss Governor’s Economic Development Bill (Steve Annear, Boston Magazine, May 29, 2014).
- Reinventing Holyoke (Alex Morse and Greg Bialecki, The Boston Globe, May 29, 2014).
- State announces rebranding of its regional career centers (Jack Minch, Sentinel & Enterprise, May 28, 2014).
- America’s Economy: Where a Young Person’s Zip Code Too Often Decides the Future (Mark Edwards, Global Post, Opportunity Nation, May 28, 2014).
- Is College Worth it? Clearly, New Data Say (David Leonhardt, NY Times, May 27, 2014).
- Response: When College Isn’t Worth It (Anya Kamenetz, NPR, May 28, 2014).
- National Skills Coalition’s initial analysis of WIOA (Rachel Gragg, National Skills Coalition, May 23, 2014).
- Investing in our Ports and Infrastructure (Vice President Joe Biden, White House Blog, May 23, 2014).
Research and Reports
- Expanding Access to Economic Opportunity in Fast-Growing Metropolitan Areas (Rolf Pendall, Margery Austin Turner, Urban Institute, May 30, 2014).
- Economic Snapshot: May 2014 (Christian E. Weller and Jackie Odum, Center for American Progress, May 28, 2014).
Tools and Resources
- Highest paying jobs require at least a 2-year degree: Check out the data compiled by CareerOneStop from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program. Also check out CareerOneStop’s website to find resources for workers, job seekers, and job training seekers.
- College Transition Toolkit: a comprehensive guide to program planning and implementation that draws on the expertise of practitioners from the New England ABE-to-College Transition Project and around the country.
- Common Impact is now accepting applications for capacity building projects which will begin in early 2014. Common Impact hopes to make a decision within the next few weeks and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
- Click here to learn more about how to apply, and to access the application.
- Commonwealth Corporation has announced the Workforce Training Fund Program Regional Training Capacity Pilot RFP.
- Questions about the Request for Proposals will be accepted in writing from May 1, 2014 through June 9, 2014 via email to: Theresa Rowland, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Department of Labor (DOL) has announced $53 million in funding available through the Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF). Applications are due by June 18, 2014, and grants will be awarded in September 2014. More information can be found on the National Skills Coalition website.
- June 2, 2014: Women for Economic Independence Breakfast – Crittenton Women’s Union.
- Career Center Open Houses – Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
- June 2, 2014, 12:30 pm – Holyoke “Career Point” Career Center
- June 10, 2014, 12:00 pm – Milford “Workforce Central” Career Center
- June 3, 2014, 1:00 pm: Unpacking WIOA (Webinar) – Workforce Data Quality Campaign/National Skills Coalition
- June 17-19, 2014: Fourth Annual Meeting: Better Skills, Better Jobs – National Fund for Workforce Solutions (Chicago, IL).
- July 16, 2014, 6:00-7:30: Giving MA the Skills to Compete: A Gubernatorial Candidates Forum – SkillWorks (Roxbury Community College).
- November 12-14: National Conference on Effective Transitions in Adult Education – National College Transition Network (Providence, RI).