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  • Individual Author: Blackwell, Wendy; Braswell, Kenneth; Doar, Robert; Klein Vogel, Lisa; Scott, Mindy
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2018

    Can researchers and practitioners reverse the trend of low labor force participation among working-age men? This panel discussion highlighted a range of policy options, implementation findings from a study on employment services for noncustodial parents, and how the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse supports practitioners to develop workforce development activities in responsible fatherhood programs. Kenneth Braswell (Fathers Incorporated) moderated the session and Wendy Blackwell (Center for Urban Families) served as the discussant. Various methodologies were used across the presentations. (Author introduction)

    Can researchers and practitioners reverse the trend of low labor force participation among working-age men? This panel discussion highlighted a range of policy options, implementation findings from a study on employment services for noncustodial parents, and how the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse supports practitioners to develop workforce development activities in responsible fatherhood programs. Kenneth Braswell (Fathers Incorporated) moderated the session and Wendy Blackwell (Center for Urban Families) served as the discussant. Various methodologies were used across the presentations. (Author introduction)

  • Individual Author: Schulz, Kelly M.; Diriker, Memo
    Year: 2017

    This PowerPoint presentation from the 2017 NAWRS workshop summarizes the Maryland state-funded competitive workforce development grant program, EARN-MD, and explains the program’s goals, objectives, and distinctive factors. 

    This PowerPoint presentation from the 2017 NAWRS workshop summarizes the Maryland state-funded competitive workforce development grant program, EARN-MD, and explains the program’s goals, objectives, and distinctive factors. 

  • Individual Author: Meit, Michael; Hafford, Carol; Fromknecht, Catharine; Miesfeld, Noelle; Nadel, Tori; Phillips, Emily
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2017

    This practice brief summarizes how the Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) 2.0 evaluation team applied the findings from the their literature review and the values of the Roadmap for Collaborative and Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities to inform the Tribal HPOG 2.0 evaluation approach. (Author abstract)

    This practice brief summarizes how the Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) 2.0 evaluation team applied the findings from the their literature review and the values of the Roadmap for Collaborative and Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities to inform the Tribal HPOG 2.0 evaluation approach. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Strawn, Julie
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2017

    Career pathways help people upgrade their skills and advance to better jobs over time through a stackable set of education and training steps and credentials within a particular industry. States and localities have increasingly adopted the career pathways framework to better connect previously “siloed” education and training services, strengthen links to employer needs, and support participant success. As States expand and improve SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) 50 percent reimbursement (50-50) programs, they should consider how E&T can be incorporated into existing career pathways systems to get better results for their participants. State SNAP agencies can do this by—

    • Engaging in career pathways conversations already happening at the State and local level to think broadly about how SNAP E&T participants and services can best be integrated into State and regional pathway strategies.
    • Thinking strategically about the most efficient use of SNAP E&T funds—how can E&T build on what already exists to create comprehensive, evidence-based...

    Career pathways help people upgrade their skills and advance to better jobs over time through a stackable set of education and training steps and credentials within a particular industry. States and localities have increasingly adopted the career pathways framework to better connect previously “siloed” education and training services, strengthen links to employer needs, and support participant success. As States expand and improve SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) 50 percent reimbursement (50-50) programs, they should consider how E&T can be incorporated into existing career pathways systems to get better results for their participants. State SNAP agencies can do this by—

    • Engaging in career pathways conversations already happening at the State and local level to think broadly about how SNAP E&T participants and services can best be integrated into State and regional pathway strategies.
    • Thinking strategically about the most efficient use of SNAP E&T funds—how can E&T build on what already exists to create comprehensive, evidence-based pathway approaches that improve participant outcomes? This might include, for example, increasing career coaching, providing support services, or adding contextualized basic skills instruction through integrated education and training.
    • Choosing SNAP E&T 50-50 partners who are already implementing career pathways well and helping to expand their services to more E&T participants.

    States may find that an added benefit to integrating SNAP E&T services and participants into career pathway efforts is a stronger alignment of E&T with the workforce system. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) emphasizes career pathways as well as related strategies, such as integrated education and training and industry sector partnerships. (Author abstract) 

  • Individual Author: Wilson, Bryan
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2017

    Sector partnerships are a proven strategy for helping workers prepare for middle-skill jobs and helping employers find skilled workers. This update of National Skills Coalition’s (NSC) fifty-state scan of sector partnership policies shows that state support for sector partnerships is rapidly growing. This scan finds that thirty-two states have policies in place to support local sector partnerships, an increase of eleven states from our previous scan conducted two years ago. Of the thirty-two states, twenty-two provide funding to support local sector partnerships, an increase of seven states from two years ago. The biggest difference in funding is the increased use of Governor’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Reserve Funds to support sector partnerships. Twelve states use these funds today, while just a single state used Workforce Investment Act Reserve Funds two years ago. Also, more states are providing technical assistance to local sector partnerships. Twenty-seven states now provide technical assistance; two years ago, fifteen states did so.

    Increased...

    Sector partnerships are a proven strategy for helping workers prepare for middle-skill jobs and helping employers find skilled workers. This update of National Skills Coalition’s (NSC) fifty-state scan of sector partnership policies shows that state support for sector partnerships is rapidly growing. This scan finds that thirty-two states have policies in place to support local sector partnerships, an increase of eleven states from our previous scan conducted two years ago. Of the thirty-two states, twenty-two provide funding to support local sector partnerships, an increase of seven states from two years ago. The biggest difference in funding is the increased use of Governor’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Reserve Funds to support sector partnerships. Twelve states use these funds today, while just a single state used Workforce Investment Act Reserve Funds two years ago. Also, more states are providing technical assistance to local sector partnerships. Twenty-seven states now provide technical assistance; two years ago, fifteen states did so.

    Increased state support for sector partnerships is largely attributable to WIOA. WIOA, which became effective two years ago, requires sector partnerships as a local workforce activity, and requires states to support those local efforts. While state support has increased substantially under WIOA, there is still considerable room for further progress. States without a policy in place can use NSC’s Sector Partnership Policy Toolkit to establish one. Many of the states with a policy already in place can also use the toolkit to further expand state support for local sector partnerships.

    Across the nation, state policymakers are identifying education and job training as a critical component of their state’s economic development strategy. By preparing workers for middle-skill jobs, states can provide economic opportunity to workers and their families while at the same time providing businesses with the skilled workforce they need to succeed. In an environment of limited resources, it’s critical that state policymakers invest in workforce development strategies that work. (Author abstract)

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