Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century explores how new policies and practice can meet the changing needs of workers, businesses and their communities.
Produced in partnership by the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City, and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, this edited volume presents contributions from more than 65 leading scholars and practitioners engaged in workforce development.
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Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century tackles issues straight on by presenting new visions for transformative education and workforce development. Explore new strategies for transforming workforce development policy and practice to meet the needs of today’s evolving economy in this webinar series. Each webinar highlights two chapters from the book.
Reimagining the System: Part One
Workers and employers in the United States face new realities and uncertainties that current public workforce policies and programs were not designed to address. The Great Recession and other disruptive forces have altered the environment for workers, job seekers, businesses, educational institutions and government alike. How can the workforce system be reimagined to address this evolving economy? Watch the first webinar of the series here.
- Larry Good, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce: Reimagining Workforce Policy in the United States
- Anthony Carnevale, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce: Learn and Earn: Connecting Education to Careers in the 21st Century
- Steve Hendrickson, Boeing Company, respondent
Redesigning Strategies: Part Two
Workers and employers are turning to occupational credentials for meeting workforce training needs. However, the growth in options for obtaining credentials, badges and certificates has created increased uncertainty about their quality and value in how they relate to each other. How can credential programs be redesigned to address these issues?
- Stephen Crawford, George Washington University: Creating and Communicating Critical Information about Workforce Credentials
- Heath Prince, University of Texas: Connecting Workers to Credentials: The Promise and Pitfalls of Awarding Academic Credit for Prior Learning
- Kimberly Sadler, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technical Education, respondent
Building Evidence-Based Practice: Part Three
Workforce development professionals must be accountable to multiple stakeholders for the quality and effectiveness of their programs. The ability to access, create and analyze relevant data is critical to building evidence-based practices that inform public policy and increases economic opportunity. Initiatives in New York City and Chicago explore lessons learned in putting data to work.
- Elizabeth Weigensberg, University of Chicago and Amanda Cage, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership: Chicago's Journey toward Better Data and Performance for the Workforce Development System
- David Berman, New York City Center for Economic Opportunity: Piloting and Replicating What Works in Workforce Development: Using Performance Management and Evaluation to Identify Effective Programs
- Jason Keller, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, respondent
Targeted Strategies: Part Four
Workforce development programs must meet the need of specific workers, employers and communities in order to be effective. This webinar explores programs developed for meeting the needs of two different groups of workers and consider the key issues and challenges in implementing strategies for other targeted constituents.
- Nancy Latham, Learning for Action: The Plus 50 Initiative
- Katie Onachila Spiker, National Skills Coalition: Pink to Green: Promising Workforce Development Practices for Women in Nontraditional Occupations
- Adrienne Smith, New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition, respondent
This companion e-book explores the role of community and economic development organizations in workforce development and the importance of fostering and facilitating partnerships to address local workforce challenges.
Moving Sectoral & Career Pathway Strategies from Promise to Scale: A Policy and Practice Lecture sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Dr. Chris King, senior research scientist at the University of Texas at Austin’s Ray Marshall Center, presented a framework for understanding the challenges faced by career pathways strategies and options for appropriate policy and practice innovations based on a chapter he authored in Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century.
Watch national policymakers, practitioners and researchers discuss opportunities for strengthening the U.S. workforce system at the book launch event held at the Federal Reserve System’s Board of Governors.
Authors of the Federal Reserve’s workforce book discuss program and funding models to align workforce investments with the needs of an economy in transformation as a part of the Connecting Communities webinar series.
View workforce development resources, conference highlights and session summaries from the 2014 Transforming Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century conference.