Workers and employers in the United States face new realities and uncertainties that current public policies and programs were not designed to address. Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century tackles these issues straight on by presenting new visions for transformative education and workforce development policies and practice.

This edited volume brings together contributions from 65 leading scholars and practitioners with diverse perspectives on how to transform workforce policies and practice to:

  • Improve opportunities for job seekers, students and workers, especially those who face the greatest difficulties in the labor market; 
  • Meet the needs of employers and society for a highly skilled and competitive workforce; and 
  • Deliver effective solutions relevant to educational institutions, businesses, nonprofit organizations and governments.

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By Carl Van Horn, Todd Greene and Tammy Edwards

The chapters and case studies were selected after an independent review by the editors and their colleagues at the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City, and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. The policy and practice perspectives presented are not intended as an endorsement from the Federal Reserve System, but are intended to spur innovative thinking that results in context-specific solutions.