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Human Work and Learning
Mission Not Accomplished

Unequal Opportunities and Outcomes for Black and Latinx Engineers

June 8, 2021
Engineering occupations are some of the highest-paying and most prestigious in the US labor market, but they are also some of the least diverse. Mission Not Accomplished: Unequal Opportunities and Outcomes for Black and Latinx Engineers finds that of the nearly 1.7 million prime-age engineering workers in the United States in 2019, 81% were either…
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Strengthening Community College Workforce Training

What does community college workforce education look like?

April 23, 2021
A new brief from the Community College Research Center describes the substantial role community colleges play in workforce education, what innovative colleges are doing to improve programming and labor market outcomes for participants, and how the federal government can support these efforts.
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15 Million Infrastructure Jobs

An Economic Shot in the Arm to the COVID-19 Recession

April 5, 2021
A $1.5 trillion infrastructure program from the Biden-Harris administration would be good medicine to nurse the economic wounds inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to this report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. The report states that the infrastructure stimulus could create or save 15 million jobs—most for workers with no…
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Re-Prioritize Basic Skills and Technical Training for High School Graduates

Requiring Demonstration of Basic Skills

Jan. 6, 2021
In too many places, students who earn high school diplomas lack the minimum knowledge or skills to succeed in college or the workforce, suggests this report from the American Enterprise Institute. The study calls on every state to champion commonsense measures to make the high school diploma more meaningful. This includes providing curriculum and program…
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Bridge Builders

How Intermediaries Can Connect Education and Work in a Postpandemic World

Dec. 18, 2020
Intermediaries — also referred to as bridge builders, boundary spanners, conveners, and other names — fill the critical role of connecting all the parties in the system to empower people with the skills required in the labor force. Those parties generally include employers, educators, workers, and prospective workers. Within these categories may fall many other…
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More Than Pocket Money

Why the Surge in Youth Unemployment Should Concern Us All

Nov. 4, 2020
Young people are a vital driver of the U.S. economy and should be a key part of the rebuilding process for business leaders, argues this report from the Urban Alliance. The report lays out some immediate steps that employers can take to stem the growing opportunity gap for today’s youth.
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The Intersection of Work and Learning

Findings From Entering Students in Community Colleges

Oct. 21, 2020
A new report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement urges colleges to better meet working students’ needs by providing support services, helping them with scheduling, and promoting ways to develop stronger connections with faculty and staff.
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Fulfilling the Promise of Apprenticeship

Kentucky Fame

Oct. 9, 2020
An apprenticeship program that matches employers with community colleges is launching graduates into middle class careers and could be a way to boost the economic mobility of Americans lacking four-year degrees, according to this study from Opportunity America and the Brookings Institution.
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Buyer Beware

First-Year Earnings and Debt for 37,000 College Majors at 4,400 Institutions

Oct. 9, 2020
This report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce finds that first-year earnings for the same degree in the same major can vary by $80,000 at different colleges and universities. The study also reveals that workers with less education can often make more than workers with more education, and that higher levels of education do not…
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How Apprenticeship Programs for Opportunity Youth Stay Resilient Through the COVID-19 Recession

The COVID-19 Recession and Its Impact

Oct. 8, 2020
A report from Jobs for the Future examines strategies for sustaining and expanding “Registered Apprenticeship” pathways during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study specifically highlights promising practices from workforce boards and community-based organizations, addressing topics such as the digital divide, occupational mobility, and the provision of services and supports.
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