The National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) report that describes different approaches to measuring return on investment (ROI) and provides summary abstracts of existing ROI studies.
A Southern Governors’ Association report that suggests the American South does have promise as a region whose economy might be led by a modern industrial architecture.
An evaluation report of the Developmental Education Initiative (DEI) which was implemented by fifteen community colleges to scale up existing interventions or establish new ones that would help students progress through developmental courses more quickly and successfully.
The Professional Placement Network Program is a service to help clients with a four year degree and/or a minimum of 5 years managerial experience earning $35,000/year or more gain employment.
WorkForce One Employment Solutions (WF1), uses social media to target marketing and advertising through LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to post job seeker tips, advice and event marketing, along with local hot job postings to all customer classes.
WorkForce One Employment Solutions (WF1), implemented various technological strategies to: 1) reduce the customer’s transportation costs; 2) reduce the traffic in the centers, and 3) increase customer communication. WFI implemented 3 technology-based strategies as part of this effort: virtual kiosks, web texting, and online orientations.
A joint report from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, the documents changes in the region’s nonprofit sector since 1998.
The Jessie Ball duPont Fund report that highlights five examples of higher education-CDFI (community development financial institutions) partnerships, involving projects in Philadelphia (LaSalle University), Chicago (University of Chicago), Durham, N.C. (Duke University); New Orleans (Delgado Community College) and multiple communities in North Carolina (University of Virginia).
An MDRC report that summarizes findings from a three-year study of 18 academies in three states — California, Florida, and Georgia — that implemented Exploring Career and College Options (ECCO) from 2009 through 2012.
A National Governor’s Association (NGA) report that focuses on actions states are taking to redesign their economic development agencies to make them more effective.
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country.
An Urban Institute paper that examines how state goals, policies, and expenditure decisions contribute to unique pictures of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) in California, Florida, Michigan, Texas, and Washington.
ReServe is an innovative nonprofit that matches continuing professionals age 55 (ReServists) with organizations that need their expertise. ReServe partners with nonprofit organizations, public institutions and government agencies of all sizes, budgets and missions. ReServists provide direct services, administrative support, and capacity-building expertise in schools, social service agencies, cultural institutions, and public agencies.
A webinar focused on various Employment Networks (Ens) models being implemented in the public workforce development system. Becoming an EN under the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Ticket to Work Program is a way to expand the capacity of the One-Stop Career Centers to serve persons receiving Social Security disability benefits. Representatives from the Florida, New York State, and Virginia workforce system will discuss their state models.
Disasters can create job loss while at the same time undermining the ability of the workforce system to quickly respond with assistance to dislocated workers. The timing and impact of natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, and fires cannot be predicted; however, the workforce system can prepare for them through careful planning and the alignment of procedures to ensure a systematic NEG response. This promising practices review highlights the creation of emergency Web sites, training manuals, and contingency operations plans; the deployment of dedicated staff to coordinate the emergency response; and the streamlining of the process to prepare an emergency NEG application. NEG projects showcased in this review: Florida – Hurricanes/Storms 2004; Mississippi – Hurricane Katrina; and Pennsylvania – Flood 2006.
NEG disaster projects create temporary employment to assist with clean-up, restoration, and humanitarian assistance in communities harmed by natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, or fires. This review document highlights promising practices in determining an employer of record for hiring, insuring, overseeing, and paying a temporary workforce; recruiting workers; selecting and managing worksites; and providing workforce services to temporary workers to support their reemployment goals. NEG projects showcased in this review: Pennsylvania – Flood 2006; Florida –Hurricanes and Storms 2004; Mississippi – Hurricane Katrina; and Louisiana – Hurricane Katrina/Rita.
Neither natural disasters nor the resulting layoffs which may follow are constrained by the geographic and political boundaries that organize the workforce investment system. An effective NEG response to any kind of economic dislocation is often dependent upon the willingness of planners and practitioners to work across these boundaries. This document highlights promising practices that are based on exchanging information and resources; coordinating training policies and service delivery designs across program jurisdictions; and obtaining the guidance and expertise of neighboring jurisdictions with relevant experience. NEG projects showcased in this review: Florida – Hurricanes and Storms 2004; Mississippi – Hurricane Katrina; Missouri – Ford/Lear Dual Enrollment; Massachusetts – Central Massachusetts Trade Dual Enrollment; and Virginia – Independence Air.
Formed in 1961, the Florida Council of 100 is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of business leaders, which exists to promote the economic growth of Florida and improve the economic well-being and quality of life of its citizenry. This report, Closing the Talent Gap, is predicated on the fact that continued enhancement and development of Florida’s talent is the leading determinant of the state’s ability to build a vibrant and innovative economy. Thus, this research is directed toward identifying the key factors for investing public dollars in each stage of the education delivery process in order to deliver the highest dividend to Florida’s students and economy. The report was commissioned by the Florida Council of 100, in partnership with the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
The Florida Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) operates an innovative accelerated job creation and job training program called Mobile Outreach Skills Training, or MOST. The MOST program is a two-week, intensive job training and placement program that “fast-tracks” Florida’s most-in-need job seekers into skilled, entry-level positions in the aerospace, biotechnology, electronics, plastics, pharmaceuticals, precision metal, construction, energy efficiency/conservation, and renewable energy manufacturing sectors. Successful trainees are awarded a Lean to Green Institute Sustainable Manufacturing Certificate, helping them become an integral part of their employers’ green initiatives.
Across the country, state and local workforce systems are grappling not only with dramatically increased customer demand for services, but also with changing customer bases. In many areas, increasing numbers of laid-off “professional” or “white collar” workers are seeking reemployment assistance in One-Stop Career Centers. This article highlights several state and local efforts to implement targeted strategies to meet the particular needs of this job-seeking group.